Today was a historic and momentous day in my life as a breeder, and Katies show career. My first time in the ring with a Special that I bred and finished myself. She was as awesome as a puppy her age can be. Stood perfectly for exam. Gaited nicely. And looked as gorgeous as only she can. However, she is still a 13 month old puppy. She felt the pressure. Or the lovely day. Or just decided that she is, after all, a 13 month old PUPPY, and played around at a critical time during judging. I set a foot. She moved it. I set it back. She moved 2 more. I could almost hear her giggling, and I could DEFINITELY see the twinkle in her eye. It made me smile. Then we went around the ring and she hopped around a little, in just her complete puppy joy at being alive. We got no ribbon. But what I took out of the ring with me, well Thats worth a whole lot more than any ribbon. My BRED BY SPECIAL puppy. And after all. Tomorrow is another day. A few photos of us in the ring today ..