ORSO ROCKS THE MAGIC CITY WITH 2(!!!) 3-POINT MAJOR WINS & COMES HOME A NEW AKC CHAMPION! – 06.23.2011 to 06.26.2011
4 days of shows + 4 nights of hanging out + a couple of OFA health tests = the recipe to an awesome trip to Orlando, Florida with Orso!
Orso and I left Miami on Thursday morning, bright and early, in our rented Town & Country minivan – always a family favorite – and after a brief organization session at the hotel, headed off to the show grounds for 4 days of shows.
Show 1 of 4 – Central Florida Working Group Association – Thursday June 23, 2011 – Judge Mrs. Beverly A. Vics
Handled by Daniel Sanchez, Orso did quite well on Thursday, taking Reserve Winners Dog out of the Open Class. Best of Winners went to our dear friends’ dog, Blue Ridge Rocco, handled by Cindy Stroupe and owned by Steel and JoAnne Campbell for a 3-point major. Yay, Rocco, congrats on your win! Definitely a dog we were proud to lose to!
Below is our favorite photo of the day of Danny giving Orso some Corso love in the show ring, plus close-ups of the same photo just below:
Show 2 of 4 – Brevard Kennel Club – Friday June 24, 2011 – Judge Mr. Warren D. Hudson
Orso took 3rd place at Friday’s show but had a great performance in the ring nonetheless! He is working nicely with his handler, Daniel Sanchez, and we are happy to see how their relationship is flourishing.
The real highlight of Friday was hanging out with Orso at Brickhouse Tavern & Tap, where Orso had the chance to serve as a Cane Corso breed ambassador for about 5 hours. He met at least 40 new people – all of whom were all over him – including a bunch of children. Lots of thanks go to the folks over at Brickhouse Tavern & Tap for being so cool and welcoming to our Buckethead!
Below are a few photos from the day, including some of him hanging out at Brickhouse, and a short video of Orso going at it with some apple wedges at the hotel!, enjoy!
Gotta take care of momma!
Apples are fun!
Show 3 of 4 – Central Florida Kennel Club, Inc. – Saturday June 25, 2011 – Judge Dr. Wanda V. Spediacci
Saturday was a great day for Orso and for us! Handled beautifully by Daniel Sanchez, Orso took Winners Dog out of the Open Class for his 2nd 3-point major of his AKC show career! He then took Best of Winners in the breed class! This win put Orso just 1 point away from finishing his AKC Championship! We are so proud of our little dinosaur! Danny and Vanessa, thank you so much! Judge Spediacci, we appreciate that you liked our boy enough to give him this win among all the nice dogs he was up against! Orso, you ROCK, baby boy!
Today’s major win, although an awesome accomplishment, didn’t overshadow the health testing we did with Orso at the show. Winning a 3-point major is something we were hoping for but we truly were looking forward to participating in health clinics being offered at the show. We took Orso to get his patellas and heart tested for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and were thrilled when both tests came back normal! Orso was OFA Patella tested by Dr. Nicole Salas and OFA Heart tested by Dr. Alan Spier and is now OFA certified normal for both!
To celebrate such an excellent day, Orso got a new grooming table and spent the rest of day hanging out with us. We decided to go back to Brickhouse Tavern & Tap for a little while, since the people there are so cool, and then ended up at Chicago Pizzeria Uno for dinner, where Orso was a hit with everyone and once again got to teach people how the Cane Corso is a gentle giant!
Below are some of our favorite photos of the day, enjoy!
Show 4 of 4 – Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay – Sunday June 26, 2011 – Judge Mrs. Patricia Trotter
Sunday was surreal for me, absolutely unexpected and amazing! Orso took Winners Dog out of the Open Class for his 3rd 3-point major of his AKC show career, then took Best of Winners in the breed class, with his super-duper, awesome handler, Daniel Sanchez, finishing his AKC Championship in just over 18 weeks of showing! Thank you, Judge Trotter, for showing our boy some ring love!
For a 12 month old puppy, finishing his AKC championship with 3 major wins is a great accomplishment! We are not blind to Orso’s conformation weaknesses therefore are truly gracious to all the amazing judges who saw our little Corso-pony as the diamond in the rough that he truly is! We also want to wholeheartedly thank Orso’s handlers, Daniel Sanchez and Vanessa Lanz-Sanchez for all they did for us, for all the valuable advice they offered us and for finishing Orso! We are blessed to have met you both and for the privilege of working with you! Much love is in order for our dear friend Sheila Lieberman of Loving Obedience Dog Training in Miami for all the great lessons and guidance she selflessly offered us and for introducing us to Danny and Vanessa! Many thanks also go to all the judges who awarded Orso AKC points over his 18-week show career and contributed to him finishing his championship. Orso will not stepping paw into a conformation ring for a very time; instead, watch out for our boy in the Rally ring, starting in July!
Below are our favorite photos from today, enjoy! Professional show photos will be posted as soon as we receive them!
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