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