The show, much anticipated by all American, German, and Canadian German Shepherd breeders, was held May 10-12, 2013. Both the protection work and the show itself was held right on the grounds of the host hotel, the Geneva Resort. The weather was not your typical May weather. It was cold and overcast, at times raining, even hailing. In spite of all the grumbling about the weather, we all preferred this cooler weather for the sake of the dogs.
The protection work was held in a field with the lake as its beautiful backdrop. There were almost 40 dogs entered in the female class. As always, it was exciting to watch all dogs doing their protection work. No matter which dog was up, everyone watched closely, wishing the dog good success. The “aws” were audible when the shepherds completed an especially good routine, as well as the sad “oh’s” for those that may have been having a bad day. When it was Sheena’s turn, we sat quietly in the sidelines. We held our breath when she stepped up to the plate. And then she turned on and she did her thing. It is always exciting to watch her. I felt as if my heart was in my throat during her whole routine. Not that I doubted that she would not do it, but just out of the sheer excitement of watching her. She again made us proud, when she successfully and definitively completed the routine, and they announced she was pronounced and out.
Sunday’s weather was not any better. Oh well, the shepherds wouldn’t mind a bit of rain! That is one great thing about german shepherds! They are troopers! They know that the show must go on.
And on it did go.
In catalogue order, the girls strutted their stuff. The competition was very stiff. There were quite a few beautiful , german shepherd females which had placed high in Germany and elsewhere. How would Sheena do in comparison to these other highly aclaimed females? She had just given birth to litter of pups and was not really at her best – incidently, her puppies are gorgeoius! Great temperament and beautiful structure and colour. So beautiful in fact, that we held 2 back. A male, which we named Puma, and a female, which we named Pistol. Quite aptly named, for she is as quick as a bullet! But I digress.
As I was saying, Sheena had given us a litter of puppies earlier in the year, and she had just lost her coat as she was coming into season again. In fact, because of her coat condition, I really did not want to put her in at all. But Sheena gave me this look, that said“Come on Daddy, let me do it!, I won’t disappoint you!”. How could I say no!?
So in she went.
The stiff competition, and her less than desirable hair condistion, only contrbitued to the excitement of the competion.
I’m so glad she didn’t give me that other look too. You know that look…the “I told you so” look. For Sheena did not disappoint, but was called out 3rd, and there she remained to achieve VA3!
We were thrilled for this additional achievement. In spite of her hair condition, she had again marked her place by her structure and temperament. (Speaking of temperament, did I mention that little Pistol is following in mom’s footsteps, both in temperament and structure?)
So off the Awards Ceremony we go to accept Sheena’s trophy for her VA3 placement.
We were ecstatic when Sheena was called to the podium for the first award presented that evening: the highest American Bred Femaile 2013!
What a prestigious recognition! Sheena, or Vesta von Nummer Eins as she is officially called is a daughter of our Bobo had just been recognized as highest American Bred female! My good friend, Abhai Kaul, her breeder and handler (of von Nummer Eins) and I proudly walked up to the podium together to accept this great honour.
And all the while we were all thinking: Could this day get more exciting?
Yes it could! For Sheena was also called out for one of the Best Protection Awards!
This was her 4th consecutive Projection Award! Since she became fully titled, she has been in four Seiger shows, and she has received a Best Protection Award at each and every show, one which was at the The BSZS German Sieger Show 2012. Having received this 4th Protection Award made this show even more memorable.
Finally the Working Class was brought to the podium where I shared receiving the award with Abai and Ingrid, who had both done a fabulous job of presenting our Sheena.
As we left Lake Geneva the next day – a bright sunny day! – we thought of how proud Sheena had made us: VA3, a Best Protection Award, and Highest American Bred Award.
You did good, little girl!