|OK, it's already mid December, I know, and I've been too busy.... You probably can guess what I am going to say next.... "Sorry, I have given up making Poodle Moments '02 in a newspaper style this year too."
No problem, right?? You can save these pages and can print them if you like. <g>
2002 is the Year of the Horse of the Chinese zodiac. There are twelve animals to indicate years, which are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Hare, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Chicken, the Dog and the Boar.
Nanako was born in 1990, which was the year of the Horse. In 2002, her year (Eto) has turned around one cycle (12). She has become 12 this November.
As you can read in the Poodle Moments '00, Nanako had a serious health problem. She had been under steroid treatment because of the thrombocytopenia. After about two year control, we decided stopping giving her steroid nor other immune restraint drugs, because her condition had been very good.
The night mare came to me one night in May.
Making a long (really long!) story short, we could get to the clinic before the worst thing happened on her. The vet put a tube from Nanako's mouth to her stomach and thank God, it went through and we could draw out a gas.
|Leanne in a NEW FASHION
Leanne had turned one year old in the end of January and according to a show rule, she undressed her puppy clip and wore an adult coat.
Puppy clip is always my favorite style but she also looks so cute in continental clip, doesn't she? I still have been busy with grooming her but I am enjoying both grooming and showing.
|However, being honest, it is hard for an owner-handler (amateur) to win at shows even if the dog is nice. Well, I really don't want to talk about this much though... You can imagine how it is like. In the show world, it is sometimes common that there exists 'something' behind professional handlers, judges, etc. <g>|
Photo on right is captured from video.
Though it is small, she looks gorgeouse, doesn't she?
|Anyway, besides those kinds of politics or something, the most difficult problem we have to face here is that there are few SPs in our show rings. In our show system, we need at least 2 other dogs before Winners or Best of Breed to get CC (Champion Certificate card). At many times Leanne was the ONLY SP in the show or even we had another one, there is always 'one' bitch to compete and even if she wins Best of Breed, we can't get CC because of the lack of number. If we would be placed in group, the CC should be given but it is extremely hard to get a Group placement in current situation.
In late August, Leanne got Winners Bitch from an American judge at the Poodle Specialty. It was exciting and it sounds like a big win (Sure it was. We defeated a professional handler.) but we got nothing other than a big ribbon. There were to be two other bitches at that night, but one of them was absent!! So I usually have to murmur "I wish there was another one bitch...."
This kind of situation can happen on other rare breeds too. One of my good show friends is handling English Springers and Salukis, but there are always few of them at shows. At many times she has hard times too.