Well Gavin and I had our show ring debut yesterday in Malibu Beach, Ca. It was a beautiful show with some truly beautiful dogs, Gavin was in the Baby Puppy 3-6 months. He did extremely well with the gaiting around the ring as I handled from the outside, he wasn’t the happiest during the stack but did a pretty good job, he was a little squirmy, he received a VP3 in the class, the 2 puppies ahead of him were right at the 6 mos mark and looked much bigger ( and they stacked very well:)) The Judges comments on Gavin were very good and his handler was very pleased with him in his first show. The Judge said he had a beautiful head, deep rich pigment and very nice substantial bone with a very fine ring presence, he said he has a very bright future. I later saw the Judge as I was walkng to the refreshment bar during the lunch break, he came and placed his hands on Gavin and just played a little with him, he told me he was a beautiful puppy and explained that because of his age he is still tight in his hocks, he said when he matures and can physically drive off his hocks he will be able to really extend his front reach, he said he really really liked this puppy.
I cannot even begin to count how many people came up and just told me what a beautiful puppy he is, including the owner of the big dog out here in California, a dog named Urban, a Sieger winner who they displayed at the show with his offspring, the woman who owns him came over to me and inquired about Gavin and said he was a absolutely beautiful puppy, she asked to see his pedigree and just was very complentary, which is really in her case praise from Caesar!!! I had a wonderful time and am so proud of my baby, he handled everything so well, he’s just a trooper and a joy to own, he won
a really nice little trophy that is already proudly displayed on my mantle. I cannot believe how many people asked to purchase my little pumpkin, he’s priceless no matter what he does
from here on out, one of the best things about him is his gameness, coming home which was a long 2 plus hour drive he lounged on the back seat in my truck, on his snuggly comforter and
never whined or fussed, already a traveling pro.
I myself,need a LOT of work, after 3 or 4 laps around the ring calling Gavin I just about collapsed in a heap, I was beginning to wonder if there were people in the stands who could perform CPR!! I need to build my endurance up before he really starts to move out!!!
Lorie and Gavin
( there were
photographers on the grounds and I’ll share as soon as I receive them)
Congratulations Lorie and Gavin! He did so well; that is wonderful!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!! to you and Gavin !!
Congratulations to Gavin and Lori. I know what you mean about CPR…looks so easy when you watch it on TV!!! 😉
The title for this post should have been “Alta-Tollhaus Pup Takes CA By Storm!”
Way to go Lorie & Gavin! Lorie, you will find showing dogs just as exciting (maybe even more!) than showing horses.
I’ll tell ya what Carole, it was a heck of a lot easier to head out, no hassle of hitching up the trailer and driving the speed limit. 🙂 Gavin only needs his blanket he loves and the same little Giraffe squeaky toy he flew to me with, thats his favorite toy in the world and what I used to bait him around the show ring! LOL!!! I enjoyed the dog show, I met so many neat people and had a blast, of course having such a gorgeous little guy at the end of my leash made it all the more enjoyable!