It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this. Things have been pretty busily falling into place around here. It’s been HOT HOT HOT in Chicago. Over the last weekend I showed Dory, which was in Waukesha, WI, she earned 4 points which finished her championship! Woo hoo! Dory is the first unfinished show dog I have had since I was a junior handler. She came to me with 1 major and 1 single put on her by Jill (thanks Jill!!!), but in the 6 or 7 weeks I was showing her, I put 12 points on her including her 2nd major. I was VERY VERY excited about that, and that is an incredible understatement.
It is very hard for a novice person to find a show dog, and even harder to find a show bitch. VERY HARD. Though I am not particularly interested in breeding at this time, I have Holmes and he will remain the only boy here. After more than a couple disheartening attempts in a search for a girl, I wasn’t going to give up. I am so thankful that Amy Hill had the faith in me to let Dory come to live with my family. I know she cares very much about her dogs and where they are going. She took a leap of faith, and I hope we have made her very, very proud. I have had a chance to meet some wonderful people this year from all over the country in all types of industries. I appreciate the people that have taken the time to respond and communicate with me. I couldn’t have learned as much as I have learned without support from people like Penni, Amy and Jill. Many other people have also been very kind to me, and I appreciate that! I will contribute to majors again in the future – I promise! I hope someday in the future I can carry on in this breed by being a mentor to people who really want to show. 🙂
Anyway, back to Dory… Dory is a very correct dog. She has a beautiful type, and she moves so nicely. She is a “sparkly” girl with a happy temperament. She loves to be on the ground. Overall, I think I also handled her well (after my first couple shows of getting reacquainted). I reached out for guidance in order to find the right coaching for me, overall training for Dory, and research on judges in addition to making sure I was connected with the other wonderful Cardi people in my area to find out where we could build majors.
I will show Dory to her GCH and keep the obedience going with her and Holmes. Also, some other things are in the works… but for now, let’s see what else we can do this year!