Moonshadow Belgian Shepherds, Australia

 

 

Highlights of 2007

 

Moonshadow Belgian Shepherds had an active and successful year during 2007, setting a new "personal best" of 544 Challenge Points earned at dog shows during the year. 

 

At the beginning of 2007, our two new puppies, Moonshadow Black Magic and Moonshadow Avalon were only 2 months old and yet to begin their show careers.  By November, 2007, both received their Australian Champion titles.  The rules for this award now require not only a total of at least 100 Challenge Points, but at least 25 of these points must be earned while over the age of 1 year. We were very pleased that both Avalon and Magic achieved this within three weeks of their first birthdays!

 

A Magic Year

 

It was an especially good year for our young boy, Magic.  On the way to his title, he achieved first place in the 6-12 months olds sweepstakes on six occasions - including 4 times in a row at the Tullamore Shows.  As he grew up in the Working Dog Ring, he was awarded Best Baby Puppy twice, then Best Minor Puppy twice, Best Puppy three times and finally towards the end of the year, Best Junior. He was also awarded Runner Up Best Exhibit in the Working Dog Group at the age of only 9 months. 

 

Magic somewhat over-shadowed the solid performance of his litter sister, Avalon, who nevertheless achieved her title on the same day as Magic, and won two Best Junior in the Working Dog Group awards on her way.

 

Our Veteran Boys - Paco and Zulu

 

Paco, who turned 10 in December, 2007, also showed very strongly.  At various times, he was placed first, second and third in Veteran's Sweepstakes, and in November was judged the Best Open Class Exhibit in the Working Dog Group.  We were particularly proud of him winning Best of Breed Tervueren at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April, and winning Reserve Challenge Tervueren Dog at the Specialty Show of the Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of NSW, under well-know Belgian specialist judge, Firmin Aertgeerts. Overall, Paco racked up 247 Challenge Points during the year, quite a feat for a Veteran!

 

It was a quieter year for our other Veteran, Moonshadow Zulu Magician, who also turned 10. Although he competed successfully early in the year, after April he passed his magician's wand on to our young boy Moonshadow Black Magic, who is learning to use it well.

 

Overall, we enjoyed our year in and around the showring. We met some nice people and renewed acquaintances with old friends, and our dogs gave us much to be proud of!

 

 

Comments, questions or like more information? Email us, Rob & Lesley Kane, at robandlesley48@ozemail.com.au

 

 

 

 

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