It's already April (and still winter here in Finland...) and no blog posts since January. I am truly sorry for the long break. The beginning of the year has been very busy - mostly at work and private life.
Last year was successful as our Lucky del Borgo di Pratica was awarded the Most Winning Cirneco in Finland a second year in a row. Lucky's young son Aatos, Iosono Cherubino, co-owned by us, was the second winning male. Also, we got very nice success to our other Cirnecos as well.
So, this has been a pretty lazy year so far if you count our participation in the dog events. We have participated only in two dog shows and three agility competitions this year.
The first show we attended was held at the end of January - Turku International Dog Show 20.01.2013. We had only Lucky there and he gained Best of Breed with his 14th CACIB under judge Rudi Brandt.
The second show - Latvian Winner Show - was held on Easter 31.03.2013, and we drove from Helsinki to Riga, Latvia. We had two dogs with us - our Sienna's parents Lucky and Peppi (Iosono Deja Vu). A record number of the Cirnecos was entered (in the Baltics); eight Cirnecos. Lucky managed to win Best of Breed with his 15th CACIB and he gained his International and Latvian championship as well as Latvian Winner 2013 title. Peppi was Best of Opposite and also she gained new three titles (International & Latvian Champion and Latvian Winner 2013). So it couldn't have gone better! But the success didn't end here as in the group competition Gerard Jipping from the Netherlands gave the red rosette to Lucky which meant that Lucky won the Group!
Tosca (Iosono Diamante) gave birth to her first litter in July which meant that we had to keep a long pause from agility. We returned to agility competition on January the 5th after eight months of break. And guess what. Out of 30 dogs Tosca and me went to third place with a clean run result!!! The second agility competition was held on February the 3rd and once again, our result was a clean run and third place in the competition out of 30 dogs. The third competition was held February 9 and again a clean run and our placement was 8th (it was an easy track and many dogs got clean runs). Now we are having a break (again) and we are hopefully getting back to competitions at the end of April.
We are hopefully expecting Italian Greyhound puppies to be born in May out of Ch Northgate's Midnight Fantasy - Ch Iosono Fiamma.
Our next Cirneco dell'Etna litter is planned in autumn.