Monday, January 2, 2012

2012... It's here!

Hi everyone! Well, here we all are, welcoming 2012 with open arms. This is going to be a great year for dog shows... We can feel it!
First off, I am blogging tonight on my iPad. So sorry in advance for any weirdness. I'm still learning how to work it!
Did everyone have a good Christmas? Team Keebler sure did! It was full of family, laughs, and making memories to last a lifetime, all while celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It's our favorite holiday! And for Keebler, all of his new toys were an added bonus!
Okay, now for some "Congratulations" to some of our friends who competed at the 2011 Eukanuba Nationals. As we mentioned in our last blog, big big big congratulations to London, who proudly earned Best In Show at Nationals this year! It was an awesome feeling watching one of our friends take home the top prize! Also, congratulations to our close friends Taylor & Cosmo, CT & Glen, and Kristin & Cruiser for their 2 3 4 placements (respectively) in the Junior Handling finals! We're proud of all three of you teams and wish you NOTHING but the best for 2012!
So since the new year has begun, I've been working hard on our kennel, and on Keebler! The first day of 2012 started off with Keebler getting a bath and a deep-conditioning treatment and of course the daily everyday grooming stuff. Then today I spent hours cleaning! I'm sure I really looked like something else in my muck boots, half-bleached jeans, and hoodie while on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor! Of course, Keebler watched to make sure I was doing it right, all while napping and snacking!
Now for a show update, we'll be in Tallmadge this weekend, all three days. Are any of you going? We're looking forward to spending the weekend with our friend Lexi and her dogs Roary, Casey, and Bikini! Ahhhh, the first dog show of 2012. Bring it on!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


   This is going to be a very quick blog, but Team Keebler would like to give our HUGE congratulations to our personal friend, AKC GCH Jaset's Satisfaction "London" who just won Best In Show at the 2011 Eukanuba National Championship! London, you performed beautifully as always and we're so proud to call you our friend! We would give you a monster hug next time we see you, but we don't want to squash your amazing hair-do! What an incredible weekend this has been!

Friday, December 2, 2011

a late-night/early-morning blog.

   Helloooo everyone... Wow. So, I haven't updated in nearly a month and feel like our time is SO overdue. So I'm blogging for y'all at 12:47am! Because y'all are really important to me, you know?
   Jumping back to November 20, when Keebler and I attended the Central Ohio Kennel Club show. It's one of the best shows of the year and we were disappointed that we couldn't attend all four days. We were only entered on Sunday, as you know. Well, the day originally pulled a three-point major, and we only need two singles to finish. However, on the day of the show, the major broke and went down to two points. But, alas, we got second place in our class. These last two singles seem like they are going to definitely the most difficult to achieve! We're really proud of our 2011 accomplishments though, and this has definitely been a year we'll never forget.
   Now that the year is winding down to an end, we are preparing for one of our favorite holidays... Christmas, of course! Actually, it snowed for the first time yesterday! Keebler loves snow and was so happy to go outside and run around like a madman in it! Here are a few photos of him in his "winter wonderland."

   Keebler absolutely loves snow! He was so excited to snuff through all of the snow mounds on the ground and try to catch the snowflakes in the air.  We promise to blog more this month, since I'm on my winter break until January. Stay warm & cozy, everyone!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

lots of updates, including win photos!

   Hello everyone... do you feel like we're beginning to become strangers? Sorry for another long timespan without a blog. School for me has been so incredibly busy. Note to self: It's a bad idea to take Microbiology and Biochemistry in the same quarter, and science majors are really difficult. But now we have a weekend off (no studying and no show!) so I finally have the time to sit down and update all of you.
   Okay, so we're backing up all the way to last month at the Mad River Kennel Club shows in Urbana, Ohio. We entered both days, and each day ended up pulling one point. As you know we need two singles to finish... but we went Reserve Winners Dog both days! Oh no! It was a disappointment for us, but honestly Keebler looked a little bald. He blew a lot of coat the week right before. We also entered the Delaware Ohio shows on Sunday only, and it pulled one point. We won our class, but no Winners or Reserve that day. These last two singles feel like they're going to be the hardest to achieve, and here we thought it would be the majors! Our next show is going to be the Columbus Ohio shows, but we're entered only on Sunday. My grandparents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary that weekend! So we will not be able to attend all four days. As of right now Sunday pulled a major, but we have a feeling that will break as we're sure some of the class dogs will finish their championships before we get there. Good luck to everyone entered!
   Now for some win photos we're recently received. You can view an updated photo album of our win photos here:
  Have a great week everyone! Let us know if we'll be seeing you in Columbus, we'd love to catch up with some of our readers that we haven't seen in awhile!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

a huge update, since we haven't updated at all!

