It has been well over a year since I posted an update on the boys, so here goes!
2019 was the year of Brisket. Despite having no shows from January to the end of May, he consistently picked up points or large major reserves at every show he went to. He'd earned his first 3 point major in November of 2018 (from the 6-9 month class), then earned his second one after our hiatus in June of 2019 from the 12-18 month class. After a series of 4 and 5 point major reserves (no points because one dog beat us, but beating enough dogs for what would be a major if it weren't for the dog that beat him...bridesmaid syndrome
), we entered a show in Iowa. He had a total of 10 points with his two necessary majors, and as entries played out, there were exactly enough girls that going Best of Winners would give him his final 5 points all at once. Day of the show, I woke up THREE HOURS late. No time to bathe my dog, let alone myself. I loaded the car in record time, threw on the first suit I found, and left. I got there 10 minutes before ring time (as opposed to my usual hour to hour and a half preference), which was enough time to run a brush through Brisket's hair and do not much else.
He goes Winners Dog, which earned him some points, but not enough to finish. We go into the Best of Breed ring and do our thing, and sure enough, after pointing at one dog for BOB, we get brought up second in the line up; the judge's choice for Best of Winners, the 5 point major, and a new championship! In addition to a new champion, I brought home kennel cough. Poor Beefy did NOT like being quarantined. Brisket finished his championship completely owner-handled by me, earned majors from three different classes (6-9 month, 12-18, and Open), and got each major over a set of different dogs. Most importantly, though, he has a blast while doing it and is an absolute rockstar pet.
We dabbled a bit in the UKC ring, earning multiple group placements. Because no other Havanese shows in UKC locally, he hasn't earned the points necessary for a UKC CH, but he is close. I have no plans to go back to UKC as I have had multiple run-ins with nasty exhibitors and rude behavior from dogs and people, but the ribbons we did earn from that adventure are sure fun. After our second and last UKC show, I cut Brisket's hair off with hopes of growing out healthier, less damaged hair (after a many month long coat change) in its place before I bring him out as a special in the AKC ring.
In addition to his show dog endeavors, Brisket earned his TKN title at our local Responsible Dog Ownership Day and began dock diving training. He came up with a bad ear infection after a few dock diving sessions, so that is on hold for now, but something we may continue to pursue in the future. I am working on training him for rally novice so I can show both boys in rally at the national, and I hope to resume his agility training this summer.
As for Nino...he hasn't done an agility trial for about 11 months. He is entered in one at the end of the month. I admittedly got a bit burnt out, but I'm excited to get back out there with my little guy. He did earn his AX title (excellent standard) at the one trial we did in 2019, and he is just one Q away from both his AXJ (excellent jumpers) and his NF (novice FAST) titles. We'll get there
Some photos...I like that the one of him stacked on the ground shows that he does indeed have a neck (he just also has an out of control "man mane" that makes him look like a football player hehe)