Robert wins best of breed & Lilibeth wins Best in show & Marie claire receives qualifying score in her 1st rally obedience trial!
Robert (CH Hill Country's I'll Bee Your Shining Star) wins Best of Breed against many amazing specials and another 5 point major toward his Grand Championship!
Lilibeth wins 3 Best of Breeds and 2 Best in Shows in the 4-6 Puppy!
And Marie Claire receives a score of 83 at her first Rally Obedience Trial!
The 1st part of spring break involved a solo camping trip (Amy) with pugs Marie Claire, Lilibeth, and Robert. Tent camping at that! It was quite cold some nights on the Mountain (Monte Sano Mountain, Huntsville, Alabama) so we purchased a "lil buddy" propane heater which we could use inside the tent. We trained and enjoyed the woods (lots of ticks out, so it was good we used some Frontline before the trip).
After the tent camping trip, I think the pugs were glad to head to a hotel for the dog show in Jackson, TN. It was our first time to be at this venue which was quite nice, not too stressful for the dogs, and had some fabulous judges. The folks running the event were also super nice. I hate that they had to cancel the last day (Sunday) because of the storm damage and that they had to have added stress to running such a big event ... however, I'm so glad everyone was safe and no one (especially all those folks staying in campers at the show site) was hurt.
Honestly, I was SO surprised when Scarlett J. said she'd be willing to show Robert for us ... for free! She must really like him a lot lolz ;)
In fact, models were just flocking from everywhere just to have their photo taken with Robert. He's such a stud muffin. ;)
Lilibeth not only won Best of Breed in the 4-6 Puppy but also the Toy group AND THEN WENT ON TO WIN BEST IN SHOW for the BPUP against some really nice dogs including all sorts of hunting breeds, bull dogs, samoyeds, terriers, Cane Corsos, Papillons, Dachshunds, and more. I was so proud of her and she just wowed the judge! She also won Best in Show again 2 days later and Marie Claire competed in her first Rally Obedience trial (and got a qualifying ribbon toward her title!) What a great weekend. Alas, the final day/Sunday was canceled due to bad weather. The tornado sirens went off Saturday night necessitating us to bunker down in the hotel bathroom. Thankfully, there were no touchdowns in our area of town but the show site suffered some flooding (evidently, the grooming area was 3 feet under water!) But what an awesome weekend and special quality time with these 3!
Congratulations sweet Robert (CH Hill Country’s I’ll Bee Your Shining Star) on your big win of BOS in Tallahassee with a 23 pug entry (beating the #2 pug in the country and the "new Biggie"). Thank you Judge Judy Harrington for recognizing his exceptionalism ... and many thanks to his amazing breeders Kristy and Kevin for producing such a spectacular representation of the pug breed.
And Lilibeth won Breed and Toy Puppy Group at her very first Match in Tallahassee. Not only that, but she was a natural in the ring and loved every second of it!
Amy Aberg McLelland, owner Pickwick Pugs