Finnish Basset Club's Speciality Show 2018
Our highlight of August was the annual Finnish Basset Club's Speciality Show at Tampere and there were 8 bleus in the ring; 7 juniors from Cazador Grande and the lovely
Eleta-mother of these 7 youngsters. I was waiting for the same kind of energetic behaviour from Elmo as he was showing in our last show, but Elmo surprised me totally. He
showed himself with such pride and calmness, that I couldn't believe it! Elmo gave his best and the judge Elisabeth Moseby from Norway really liked him. In the end Elmo was
BOB and BOB-junior with CAC and his sister Hertta (Cazador Grande La Petite Amante) was BOS with the title of Best Head. Elmo participated in the Cazador
Grande breeder's group and we got BOB-breeder today. Elmo was also in Eleta's progeny class, which was BOB. Elmo's father was also there showing his progeny class and
participating into the BIS home dog-competition, where Nemo was BIS, go daddy! :)
BIS-junior was judged by Wenche Skogli from Norway and Elmo did great job also there. Elmo was following his mother's footsteps, because just like Eleta at 2015, Elmo placed
today BIS3-junior. Super!
In the group finals we showed first the breeder's group and to our big surprise Cazador Grande was BIS-breeder! I am so happy for our awesome breeders Mirva and Terhi,
congratulations ladies! After this we continued to show Eleta's progeny class and it was also BIS! I still get goosebumps when I'm just thinking our super results and feelings
in the finals.
In the end it was time for Best In Show. In the BIS-ring there were 10 dogs and Elmo was one of them. BIS was judged by Elisabeth Moseby and I couldn't believe my ears when
Elmo was announced as Best In Show 4! We got so lovely comments from the judge and I'm so honoured from this recognition, it's not always so easy to gain success with a rare
breed. Big thank you for everyone for this day, it was amazing!
Cazador Grande Le Petit Espoir BIS 4
Finally it was time to take Elmo to his first official show as he is now 10 months old. Elmo's performance wasn't the most beautiful today, because he had so much energy,
but the judge liked him anyway. Our judge today was Riitta Lahtovaara from Finland and she placed Elmo Best of Breed with his first CAC. The critique was very nice, even though
the judge wrote that Elmo is behaving like a puppy. Well I think he still is like a puppy :)
Happy Birthday Rommi!
Rommi is now 8 years old, a veteran! Doesn't feel like it at all. Happy birthday dear Rommi!
Nordic lure coursing championship
Today we participated in Nordic lure coursing championships, which was also our kennel district's championship competition. There were 18 cirnecos in total in the competition so
the day was going to be exciting and it surely was that.
The first course was quite technical and four cirnecos lost the lure in the preliminary run. Chili did great job and
went to the finals from 6th place after preliminary run. The weather was extremely hot and as I failed to take good enough care of Chili in our last competition, I was extra
careful now. And it worked! Chili was flying in the finals and having so much fun. In the end Chili placed 5th out of 18 cirnecos, got 456 points and earned his first LC CAC!
Chili was also best cirneco male in the competition and he won the kennel district championship of Pohjois-Häme, wow wow wow!
And just as this wouldn't have been enough, there were also two other Trucker's cirnecos in the TOP6 on the podium. Our Indy's (Boxing Helena's Nascar) daughter
Trucker's Dyna-Mite "Miina" was in her first lure coursing competition ever and she got silver in this competition with LC CAC, what a start for her running career! Miina's
sister Trucker's Dame'Etna "Ella" did even better and won the whole competition! So Ella is now Nordic Lure Coursing Champion 2018. Indy can be so proud of his daughters.
Hip hip hooray, what a day! :D
2 x Pärnu IDS
Last weekend I travelled with Chili to Pärnu, Estonia, where we participated in two international dog shows with amazing results. On Saturday our judge was Yevgenia Tolpina
from Ukraine and Chili was BOB with CAC and CACIB. With this CAC Chili finished his Estonian & Baltic Championships, and with this CACIB Chili became CIB* and CIE*! Chili
continued his success on Sunday as he was again BOB with CACIB under judge Iuza Beradze from Czech Republic. Now we can put Chili's show leash away for a while and concentrate
on track racing and lure coursing :)
In the picture BOB Trucker's Chili Con Cobonen "Chili" and BOB-puppy Flightmaster Now And Forever "Säde", thank you for the picture Meeli Eismann! Säde's father is Chili's
Vihti lure coursing
Both of our cirneco boys participated in lure coursing competition at Vihti, where they had a chance to run at sand mine. Boxing Helena's Nascar aka Indy took smashing start
for his competition as he placed 1st after preliminary run with 239 points. Trucker's Chili Con Cobonen aka Chili placed 4th with 226 points so both boys went to the finals.
