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18May/1210

Amazing Tails Sing for the Moment

I would like to present the newest member to our little family; Amazing Tails Sing for the Moment, or Felix as we shall be calling him on a daily basis. Felix was born on March 12th in a litter with three other males, and he's a long coat chihuahua in the color cream. I've wished for a dog from this specific breeder for a little more than three years now, but there's always been something in the way of adopting one of her pups - until now! His sire is the infamous Multi CH Guichon's My Name Is No No Bad Boy, and his dam the lovely Lilleengels Born for Amazing Tails. So I'm anxious to see how he'll turn out as he develops into a full-grown male, although I hope he'll stay a pup for a long time.

Felix hasn't been her for a whole day yet, so I don't know him very well yet. He's immensely trusting, confident and pretty courageous! It didn't take long before he settled in, drinking and eating, sleeping and playing with our two other ones. At first I was a little afraid of what Theo would say about this new little creature in his pack, but oddly he seems to have taken the role of some kind of father figure? He checks on him while he sleeps, and as we speak he's whining because Felix has turned in for the night.

Thank you so much, Heidi, for trusting us with this little baby boy! It means the world to me.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012

1May/122

Sunndalsøra 2012

I'm in (or possibly at) Sunndalsøra as we speak, where we're attending our first dog show of 2012. It feels so good to be showing, and seeing all our dog friends again! Since Cuda has been degraded to family mascot, he's just along for the ride and the social training of the whole ordeal.

Day 1

Theo, our little star, proved himself in the show ring today - despite the cold, wet and windy weather. I didn't sleep very well last night, so it was quite painful to be up and about before 10 AM. But who on Earth cares when my little fuzzball made me so proud? He received EXL1 CK BHK4, which basically means that he was awarded a red ribbon for excellent quality and placed first in his class, received CK or «champion quality» - and the CK let him compete for the Best Male title, where he came in fourth. An experienced shower might not be too pleased with results like these, but I'm still an amateur and I was smiling from ear to ear when I saw the judge handing him the EXL ribbon. I would have been pleased with nothing more! In addition, his critique was really nice.

Maskulin hann. Meget god type. Herlig hode + uttrykk. God hals og overlinje. Velansatt hale. Normalt vinklet. Velkroppet, utmerket pels. Beveger seg bra.

April 28th, 2012 · Judge: Anne-Mari Haugsten, Norway
15Oct/110

Norsk Kennel Klub, Hamar

Last weekend was quite stressful. Since we finally had the chance to use our new caravan, we had decided to go to Hamar to attend their annual NKK dog show. Talk about crazy! Hamar is a five and half hour drive from Trondheim, and the weather forecast had already warned us about snow. In Trondheim. With snow comes icy roads, and thankfully we had enough foresight to change into snow tires before we left home on Friday. Why? Because we drove through a couple of different seasons on our way home on Sunday afternoon. I decided to stay online on Facebook to keep in contact with those who had left before us, and we were warned about accidents, icy roads, people with summer tires on their cars laying in ditches, and snow. Lots of snow. When we came to Rena the landscape had changed completely from an autumn scene to something resembling a Christmas card - or the insides of a snow globe!

It was our first real trip with the caravan - if you don't count the little camping we had in Ålesund when we picked it up - so we agreed on spending the whole weekend in Hamar, even though chihuahua was scheduled for showing on Sunday only. We arrived on Friday night, a lot later than we had originally planned, and experienced some minor setbacks (left too late, forgot about filling up the water tank, forgot my jacket and had to drive back into the city with the caravan attached, hit afternoon traffic) that kept us up until 3 AM. When everything was sorted out, we ate some suspicious looking food from some local fast-food restaurant - the only restaurant that was still open, and went to bed. My initial plan was to get up early on Saturday, walk down to Vikingskipet and watch the show. Unfortunately my body seemed to disagree after the long drive, so most of the show was already finished once we got down there. Øyvind's parents drove up to see us, and together we watched the finals. Afterwards we had dinner before they had to leave us, and when the evening came we spent some time with Cuda's breeders like we use to. I love the social side of showing dogs, it's so nice seeing everyone!

