Mixed results - sadly Leks and Sisko were in classes on their own. Salo was beaten into second place in post grad by the handsome Elbereth Miskakarhu, handled by my friend Karen Anderson. There was much laughter in the ring when Miska won, as these two boys go head to head each time and it was lovely for Miska to whoop Salo's ass at last! Serves Salo right for rocking up in his bikini ;-)
it was disappointing that Ruska failed to qualify for Crufts :-( Still, there is always other years and she is still only sporting half a coat. Good news came from Finland this morning when her breeder Katja Rantinen wrote to tell me that Ruska is now officially an International Champion, the letter confirming it arrived today. Well done Ruska!
The lovely thing about the day was the opportunity to have a good chat with everyone - so great not to rush off to start the long drive home. We took a leisurely stroll to watch Toni and Matka in the group ring and were delighted to see them getting shortlisted. Apparently the faces on either end of the line up were big winners - means nothing to me, I wouldn't know them if I fell over them, but the judges do. Lovely dogs mind.
I was unable to take Zinty to Richmond the following day as after entering her, I was invited to my Great Aunt's 80th birthday luncheon in Somerset. Molly, a friend of mine offered to take her and her daughter Ellie along, to see what showing is all about. Imagine my surprise later in the day, when Ellie text me to say that she'd decided to take her into the ring and subsequently qualified her for Crufts!!! I was amazed, what a brave thing to do and didn't she do well! I had bathed Zin the day before to fluff her coat up - big mistake. She had gone into the bath in full coat and came out of it with half a coat. I shan't make that mistake again.
There's lots of other exciting Lappy stuff afoot, but patience is a virtue - or so they say, although I'm really struggling with that one this year!
I have uploaded Blake's brill photos of my breeding/dogs to my 'Show Photos' section of the website, or click here. Blake ably filled Mark's shoes as 'show photographer' and did a great job :-)