Today we welcomed six little Opal babies, five girls and just the one (last born!) boy.
Sadly, a sixth girl was too small to survive the birth journey.
Mum Piper (Ch Armahani Kunzite Kruunu (AI) JC) has settled into motherhood again (she had her first litter at Juddabug Kennels) smoothly and is going well. Dad Mika (Armahani Fireopal Fapmu) is I'm sure oblivious!!
After an amazing show career so far, earning classes in group at almost every outing, and converting them to classes in show several times, Liina (Ch Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI)) kept up the success today in Tasmania, earning her third runner up in group. Still a junior, she has am amazing career in front of her. Congratulations to Rachael of Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds.
Across the ocean, and here in Victoria, performance events have really been kicking off again. Today Leevi (Armahani Kunzite Kuutamo (AI) CCD RE JDX AD SPD GD ET HT JC) gained that elusive last Agility Dog quallie to earn him his AD title. Big congratulations to Nicole.
Over the last week we have been saying goodbye to our lovely Nacre puppies.
First to go on Monday was Rigby (Armahani Nacre Nauraa (AI)) who goes to live with Jessie and his new Pomeranian sisters. The little "cute" one of the litter, this firecracker was always the favourite of visitors as he threw himself at them for attention. Jessie has lots of training adventures planned for him.
Second to leave on Tuesday morning was Obi (Armahani Nacre Nalle (AI)) our teddy bear! A very special pup, with type, structure, an amazing head, and oh so super smart, he left with Shell and mum-Slinky and grandma-Squiggle for a life full of adventure in Sydney. It was hard to let this one go, and only the best of homes could ever have convinced me.
Young Frankie (Armahani Nacre Nietos (AI)) was next. A happy, active, playful, and super confident puppy, he headed off Tuesday afternoon with Deanne and Prashan where he will live an active lifestyle and be loved and adored.
That left us with "the twins" to have some special fun with until the weekend. On Friday Wicket (Armahani Nacre Nuotio (AI)) headed home with Alicia. This is a special story. Alicia is a good friend of mine, and every weekend during COVID, four of us would get together over video conference to have our wine-club gathering. Rachael and Cherelle both have more than one lappie from Armahani, and Alicia (dog-less for a while) has been actively searching for a dog of her own to love during that period, with us sharing in the stories of her search. It was only when the pups were 7 weeks old, and I hadn't yet settled on the right home for the handsome pup then known as Sebastian, that Alicia asked if he could be hers. So young Wicket will likely join us in shows here in Melbourne.
The Saturday morning we had our last farewell. Ahsoka (Armahani Nacre Neiti (AI)), the only girl in the litter, a cheeky, sassy, confident young miss, with a spine of sweet steel, has gone to live with Pauline and Euan and their two human girls. She will also join us at shows when she can, and all being equal will hopefully join the legion of Armahani mamas one day.