Friday, May 29, 2009

More news from the weekend

Jeannine Rash (PA) called to say that Loteki Ima Firecracker, CD RN was BOB on Friday and again on Monday. He needs three singles to complete his championship! Way to go! Wishing you good luck this coming weekend and more good news to report!

Jeannine is also looking forward to the debut of her puppy, Loteki Ima Cupcake. Chloe is a half sister to Nicholas. She turned 6 months old on the 28th!
Chloe is pictured at the left at 5 months.

More from the National

Cheryl Geer wrote, "No titles but they did bring home some ribbons. We just competed one day at the Teacup trial, because we had two more days after that of agility at the PCA trial plus rally/obedience. Since both boys have Advanced/Master's level titles in AKC agility, I "fast-tracked" them at the Clermont County Teacup trial. If you do that, you can move up levels with each Q. You don't get any placements thought while you are fast-tracking. I wanted to get them both into Superior level Standard and Games 3, the highest level. Once they get those titles, they can start working on their TACH (Teacup Agility Champion). Each of them ran 4 times, 2 Standard runs and 2 Games runs. Felix qualified in every run. So, he now has one Teacup Superior Standard leg (and 3rd place for that). Jackson qualified in 3 out of 4 runs, missing one weave pole in his second Standard run. So, for their next Teacup trial (in July, I think), they will both be in the top levels, Superior Standard and Games 3. So, mission accomplished there! If Jackson could have gotten placements, he would have placed 1st in each run. At the PCA agility trials, Felix only ran Jumpers. He was clean both days but one second over time on Monday. On Tuesday, he qualified and earned his 9th MJP3 leg (He only needs one more Q to earn that title so it could come this weekend). He got 3rd place Tuesday on his qualifying run. Jackson qualified both days in Jumpers, earning a few points. In Standard, on Monday, the teeter came up on him a bit fast and he got on it and then jumped off. No Q. Otherwise, clean. On Tuesday, he did a beautiful teeter and then popped out of the weave poles at pole 11. So, no double Q's. Felix qualified in both Excellent B and Advanced B at the rally trial. That was his 5th RAE leg. So, now both Jackson and Felix have 5 legs towards their RAE titles.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Papillon National 2009

We arrived home, Monday, May 26th, from after being gone for 6 days to the Papillon Club of America National Specialty that was held in Fort Mitchell, KY. The week flew by! There was so much to do, people to visit with, seminars, and then there was actually bathing, grooming and showing dogs!
Marlene Edgerton and I left on Tuesday shortly after noon and arrived at the Drawbridge Inn about 9:30 p.m. (EDT). We had a lot to unload and get situated. Erin Buie and her mother, Sandra Anderson, were already there and checked into our room. I can say that the dogs all travelled marvelously, even those that had not been away before! We were fortunate that friends saved us a nice spot in the shade on the grass for our expen!

Wednesday was obedience and rally, so trophies had to be set up. The rosettes that were ordered had to be put out. It was discovered that several rosettes and ribbons were missing, so off to the business center to order via email what we had determined was missing. It was discovered later that more ribbons were missing, along with other rosettes, so another trip to the business center. Later in the day, a party poolside was enjoyed by a large group of people, we enjoyed a lot of laughs, good food and drink.
Thursday dawned with another trip to the ballroom to set up trophies early on. Sweepstakes judging was to start at 1:00 p.m., giving plenty of time to bath dogs in the morning. My entries were my Asia (Loteki In The Heat Of The Moment) in the 9-12 puppy bitch class and Bikini, CH Loteki Beach Party, entered in the 11 and over Veteran Bitch. Asia was 2nd in her large class as was Bikini. It was fun watching all the puppies and their owners!
Thursday evening was the awards banquet with some of the very best food I have had at these functions! Prime Rib, bbq ribs and fried chicken! YUM!
Friday, early morning up and off to set up the trophy table for the day's judge of dogs. I had one dog entry in the BBE class, which allowed me to bath him on Friday morning as judging did not start until 9:00 a.m., a very civilized time! Regal (Loteki Inherit The Wind) made the final cut, despite the fact that he became less than responsive in the ring. I was disappointed to say the least, as I thought him a contender this year. Immediately after the class, I took him out to potty. He immediately pooped! I believe this was the reason for his unresponsive attitude....timing is everything!
Friday afternoon, Angela Booth and I gave a short seminar on being a successful owner-handler. It seemed to be well received. The room was filled to capacity! I think there is a real call for more seminars like this.
Saturday was my anticipated marathon day, with 5 bitches to show. Asia was first up and won 2nd in a very large 9-12 month class. Paris (Loteki The Heiress) made the 1st cut of in the BBE class. She showed very well. The next class was the American-Bred, in which, Brooke, *Loteki The Natural Touch', was entered. This was Brooke's first show and she did me proud by winning the class of 9! The Open Bitch Erect Ear class was next. Loteki Im Royalty, a.k.a. Phoebe, was entered here and again this was her first show. She made a couple cuts and showed well. The final class of the day was the Veteran's bitch class, Bikini was the oldest of the veterans entered by over two years to the next oldest. She put on quite a show and won 1st place! I was so thrilled I burst in to tears. Many of the crowd have watched Bikini over the years and they too had tears in their eyes, but what a shock to see the judge, Mr. Kent Delaney, also tear up! What a thrill! Bikini retired the Coquina challenge trophy with her third win in four years!
Sunday dawned sunny and warm. I made my way to the ballroom to set up the final group of trophies and rosettes for the days activities. My two entries in the Best of Breed competition were bathed and ready to go. Bikini's win on Saturday added her to those that had to have handlers for their ring appearance. CH Loteki For The Good Of Mankind made it to the final group, although he did not get an award. I was thrilled to make it to this level in the judging. Nelson showed well and moved beautifully. He is not yet two and has been shown sparingly. I am so happy to have him go home with me! My second entry was Rachel, CH Loteki Ima Heiress. She made a cut or two, showing very well. Bikini was taken back in to the ring by my dear friend, Joann Paulino, who did a marvelous job of showing my girl in Best of Breed.
Bikini went on to win Best Veteran which was very nice. My brace, Rachel & Phoebe, were fourth in a class of 9 with two absentees. They did very well considering we did not practice a great deal.
All in all it was a successful show, a fun week filled with many good friends! This was my 30th National specialty in 31 years, quite a number of memories!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Veteran wins Specialty

I was thrilled to hear from Renee Pili (PA) that CH Loteki Chance Of Wind won Best of Breed at the Greater Delaware Valley Papillon Club specialty on May 3rd, from the VETERAN BITCH CLASS! Way to go Nina, Bob & Renee! What a thrill! She looks fabulous! Nina won the Veteran Bitch class last year at the 2008 PCA National Specialty in Frederick, MD. I am very pleased for Bob & Renee. They have provided Nina with a fabulous home, I know how much they love her and what superb condition they keep her in.

Cheryl Geer (TN) had a fun weekend at agility trials, she wrote, "The high point of the weekend was Jackson's standard run this morning. He qualified earning his 7th MX leg and 14 MACH points. I was very proud of the little red guy! Our only other Q this weekend was yesterday -- Jackson qualified in Jumpers but was running slowly and just made course time. Anyway, a 7th MX leg and 14 more points for Jackson

On a sad note, April 29th, CH Loteki Royal Heir went over the rainbow bridge. Alex won the GDVPC Specialty in May 2001 under Cindy Crowder's guidance. Alex was a multiple group winner, as well as having produced 9 champions at this time with 3 more major pointed and one yet to make her debut.