   Okay everyone, to start this off, I am so very sorry for my huge lack of blogging! School is back in session for the year (I know, I know, that's no excuse) and life has been way crazier than expected. But now, I'm back, and ready to fill everyone in!
   To start this off, I want to start with a little non-show update on the life of Keebler & I. On September 15, Keebler & I lost our buddy and our best friend - my dad's Lab mix, Luke, passed away after a battle with congestive heart failure. He passed very peacefully in the comfort of his own home, leaving our whole family at a loss for words at how much we miss him. When I was ten years old, I joined a local 4-H club here in our hometown with Luke just for fun. However, that small adventure taught me about the world of AKC dog shows and left me dying to know more, hence the reason we brought Keebler into our family in 2004. Luke was an amazing dog and Keebler's best friend. Keebler and Luke have lived in the same kennel since we brought Keebler home; Keebler doesn't even remember life before Luke. It's been very sad for all of us, but especially sad for my dad and for Keebler. Luke can now rest peacefully under a huge shady tree in our backyard and we know that he's a young pup again running like crazy in Heaven through wide open spaces, and jumping over rainbows! Keebler & I miss Luke everyday and we will never forget about him! We want to say thanks to all of you for the thoughts and prayers these past few weeks. We do plan on adopting a rescue puppy in Luke's honor, although no dog will ever be able to replace Luke in our hearts.
   As for shows, we actually haven't done any since Muncie! Which we still need to tell y'all about!  Well, it was a pretty good weekend for us. We won our class of Open Blue Dogs all four days, and finally on Sunday we went Winners Dog/Best of Winners for two more points! Two more points and we will have a champion on our hands! Beside the shows, our other favorite part of the week was hanging out with all of our friends... and doing some pretty crazy stuff... like coning! For all of you out there that don't quite know what that means, just come to a dog show and we'll show you what it's all about!
   Now for another update. This isn't really a "show" update, it's just for fun. Every year our hometown holds a dog festival of sorts called "Dave's Diggity Dog Festival." It's tons of fun, complete with a walk for the dogs, dog vendors, dog sport demonstrations, and even a very unique "dog show!" Just like an AKC show there are seven groups and then a Best In Show. However, it's also very different from an AKC show! It's open to any dogs who would like to participate and the seven groups are Best Markings, Best Eyes, Best Legs, Best Tail, Cutest, Best Costume, and Dog-Owner LookALike. Well, the dog festival was today! Keebler had a lot of fun participating in all of the activities, and he also won Best In Show! Yes, he did! He won the Best Eyes group (considering he has one blue eye and one brown eye) and he also placed Third in the Best Markings group. Then he won Best In Show. Go Team Keebler!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

tons of updates, since we've been slacking!

   Hey strangers! Sorry it's been quite a long time since we've updated (again)... Sorry! But now we've got time and trust me, we are so ready to tell y'all about our exciting past few weeks!
   So back to July. On July 29 we drove to Marion Ohio to compete for one day at the Dan Emmett Kennel Club show, part of the Harding Classic. Keebler for some reason had blown quite a bit of coat that morning, so I felt a little nervous walking up to the ring. We won our class, but no points or reserve that day.
   Now to the current month: August. On August 3rd we headed out early in the morning for a four-day show, the Steel Valley Cluster in Canfield Ohio. After about a six hour drive, we arrived! Wednesday was our relaxing day, and then Thursday through Sunday it was shows galore! We can honestly say we had four awesome days with awesome judges and awesome people! We placed everyday in our class, we made TONS of new friends, and just had an overall great experience in Canfield. In fact, Friday was the best show yet of our career! We not only won our class, but went Winners Dog over 16 dogs for a 4pt major! That is Keebler's second major, so he's currently on the hot track to completing his AKC championship. He only needs four singles to finish! Woo hoo! It was an amazing feeling and a day we will never forget!
   We don't have any pictures from Friday when we got our major, but we do have a few pictures from the Sunday show. Enjoy! Oh and our next show is in Muncie Indiana at the Iced Tea Cluster. We'll be there all four days! Hope to see some of you there!