Thanks for attending the LCNW 2010 Spring Specialty

by admin on March 25th, 2010

As is typical of Pacific Northwest March weather, we had a blustery weekend. Rain would alternate with sun and we were all bundled up in coats and sweaters. Of course, the dogs loved the weather!

With the LCA Nationals looming right around the corner and being on the West Coast, many usual attendees had to make the choice of attending one show or the other. We had a total of 35 entries which made for a smaller, but very cozy, show. There was room for all in the lodge and plenty of food was available at our famous potluck. Smiles and laughter rang through the air.

For Conformation we were fortunate to have Sharon and David Krogh as our judges on Saturday and Sunday respectively. We also were granted the privilege of hosting an AKC judge who was seeking mentoring in the breed – Pat Putnam.

The weekend in Conformation belonged to Mary Ann Ruggiero-Smith’s Leodania’s Ma Reggio di Calabria (Reggie) as he took Best in Show both Saturday and Sunday. Best Opposite Sex on Saturday was Peggy Atchley’s Seelowen’s Goodhearted Bridget CGC (Bridget) and on Sunday Tobi Smith’s Flyin’ Lions Airplay RN CGC (Ayja).

Obedience and Rally continue to grow and thrive. Under our judge Chris Primmer, Jody Woodruff and Desperado’s Agamemnon UD RE CGC (Bentley) earned High in Trial. On that note we congratulate them on being the first Leonberger team to earn an AKC Utility title. We are all so proud of them.

Stephanie Kuwasaki of DeKu Photography joined us again to provide wonderful ring action photos as well as win photos with the Judges for purchase. Her photos are displayed on her website at:

On Saturday evening the LCNW continued our tradition of striding ahead and offering more and more for our members. The first official Fireside Chat was hosted by Jody Woodruff and was a well attended, informative question and answer session on tackling the joys and challenges of Obedience with your Leonberger.

We have a special treat and another groundbreaker for a Regional Club scheduled for our August Regional Specialty. We have coordinated to bring in esteemed UK judge John Feehan. Do plan on attending and receiving fantastic critique on your dogs from this revered expert. He has also agreed to provide us a short seminar- I’m sure it will be something you won’t want to miss. On Sunday we are also fortunate to have obtained Pat Hastings as our Conformation judge. She isn’t easy to schedule and we are honored to have her view our dogs. We’ll see you then!

Salena Anderson
President, Leonberger Club of the Northwest

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