Well, it looks like I've been truly lazy (or busy?) the past couple of months! Therefore, I have two show weekend updates... starting off with our last show on January 18th under judges Edward Pickering and John Forbes from Australia. Juno and Monroe both got 2 CCs each, with Monroe going BOB both times and Juno reserve to him twice. Here are some pictures from that show... and as you can see, the hooligan was being a hooligan again, as usual.
On to the next piece of news... last week, we had one of our biggest show weekends of the year, 6 shows in total although my dogs only managed to show up at 5 of them owing to "unforeseen circumstances"... First of all, Juno (Lucidity's Defying Gravity) gained her first CC at over 12 months old (totalling 5 CCs now!) and finished her Malaysian Championship!! This makes her my very first homebred champion, and from my very first litter, too.
It was definitely a cause for celebration since it took me so long just to figure out how to get her to stop jumping and barking in the ring and start acting like a real show dog! It took me so long, that by the time I did, it was already the very last show of the weekend. LOL. Not a moment too late, though... since it was in that show that she won her CC!
Secondly, my handsome boy Monroe (Bonitos Companeros Rednex of Lucidity's) broke records by winning 5 BOBs from ALL 5 shows that he was entered in... at only 10 months old!! WOOHOO!! So freaking proud of my baby boy. He was the youngest Cavalier in the ring, and one of the youngest amongst the junior dogs... but still managed to win BEST JUNIOR IN GROUP under judge Hiromi Takahashi from Japan! Big rosette for my big boy :D
The best part of it all was tonnes of random people who came up to me to compliment Monroe. Many of them were of the opinion that he is the best Cavalier that they've seen in Malaysia. And that is a HUGE deal since Cavaliers have been shown in Malaysia for decades! So damn proud of Monroe. He is really an unbeatable package -- a combination of GREAT breed type, lovely head and expression, and most importantly: dead sound movement.
None of this would have been possible if his breeders, Markus and Klaus didn't take a leap of faith on a relative newcomer! Am so excited about Monroe... I think there are gonna be lots more exciting stuff in store for us! We might make an appearance in Thailand later this year... stay tuned.
I've been terrible at updating, and for that, I apologize! Hopefully, I'll have more time to update this year. Fingers crossed.
Monroe was at his first show ever back in November, and he did so well! So damn proud of my little boy. He strutted around like a pro (albeit there was a slight mishap when my friend Felicia handled him during the breed and he managed to slip out of his lead and was dubbed the "runaway boy" by the lovely judge, lol) and went Best of Breed twice! Juno on the other hand, while still barking at the top of her lungs at least managed to walk pretty steadily and went Reserve BOB twice.
Was very happy with the two of them on the table, though. Both stood really nicely, tails wagging, and gave the judges some licks. Super puppies! Such a far cry from Lyra, who hates strangers and used to try to avoid having the judges go over her.
Here are some pictures from the shows that day (mostly of Monroe, because my friend who was helping me take pictures didn't have time to take them during the breed judging).
This Sunday (18th Jan) we'll be having the first shows of the year, and I'm going to show these two puppies again! They've now grown more coat; especially Juno... she's becoming quite hairy, really. So, wish us luck... hope the group winners this time won't be puppies again (the last time, a puppy Toy Poodle went Best in Group twice) so that Monroe will at least have a shot for puppy in group!
I have been a bit slow updating! Yikes. At the biggest shows of the year back in September, Lyra was entered in 4 out of 6 shows because there was a brand new title up for grabs: the Asia-Pacific Champion title. Basically, dogs have to earn 2 CCs in an APAC show to qualify for the title, which Lyra did, so she is now an FCI-APAC Champion in addition to her International Champion and Malaysian Grand Champion titles. This makes her the top winning Cavalier bitch and Malaysian bred Cavalier of ALL TIME! Think she did well, after having had pups just 6 months prior and having had all her coat shaved off.
In total, Lyra won 4 BOBs, 4 CCs, 1 CACIB, and Juno won a Reserve BOB as well as a Reserve CC. Juno was a total hooligan in the ring, as usual, so it was very difficult to show her. You can see her antics in the picture below:
Such a far cry from her mother, Lyra, who's always the picture of serenity in the ring! Have all fingers and toes crossed that she will behave better at this weekend's shows. We'll see if all the training pays off. The odd thing is, I train with her so much and she is reasonably well behaved on the lead when we're outside the ring.... but once we step into the ring, it's like she turns on the monster and goes berserk! Here's a picture of Lyra in the group, her coat is not fully back yet.
Think she did pretty well, for being out of the ring for exactly a year! Love showing my little Lyra. She is truly the ultimate show girl -- that tail never stops wagging, and she is always so reliable... never puts a foot wrong! Anyhow, here is the info on this weekend's shows:
Juno was at her first show two weeks ago at 13 weeks of age in the minor puppy class. So proud of my little girl as she was completely unfazed, went around happily although she misbehaved by barking and whining her head off around the ring trying to grab treats from me... and proceeded to jump on the judge! He must have been amused by her antics because she was awarded 4th Best Minor Puppy in Show!! I'd actually just entered her for fun, and for the experience because the minor puppy awards are usually won by coated breeds such as Pekes and Poms.
Here is a picture of Juno and I with a huge rosette!
So excited about this little girl as she is showing even more promise than her already super-showy mom! Juno stands on the table PERFECTLY already and is completely fearless. She loves absolutely EVERYONE she meets and is always up for exploring new things and places!
Aside from the fact that she's a total demanding diva, Juno is just the loveliest puppy to live with. I still have to pinch myself to believe that she is not only mine, but that I bred her and have held her since she was born. I can only imagine the exciting things that are in store for the future.
