October was an absolutely thrilling month for us here at Keahi Siberians! While the weather was not favorable for much training, there was still plenty of things going on. The highlight of the month was definitely the trip to the Siberian Husky Club Of America's National Specialty show in Topeka Kansas.
It is always amazing catching up with old friends and making new friends while celebrating this amazing breed that has brought us all together in one location. Being completely immersed in the breed for a week with our friends just never seems like enough time!
Gypsy made her debut on the show scene in an extremely large, competitive, class of 6-9 puppy bitches in Puppy Sweepstakes and made the cut! Gypsy's sister Shelby went on to win the class, we were so very proud of her! They both made their breeder very proud and happy. I was very pleased how well Gypsy showed for me amidst a huge class and a lot of pressure competing at this level. Very excited to see where this little girl's show career ends up taking her!
The excitement carried on through the remainder of the week. Keegan competed with his momma Ruby and sister Shelby for Brood Bitch, unfortunately the trio did not make the cut. The class was large and incredibly competitive. From there, Keegan made his debut in the Parade Of Title Holders, where he was honored for his achievement of his Championship Title the prior year. Then it was on to Stud Dog with his sire, BISS GCH Bralin's Jack Be Nimble SD and sister CH Bralin's Single Serving where they were awarded a Second Placement in the group. It was a long, busy, and very rewarding day. It was such an honor to be able to participate in such amazing events with his family.
The next day it was on to the main event, Best Of Breed. Young Keegan and I were extremely thrilled to be able to make the first cut from around 80 dogs into the top 30. Keegan showed amazingly well and received a lot of very nice complements throughout the week. Thank you to all of our friends for all of your support and helping make this week a very memorable one. Looking forward to next year already!
The drive home is still a bit of a blur, but we made it back in one very tired piece. Both of the kids enjoyed the day playing in the mud and running around the yard just being dogs. Training will resume within the next few days and into a new routine for the remainder of fall!
Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.