Hard on Loki’s heels, Pike finished his championship this weekend at the Springfield shows with professional handler Stacy Threlfall.
This photo was taken the weekend before at the Wampanoag Kennel Club show in Wrentham, MA. Don’t they look great together?
Pike finished his championship in just three months of limited showing, and did it with three major wins. We adore this big red-headed derpy boy, and can’t wait to see what the future brings.
The veterinary community had a general feeling in the 70s, but science had progressed enough by the 1990s to make researchers certain that dogs did feel pain from both procedures. Again, if you’re taking a breath to say that baby puppies don’t feel pain when they’re docked, you are completely and totally wrong. 6 It’s also false that it’s less painful to dock during puppyhood than amputate in adulthood.7 And if you insist on either one of these things, you are not only perpetuating a falsehood,8 you just make us look even more stupid.9
By 2008, not only was it certain that the procedures caused pain, it was certain that they did not provide anything close to a compensatory benefit. Undocked dogs have very few tail injuries. 10 Cropping does not prevent ear infections.11 The implementation of cropping/docking on “working breeds” is so inconsistent as to be laughable.12 The jig is up; nobody believes you when you say it’s for a working purpose.13
Yes, yes, and yes! Thank-you, Joanna, for speaking out on this subject. Dogs should keep all the parts they are born with!
I’d like to start this show report with a deeply felt “thank-you!” to Amy Preston and Caryl-Rose Pofcher. They, individually, graciously boarded Clover and Jackson for me, so that we could make the drive down to Trenton and back carrying only two dogs, instead of four. In a very real way, they made the trip possible.
Sunday’s show in Trenton was a regional specialty show, hosted by the Greater Valley Forge Rhodesian Ridgeback Club. There was an entry of 72 Ridgebacks for the show. We elected to drive down Saturday night, and drive home Sunday after the show, staying overnight in Cranbury.
Mercer Park, the show site, is amazing. It’s gorgeous. We went to Trenton last year, too, and I loved it even better this year — warm and sunny. Just like last year, we had ringside parking for the van.
Cutting to the chase, here are the results:
Pike was Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes, netting us a lovely, lovely black leather show lead with black and yellow beads for a trophy, and a small cash prize. He was also third place in his class in regular judging.
Loki was awarded Reserve Winners Dog (to a five-point major, with 25 class dog entries). Here he’s pictured with sister Reign, who was from the same litter as Pike. Reign was awarded Reserve Winners Bitch. Nathan handled Loki, and breeder Lisa Hoffman showed Reign.
We went home totally thrilled with our two boys. I’ll put a link up to the rest of the show results when they become available.
I have zero excuse for not putting this up earlier, except that I just wasn’t in the mood to write. Still, the shows are starting to heat up, and I spent some time updating Clover’s page to reflect her major wins better, so I can take a moment to let you know how Springfield went at the beginning of this month.
The Spring Fling cluster was held in Springfield, MA over April 3-5, 2015. This was Pike’s first “real” show — he was in the non-competitive Beginner Puppy class at the Hartford shows (which were also held in Springfield, so it’s okay to be confused). We decided I would handle Pike, and Nathan would take Loki again like he had at Hartford.
Nathan and Loki were on fire that weekend. Loki was Winner’s Dog on Friday under judge John P. Wade, picking up two points toward his championship. Winner’s Bitch and Best of Winners would go to my friend Ali Gregoire and her bitch Marlo.
Saturday, Loki and Nathan would go Winner’s Dog again for a 4 point major under judge Daniel J. Smyth. Mr. Smyth would also give Best of Winners to Loki over Ali’s Marlo (who also finished her championship!!). We showed to Smyth last year in Springfield in one of Nathan’s first times in the ring on Loki, where he took home Reserve Winner’s Dog. Most importantly, Saturday’s win gave Loki his second major, leaving us in a good spot for finishing Loki’s championship.
Sunday, Winner’s Dog was awarded to Loki’s brother Raylan by judge Raymond Filburn, giving him the last win he needed to finish his championship! We were a little sad it wasn’t Loki, but totally thrilled it went to Ray, who is a really super handsome liver nose.
What about Pike, I hear you asking. Well … Pike was in 6-9 month Puppy all three days, against a Spring Valley dog handled by Jack Secrest. Jack’s dog was more mature than Pike, handled better than Pike (Jack is a professional and I very much am not), and just showed better than Pike. We were out-shown and out-handled, and that’s okay. Pike needs time to mature and some more training, which is just the way it goes. He also started going into a fear period on Saturday, so on Sunday I just focused on making sure he had a good time in the ring and at the show, and I came out of the weekend very, very happy with little Lovernose. I thought he did as well as could be expected for a six month old baby!
Looking forward, we will be at Trenton in the beginning of May, followed by St. Hubert the following weekend. Then Pike will be going to the Maine shows with Marsa (without me), and at the end of the month will be Ladies’ Club in Wrentham. Loki needs a final two points to finish up his title, and then we’ll probably dip our toes into the water and see how a grand championship might go for him. Who knows? Right now we’re just having fun showing him, and he is working well for Nathan, so we’re happy to follow this wherever it leads.