Our next shows are on 20th July in Malacca. I'm not sure if we'll go yet, as Juno will still be in the minor puppy class and judging usually starts first thing in the morning... which means I'll have to be up at some ungodly hour in the morning to get to the show in time. After that, there won't be anymore shows till our big FCI show weekend in September. Good thing she'll be 6 months old then and will be in puppy class, which means she can compete for CCs.
In other news, Mirai (Vilarden's Unchained Melody) was at the show with Juno and won 2 CCs as well as 2 BOBs, finishing her Malaysian Champion title!
Unfortunately, Mirai doesn't like to show at ALL, so she'll just be the queen of the couch from now on... she likes hanging out on people's laps better anyway!
Well, we have this year's official show calendar and there are quite a few shows to look forward to! Unfortunately, I don't really have anything to show at the moment--Dalton's terribly out of coat, and Mirai is too young to finish her title--so I will just have to be a spectator for the next few months! Will definitely make an appearance at the big April shows, but probably not for all the days.
Hopefully, things will get much more exciting in the second half of the year! For more information on the shows, venues, times and stuff, visit the MKA Website to check everything out.
Good news from last week's shows--how apt that Dalton finishes his championship at the final shows of the year! He was awarded 2 CCs and 2 BOBs by judges William and Denise Smith from Australia. Mirai managed 1 CC and 1 Reserve BOB at the same shows. Pleased to say that Dalton is finally getting the hang of showing and his showmanship is improving each time we step into the ring!
Fingers crossed that he'll continue to get more comfortable and learn how to strut his stuff even more over the next year. In the mean time, here are some pictures from the shows!
A behind-the-scenes picture of Mirai, Dalton, and Marvel, who was shown by my friend Eve, and won himself 2 CCs and 2 BOBs during his very first outing! Woohoo!
The Cavaliers who were shown that day: Riccaval Marvel, Riccaval Ace the Full Buck, and Riccaval Katniss.
So there you have it, a whole year of shows has once again come to a conclusion! Pretty proud of myself as I managed to title two Papillons this year--Lennon (Mys. Ch., LT & LV JCh Vilarden's Rolex Challenger) and Dalton (Mys. Ch. Amber Beauty Justin), and MOST delightful of all, Lyra, who not only gained her International Champion and Grand Champion titles, but also finished the year as the No.1 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Malaysia and in the Top 10 of the Toy Group for the SECOND YEAR RUNNING!!
I am so damn proud of my little girl; she has achieved so much more than I could've ever dreamed of. Although she is now retired from the rings, I hope to show her again someday in the future. She is just the funnest dog to show.
Here's to hoping that 2014 will have even better things in store for us. Watch this space!!
So we've come to the end of the 2013 show season! Wow... time sure flies. Can't believe that it's been two years since I started showing... and have achieved some pretty decent things in the process. Showed Lyra to her champion, grand champion, and international champion titles within that time, and got titles on Lennon and (soon to be) Dalton!
Hopefully, next year will bring some wayyyy more exciting things for us!
Anyway, there'll be two shows next weekend, and I'll be showing Dalton and Mirai.
My friend Eve, will be showing Marvel as well... wish us luck!
We made the 200-odd kilometre trip down to Malacca last week, and it was Dalton's first show ever! There were two shows judged by Susan Rose and John Thompson from Australia, very lovely people who were friendly and patient with all the exhibits and the exhibitors alike. Dalton earned himself 2CCs and 2 BOBs there. Here's a blurry picture of him behind the scenes!
The next shows will be on December 8th, and will thankfully be held here in KL so no long distance driving! The plan is to show both Dalton and Mirai, who will be 6.5 months by then and hence, eligible to earn CCs. Will update on venues and such when the information is released by the MKA!
We're done with the crazy, hectic, 3 day show weekend and proud to announce that my beautiful Cavalier, Lyra earned her final 2 CACIBs to finish her International Champion title! Wooohoo!!! She's now known as Int. Ch. & Mys. Grand Ch. Riccaval Zeal Me A Kiss, and has broken all sorts of records with these wins. She is now the first bitch and locally bred Cavalier to earn the titles of International Champion and Grand Champion in Malaysia. To make things better, she is also the YOUNGEST Cavalier to ever do it! She turned 29 months on the weekend of the shows.
Over the weekend, she won a total of 3 BOBs, 1 Reserve BOB, 4 CCs, 2 CACIBs, and earned the title of Malaysian Winner 2013 awarded by Geraldine Gulbransen of New Zealand, who also gave her the 3rd CACIB. In addition, she also qualified for Crufts 2013 when judge Luis Pinto Teixeira of Portugal awarded her the 4th CACIB.
We've had so much fun in the ring, Lyra and I. She is such a joy to show--always in a good mood, always ready to go, and she is (almost) always her perfect self in the ring. I don't know if I'll ever get another dog as special as her. She's the only one who will walk beautifully on a loose lead, head up high, and the best part is that she is absolutely the most lovable little dog in existence. She might be small, but she has enough personality to fit into a cheetah!
Now, on to some fun pictures!
Lyra is now semi-retired because, well, she's pretty much earned all the titles there is to be won... and so, she gets to be a couch potato now.... nah, not really. She has way too much energy to be a couch potato! She's really happy that she doesn't have to wear anymore vile snoods!
Here are some pictures taken after the shows... just of the dogs having fun!
Anyway, do check out our brand new Puppies page to see what exciting things we have planned!
Here's the schedule for this month's shows.. there'll be six, and Lyra will be participating in 5 of them. Aiming for another 2 CACIBs so she can finish her International Champion title, the last title there is for her to win. Wish us luck!
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