On January 1, 2006, my life was forever changed when this little girl was born. She put us "on the map" as a breeder of quality Norwich Terriers. She was the first to have a win at a Specialty, and the first to receive a Group Placement. And that was just the beginning. Besides that we put over 100,000 miles on my vehicle. We spent a lot of time together, just the two of us. We are the best of friends. She has given me more than I can ever give her. She opened a door to a whole new world for me.
Pictured at left is Phoenix winning Best of Opposite Sex at the National Specialty in October of 2008.
Phoenix's first significant win was at the Norwich Terrier Club of America National Specialty in 2006. She was barely 9 months old. Three shows later she earned her championship, and the next day placed in the group. Many more group placements followed, including 5 group wins, a BOS at Westminster, Eukanuba, and the Norwich Terrrier Club of America National Specialty. In 2007 and 2008, she ranked in the Top Ten in Breed and All Breed Points, Owner Handled. This is no small feat for an Owner Handler, especially one who had taken an almost 10 year hiatus. When I reappeared in 2006, no one remembered me. For all practical purposes I was a newbie. It is not often that a bitch likes to show as much as she did. I can't say she did not have her moments, but she never, ever, quit on me in the ring. Quite to the contrary, she was sometimes a little too enthusiastic!.
Thanks to the encouragement of my dear friend, Debby Wilson, in February of 2008 we flew to New York City for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show. I never thought I would be walking into that ring at that show with a dog I had bred. We were one of the few owner handlers in that ring, under the esteemed terrier judge, Mr. Peter Green. What an unforgettable day! Phoenix went Best of Opposite Sex. (pictured left)
In August of 2007, Phoenix began training in Agility, while simultaneously showing in the Conformation ring. Her coat was very short that year and the chances at the Specialty were slim, so we spent time preparing for the above Agility Trial. She had only had a few Agility Classes. Somehow she managed to earn her first "Q" in Jumpers that weekend. She completed her NJP title in December of 2007 at the Cleveland Crown Classic. Never a dull moment with my girl!
Pictured left to right: Glinda, Phoenix, Vegas, Eddie
Phoenix is now living the life of luxury. She is the lookout for George the Squirrel, the tormentor of my dogs. She spends her days curled up on the couch next to me and will be traveling to shows with me this summer in our motor home. Stop by and see her. She'd love to visit!
2008 brought a new season to Phoenix's life, motherhood! Pictured above are the two male puppies out of CH Abbedale Brass Tacks. She is the dam of two other litters You can find information about them on the pages Glinda and Vegas. Phoenix was a wonderful mother and as good of a producer as she was a show dog. All four of her puppies finished. Three of them have had significant wins. Two of them have had multiple group placements and one of them has had a Best in Specialty Show, a Best in Show, and two Reserve Best in Shows.
BROOD BITCH CLASS
In October 2013, we returned to where it all began, The NTCA Specialty. Seven years had passed. Phoenix, in front, was entered in the Brood Bitch Class with two of her puppies from different litters with different sires. She won! Pictured behind her are Eddie and Vegas. Notice how much they look alike - the true measure of a breeding program - consistency - she sure put her stamp on her puppies! Love to you, Phoenix. You are a true gem.
Phoenix winning Best Veteran in Sweepstakes under Judge Missy Wood
NTCA National Specialty 2016