But back to the star of this post, namely my beloved little Theo. I wasn't expecting much when I saw which other dogs he was competing against. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, Theo's my heart and I love him to death, but there are a lot of dogs that have more of that typical look that a lot of judges want in a chihuahua. Our judge of the day was also a woman, and statistically that would mean Theo would be awarded a blue ribbon (we've been to 12 shows now, six of these 12 judges have been female, and four of them has awarded him with a blue ribbon - every male judge have given him the sought-after red ribbon), but believe me when I say I was truly grinning from ear to ear when she handed him the red ribbon. My boy(s) received an Excellent at an NKK show! He didn't get a CK this time either and ended up being placed third in the competition, but I really didn't care - an Excellent was what I was hoping for. A lot of blue ribbons were handed out, so I was really proud of both my boys.

Mycket bra typ. Rett formad hode, men en aning long nosparti. Bra öron. Tilsträcklig vinklat fram och bak. Mycket bra svans. Rett pelskvalitet, men ei i full pels i dag. Rör seg bra, behöver lite mer selvstendighet.

October 9th, 2011 · Judge: Marja Talvitie, Finland

Now I'm only looking forward to the next show, next weekend. It's most likely our second last show for 2011, but even though I hate long-distance driving during this time of year, I appreciate having something fun to look forward to when the days grows colder and darker by the minute.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11

22Aug/110

Norsk Chihuahuaklubb, Oslo

I never imagined we would attend a dog show down south, but what do you know! A while ago we decided to sign up for the annual NKK show at Bjerke, as well as the annual Norwegian Chihuahua Specialty at Bogstad Camping, but we quickly agreed on skipping the show at Bjerke. I was a little sad about it since I really wanted to be there, but attending would mean leaving home on Friday, book a hotel room for the night, and then be up and about at Bjerke at 9 AM, Saturday morning. Too much hassle, and way too expensive for one dog show! So we drove from Trondheim to Oslo on Saturday instead, had a wonderful, but cold evening, barbequing at the camping with a lot of other Chihuahua people, and ready to attend the show on Sunday.

Theo behaved very good, and I was very pleased to see even more improvement in the chemistry between Øyvind (as the handler) and Theo in the ring. This was their first time in Open, so the competition was hard (and fun). I don't have the exact number, but they were up against 15-20 other dogs, whereas only five of them got Excellent before judge Teija Poikolainen-Däuber from Finland. Theo was awarded a blue ribbon with an OK critique, and I was quite happy with the results, even though an Excellent would have made me smile just a little wider. I'm by no means an experienced dog handler, but I could point out the faults she had listed in the critique even before receiving it. Hopefully most of these things will sort themselves out as he grows into adulthood. I'm aware that his muzzle is a little long, but I would rather have a healthy dog with good teeth and a long muzzle, than one with a short muzzle and teeth problems (not implying that a short muzzle automatically means problems, but surely you know what I mean).

Good size/type. Good head. Little long nosepart. Beautiful big ears. Too small eyes. Neck OK. Good topline and tail. Good bones for his size. Needs more coat and table training. Front movement OK. Behind movement too narrow.

August 21st, 2011 · Judge: Teija Poikolainen-Däuber, Finland

While we had to pack up and leave the ring after receiving the blue ribbon, we didn't leave straight away. We cheered for Heidi, Vanja and Marthe when they entered the ring, and it was awesome seeing them all again. Vanja even awarded me personally with an Excellent saying "excellent bitch!", followed by a CK for "outstanding temperament". For those of you who aren't really into the jargon and showing dogs, it was only a joke between Vanja and I, when she gave me one of Lexin's Excellent ribbons to look after while handling him - a ribbon that is now decorating my purse. Grin

We're definitely doing these two shows again next year, when we have our caravan and everything will be so much easier. The cabin we rented at Bogstad Camping was indeed very nice, accessible for wheelchairs, and had everything we needed. Like a little apartment really. Two thumbs up! A great big thanks to everyone for making this a very pleasant weekend, and it was very nice meeting everyone - both old and new friends around the ring. Until next time! *tips hat*