NASS got off to a great start. Ava (Ypsilon x Maika) won the first show of the day, the 3-6 month female puppy class! We were so proud of her, she just rocked it, standing out in a large class of pups. Head up, eyes bright, confident, and gaiting beautifully — she didn’t miss a beat. We could see Maika shining through in her today, and this of course caused all of us to cry when Ava won.
Because it’s awkward to take pictures of people while they’re crying (and while you, yourself, are crying), I was limited in my photography. Here’s the best picture I got. Don’t worry, I know the 24kgsd photo brigade snapped much better ones that they will post later.
I managed to hold it together enough to tape the judge’s comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WrNzS1CzeL4
Comments are below (to the best of my understanding).
Very typey, very expressive female with good withers, a firm back and good position and length of the croup. Well angulated in front, very well angulated in the rear. What makes her winning the class today is her presentation in the ring, from the beginning to the end was clear, with really good presentation and with very good, powerful rear drive.
After Ava, it was Brody and Aiden’s time to shine! They placed VP2 and VP3, respectively, also in a large class of pups. So after the first two classes, Alta-Tollhaus earned a VP1, VP2 and VP3. Not bad!
I couldn’t stay for the later puppy classes, but know that Yippie Kai Yay, Ziva, Zorya, Fenris and Ranger all earned VPs today. (If I’m forgetting anyone, let me know!)