I headed up to Ottawa the last weekend in August to not only visit my best friend Kim, but also to show my 8 month old tri girl, Kendall. Kim was showing her stunning, multiple Best Puppy in Show winning youngster, Rehannah (MBPIS Ch Laureate Immortality), so the weekend was full of promise for lots of fun. Kendall already had 4 points in two weekends of showing, and I was hoping to gain a little more ground toward her Canadian championship.
The weather was beautiful, warm like you would expect in August, but with a breeze, and Long Sault Conservation Area is a gorgeous park, a perfect setting for this very large dog show, annually hosted by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Dog Association. I did not know really anything about the gentleman who was judging us at the breed and group levels, Mr. Rafael de Santiago, but I was so proud of my girl, that walking into the ring for our Junior Puppy bitch class, I truly felt that I really did have the best puppy there! I could not have been more thrilled when Mr. de Santiago first chose Kendall to win her class, then awarded her Winners Bitch, and if that wasn't exciting enough, to then go on and win Best of Breed! In the group 7 ring, we even walked out with 3rd place win, and then went back in for the group 7 puppies. I didn't think the day could possibly be any better when we were awarded Best Puppy in Group ... but it did!!!
Best in show followed soon after the group judging, and first the mainly adult dogs were judged. Then it was our turn, under judge Roberto Velez-Pico, to compete with the other puppy group winners.
Kendall being examined on the table by Mr. Velez-Pico.
Going away from the judge and then back toward him ...
The judge taking a final look at his lineup.
"The best puppy today is the sheltie!"
Preparing for the official show photo ... what a memorable day!!
Thank you so much, Kim, for taking all these fantastic pictures ... you helped make this day so much more special!
P.S. The following day, Kendall finished her championship, going Winners Bitch under Col. Joe Purkhiser ... now BPIS Ch Anamchara Jacquard!