How many different emotions can just a few days hold? Success on showground, painful losses, pity and worry of someone truly skinny, and start of a new generation. And I'm just a small "home" breeder. I wonder how I would manage this all if it was more numerous.
Spending a great sunny weekend with my "old" friend Niina in Estonia, two "projects" were finished. That is, two homebred new International champions both living in families who love them and take care of them, me just showing them (well, yes, grooming as well). Both Timmy and Iines have become familiar to my doggy and human family as they have made short visits every now and then - and they come to our home as to their second home. Easy-going and happy dogs as every cocker should be. Timmy finished his international title in very first possible show, shown very sparingly but gaining several titles and some group placements in international shows along the way. Timmy is now written C.I.B. *) Fi & Ee & Lv & Lt & Balt & Se & Rkf & Rus Ch Serene Theme For A Dream. His page in Koiranet (not all titles applied yet). *) FCI pending
Another new International champion is a 2,5-year-old little diva, Iines, who certainly was not a natural showdog as a puppy. She just hated the show leash in the beginning, moving not more than one metre in two puppy shows altogether. As soon as normal leash was changed, she was OK with it. But meat balls and tennis balls can make miracles, and also Iines learned to love it. The result is C.I.B. *) Fi & Se & Lt & Lv & Ee & Balt Ch Serene Light Up The Night. *) FCI pending. Her page in Koiranet.
Still in Tallinn, I got phone calls from another friend, Päivi. Within few hours Unni, Ch Serene Superstition, went to a practically normal dog to a septic peritonitis after a ruptured pyometra. No discharge, no signs. With a poor prognosis she had to let her go. Unni would've been 10 in November, perfectly healthy until now. And now she's gone. We're devastated. Life has its nasty surprises. Sleep well Unni, say hello to Daddy Adam and Mommy Triscuit.
During the weekend I also got show news from Marjo, who co-owns Timmy's litter sister Zirka, Ch Serene Dreams Gone Wild. Some controversial news indeed. Zirka only needs a time cacib to finish her international title. But on Saturday the judge deciced to excuse her because of too small size. Otherwise a very nice critique. Well, things happen. Except that small size is not a disqualification and I don't believe she is that small. That was mostly funny. On Sunday the very same bitch was BOB so maybe she grew overnight.
On Monday new generation of Serene american cockers was created. Peppi, Ch Serene Dreams R Free was bred to Sauli, Ch Serene Lightning Strike. This again combines my two main bitch lines. This litter - as every litter in fact - is very much awaited. I'm grateful to Peppi's owner Heli for this possibility.
The week is hardly half way. At least my life is not boring... Maybe it is like they say "you get what you order".
Left new C.I.B. Serene Theme For A Dream winning Group 2nd in Luige, Estonia under breeder-judge Herbert Klemann. Right sweet face of Ch Serene Superstition "Unni" who we lost tragically. That was our Saturday.