February 18, 2011
Woo Hoo: Kunga has finished his championship!
We went into the Denver cluster of shows needing only one point to complete the championship marathon. Judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman liked him from the time she first saw him in the AOAC class. As usual, he was smiling and wagging his tail, and he was very excited to be back to showing after a few months off the circuit. He moved well, and took the class. When we went into a very large and competitive Winner’s Dog class, Kunga was up on his toes with excitement, and showed well. Still, I was amazed when Judge Alderman pointed at us and said, “That’s my Winner’s Dog.” I leaned over to pat my boy, and caught sight of the other competitors in the class: every one of them was cheering and shouting for us! My friends all knew that these were the final points that made Kunga a champion. I didn’t even get all the way out of the ring before I had people hugging me and congratulating us on this terrific win. Thank you, Judge Alderman!
You never show alone: there are always people standing behind you. There’s the breeder who’s responsible for putting together the right dam and sire; there are your mentors who taught you how to handle; in Kunga’s case there is Don Volleberg, the professional who showed Kunga to about half his points; there are all the people who helped you and supported you through the whole process. My heartfelt thanks to all who participated in Kunga’s show life, especially the members of the Great Dane Club of Greater Denver, and my immensely tolerant husband Martin.
And Kunga—he was still wagging his tail at the end of the day, but mostly he enjoyed the hamburger snack I got for him after he went Best of Winners.