What a diverse year 2011 has been! We have had so many things going on this year…deciding to move back to Denver, the stress and insanity around selling our house in Alabama, buying one in Denver (sight unseen on my part!), figuring out new schools for both kids, moving (including tracking down our “lost” truck of stuff) and getting settled..that was quite enough for one year. Somehow, in between all of that I managed to fit in a few dog things. I attended Nationals in the spring, took a big show trip to WA in the fall, and managed to find enough points to finish Nash’s AKC championship. I’m still settling back into the dog show life out here in the West, but it’s good to see old friends again.
I’m quite proud of all of the Charm kids. A short summary of the year for the show puppies:
Vegas (Ch Allegro Gambler’s Charm) – finished his AKC championship with several majors. This very happy, sweet, pretty boy will be neutered in the future and keep enjoying life on the farm with Joyce.
Lucy (Ch Allegro Turn on the Charm) – finished her AKC championship easily once she hit maturity and is now working towards her Grand Championship. She piled on a bunch of points at the end of the year to give her 11 point and 2 majors towards her GCh, along with an exciting Best of Breed win over several nice specials for 5 points!
June (Ch Allegro Celestial Charm) – after being the first in the litter to finish last year, June has been out selectively working on her Grand Championship. She has 14 points and a major towards it so far! June also has had her health tests done and is OFA Good, OFA Elbows normal, CERF clear, PRA clear, DM clear, and does not carry fluff.
Nash (Ch Allegro Southern Charm) – finished his championship with a nice Best of Winners award on a Specialty weekend! Has been out just a couple times since then and snagged a few minor points towards his GCh…next year we will work on that some more and I am signing him up for agility training as well!
Harmony is still happily living with her wonderful family in Mobile AL and working as a service dog for her owner Patti. Maddie has found a new home with good friends of Dixie and will be hitting the agility circuit! She never really grew large enough to make it in the breed ring, and I’m tickled that her new home seems to be a great fit for her. Piper also never really grew big enough and found a wonderful, adoring pet home with Stacey in CA. I haven’t gotten any updates from Wall-E’s owners, but I wish them well and hope he’s doing great! I’m so thankful for the owners of these puppies…I keep calling them puppies, but let’s face it, they’re pretty much grown up now! I know that despite things not always working out the way we plan them, these loving people always have the best interests of the dogs at heart, and I’m so grateful for that!
Here’s to a great 2012!