Friday, July 15, 2011

Summertime Leo!

It had been a while since I got some new photos of the boy, so early the other morning (while it was still ONLY 85 degrees outside!) Leo and I had a photo shoot! Above, he's doing the handsome over-the-shoulder pose; below, he's getting his running in before it hits 103 degrees!

Pretty profile shot!

THERE'S that pesky frisbee! As you can see, our frisbees are all rather abused.

Alert face!

And a Leo in the sun! Thanks for looking, everyone! Hopefully we'll have some new show photos for you this fall!

MAC Show, June 2011

Unfortunately Leo wasn't able to come to this show with me--but that was okay, because I got to show his sister, Ginger, to two Best of Opposites awards! We always joke that Ginger and Leo look a LOT alike, so everyone probably thought I was showing Leo anyhow. ;) That's her lovely face, above, and below she's resting with one of Michelle's other girls, Jolene, in the x-pen.

The BIGGEST puppy (yes, still under a year old!) at the show was definitely Bravo, from the Shamira Shilohs Tanna/Shadow litter. Look how huge this monster boy is! He won a well-deserved Puppy Best In Show at this event.

Winning his Best in Show:

Taken standing next to some handy humans for size reference:

Olga working with Bravo before ring-time:

Though Bravo was biggest, one of the CUTEST pups at the show had to be April's new boy, Cutter, from the Snow/Bear litter!

What a foxy little face!

And a nice profile...

Cutter and April in the ring. What a happy puppy!

There were lots of pups at this show--it was great to see the upcoming generation! Three of them were even Ginger's pups, from her litter with Kuma--Thor, Ender, and Bronte. Here's Thor in the ring:

And doing an awesome Rally demonstration for us--just try to beat me, big dogs!

Ender being a lap puppy--getting too big for that!

Ender scoping out the possible playmates...

He found one! Cutter and Ender playing. :)

Olga posing her beautiful Bronte for me:

At the end of the day Ginger and Kuma and their kids got together up on the hill for a family photo!

Another puppy who came was Meesh's Gracie, from the Ruffy/Malone litter. She obligingly posed for the camera. :)

Finally, there was another Gracie puppy who couldn't make it. Michelle's new little Gracie girl from the Snow/Bear litter broke her toe right before the show! Here is a photo of her with her mom...more on her later!

There were also some awesome adults who attended the show! Evie brought her Shadow, Yoshi and Scout's brother.

The Magnificent Iso, Leo's half-brother, posing for me outside:

Iso's profile. What a majestic boy. Can't wait to see how his pups with Shawnee turn out!

Iso hanging with his favorite people, Shani and Mike. :)

The lovely Hemi looks more and more like her daddy Buckshot every time I see her! Here she is in the ring:

And posing with the judge after her wins!

Michelle's Jack (also Leo's half-brother--they share the same dam) was just over a year at this show and had his work cut out for him competing against the two and three year olds! But he gave it a great shot and was a joy for me to show. Give this boy another year or two to mature and I think he'll give 'em a real run for it! Here he is looking up at me--what are you doing, Auntie Anne?

Jack's profile. Such a handsome boy!

Michelle's Jolene, sitting pretty for me. By the end of my visit Jo was my new best friend!

Often I think the candid shots I get at the shows are better than the posed ones. Here is a wonderful shot of Margaret with Piston. I love how he looks at her. :)

Pistol Pete performed at the top of his game this show and walked off with an Adult Best In Show! I love his facial markings--they remind me so much of Kyrie's, even though they aren't any closer than very distant cousins. :)

And finally, after the show I got to spend a few days with Michelle, Don and the dogs at their lovely home. We picked little Gracie up from the vet and took her to lunch with us. Here are some more photos of her from that outing. What a face!

Posing pretty with her human momma in the big chair:

Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Sorry for the lag on these photos. Next Leo shots!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dayton, OH IABCA Show, Part 2!

In this second set of photos from the Dayton IABCA show I got some great size comparison shots with one of our dogs next to GSD's in Group categories. Above, Piston next to a GSD. Note the level back instead of sloping, the squarer proportions, and the tremendous size difference. If the GSD was looking ahead you would also be able to see the difference in expression with Piston's small, triangular, Shiloh-correct ears next to the taller GSD ears.

Below you can see him compared also to a White Shepherd.

Here we have Jan's Tanna, only five months old in this photo. She is standing next to a young GSD who is ten months--double her age!

Mindy's Yoshi in the ring, Show Two, being examined by the judge.

Mindy's lovely Starr in the ring, looking alert!

A block of shots of the adult girls in the ring. They are, from left to right: Shawnee, Starr, Bisou.

I really love Shawnee and she was very photogenic for me! Here's a sweet candid shot I missed for yesterday's update:

And a block of shots of Shawnee in the ring:

Jan's beautiful Shanna in the ring, as lovely a five-month old Shiloh girl as you will ever see! And the judges agreed, awarding Shanna a slew of Best in Shows and Best in Specialty Puppy!

Best of Breed competition, Show Two. The dogs are, left to right: Piston, Yoshi, Bisou, and a dog I don't know. Piston took first in this round and went on to Herding Group.

A few shots of Piston in the ring. Can't tell I like this boy or anything! Though apparently the judges agreed with me!!

Piston in the Group competition.

Moose sitting while the judge takes notes. Moose is littermate to our Kyrie.

A block of photos of Farrah in the ring (she's to the left of the White Shepherd and GSD). Such a sweet girl, with excellent movement! Farrah was almost 18 months in this photo; the two other Shepherds were similar in age. You can see the size and structure differences here again.

Best of Breed class, show two. Piston is also in the ring, but out of the frame, and ended up winning!

The lovely Bisou in the ring. I loved this girl--a sweet personality and excellent sound structure.

Thanks so much for looking--I hope you enjoyed out "ring shots"! Stay tuned for the third update, with photos from our Specialty!