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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Jake's Brag...


Well, we're back from the basketball games. The girls won and the boys lost.

The boys really played hard and had a tough time of it with a lot bigger and older kids. But we played well and I'm proud of them.

Sam dropped by to watch both the girls and the boys play tonight. That was really nice of him.

Carrie was tickled as she got some playing time in this evening and made a very nice lay-up in some heavy traffic. She's really proud of her two points.

I received an e-mailed *brag* from Kristen several days ago and I have failed to post anything about it.

Sorry Kristen.

"Jake" went to a dog show in Minneapolis. Believe it or not, he's still really just a pup, and a beautiful one at that.

Kristen reports that "Jake" won Best of Breed and then won a Group IV at the Minneapolis dog show. What is really great is that he won coming from the classes.

I know that most of you don't know anything about dog shows and how they work.

What happened is that "Jake" is young and is 'unfinished' (not a champion yet). He had to compete with other dogs of the same breed in a class (or division), win that class, then compete with the other winners in that breed from their classes. Then he had to compete for Best of Breed. In a round about way, he had to beat all of the Staffordshire Terriers that were there that day.

Having won Best of Breed he then goes to group. AKC divides the different breeds of dogs into groups like hounds, working, herding, toy, terrier, non-sporting, and sporting.

So Jake had to compete with the other Best of Breed dogs from his group which is the terrier group. In this round, most of the competitors are usually 'finished' champions that did not have to compete in the 'regular' classes.

The *brag* is that "Jake" came from the 'classes', competed against champion dogs and won a Group IV placement! This is very good and quite an accomplishment. Especially for such a young dog.

I am looking forward to hearing from Kristen telling me that "Jake" has won a Group I and has competed for Best in Show. Maybe he'll come home one day soon as a Best in Show winner!

Nice job Kristen and "Jake". I am looking forward to another *brag* e-mail from you guys soon!



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