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Monday, February 22, 2010

Athena's DEBUT in Canada with 2 Group placements!

OK ... still tired from our New York trip to Westminster and definitely have the makings of a bad cold. And as these things go, Michael is also now coming down with it. Darn. So, needless to say, I haven't been really motivated to unpack or do much in the way of dog trimming. Just hanging out with the dogs, catching up with the news and for the most part seem GLUED to on-line streaming of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics! Those athletes, from all over the world, are amazing at what they do! And, it sure does make me proud to be a Canadian. They are all truly skilled in their area of passions. In a way, sort of like dog showing - but OH so much more! :-)

Well, being so close to the computer has meant that I have been anxiously awaiting the results of Athena's (Am Ch Darwyn's Heroic Endeavour) FIRST weekend out in Canada with Doug Belter. In Canada, http://www.canuckdogs.com/, does a fantastic job of getting group results up on the same day as the show.

The first 2 days - nothing.  Darn.  I had to look into who was entered that was being placed in the group above my girl.

Well, as it turned out, this was not a small show that Doug went to, in fact this show (Ontario Breeders Association) is one of the larger shows associated with the "Eukanuba Top 100 Competition" for Canada!  I had no idea!?  By the looks of it, there are some pretty nice dogs there - and quite a few terriers (double to what we see here at a typical show and triple to what a lot of parts of Canada see)!  The group placing terriers included: 
- a Norwich that has had multiple Best Puppy in Show (BPIS) wins and one of the top Norwich in 2009
- a SCWT that also has some BPIS wins and multiple group placements
- a Lakeland that ALSO had some BPIS wins AND Group Wins in 2009 in their show record!
- the #1 Australian Terrier in Canada AND a group winner!
- the #1 Kerry Blue Terrier which ALSO happened to be the #1 TERRIER in Canada AND #6 dog ALL BREEDS (I now understand that this show ALSO hosted the "Top 100 Competition" show)
- AND a multiple Best in Show Westi!

There may have been a few other top terriers in the competition, however, these are the ones that got group placements on the first couple of days that I could see entered. I was disappointed, but understood. Athena was certainly at a show where quality terriers were also - NOT some small show away from the competition.

Day 3 ... Athena got a Group 4 placement!  WOO HOO!
Day 4 .... a GROUP 2!
Athena (Am Ch. Darwyn's Heroic Endeavour) is actually 1/2 to her Canadian Championship since there were so many terrier breeds represented!

WHEW!  Now I can relax and let this darn flu bug run it's course!  Athena is well on her way to finishing in Canada and will come home sometime soon.  Now, we just need to wait for a couple of more shows. 

My US Specialty Winning girl is clearly catching the attention of some of the Canadian judges, and I'm sure capturing the hearts of the spectators and everyone she meets. :-)  Next summer (hopefully) she will become a mother and a new generation will start!  I'm very excited about what she might produce and very excited about the dog I am planning on breeding her to!

Cross your fingers for us in the middle of March - that's when her next show will be!  That one is connected with the big PURINA / CKC National Championship (in a way, it is sort of like the Canadian equivalent, or want to be, of the US Eukanuba/AKC National).  However, I must tell Doug that if he wants to go to a small show, that's fine with me ... he doesn't have to only go to the big shows where all of the top dogs are!  :-)

So ... fingers crossed for her please!

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