Copper at the Fun Match

August 4, 2013

Today was the first time that Copper and Kevin had the chance to strut their stuff.  At 4-1/2 months old, we didn’t expect the baby to win the whole shebang (and we were correct), but she did very well.  By the end of her events (four different times in the rings — two for conformation, one for Novice A Obedience and one for Rally Novice), she was approaching “Old Pro” mode.  She will be so much fun to show as she grows into herself.  Here are a few photos that I took.  I love this puppy’s reach, her pretty front, and more than anything else, her happy attitude.  The grass needed mowing so we don’t see much of her legs and feet — unfortunately.  Kevin is learning how to show a table dog (he’s a German Shepherd person who has seen the light).  His wife Tricia did an excellent job of bathing and grooming.  There was no touch-up to do when I arrived with my grooming bag.  We’ll try another match on August 17th and then one on the 25th.  I don’t know what’s up for September — though Chase and I will be trying to finish his Novice Jumpers Title.

Copper Front 8-4-13 blog

Copper Comin This Way 8-4-13 blog

Copper on the Move 8-4-13 blog


  1. Cheryl Kienast says:

    She is absolutely lovely. Congratulations on such a successful first match!

  2. Terry Sattler says:

    What a gorgeous red-headed starlet she is! Embarrassed to say that I do not know what you mean by her “rcach.” What is that?

    Congrats to all.

  3. Annabel Maley says:

    Beautiful. Too bad the grass is so long that we can’t really see her movement but if she can plough through that holding her topline, it must be nice!

  4. errol says:

    She was always and still is such a cutie! Love the expression on her face. Looks like she had fun!

  5. Kathy M. says:

    She’s a little doll! The whole package! Can’t wait to hear how she does as she grows. This is the perfect age to start them – they have such fun.

  6. Cheryl says:

    @Terry Sattler–reach is what Copper is doing with her front leg–the amount of stretch (“reach”) which comes from the shoulder and upper arm–unfortunately due to the grass, we cannot see the “drive” behind, which is what we call the rear movement. Ideally, the “reach” and “drive” would be equal which provides balance in the dog. If the front leg reaches to her nose (which it does here), that is said to have “good reach.” The importance is that the dog, which is a herding breed, has economy of movement allowing for the least number of steps in movement without wasted motion or unnecessary effort which is caused by more restricted angles–which in regular terms means the dog could work longer and easier without having to exert more effort to do the same amount of work when it has the proper movement.

  7. nancy says:

    Great explanation by Cheryl! What a gorgeous dog, note not puppy, as she looks very mature for her age. Well done Penni, Kevin and all involved. Very impressed by her presentation despite the looong grass.

  8. Valerie says:

    Love your description of Kevin. Does this mean that Newmie will turn me into another GSD person who has seen the light?! lol