The puppies from my Gracy/Starbuck litter just turned 7 months old and one of them made her AKC show debut this weekend at the Cheyenne Kennel Club. She is:
Beauvoir's Penelope Star (Penny)
Penny is owned by Dr. Pam Epperson DVM from Bountiful, UT. Up until last weekend, Penny was hanging out on the farm, playing with Pams other dogs (a little too much for her show coat!) and trying very hard not to chase the chickens.
This weekend she got washed and scissored and was given a crash course in how to be a real show dog. (Really.... you want me to hold my head THAT high when I gait around and do I really need to lean that much into my front when you stack me?) Penny is a really tryer though and she did her very best to please.
When we walked over to the ring on Saturday, my heart just dropped. There ringside was Kim Russell, a very well known professional handler from California, with two really well bred, black class bitches who were in full specials coat :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: Kim was in Wyoming to try for Best in Show (which she won BTW) with the Standard dog she is specialing and so she brought along a couple of bitches... one only needed two points to finish.
OK.... there's a lost weekend for us. Well it would be good practice for Penny anyway, we all told ourselves.
Well knock me over with a feather, but Penny beat both those bitches on Sunday and went Winner's Bitch! Holy Cow! I couldn't believe it. The win was only worth 1 point because there weren't that many bitches there, but going up over two mature bitches of that quality is a huge honor.
Many thanks as always to Laurel Berg who is the most amazing professional handler ever!
So on Penny goes... Her next show is Salinas, KS in two weeks.