With events heating up again, Leevi (Armahani Kunzite Kuutamo (AI)) CCD RE JDX SPD GD ET HT JC this weekend took to the lure coursing field again with owner Nicole.
He earned himself two nice passes at the CA level over the two days, with a third place yesterday
Congratulations to Rachael and Fleur (Ch Armahani Iolite Ilo (AI) HT) who earned the last points she needed today to earn her Neuter Championship.
And boy did she do it in style, winning Best Neuter in Show twice at a double show.
To add to the treat, she did it on her 5th birthday!
Edited to add: on 21 March Fleur debuted as Lillian's show dog, where she assisted her earn 1st place in 7-U10 year old junior handlers. Lillian then took it a step further, handling Fleur to Best Neuter in Group.
Although the tricks rules in Australia were approved in time for trials to commence in 2020, for obvious reasons, it has taken a while for the sport to be able to take off. Which has meant a bit more training time for everyone.
With trials commencing in NSW this year, Squiggle, our performance super star, has very quickly been able to gain her three passes, to earn her Started title.
Squiggle, now to be known as Aust Ch Neut Ch Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) CCD RA ADX JDX SDX SPDX GD HT ET JC WPD FMCh TK.S has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, so I'm sure this is just the first of more success from her.
Congratulations Shell and Squiggle.
This last weekend, Liina, showing in Tasmania with owner and handler Rachael Holloway of Zuleika Kennels because our latest Australian Champion, and is now known as Ch Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI).
Liina has been doing super well of recently months and weeks, unbeaten for Junior in Group, and with the following show record already under her collar, since shows resumed in Tassie in August of last year:
2 x BIG2
1 x BIG3
1 x Junior in Show
8 x Junior in Group
3 x Puppy in Group
We are super excited for this young girl's future!
It has been a long time since we've shared any news. With cancellations across 2020, of both events and litters, it was a very different year indeed. My two dogs at home, Baby and Louis, became very used to being at home office dogs, keeping me company underneath my desk each day. And our weekends were spent hanging at home, or taking bush walks when we could.
It wasn't until the last part of the year that Liina (Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI)) and Fleur (Aus Ch Armahani Iolite Ilo (AI) HT), both living in Tasmania where events kicked off sooner than the rest of Australia, became our only two competing Lappies, handled by Rachael Holloway. But they certainly made up for the others. Fleur debuted in the neuter ring, and has been consistently awarded at both the in group and in show level.
Liina, one of our youngsters, and having the experience of being a "COVID puppy" from about four to five months of age, had to learn about people and busy events and how to be in the show ring. And she certainly kicked that task, surpassing everyone's expectations at such a young age, and right in the middle of a pretty spectacular junior blow, to take her class in group at almost every show, and now picking up places in the main group as well. She certainly has a bright future in front of her.
In the whelping box, COVID meant we delayed the Nacre litter. And then we had to make very quick alternative plans when the semen arriving from overseas was destroyed in transit. Slinky (Aus Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI) ET HT JC WPD FDCh) became the mother of four boys and one girl on the 2 February and you can watch them grow on our Nacre Litter page. The sire is Finnish born, Tori (Am Ch Lecibsin Suoritus).
The arrival of these pups means that our own return to the various rings will be delayed somewhat. But we look forward to catching up with our young show team, and competing with Baby, very soon.
Benni (Supreme Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI) ET) was representing the Finnish Lapphunds at the Tasmanian Contest of Champions last night.
Like the other "top dog" nights across the country, judging is done by three judges, with knock out rounds judged in pairs.
Judged by Wendy Baker (SA), Jill McDonald (Vic) & Roger Bridgeford (Vic), it was pretty amazing to keep getting the messages to say Benni had won his round and was through to the next.
He eventually finished in the top 4 dogs, only losing when he drew the eventual winner for his round.
Huge congratulations Rachael and Benni! As always you make an awesome team!
I've been fairly slack of late with updating our news. But over the last few weeks, the three Moonstone pups to be shown have hit the ring.
All three have debuted with a Baby Puppy in Group award.
Darcy (Armahani Moonstone Mahti (AI)) was first, earning Best Baby in Group at Kilmore Kennel Club on Friday 21 February.
Liina (Armahani Moonstone Movtta (AI)) quickly followed with Best Baby Puppy in Group at the Tasmanian Kennel Club on 22 February.
And then today was Zarhni (Armahani Moonstone Mainnas (AI))'s turn, with Best Baby Puppy in Group at the Berwick All Breeds Kennel Club.
Young Slinky (Ch Armahani Iolite Ihana (AI) HT ET JC WPD FD) has her flyball debut at the Canberra Royal Show this weekend and earned her FD (Flyball Dog) title.
Congratulations Slinky and Shell!
The start to our year has been completely focused with the last couple of weeks of puppy raising, which has been anything but a sacrifice given how lovely the Moonstones were to raise. Somehow I just never got past the "I could keep you all!" stage which normally disappears at about 7 weeks of age.
Sunday four of our pups - Astrid, Lyyti, Zarhni and Darcy - left for their new homes. With mum Kajo flying home to Perth Monday morning, and the last pup Liina then leaving for Tasmania. So it is very very quiet being back to just Louis and Baby at home.
Astrid (Armahani Moonstone Mureus (AI)) and and Lyyti (Armahani Moonstone Myrsky (AI)) both go to lovely families in Victoria, as their first lappies. While Zarhni, Darcy and Liina - our show prospects - are with already existing Armahani families.
Zarhni (Armahani Moonstone Mainnas (AI)) and Darcy (Armahani Moonstone Mahti (AI)) will be shown by me. Zarhni will be much loved by the Russell family, living with Keeko (Armahani Kunzite Kaunis). While Darcy has gone to be adored by Cherelle and Taija (Ch Neut Ch Armahani Crystal Cuovgat).
Liina (Armahani Moonstone Movtta) has gone to be part of of Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds, where she is loved by Rachael and hopefully eventually loved also by Benni (Supreme Ch Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (AI) ET and Fleur (Ch Armahani Iolite Ilo (AI) HT)
Because he is completely amazing, Leevi again earned another two titles today, this time in agility at the Frankston Dog Obedience Agility Games trial.
He gained the last quallies he needed for both his Strategic Pairs Dog (SPD) title and his Gamblers Dog (GD) title!
Way to go Leevi and Nicole.