I am truly floating on cloud 9 after this weekend. It is the kind of weekend breeders dream of. I loved Nick as a puppy and had some high hopes for him but to see it come true is something else.
There is more to being a group placer than just being “pretty”. They have to be able to stay confident amongst all the other breeds of dogs and not feel intimidated. They need to be able to sit around for hours in their crate waiting for their ring time, and then be “on” when it’s their turn. They need to be okay with all the travel and change of venues as they go from show to show. Some dogs prefer to be homebodies, others thrive on the change. You don’t know if your dog is going to love showing until you start working with them. Nick LOVES it. You just have to watch the videos of him and you can see how much.
Here is how the Strawberry Classic weekend went for Nick (now CH Kazuri’s All I Want For Christmas).
Nick went Winners Dog and Best of Winners on Friday under Mrs Sulie Greendale-Paveza for a 4 point major to finish his CH title with 3 majors and 17 points.
We moved him up to the “Breed” as a champion on Saturday and for his first day as a “Special” he won the Breed (over several specials – one of whom is currently the #1 dog in the USA) under Ms. JoAnne Buehler. Mrs Buehler was also our Hound group judge and we won a Group 3 under her! WOW! There were some beautiful dogs in that ring!
On Sunday Nick won the breed again judge Mr. Raymond V. Filburn Jr. he then went on to win a Hound group 1 under Mr Filburn!! Oh my gosh!! To say I was blown away was an understatement!
I am so thankful to these judges who found that Nick was a quality dog in the lineup of such quality hounds. We have our first Grand CH points and our first points towards All breed and Breed ranking. Something I have never even thought of before. This is all new territory for me. <3 I am excited to see what this new adventure brings.
This link is the hound group where Nick got his group 3 (it was televised that day). He is on at 21:30 if you want to see him.
Rosie (Kazuri’s Everything’s Coming Up Roses) had a wonderful weekend at the Strawberry Classic in Lakeland Florida. She went Reserve Winners Bitch on Friday under Mrs Sulie Greendale-Paveza.
Rosie went on to win Winners Bitch and Best of Winners for a 4 point major on Saturday under Ms. JoAnne Buehler.
On Sunday she repeated her win for Winners Bitch and Best of Winners and a 3 point major on Sunday under judge Mr. Raymond V. Filburn Jr.
I am so thankful to these judges who found that Rosie was a quality girl in the lineup of 13 inch dogs. She now just needs 3 singles to finish her CH title. Not bad for only 2 weekends of showing 🙂 Good job Rosie Posie.
One of the biggest early show clusters of the year happens in Brooksville Florida. It is 10 days of shows broken into two 5 day clusters. The week before there is a multi day show circuit in Texas and so these shows tend to pull pretty good numbers. Little did we know that with the added stress of COVID cancelling dog shows all over the USA, these shows had record numbers this year 🙂
My co-breeders/co-owners Mike and Karen Kurtzner thought it might be a fun idea to head across to the first cluster of these shows from the 14th – 18th Jan and take Nick (Kazuri’s All I Want For Christmas) and Rosie (Kazuri’s Everything’s Coming Up Roses). As luck would have it, Rosie went into season days before the shows started, and so we had to pull her from showing. No one wants an ovulating female driving all the boys wild in the ring or even ringside. 🙂 It was such a bummer, but needed to happen.
With an entry of around 35 beagles total each day, there were 4 and 5 point majors each day in the classes. Wonderful numbers. Nick went “Best Bred By” in dogs each day except for Sunday. The icing on the cake was Nick going Winners Dog and Best of Winners for a 5 point major on Saturday under judge Ms. Denny C Mounce. Then on Monday, he repeated his success by doing the same thing, gaining a 4 point major under judge Mrs. Joanne Buehler.
I am very proud of sweet Nick and thankful to Mike and Karen who drove all those miles back and forth to Florida to show our boy. Thank you to the judges who recognized our boy. We appreciate it so much.
COVID-19 has really cancelled all our showing plans here on the West coast. I have a bunch of youngsters I want to get into the ring in 2021 so I decided I need to get creative about how and where to show.
I have a friend who breeds beagles in Louisiana called Jennifer Bell – her kennel is Fleur de Lis Beagles. She is also a professional handler. Knowing she has a few girls to show right now, I asked her if she would be interested in showing one or two of my boys this year. She said yes and told me about a couple of shows she thought might work. A mutual Serena, friend was flying across to one of the first shows in Starkville Mississippi – it seemed like everything fell into place for Gordon to get his first ring experience.
A huge learning curve for this young boy who had his first solo flight across the country and stayed with new people. His first experience in the ring and with a judge and all the things that go along with that. Not a bad thing at all.
On Saturday, under judge Mr. Dana Cline, Gordon went Winners Dog and then Best of Opposite beating 2 champions to get a 3 point major from the 6-9 month old class.
Then on Sunday, under judge Mr. Jerry M Watson, Gordon went Winners Dog and Best of Winners for a 5 point major from the 6-9 month old class!
I couldn’t be more proud of this sweet young boy who in his first weekend out has 8 of his 15 points. I had hoped to show him from the “Bred By” class, but have let that go knowing that I need to keep what is most important in mind, and that is chasing dog shows, wherever I may find them.
