Saturday, April 25, 2009


Although you may find it hard to believe, I was left totally speechless. No kidding, no exaggeration. I was unable to speak. Or do anything else much.

Yesterday was WELKS Championship Show in the Malvern Hills, a lovely venue when the weather is nice, as it was yesterday. I went with Micah and Whitney.

Micah went unplaced and I did not mind as I felt the judge was judging dogs and not people.Of course I'd rather he would have won or be placed but I paid for her opinion and I got it.

Whitney won her Junior class and I was pleased with that. Later she had to go in with the winners of all the other bitch classes to compete for best bitch. In the lower classes, one knows one won't win so it is a bit of a chore to have to go in for this.

I was kneeling down, talking to Whitney, and thinking to myself that I wish the judge would hurry up and give out the CC (challenge Certificate) to the best bitch so I could get out and go home.

I heard a scream and that made me look up to see the judge standing in front of me holding her hand out.

'S**T!!!!!!' is precisely what I said before I was struck dumb.

I felt quite ill from then on and acted like a tit in a trance. Literally. I zoned out completely. I felt confused and just totally stunned.

If you haven't figured it out, Whitney was awarded the Challenge Certificate and therefore Best Bitch. (If this happens twice more, she is a Champion.) After this she had to go in again and compete for Best of Breed against the best male. SHE WON! She beat an entry of 119 Lhasa Apso.

Friends helped me gather my stuff and move me off to the Group judging ring where Whitney was then competing with all the other Best Of Breeds in the Utility Group. She was unplaced but was in the final cut of 7. Quite something.

I didn't really react to all this until this morning. I was talking to my long time dog friends, Ken and Thelma and found myself crying when talking about Whitney and how as a very young puppy I just knew she was special.

Two other friends phoned me today and they said the cheers and applause for Whitney was deafening. I heard nothing. Like I said I was out of it. Weird how even for something this good, I disassociated.

Dawn, a non dog show friend, said when I spoke to her on the phone, she could tell I was shaking cos of my voice. I don't recall speaking to her.

It was excellent to be able to tell my fiend Linda who bred Whitney of her fantastic win. She was of course thrilled. Life is very odd at times. Linda can no longer keep and show Lhasa Apso because she has the same condition as I have but hers has progressed to the point she can no longer groom. I wanted something of a different family to breed with and so Linda let me have my pick of the litter she had. I chose Whitney.


Mary Beth said...

LOL!!! Now I'm speechless. :)

Pam West said...

OOohh Colin I had goosebumps when I read your post.
That is so good. I'm so pleased that your intuition about Whitney being special was right.

Well done
Pam x

Annick said...

Congratulations Colin ! You and Whitney of course deserve this. You do so much for them...

anachronist said...

Sleepless here,and so pleased to read how whitney has you flabbergasted with her show results.

No wonder you were in trance :-)

Congrats to both of you for what a good team you are, the dogs probably are best if they team up with the right humans.

FuguesStateKnits said...

OH Colin! So cool! I figure it's a sort of poetic justice: only in a home with two gay men can the Best Bitch preside:)
C'mon, you all know it's true:)
Tell your bitch this one wishes her well:)
Whoo Hooo!!!
Bitches rule:)!!!!

fairy godmother said...

I am very HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!

HunterXan said...

Congratulations, Colin and Whitney. That's wonderful news!

She's a beautiful girl, and your love for her shows.

Yarnhog said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Iris said...

Woohoo! Hooray for you both. Whitney is some pup.

Nan said...

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Very happy news! Congratulations!

marilyn said...

Fantastic news, Colin-you all deserve it.
You are all winners-many, many congratulations.
Enjoy your well-earned rewards-as all great things are-slowly and deliciously!!!
Speak soon
Marilyn xx

Lia Nord said...

You know, I don't consider your reaction all that odd, considering the surprise factor. It is disconcerting, to be sure, but thankfully, you had friends to be with you and help you make it through the rounds of things you had to do. When a major event happens, many people say that they can't recall the details or are moving in a kind of trance. It happens to me sometimes, and I know that sense of loss when you look back and say, "I can't even remember what happened!" But luckily Whitney isn't one of these! She knows what she's doing and likes it! What I think is so remarkable about her is not only her attitude and looks, but her affectionate personality. Regardless of breeding, you've helped develop that side of her personality. Congratulations to you both!

CP Warner said...

Ohhhhhhhh, yes!!!! After all the disappointments at Crufts and other shows this year, FINALLY someone has the eye to see (and brains to reward and acknowledge) Whitney's beauty, and the love and work you put into your dogs!

To say I am happy for you is an understatement, but I'm sure you have more than a notion of what I'm getting at. ;-)

Here's to many more such victories!

Suna Kendall said...

I am so happy for you. She is such a beautiful animal, and you are such a good handler.

BTW someone asked me if I had heard of your heel technique a couple of days ago, and I said, Oh yes, I've been a fan of his for years. And he has a lot of beautiful shoes, too!

joannamauselina said...

Colin, that is fantastic! I am really happy for you. What a wonderful surprise.