Arie finished his AKC Champion at the 4-day Novi, MI when he went Winners Dog (and Best Border Terrier Puppy) for a 3 point major win on Friday, January 19, 2018 under Judge Peter Green at the age of 9-1/2 months old. We went into the show only needing 1 point, so receiving a 3 point major was icing on the cake and gave Arie a couple of points to spare.
My plan is to give Arie time to do some maturing so he will most likely be shown sparingly this year. Earthdog tests will be starting in a couple of months and I would love to get him started with some training.
Arie's first Major. Judge: Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
Wow, Wow, Wow!
Arie and I attended the 4-day Mid-Ohio Cluster show here in Columbus on November 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2017 and had an amazing show!
Because of Arie's age (and puppy antics that still occur), Arie was entered in the Puppy Dog 6 to 9 month class all four days of the show cluster. We came into the show with 1 point which Arie had earned at the Delaware Ohio Kennel Club show at the end of October. My goal for this show was that he would have a good show experience and that we could hopefully get a good look from the judges.
On Friday, November 17, Judge Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark gave Arie his first major win of 4 points when she awarded him Winners Dog.
On Saturday, November 18, Judge Ms. Kathleen J. Ferris gave Arie his second major win of 4 points when she awarded him Winners Dog.
On Sunday, November, 19, Judge Dr. Steve Keating gave Arie his third major win by not only selecting him for Winners Dog, but he awarded him Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed (placing him over 3 dog 'specials'). Because Arie was placed over 3 dogs who were already Champions, that changed the 3 point major win to a 5 point major win!
For an AKC Championship, a dog needs to earn two 'major' wins of 3, 4 or 5 points under two separate judges and a total of 15 points. When Arie left the show site on Sunday afternoon, he had three major wins under his belt and a total of 14 points including the 1 point he received in October. So he only needs one more point to finish his AKC Championship!
Pictures were taken all three days to commemorate Arie's results and they will be posted as soon as I get them from the photographer.
October and November means Earthdog in Ohio as we are fortunate to have two earthdog test weekends held during those months.
The weekend of October 14 and 15, 2017, I judged earthdog at the Columbus All-Breed Training Club's test. Entries were down a bit which is unfortunate as it was a great weekend weather-wise and Columbus All-Breed has a nice facility for dog events. Indoor crating and hot food prepared by club members (and indoor toilets!) are part of the amenities provided by this club for their tests.
This past weekend, I judged earthdog for Gem City Dog Obedience Club at their outdoor facility located close to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. It was perfect weather for earthdog and I was happy to see quite a few Qualifying runs, a couple of new titles, and a lot of new dogs that showed potential for the earthdog sport.
Earthdog is now put to bed for the year and will start back up again towards the end of April 2018.
Arie turned 6 months old at the end of September so why not attend the largest terrier show in the country the following weekend (ha!).
You never know what to expect for Montgomery weekend. It is held the first weekend of October so the weather can be pleasant and cool, hot and muggy, or whatever else Mother Nature likes to have happen that weekend. The last time I attended, Hurricane Joaquin was making its presence known on the East Coast so it rained all four days of the cluster. Because of the amount of rain, the Devon Kennel Club show was cancelled on Saturday because of the fear that RVs would become immersed in the muddy show site.
This year, Arie and I attended on Saturday and Sunday only. The weather was hot and humid on Saturday (I ended up getting sunburnt watching judging after Borders were done) and Sunday had rain periodically throughout the day and something like 98% humidity.
Weather aside, Arie showed in the Puppy class, which included puppies from age 6 months to 11 months 30 days (under 12 months) of age. Looking at the catalog, Arie was the youngest puppy in the ring with other puppies almost ready to turn 12 months old.
Showing outside always provides lots of distractions but Arie did really well and he placed a respectable 3rd both days, especially considering his age compared to the other puppies. I was happy with how he moved and paid attention to me, now we just need to work on standing still for more than 3 seconds!
The following article appeared in a newsletter sent out by my veterinarian's office and I thought it was excellent and worthy of sharing. Especially with Thanksgiving soon to be upon us along with all of the other winter holidays.
Arie, Bee, and I attended the 4-day Friendship Cluster over Labor Day weekend (September 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2017). Bee competed in the regular show each day and Arie was entered in the 4 to 6 Month Puppy Competition each day.
Bee ended up as Best of Opposite Sex/Best of Breed Owner Handled for all four days so we competed in the Owner Handled (OH) Terrier Group ring each day. Out of those four days, Bee ended up with a OH Terrier Group 1 on day 2 and a OH Terrier Group 3 on day 3. I was so pleased with how she showed, she did a great job.
Arie had a fabulous four days. He was Best of Breed for all four days so competed in the Best Puppy Terrier Group each day. He ended up with a Group 2 placement on days 1 and 2 and a Group 1 placement on days 3 and 4. Arie handled himself like a trooper (albeit one that liked to hop periodically while gaiting around the ring) because the windy/rainy weather didn't throw him off. This was his first time traveling away from home and sleeping in a new location and following a new schedule didn't bother him one bit. I had a photograph taken of Arie's first Group 1 placement so will post when it becomes available.
Bee, Arie, and I attended the IABCA show in Wilmington, OH over the weekend of August 26 and 27, 2017. This is an International show, where they hold two shows a day and the format has the judges giving a written critique of each dog which you can discuss with them during breed judging.
Bee received her Honors Champion - Silver title by receiving four V-1 scores (highest given). She was also Best of Breed for Show 1 and received a Terrier Group 3. Additionally, Bee was also Best Bred By Exhibitor (BBE) Adult Terrier for all four shows. Bee and I did nothing in the Best In Show BBE Adult ring for any of the four shows, but she had a wagging tail and showed well and that's all I can ask for.
I had wanted to enter Arie in this show so he could start getting 'ring experience' for when he eventually turns 6 months old and can be entered in the regular classes at AKC shows. He ended up being quite the shining star.
Arie was entered in the Baby Puppy class (3 to 6 months) for all four shows and what IABCA calls an "Express" show. He received five SG-1 scores (highest given) so came home with his "Honors Baby" title.
In addition to his regular breed judging, Arie was Best Terrier Puppy and Best Terrier BBE Puppy so represented the Terrier Puppies in the Best in Show rings for those two classes for each show. Shows 1 and 2 were held on Saturday and Shows 3 and 4 were held on Sunday. Even though he competed against puppies up to 12 months of age, we ended up walking out of the Best In Show rings with 6 rosettes out of 8 times in the ring.
Saturday - Show 1: Best in Show BBE Puppy Saturday - Show 2: Reserve Best In Show BBE Puppy and Reserve Best In Show Puppy
Sunday - Show 3: Reserve Best In Show BBE Puppy and Reserve Best In Show Puppy Sunday - Show 4: Best in Show Puppy
I am so very proud to announce that Bee (CH HnrCH-B Aardehond Princess Of The Hive) is now an AKC Grand Champion. We attended the Marion OH cluster over the weekend of July 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017. I ring stewarded on Friday and Saturday so Bee's first day showing was on Sunday, July 30, under Judge Mr. John Wade.
We went into the show with Bee only needing 1 point to finish her GCH. She finished in style by going Best of Breed and Best Owner Handler in Breed over 4 other Border Terrier Champions and a total of 11 Border Terriers for a 5 point major towards her Grand Championship.