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.