If you haven’t yet heard the screaming coming from the East Coast, here’s the news:
Magnum, Clue’s son from her first litter, finished recently with four majors, the last a 5-point and a BOB over a ton of specials. His first day out as a move-up special (what you call it when you arrive early to the show and tell the show secretary that the dog needs to be in Best of Breed as a champion rather than competing from the classes) he took another BOB and got a major toward his Grand Championship.
Dawn asked me why I hadn’t bragged earlier, and the honest answer is that I feel like it wasn’t “my” win. I’ve never liked it when breeders act like the success of the dogs they produced is about some kind of super smartness or remote-control effort on their end (or, worse, some kind of inevitability of success thanks to how fantastic the stud dog or bitch is). I am thrilled that I put the dogs together, and I pushed the socialization really hard, but since eight weeks he’s been Dawn’s dog and everything she’s done with him has been 100% her success. He responds to her in an amazing way and he’d do anything for her in the ring. I am nothing but a chubby lady somewhere in the background cheering. Just, um, cheering extra loud this time :).
Congrats from the whole family to Dawn and her Smoking Gun!