I am beyond grateful to Jennifer for showing him and Serena for taking him to and from. Of course I am thankful also to the two judges also for recognizing my boy both days.
Here at Kazuri, we recommend delaying spaying and neutering till 18 months (or till your dog’s growth plates are closed which can be determined through an x-ray).
Allowing your dog to grow to full maturity, will allow him or her to be healthier socially, mentally and physically. Studies have concluded that neutering before puberty increases a dog’s risk of:
Behavioral issues such as noise phobias, fearful behavior, and aggression
Abnormal bone growth and development
There are many studies that show this. You can visit Reproductive Specialist Dr Marty Greer’s website https://www.smallanimalclinic.com/ and she has a whole section dedicated to articles about spaying and neutering so you can research yourself. There is evidence that talks about dogs living longer when spaying/neutering is delayed and things like that.
Dr Judy Morgan talks about it in this video here:
If you feel like you cant keep your male from wandering or your girl from getting pregnant, then please know that we will support you in getting them spayed / neutered early – as I certainly an not an advocate for unwanted pregnancies and adding to the pet population without meaning to.
You do have another option though if you need to spay or neuter earlier than desired. Vets can do vasectomies on males or ovary sparing spays on females meaning they can still get the hormones they need, but there is no risk of unwanted puppies. Please consider this if you cant wait till 18 months to get your dog spayed/neutered.
Sir is a sweet and loveable boy – the son of one the most famous beagles of all time “BIS BISS Kahootz Chase Manhatten” aka Ben. I had been wanting to do a breeding to Ben for a long time and since he passed away many years ago, I had to convince the owners of the rare semen left for him, to let me use it 🙂 I feel so lucky.
Sir is our keeper boy. I have shown him a couple of times, and while he is a pretty boy, he needs to grow up a little bit. He is a typical young man – easily distracted by the world and everything around him. So, I want him to grow up a little bit and then try again in 2021.
Today I took some photos of him playing in the yard – he was exploring down by the lake and of course went a little too close and fell in – haha! He looked mortified. And then proceeded to find a toy to run around with.
Rosie (Kazuri’s Everything’s Coming Up Roses) and Nick (Kazuri’s All I Want For Christmas) had their debut at the San Mateo and Oakland dog shows this weekend. Due to Covid, all the dog shows around California have been cancelled this year and so we were grateful that these ones went ahead with so much planning and social distancing.
My co-breeders and co-owners Mike and Karen Kurtzner took Rosie and Nick into the ring. We never know how a first weekend will go, especially when they are over a year, but Nick and Rosie took it all in stride and acted like they were old pros.
Rosie showed in 13s, taking Best of Breed Thursday, Friday and Saturday and then Reserve Winners Bitch on the Sunday.
Nick showed in 15s and went Best Dog and Best of Winners each day and then Best of Breed Saturday and Sunday – Saturday was over specials.
While there weren’t big points to be won, I am thrilled at the start these two have made.
A huge thank you to judges Mrs Barabara Dempsey Alderman, Ms Denney C. Mounce, Ms Peggy L Lloyd and Mrs Debbie Campbell-Freeman for recognizing our dogs.
Rosie is Madison x Walter (CH Foxtails Dreaming of the Race TKN x BISS GCH Meadowcrest Just Call Me Sir) and Nick is Vixen x Payton (CH Hailstorms Feeling a little Foxy at Kazuri TKN x CH Malarky In Good Company).
Echo surprised us by winning another major on Saturday, at the Ridgefield dog shows this weekend. She won under judge Ms Mary Lynne Elliott and then was reserve to the major on the Sunday under judge Mr Dianne Kroll.
She now just needs 2 single points to finish her CH title. 🙂 I think we will give Miss Echo the rest of the year off and work on that in the new year.
Because of COVID, we have all been starved of going to going to shows. The State-wide restrictions have made it almost impossible all year to get together.
The Cavalier of Puget Sound (COPS) show, which are usually held mid year, were postponed till this weekend in the hopes that the numbers would be smaller. They were able to join with the shows at Richfield WA and have back to back specialty shows the day before the All breed shows that were happening on the weekend.
So, Phoenix and Summer and I, met Susan and Alisha from Lockestar cavaliers, who brought along Sirius, James and Christopher, and we had a day full of fun with our fellow cavalier fanciers. There were rules of course – stay 6ft apart and wear a mask at all times, but we all complied – anything to be able to do what we love 🙂
Our brilliant judges were Mrs Patricia Hastings and Mr Gary Stiles.
The second COPS show was dedicated to the late Nancy Rice Waggoner who passed away earlier this year. She was incredibly dedicated to the sport of cavaliers – what I mean by that is what she didn’t just see them as “pretty” lap dogs, but saw them as capable working dogs also, and many of her dogs worked on other titles as well – they got therapy titles so she could give back to others and agility titles so they could show they could move and keep their brains active. She tried to breed to the standard winning many accolades over the years – Best of Breeds, Group Placements, Best in Shows – her hard work showed in her placements. And she was a really lovely person. I always remember her smile greeting everyone at every show I went to. I was glad this show was dedicated to her memory.
Here are some of the many wonderful memories from the show – obviously not everything is here – thank you to Becky Smith’s husband Steve for taking photos ringside.