Little Teddy, our single Pearl, was born today to mum Slinky (Aus Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI) ET HT JC WPD FDCh) and dad Grizz (Am Ch Calaban's Johnny Come Lately (USA)).
Our first singleton, Teddy (a wolf sable) is sure to be very spoilt, and we're looking forward to the journey ahead.
Yesterday we had our last trial, before puppy duties start, at the Border Collie Club of Victoria and Working Dog Club of Victoria group 5 obedience and rally trials. Huge thanks to the clubs and all their hard working team.
After a few very silly stuff ups on my behalf recently (including yesterday 😬 - the tiredness is real!) Baby gained her 7th rally masters quallie to gain her RM title, with a score of 90 and a 3rd place. This one was a pretty cool family affair with 2nd place going to my Aunt Pauline and her clever border collie Chester
To top it off Baby also earned her first two formal obedience quallies (and my first in a LOT of years) in the CCD ring, with 96 and a 4th place on countback, and a 92 and 1st place.
Mika (Armahani Fireopal Fapmu) went Runner Up Best Neuter in Group today at the Werribee Barwon Canine Club today, under judge C Hobday.
A triple tricks trial in Bendigo this weekend saw Baby earn her Novice Tricks title (the second of the ANKC titles) and a soon small adjustment to her name to make it Am Ch Ch CIB Calaban's Dirty Dancing RE TK.N ET JC (Imp USA).
She received scores of 66.5, 70.8 and 75.3.
Now to decide which tricks we will do for the Intermediate class.
Finally on the road to a big interstate show, with the trip to Sydney Royal.
This year we took a very young team (joining Obi already there) on the trip, to give them some first-time experience, and have some fun catching up and seeing some lappies outside of our home State.
Three dogs in the car and three blue ribbons to head home with is nothing to sneeze at, as well as the extra sweeteners, and I couldn't have been prouder.
Armahani Nacre Nuotio (AI)
1st in Junior Dog, Reserve Dog Challenge, Runner up Best of Breed
Ch Armahani Nacre Nalle (AI)
2nd in Junior Dog (behind his brother)
🎼 AVICII 🎼
Armahani Lapis Lazuli Laurjus
1st in Intermediate Dog
🌪 MILOU 🌪
Ch Armahani Opal Otsaripa (AI)
1st in Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy of Breed
Thanks to Ingrid Matschke and Madeleine Matschke for official photos
11 month old Milou gained the final points she needed for her title on Sunday. I really didn’t expect it to happen so fast. The plan was to give her some ring experience while a youngster so she was ready to compete once she’s mature …. which feels like a very very long time off! But clearly other plans were afoot.
She is such a fun puppy and awesome to train. I’m really looking forward to when she is old enough to start working on that other end of her name!
The wins continued in Tasmania this weekend for Rachael and Liina (Ch Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI)) gaining Best in Group and Runner Up Best in Group at the Hobart Dog Club double, under judges Ben Luxton (SA) and Lance Wright (Qld).
They really are having an amazing start to the year, with I'm sure many more exciting times still to come.
At only 2 years of age, Liina (Ch Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI)) became part of breed history today, becoming the first Finnish Lapphund bitch in Australian history to be awarded an all breeds Best in Show!
Liina is a total credit to Rachael's love, dedication, and presentation and I am incredibly proud to be able to take this ride with them.
Very excited to see what is around the corner for this awesome team.
After a run of shows leading into the new year, we only entered the one for the NY cluster, making our way to Bulla with our puppy team Wicket (Armahani Nacre Nuotio (AI)) and Milou (Armahani Opal Otsaripa (AI)) for some lovely summer evening showing on New Year's Day, under NSW judge P Hartwell (NSW).
It was Wicket's night to shine, with a good deal of over-enthusiasm, being short listed down to the final 3 in group judging, and then coming back into the ring to take Best Puppy in Group.
He's an exciting boy with loads of potential (to match that enthusiasm!) and I'm looking forward to having a fair bit of fun with him this year.