Friday, June 20, 2008

Kiana celebrates her 15th birthday!

Happy 15th Birthday, Kiana! 
(She's the gray dog on the right!)

A very happy birthday goes out to the oldest dog in our pack, Kiana, AKC Champion Kalea's Boomchaser of Jasminka. She has hit the 15th year mark as of June 18th. She celebrated with a ham-flavored birthday "cake" and didn't share any with the rest of us! She has that right, I suppose, after all these years. She still knows how to put all us underlings into place. I may be a princess, but Kiana is Queen.
Happy Birthday, Kiana!

Stella Louella
Bullmastiff in Residence

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Update on Eddie and Nathan

On Saturday, May 10th our local Siberian Club had its specialty show. I didn't get to go because my "papers" say I'm a Bullmastiff not a Siberian. I speak Siberian very well, so at least I thought I could sneak in. No dice. Two from our house were entered, Eddie and the ancient Kiana. Kiana will be 15 years old on June 18th, Dog willing. Eddie had fun in the large Open Dog class with our old female human, and won first place, with his beautiful littermate Ace taking second. He said it was a lot of fun but didn't get the 5 point major. He and Nathan won their Novice Junior class in Junior Showmanship and Eddie says that was the most fun of all. They make a great pair! After all the showing was over (our pirate friend Maverick won an Award of Merit!), the Parade of Champions was showcased. Kiana (also known as Champion Kalea's Boomchaser of Jasminka) was the oldest dog by about 6 years. She was whelped in 1993, back when my owner says she didn't have any gray hair and could fit into a cute outfit. That was a long, long time ago. Sadly, Kiana is now the only known living member of her litter. Her sister Lulu passed away a couple months ago. Kiana made her trip around the ring to much applause and tears. It will be her last time in the show ring, and she brought home a beautiful rosette that she wore around her neck.
My old female human is debating whether I'll be shown anymore. Says she wants to talk to other humans about it before retiring me from the show scene. I'd like to see what it would be like in the obedience ring. I think I've trained my human well.
Hopefully my human can scan the show photos soon so she can post them. The photo of Nathan and Eddie is pretty cute, and of course, Kiana had her picture taken as well.
Slurps to all,
Stella Louella
Bullmastiff in Residence