A very overdue update! While we ourselves have little show news to report, it surely doesn't mean we haven't been busy!
After dealing with more snow than we would like to think about...which lasted well into April... we were finally able to get puppies from our January litter by SBIS Ch. Sangrud Thorbjorn Bodin to SBIS GCh. Kamgaard Kintyre off to their new homes and all are settled in and giving their new owners much joy.
On the performance front, Ch. Kamgaard Kryptic Kharacter OA AXJ OF ("Rune") continues on with her agility trials (and sometimes tribulations!) while continuing to entertain the crowds with her antics, but she has recently gotten another Excellent Standard leg at the Wilmington Kennel Club trial under Dawn Glaser-Falk:
In Canada, young Kamgaard Klearly Kunstverk ("Kubo"), pictured above has been exploring the world of Barn Hunt at a workshop in Ontario and doing well on his first try. In addition, he put in a good performance at the Arnprior Canine Association shows. Unfortunately, he was the only Elkhound there but drew some noteworthy praise from one handler who certainly knows the breed! Proud owners and Teresa and Don Cloutier.
Mid-April found Maggie flying off across the pond again to attend the Sapphire Anniversary show of the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain. The first port of call was the Kestos Kennel and from there, Babs and Maggie spent a wonderful day at the show joined by good friends Gill Bingham and Ann Roslin-Williams. Lots of special events planned, Norwegian judge, a program and a champagne and cake social time afterward. All in all, just a great time and pleased with SBIS American Grand/Canadian/UK Ch. Kamgaard Kut Above ("Kobi") winning a quality Veteran Dog class and (better yet!) Kobi's son Ellahyde Fine N' Dandi ("Toki"), pictured below, winning not only his class but the Reserve Challenge Certificate.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stuart Horner ("Kobi") and Dannie Medhurst ("Toki")!
Back to Kestos for a few days, then on into Wales and finally to Reading, visiting friends and family and home once again.
A nice Owner-Handler Hound Group 3rd on May 4th for Claudia Holst and Ch. Kamgaard Kut To The Point ("Gibbs") at the Badger Kennel Club show under judge Colonel Joe Purkhiser pictured above.
No NEAA National for us this year, but pleased to hear that the Select Dog award in this huge entry went to the sire of our puppies, SBIS Ch. Sangrud Thorbjorn Bodin ("Bode") in his first outing as a Champion. His pedigree sports quite a few Kamgaard ancestors and he was also the sire of the Best in Futurity winner there. CONGRATULATIONS to Kristi Wehking, Karen Elvin, and Brad and Cindy Wagner!!
... and finally... off to the Ladies Kennel Association of America show on Long Island on May 18th with Ch. Kamgaard Kleared For Takeoff ("Polo") who was Best of Breed under Denise Flaim and on to a lovely 2nd in the Hound Group under Irish judge Ann Ingram ("Tirkane")! Photo above.