Gigi’s First Dog Show

Fun way to start Gigi’s show career!  A nice Best in Match win at the Puppy Derby.

Mantle Great Dane showing

Gigi winning Best in Match at the Illini Great Dane Club Puppy Derby

showing mantle great dane

Winning her class in Sweepstakes at the Illini Great Dane Club Specialty.

family of mantle great danes

Family picture! L-R: Kizzy (mom) and litter mates: Oden, Izzy, and Gigi. Puppies are just shy of 9 months and Kizzy is almost 7 years old.

Kizzy Picked Up More Points

Kizzy has been out with a handling team and has picked up three more points towards her AKC championship.  She is now “singled out” – she has 12 of her 15 needed points and just needs a 3-point major to finish her championship.

Don’t know what that dog show jargon means, but curious? Check out AKC’s Beginners’ Guide To Dog Shows and/or Counting Points at a Dog Show.

Here she is with Gwen Meyer, winning two points (June 2013):

Show Mantle Great Dane

Kizzy wins another point

Kizzy picked up another point towards her AKC championship yesterday at the Heart of IA dog show.  She was Reserve Winners today.

She now has nine points towards her championship, including one of her majors.  Six points to go!

Mantle Great Dane - Flighty Foto Absolut CGC

Show marked mantle Great Dane

Puppy Update - Mantle boy now has his eyes open!  They opened at 10 days old exactly…he is a little go-getter!  As of this afternoon, he is up to 2 lbs 15 oz and gaining fast.

5 Point Major Reserve

Kizzy’s win picture from the Great Dane Club of Des Moines Specialty.  5 point major reserve with Neil handling her from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class.

Mantle Great Dane 5 point major reserve

Kizzy goes Reserve Winners at GDCDM Specialty

The Great Dane Club of Des Moines just had our annual back-to-back Specialties this past Friday.  We had a wonderful entry – 65 Danes.  Nice 5 pointer in bitches!  Kizzy went Reserve Winners Bitch at the afternoon show, under judge Jane Treiber.

Mantle Great Dane RWB - Kizzy

The after-show dinner was great fun as well!  I’ve so many great friends through dogs!!

Kizzy wins her first major!

Kizzy picked up a 4 point major this weekend in MN! Woo-hoo!!

Mantle Great Dane showing (Kizzy)

Neil handling Kizzy at MN shows (thanks to Mary Ann Land for photo!)

Mantle Great Dane showing (Kizzy)

Neil with Kizzy

Mantle Dane in Bred-By Exhibitor Class

Kizzy with Neil in BBE class

Wisconsin dog shows

Just got home from a fun weekend in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  We didn’t come home with any points, but we had a great time and the dogs all did great showing.  Kizzy won a very nice Bred-By-Exhibitor class both Friday and Saturday, placing second today to Nancy Parker’s lovely Piper, who went RWB.  Bree won her class all three days.

The show was lots of fun.  It was great to catch up with friends and see some wonderful Danes!

Yesterday Tiana and I drove into Milwaukee and snapped a few shots of the dogs at various locations around Lake Michigan.

Mantle Great Dane

Kizzy at two years old

Mantle Great Dane

Bree at two years old

Fawn Great Dane

Mello (Ch Flighty Never Say Never) at four years old

A few shots from the hotel room…

Great Danes in hotel

Kizzy & Bree crashed out on the bed

Fawn Great Dane

Mello taking a snooze

A few additional pics available in this gallery.