Monday, March 23, 2009

Praise

Maybe it was because I started out completely inexperienced in the show ring, with Max who is not a “flashy” dog, but I never really cared much about wins.  I loved my dog and he was beautiful to me, and that was all that really mattered.  Max’s route to a championship was slow and arduous.  When it came, it was more of a checkbox – now we could spend more time on the fun stuff: agility!

Showing Stanley was a different sort of experience but mostly a relief that he was so easy.  I was a better handler and he racked up his championship points to finish at a much younger age, then followed it up with a championship in a second country.

Showing at our National Specialty last October was a debut of sorts, Stan’s introduction to the “big boys” (and girls) in the breed.  Again, I love this dog and he’s gorgeous to me but I don’t generally spend time thinking about how others in the breed assess his strengths and weaknesses.  Frankly I was shocked when Stanley won his large 16-20 month dog class in the Sweepstakes and well beyond that when he took Best Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes (with his sister going Best in Sweeps).

Today I finally got a copy of the judge’s critique from the show.  Suffice it to say, I am tickled pink with the praise heaped on the puppy dog.  (So why do I still have such a hard time with praise directed at me?)  If you’re not a beardie person, you’ll have to trust me that this hits upon the high points of structure in our breed.

“Littermate to my Best in Sweepstakes bitch, this 19+ month old boy of correct size and lovely outline is already a finished Champion.  Nice head with good dark pigmentation.  Angles well balanced and not exaggerated.  Appealing flow of neck into firm, strong topline and well-rounded croup.  Very sound to go over with correct depth, shape and length of rib.  Gaited freely with balanced movement.  I was pleased to award him Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps.” – Judge Tom Dixon, 2008 BCCA National Specialty

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10 comments:

Stef said...

Congrats to you and Stanley!!

D said...

Hmmm... that sounds awfully familiar. Wait! That's the same critique I gave my ex! Well, before I found out what an asshole he is - he has since lost his Best of Opposite Sex title.

Larissa said...

Way to go Stanley!!!!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hee hee hee - I'm laughing at D's comment :) WAY TO GO STANLEY and YOU! That's awesome!

beardies3 said...

That's my boy! And YOU are a far better handler than you think you are. You are a thinking handler with lots of natural ability thrown in. You and Stanley are quite an impressive combo. Just as you and Max are a force in Agility.

beardies3 said...

That's my boy! And YOU are a far better handler than you think you are. You are a thinking handler with lots of natural ability thrown in. You and Stanley are quite an impressive combo. Just as you and Max are a force in Agility.

Rainmaker said...

Congrats!

Missy said...

Proud mama! Sweet boy. You have to be thrilled.

TriGirl Kate O said...

All the credit must go to his mama--YOU! Way to go.

Kirstin said...

Congratulation to you and Stanley! What a team!