The whole process of becoming a show judge on 5 sighthound breeds is extremely time consuming at since the middle of May I think only one weekend have been free of dogs shows were I have done assignments since 5 assigments for each breed is required. Now I am seeing "the light in the tunnel" and if everything goes all right I only have 2-3 three assignments left until I am a judge on all 5 breeds...!!
Therefore I am very happy and grateful that so many other people keeps the Play A While flag flying high going around showing their whippets bred at Play A While, since I don´t show anything at all my self!:) Thanks to all involved!!:)
Now I am back at work and not many weekends are booked for "doggy things" this autumn and when I am working I need most weekends to relax and ´"charge the batteries" for the week days as working as a teacher can drain your energy!!
The journey in becoming a judge has been very rewarding and very exciting and I have learned so much from experienced people with lots of knowledge they are prepared to share!!
Winter will be interesting as I have my two first judging assignments booked in Sweden and Finland!
A Room With A View, "Saga" on the move today! "Saga"
The last weekends several whippets bred at Play A While or by a whippet bred at Play A While have had success! Last weekend Ch Play A While Nokia won a CAC in Denmark and can add the Danish champion title!! Congratulations to Jenny Helming!
Today at a sighthound show in Umeå Play A While A Room With A View won a second CAC in a short time and congratulations and well done Ursula Andersson. At this show in Umeå Play A While Marimekko was fouth best bitch and well done Sara Forvsall!:))
Today at an all breed show in Askersund Carmodey Gullvivs who is by Play A While Whitstable Bay Ale won a first CAC. Above mentioned A Room With A View is also by "Viggo". A couple a weeks ago Viggo's son in Germany Betty Barkley Indian Lover won the German champion title and congratulations to breeder Birte Nöding and owner Ingrid Mai!!:)) Nice to see that Viggo has produced some beautiful whippets in the few litters he has produced!
Still no call name for this young lady but we are thinking hard!:)) She is by Allettes Figaro out of Ch Play A While Late Red Autumnhop Ale and will stay with Henrik but she was raised at Mona's place who has done a wonderful job with her first homebred litter!:))
At The Swedish Whippet Club specialty brother and sister was BIS-puppy and BOS-puppy and they are both by Ch Play A While Nokia (out of Ch Adagio Captured Sunshine). BIS was Adagio Move Your Mind and BOS was Adagio Crowdstopper.
Ch Play A While Lady Orlando Play A While Mymlan nearly 11 years old!
Memma's daughter's Greta and Pippi were pleased to meet!:))
Borther and sister Sakkari and Greta!
Wednesday I went up to Eskilstuna and our big Whippet Club Show that is now a day at the nice place Vilsta that is perfect for us dog people as dogs are welcome everywhere! The Whippet Club held a members meeting in the evening were the committee explained what they are focusing at and the members had the possibility to ask questions. We then had a look at a film from the 10 years anniversary show at Skokloster in 1986. Since I was presnt at this show I could point out both people and dogs for those who came in to the breed later on, but it was fun to see the style of clothes and hairdo:)) Also interesting to see how the whippets have changed!
Thursday Lynn Yacoby-Wright judged the dogs and after a short while the sky opened and it started pouring down with rain and it went on in to late evening... Not fun for dogs or people!! The following day she judged the bitches and I showed Ch Play A While Lady Orlando ("Memma") who was placed four in the champion's class and considering the rain Friday also I was pleased about the placing in a strong class and she was rewarded UK (excellent quality)! Then I showed her mother Play A While Mymlan who is soon 11 years old. She loved it and ended up second in the veteran's class. Lynn only handed out 10 UK of all bitches entered so Memma's UK felt very nice!:))
Saturday I first went to see Anna-Lena Bäckvall (Balzac whippets) and we sat down looking at photos from the show drinking a cup of tea! After that I went to Kicki Sandell of Zelig whippets. Kicki currently has a litter 5 weeks old at home out of Play A While Sent I November (the litter is by Höglias Trollbunden). It was very nive seeing the puppies and they sure look very promising in my eyes!
I went up really early Sunday morning for a long drive to Ransäter and an international all breed show to do a last assignment (to be a judge on the breed) on Irish Wolfhounds under judge Nenne Runsten. It was a nice day in spite of all the rain!