I went on the road with the boys this weekend to Kalamazoo, MI. This was Ranger’s first time at a real show and was entered in the Novice Puppy class, which is non-licensed, but good experience for the babies. He didn’t win anything, but did have a good experience and made progress toward being a good little dog. He was confident and relaxed. I am happy with how the little man is doing in his show career as his working drive is definitely top-notch. He will be shown in the Male Puppy class starting in February.
Beau showed well–at almost 8.5–and placed second in the Herding Group in Saturday’s first show in a Group of 9 breeds under judge Joyce Lea-Hanson. All of the judges remarked on how well conditioned Beau is for 8.5, and most people thought he only half his age. Many also liked how well put-together Ranger is and are excited to see him as he matures.
Beau finished out 2008 with 10 Top Ten points after being shown only 2 weekends, and only one of those had Breed competition. He is unranked in the UKC Top Ten, however he did earn two Group 2 placements, once this weekend and one at Premier.
During our road trip north the boys and I stopped at the Military History Museum in Auburn, Indiana. I didn’t have time to go through the museum, but I obtained several cool patches with military or vehicle themes, including two with Ranger’s name on them.
We also found this monument to World War II Army Rangers. I had to get a picture of my little man next to a monument for his namesakes.