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Devon, Bella’s brother is tearing up the conformance circuit!  At only 17 months he is already on his way to becoming a champion!

Here’s his win history so far:

  • 11/23/08 Lake Shore Kennel Club – Best of Winners (1 pt)
  • 11/30/08 Kankakee River Valley Kennel Club – Winners (1 pt)
  • 12/12/08 Starved Rock Kennel Club – Winners (1 pt)
  • 12/13/08 Skokie Valley Kennel Club – Winners (1 pt)

Devon’s not in another show until the end of January so he has a bit of a break.  Bella is also showing in Portland, OR the week that we are at Lotusphere.  Let’s wish them both the best of luck!

Winner - Devon - Kankakee River Valley Kennel Club

Winner - Devon - Kankakee River Valley Kennel Club

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Since we got Bella about a year ago, life hasn’t been quite the same for all of us!

At first, when we were deciding whether or not to get another dog/puppy, we were not sure if we wanted another pet as life with just Domino was wonderful.  We weren’t sure if we were ready to tackle potty training, teething, biting, etc. again!

But once we went to see the litter of puppies, there was no turning back….we were hooked!  We HAD to get another adorable puppy!!  And we knew we wanted to get a female to compliment Domino’s maleness.

So Bella (aka Digger) was the lucky puppy to get chosen to live with our family.  From the first day that we brought her home, Domino has been a champ with her.  He put up with all of the attention she was getting and did not get angry when she bit his ears or got under foot.  He did not get jealous and act out.  He slowly but surely started to play with her more and more, being gentle at first and then getting a bit more frisky once she got older.

I look at them today and they are inseparable.  When Bella has to stay the night at her “aunt” to get her ready for an upcoming dog show, Domino is lost without her.  He pouts and gets depressed when she is not around.  And the moment she gets home, Domino is beside himself with joy and happiness!  It’s so cute to watch.

I am so glad that we decided on another puppy and even happier that we chose Bella.  She is the best thing that ever happened to Domino.  And we couldn’t be happier to have them both as pets.

Bella and Domino are best friends….

Bella and Domino - Inseparateable

Bella and Domino - Inseparable

Per my previous post on Friday of last week, I mentioned that Bella would be entering into the Vancouver KC dog show this last weekend.

Overall, Bella showed very well and looked really good in the ring.  She always looks like she is having a great time and almost seems like she likes the “lime-light”.  She won her class (12-18 month old females), which put her into the Winners class competition.  Although she did not win the Winners class round, she still did very well considering she was the again, the youngest one in the ring.  Our handler, Debbie, stated that the judge was “eying” Bella pretty good, but because the two that did win (Winners and Reserve Winner) were more seasoned and mature, Bella just didn’t have a chance.  But it is good to know that she showed well and that the judge seemed to really like her.

We need to keep in mind that Bella is only showing to get her use to the ring and the art of “showing”.  Domino started showing when he was 2 years old.  Bella is on 15 months old.  So, she has a long way to go, but again, knowing that she likes it, shows well and is getting “practice” gives us confidence that she will do well once she does start showing seriously.

So congratulations my Bella Luna!  Mom and Dad are proud of you!  And Domino is glad you are back home!!!

Bella - 12-18 mo. old class competition

Bella - 12-18 mo. old class competition

Bella - Winners Class Competition

Bella - Winners Class Competition

This weekend is the Vancouver Kennel Club Dog Show held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA. Bella has been entered in the 12 month old category and will be showing this Saturday (October 25, 2008) around 1:45-2:00 p.m.

She hasn’t shown since this last summer and held off entering her in shows as we felt she needed to “fill in” and mature a bit.  We decided to enter Bella into this dog show as 1) it is local; 2) she has matured a bit more 3) its good practice for her.

We are not sure how well she will do, but we are excited to see her back in the ring.  She seems to enjoy being in the ring (I think she thinks its like a play day or something!).  And as long as she enjoys it and she gets the practice, we are supportive of it.

So wish her luck (and us) tomorrow.  I will post pictures and results next week.

Bella Luna

Bella Luna

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