Well I am currently on the ferry back to Ireland, from what was such an exciting and educational trip to the World Dog Show! I must say, we had the most enjoyable time in the Netherlands with our dogs! I was almost dreading this trip, on the lead up to it, as I was taking three dogs with me and worried that it would be a lot of work. I was very fortunate to have my husband, Daniel, accompany me and thankfully he handled all of the driving. He did a wonderful job getting us all there and back safely! The dogs also made my life much easier, as each one of them were so well behaved! They all ate well and settled into the hotel very easily. We arrived at the hotel on Tuesday afternoon, so had ample time to unpack, eat and get familiar with our surroundings. The temperature was extremely hot on Tuesday – 39 degrees! However once it got dark, it cooled down considerably, so I was able to take the gang for a nice walk as far as the golf course down the lane from our hotel.
Wednesday was bath day, however before the gang were subjected to suds and bubbles, we went for a very long walk Wednesday morning and they got to have a play, off lead , in a secluded park nearby. I then chose to bath Cassie in the morning, Pele in the afternoon and Maverick in the evening, after dinner. Daniel kindly kept my in supply of cups of tea and bars of chocolate whilst bathing and blow-drying (vital components when getting dogs ready!)
On Thursday, we headed off to the RAI for the Benelux Winners Show. We got parked and into the venue with relative ease, however space around the ring was very scarce! Maltese were being judged in our ring, before the Havanese started, however this gave us some time to chat with other Havanese Exhibitors. It was so nice to meet people who you know through Facebook and to see their lovely Havanese in the flesh. Our Judge for the day was Jean-Francois Vanaken from Belgium. He selected Ch Jatakabi’s Xtempore, owened by Noora Kela, as his Best of Breed Benelux Veteran Winner and Best Veteran of Breed Winner. Best Opposite Sex, Dog CACIB, CAC and Benelux Winner was awarded to Katarina Mossberg’s Meandi’s Hypnotizing Haxon. The bitch CACIB and Benelux Winners Title was awarded to Taina Jaatinen-niemi’s Jatakabi’s Look of Love. The dog Benelux Junior Winner’s Title was awarded to Olive Carty and Andrea Akkad’s Bailemos Poker Face. The bitch Benelux Junior Winner’s Title and BOB Junior was awarded to Torcedore’s Santanna owned by Heidi Kuoppala. Well done to everyone!
One lesson I learned whilst this judging was taking place was to PAY ATTENTION! I counted the number of dogs in each class incorrectly and ended up overestimating the number of dogs in the Intermediate Bitch Class. I had Cassie all combed and looking lovely and I stood waiting for my class, enjoying the judging of what I assumed to be the Intermediate and Open Classes. You can imagine my shock when I went into what I thought was the Champion Class, only to be told that it was the Veteran Class! Ooops! I promptly exited the ring, a little red faced, but quickly saw the funny side of things. These things happen and it will be a mistake that I won’t ever make again (hopefully!).
After judging, we decided to look for the Vets, to get our passports stamped and tapeworm treatment administered. We figured it wouldn’t be as busy on the Thursday and it was wise to get it out of the way early. Just as well we did do this when we had time, as it was such a maze to find them! What an ordeal, going up one lift, along a corridor and up another lift to the main shopping area. No signs whatsoever – just an educated guess that the Vets would be located in that general locality. Just as well I met an Irish exhibitor that has experience showing at this venue, who was able to direct me from there! Once we found it, we got seen in no time at all – as it seems my gut feeling of it being quiet was right. As we had taken our own tablets with us, the stamp and administration were free of charge. Once done, we set off back to the hotel. The dogs were fed, watered and had a little play in the beautiful gardens of our hotel.
The next day was the Speciality Show, but thankfully judging didn’t start until two o’clock. So we were able to have a lie in. Thankfully the dogs remained quite clean from their previous bath, so I just needed to give them a good comb through before setting off. Our judge for the Speciality was Aida Rivera Franco from Colombia. Having learned my lesson from the previous day, I parked right up at the ringside and paid very close attention to the classes being judged. I am pleased to report that I managed to make it into all three classes with the correct dogs. From her entry, our judge selected Sann Vehkomaki’s Ch Saharanda Kaurochis Evasa as her Dog CAC winner and Best of Breed. Best Opposite Sex and Bitch CAC was awarded to Heidi Kuoppala’s Ch Jatakabi’s Dream Come True. Reserve Dog CAC and Best Junior in Breed was awarded to That’s Call Br549 For Mendota, owned by David Sheiris and Reserve Bitch CAC was awarded to Anette Ahlbom-Sahari’s Saharanda’s Mimulus Alba. Best Minor Puppy was awarded to Virginia Dowty’s Los Perrito’s Lisabet Taylor of Clynymona and Best Veteran in Breed was awarded to Sanna Vehkomaki’s Ch Saharanda Salix Alfendii. We left the venue almost immediately after the Havanese judging had concluded, as it was even more crowded around our ring and was extremely busy. I felt it was all getting a bit much and when we got back to our hotel – the dogs enjoyed a really long walk and had some chicken nuggets from our takeaway.
Thankfully on Saturday, we had no shows. We really benefited from a long lie in on Saturday morning – the dogs didn’t even rise until 11 am! We then went for another lovely walk and as the dogs picked up some brambles and leaves in their coats on the walk, I decided it best to give them a quick wash for the big show on Sunday. Thankfully it was quite warm and our room had a balcony of sorts, so I was able to open the door and allow the gang to mostly air dry before finishing them with the hairdryer. Daniel, again, kept me going with tea and Milka Oreo chocolate bars and later on went out to get a lovely Greek takeaway for us. We went to bed early in anticipation of the big day on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, we woke relatively early and set off for the RAI. At this stage, my gang knew where they were going, and Pele in particular, started getting very excited as we exited the motorway for the RAI. I’m not sure if anyone else’s dogs do this? Perhaps just it’s just my crazy dogs? We found our ring with relative ease and managed to get a nice space near the ring. Our judge for this show was Tatjana Urek from Slovenia. From her entry, she chose Tarja Arola Lundgren’s Ch Pelvix Lady Stardust as her Best of Breed, World Winner, CACIB and Bitch CAC winner. Best Opposite Sex, World Winner, CACIB and Dog CAC winner was awarded to Lana Simunic Skoric’s Ch Beladori Nemo. Reserve Dog CAC and Reserve Dog CACIB was awarded to Susanne Kasberger’s Lekkerbisken’s I’m the Boss, Reserve Bitch CACIB was awarded to Heidi Kuopalla’s Jatakabi’s Dream Come True. Reserve bitch CAC was awarded to Noora Kela’s Ch Jatakabi’s Xtempore, who was also awarded Best Veteran in Breed and Veteran World Winner. The dog Veteran World Winner Title was awarded to Sanna Vehkomaki’s Ch Saharanda Salix Alfendii. Junior World Winner and Best Junior in Breed was awarded to Katrina Mossberg’s Meandi’s Heavenly Hixa and the dog Junior World Winner Title was awarded to Miia Lauronen’s Bellezza’s High Style. Best Minor Puppy in Breed was awarded to Marta Csizi’s Queen Vom Heppenheimer Schlobberg. Big congratulations to all!
I must say that it was absolutely fantastic to speak to many Havanese exhibitors from many different countries. We had some very interesting discussions about the health of the breed and current trends and possible exaggerations that appear to be creeping in. A lot of information was shared amongst likeminded breeders and many new friendships and possible working relationships have been forged. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to commend the Havanese exhibitors for being such a friendly and helpful bunch of folk! Hopefully we might all meet again in Madrid!
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