The hot weather and long day was a bit too much for Chili and he didn't have enough power in the finals, so Chili finished his day with 431 points in total and 5th place out
of 7 cirnecos. Indy has been hunting the lure like a crazy in the finals lately and I guess he did it again, because he didn't get much points from the finals as his total was
456 points and he dropped to the 4th place. They both had so much fun today and that's what matters the most :)
Helsinki puppy show
Time to say good bye to puppy classes as today it was Elmo's last show in puppy class at Helsinki. The judge Helin Tenson liked more from Elmo's brothers, which are more heavy
build than Elmo. So Elmo was 3rd in his class after his two brothers and got really nice critique. Elmo participated also in the Cazador Grande breeder's class and they were
BOB-breeder, no placement in the BIS-competition this time. Lovely sunny Sunday well spent with nice people and great food, thank you all! :)
Derby lure coursing championships
This year it was Chili's turn to participate in derby lure coursing championships as Chili has his 3rd birthday this year. This year's competition was organized at sand mine,
and due to some technical problems and lots of dogs, the day was going to be really long. The sand was also really hot in the afternoon, so the main judge made a decision that
we wouldn't be running the finals at all. Based on the preliminary run's points Chili placed 3rd! :) I'm really proud of him, this course was really hard to run because
of all the soft sand.
Tampere track racing
Indy opened his running season with traditional track racing competition at Tampere, our home course. Indy had a chance to run with lovely Hertta (Trucker's Bonfire
Heart) for 280m. Indy won the competition with CQ-time 23,17s. Well done Indy!
Suomi-CUP is a lure coursing competition, where the participants are invited to based on their success on last year's running season. So only the best of the best compete in
this competition. This year Chili had the honour to participate into this competition from the 9th place out of 36 cirnechi.
Chili ran the preliminary run with his half brother Nasse (Trucker's Bad To The Bone) and Chili couldn't quite keep up with Nasse, but he did his best anyway.
In the finals Chili improved his performance and in the end he placed 7/8 with 418 points. Quite nice opening of our running season :) Next weekend it's Indy's turn to run.
Happy Birthday Ringo!
Ringo has always been the perfect 10, but now he is also 10 years old :) Happy birthday dear Ringo!
Helsinki puppy show
While I was spending the weekend elsewhere, Janne took Elmo to a puppy show at Helsinki. From five puppies Elmo was BOS-puppy to her sister Hertta (Cazador Grande
La Petite Amante), who was later also BIS3-puppy, wow!! Elmo participated again to the CG breeder's class and today their placement was BIS-breeder! What a day for our
petit bleus! Elmo was beautifully handled by Karoliina Alatalo, thank you Karo! I'm sure you two will be seen again in the rings in the future ;)
© Mirva Kääriäinen
Tallinn Winner 2018
What a lovely and sunny weekend we spent together with Chili at Tallinn, where we participated in Tallinn Winner 2018 -show. There was great amount of cirnecos, 7 in total.
Chili has started to "hunt" the last CACIB for his CIB- and CIE-titles and this was our first try. Chili got great critique and was showing himself beautifully, but at the end
he was placed Best Male 2nd with res-CACIB. So close! The hunt goes on :)
Jyväskylä puppy show
Elmo got a chance to see his siblings when we participated in puppy show at Jyväskylä. With Elmo there were one brother and two sisters, so we had a chance to make some history
when we represented the very first petit bleu de gascogne breeder's class in Finland :) Elmo was BOB-puppy and didn't get any placement from the group ring, but our breeder's
class placed BIS2 at the end of the day, wow! Thank you all for the funny day with these lovely bleu puppies!
Riga international dog shows
Chili keeps rocking the rings! We travelled to Riga, Latvia, and participated in two international shows. I had also Indy's daughter Ella (Trucker's Dame'Etna)
travelling with us, Ella's owner is her (and Chili's) breeder Sanna. On Saturday we didn't get any success, but on Sunday we got really nice results. Chili was BOB with CAC and CACIB and
became Latvian Champion. Ella placed 2nd best bitch with junior-CAC and finished her Latvian and Baltic Junior Championships, yes!
Brand new Latvian Champion and brand new Latvian & Baltic Junior Champion
Happy Birthday Indy!
Indy celebrates his 4th birthday, happy birthday!
Today we did some health checks with our cirneco boys and the results were just great!
Boxing Helena's Nascar:
Eyes: no symptoms of inherited eye diseases
Patellar luxation: 0/0
Heart: no murmurs
Trucker's Chili Con Cobonen:
Eyes: no symptoms of inherited eye diseases
Patellar luxation: 0/0
Heart: no murmurs
I'm extremely happy with these results :)
Kaunas international dog shows
This year's first event was a weekend at Kaunas, Lithuania, where we participated in two international dog shows. I travelled there with Chili and we got exactly what we
wanted. On both days Chili was the winner of champion class, got CAC and CACIB, and on top of that he finished his Lithuanian Championship! What a nice way to start this