We would like to wish all our friends here in the UK, and all our friends overseas, all the best for the Christmas & New Year, and we hope to meet up with you all soon.
Hussy is our new pomeranian baby and she has recently been introduced to society so we thought we would share some information with you.
It has been over 5 years since Michaela had a pom puppy to show and with Scooby retired from the ring and Yarla no longer enjoying the show ring, Michaela was left to be chief supporter of Melissa and Fleur and to drag Shaggy out on rare occasions in veteran classes. At nearly 10 years, he thought he had been retired !!
In September, we were invited to look at a litter bred by Caroline Odd. Caroline had previously used Shaggy at stud and we knew that her lines were one of the few kennels to go back to the Tookeyes lines which are dominant in our own lines and which we knew and loved. We were interested in a pup which might enable us to breed in the future and continue our line, and at the same time, get Michaela back in the ring and having some fun.
Caroline offered us pick of litter and we spent a lovely afternoon, meeting the pups (and parents) and playing. One little bitch stole our attention immediately. Caroline assured us that she was orange sable though at present, she is orange !
We considered some names and settled on Trenarwyn Tiger Hussy so Michaela's immediate response was to call her "Hussy". Hussy was in the middle of having her innoculations done so we were unable to take her home straight away as Caroline had kindly offered to complete the course.
Whilst waiting to return and collect Hussy, we busied ourselves preparing for her arrival - dog bed, toys, dishes etc.
Melissa was unable to go and collect her so mum went with Michaela and Hussy arrived at Sharhazlah, immediately winning everyone over. Even had dad rolling around the floor with her.
Hussy didn't attend any ringcraft classes, such was her self confidence and cocky attitude. Her first show was the Horsham open show where two pom classes were scheduled. At 6 months and 2 days, Hussy won the Post Graduate class, Best of Breed and Best Puppy under Miss Amber Henshaw.
The big test was still to come.......LKA before a large entry of 109 poms for toy and breed specialist, Julie Sparrow. This was Hussy's only chance to qualify for Crufts 2012. We had entered Shaggy to keep her company and set off for the NEC at 5.30am on Sunday 11th December. On arriving at the hall, we found there were 12 entered in Hussy's minor puppy bitch class. Hussy seemed a little bored in the four-berth, waiting at ringside and decided to chill out and sleep.
Poms were second in the ring after toy poodles and it was soon time for Shaggy to go in his veteran class. He is such a little show-off and loved every minute of being in the ring. Shaggy won the veteran class and later received many compliments from some spectators from other breeds who watched the dog challenge.
Whilst Michaela was in the ring with Shaggy, Melissa prepared Hussy as her class was immediately following the dog challenge - no time for nerves !!
All 12 poms turned up for the class. Twice round the ring and then the individual assessments. Hussy showed beautifully on the table and doing her triangle and up and down. Julie Sparrow looked along the line and shortlisted 5 for the placings. Hussy was one of these and already we were happy, simply that she was to receive a placing in such good company. A final walk up and down for each dog and then Hussy was placed 3rd, qualifying her for Crufts 2012 at her first and only attempt.
Hussy didn't realise what all the fuss was about and decided it was time for her afternoon nap.
Shaggy will now accompany Hussy to Crufts where he will officially retire from the showring
Today we left early to go to the Rouen International Show with Fleur, we left home just after midnight on Sunday morning, and arrived at the venue in Rouen at 6.45am. Dogs were received from 8am and the rain was coming down so hard, it was going to be fun, to get unpacked and into the hall. Luckily, just before 8am the rain eased so we managed to get all the stuff out of the car, and then join the long queue to get into the hall. Fleur's pass was checked, and then we went in.
We found our ring in the first hall and then tried to find our number that was stuck on cages near the ring. We set up everything and took Fleur for a walk in the hall hoping that she might spend a penny, with luck she did but took her time.
I went to get changed as we were 2nd in the ring, and there were only 4 dogs in the breed in front.
We watched the dogs being judged, and some nice dogs there, and then Fleur's class was called and I was last in the line as it's alphabetical order in France. We were sent round twice before our judge Jean-Jacques Dupas assessed each dog and graded them. It was our turn, and Fleur was happy being gone over, and was very steady on the move and showed her socks off for me, and wasn't as long standing for our critique to be done.
We were then sent round the ring again before our judge made his mind up, Fleur was graded Excellent 1st in her class, I couldn't believe it we had won our class and our first time in Intermediate bitch, it was a super feeling, Fleur knew she had done well as she was over the top with her kisses.
We were then called into the ring for the challenge for CACS & CACIB (as it was an International Show). We were put into class order, and moved round the ring twice, and then waited till our judge had made his mind up on his Bitch Winner.
Fleur was then awarded the CACS & CACIB - what an achievement this was. It was a very special moment and one we will not forget.
We then had to challenge for BOB. This consisted of the CACIB Dog winner, Veteran Winner, CACIB Bitch winner (Fleur) and the Junior Winner. We were moved twice more and BOB was given to the Veteran dog who is a stunning dog, Fleur done us proud in the BOB and was very happy with how she performed.
We then got some photos done, and then waited for 4.30pm to come so we could leave to get home. We even got a trophy for being awarded the CACIB so was a lovely day.
We left the venue about 5ish after packing up and getting out of the car park, we did get lost but lucky for us Daniel our TomTom got us through it, and get us back on to the right road home.
We arrived at Pets Passport Tunnel Calais at 7.15 and we checked Fleur in and was given all clear to travel, and we then proceeded to wait for our train at 8.20pm. We went and got a few bottles of wine as it was on offer (a very good offer for sure) so that was good.
We then boarded the train and headed for last part of the journey still on cloud 9 for sure.
Was a long day and a very worthwhile trip and one we will never forget