December - The tremendous 10 have all grown up its time for them to leave for their new homes. Mickey and Tye off to Melbourne, Terry, Heartman, Vee and Pete all head to Brisbane, Ari heads to Gippsland, Wilma and Kitty Sydney, and Chewy stays with us. Tye (now Indy), is off to be a versatile gundog and will be shown and worked with our good friends Tina and Bruce, Terry is now Holmes and he will be shown by another of our good friends Tony. Wilma stays in Sydney and heads to a fantastic home where she will be trained in many different disciplines including Gundog working, Obedience and Agility to name a few - its a change for her owner Pam who is a long time GSP owner (we say she saw the light). Chewy stays to play at Hotwyr is and is now called Walter...
We take the opportunity to show at some cooler night time shows and Vani proves how much she loves this taking out 5 Minor puppy in Group from 5 shows. Lana also takes a class in group. Wilma shows us what star she is featuring in the Hotwyr Xmas card
November - Monroe's babies are growing like weeds and all look lovely. While Monroe is caring for her litter. Lana, Vani, Raj and "Grannie Annie" head to shows. Our month end tally is very pleasing. Lana has a super weekend taking out two Runner up in Group (Group 2nd) in two days, 3 intermediate in group for the month. Vani steps up to the big time and takes out a number of Best of Breeds and 4 Minor puppy in group wins on the one weekend.
October - Well the big news is our Monroe/Raj babies arrive in typical Monroe fashion she presents us her babies a number of days early. She blows my "Halloween Theme" litter out of the water. The new arrivals are all healthy, chunky puppies 5 girls and 5 boys. Monroe is a super first time mother. We break the news to Raj, that he's a dad, he runs off to play, oh the excitement of it all, he's had a good months showing with a number of classes in group and a runner up in group. The girls Lana and Shirelle have held their own in the show ring as well.
September - Monroe is confirmed in whelp, she's happy and super fit and really enjoying the perks of pregnancy (extra food). Life goes on for the other kids, Shirelle is awarded Best Exhibit in group, and Lana is awarded a lovely runner up in group (Group 2nd), new kid in the ring Vani takes out two more baby in group, we get load of lovely comments. Raj continues to be resident Goof and soon to be dad, he's takes home a few more ribbons and shows the girls how its done.
August - Our favourite month of showing has arrived and best of all we get to bring our new addition to Hotwyr out. Our results are as follows: We did a total of 9 shows (there was a healthy entry of GWPs too). I am pleased to report the following: 9 Best of Breeds and all Dog and Bitch challenges awarded to our kids, Best of Breed, 4 to Raj, 3 to Shirelle, 2 to Lana. Although Lana didnt convert as many BCCs to Best of Breed she did manage to take five of the 9 BCCs with Shirelle taking the other four, and in all cases all our girls also took out RBCC as well over other bitches. Our results include 2 x Baby in Show (Vani was only eligible the last 2 days of the 9), 1 x Neuter in Show (Granny Annie), 7 x Neuter in Groups (Granny Annie - lets not mention the one she missed out on, she was clearly depressed at not getting a ribbon). It was good to see good neuter competition too, 2 x Inter in Group (Lana), 1 x Inter in Group (Raj) and 1 x Ausbred in Group (Monroe), 1 x 1st in Sweeps (Vani). Rae decided to stay on and do Parkes with, Vani Baby in Group and a 2nd in Sweeps.
July - We still get to a few shows with Annie taking our more classes in group and cementing her place as Number 1 Neuter Gundog in Australia .
June - Well the cold weather has arrived. Lana takes a well earned break but Raj and Annie still head off to shows. Taking out many classes in group and classes in show. We enjoy our time off and we focus on our training retrieving training
May - We brave the cooler weather, the team comes together at Bathurst for shows with International panel of Judges. Lana decides that its time she stepped up to the "big time". She takes out Best in Group (Group 1) under a Finnish Judge Mrs T Ahlman-Stockmari from Finland - she tells us how much she loved Lana from the moment she stepped into the ring - we are thrilled as her win is in the finest of company (there are a number of Best n Show winners in the line-up) and under a judge with international judging experience. We also exhibit the at the Open show and Lana takes out Best in Group again, Annie not to be outdone takes out neuter in Group at both the Championship and Open show and goes on to neuter in show at the open show - its a great day and we receive many lovely comments from exhibitors and our friends near and far. Later in the month we head to Temora for six shows we have another good weekend taking out 1 class in show and a class in group with Annie, 3 classes in group with Lana, 1 class in group with Raj - not a bad effort really. Towards the end of the month Raj also takes out Australian Bred in group compared to the other dogs in the line-up he is just a baby and by far the youngest. Saving the best til last! We welcome 8 sweet puppies into our Kennel, Raj the Sire and our lovely Lizzy the dam - mother and puppies all doing well, and as for Raj well life goes on for him running playing showing and just being our resident Goof - who is also a Dad!
April - The shows wind down in preparation for the Purina Sydney Royal, before it starts we take Monroe to a few shows and along they way she picks up 2 classes in group, a number of Best of Breeds and makes the cut for group, not bad for a lass who has been focusing on field work! The "big day" arrives - Sydney Royal, this year its a bit different for us the Judge is a Breed Specialist from Italy, his CV notes he is the President of the GWP federation in Italy and is credited with bringing some of the first GWPs into Italy. To say we had a super day is an understatement! We enter 4 dogs and they all win their age classes. Raj wins Challenge dog and goes onto Best of Breed, Shirelle wins Best Bitch and goes onto Runner up Best of Breed, Lana wins Reserve Bitch the judge tells us she is very promising. Happy much - Yes.
March � Our training continues and we opt for training over shows, we still do a few with Lana taking out two more Junior in groups and a number of Best of breeds. Shirelle and Raj also show beautifully and also take out a number of Best of Breeds, Annie also continues on her winning way making her way to number 1 Neuter Gundog in Australia
February � We limit our shows due to the heat, Lana still continues on her winning ways taking out 2 x Junior in groups, a number of Best of Breeds and is now regularly making the final "cut" for Best in Group. We take the girls in the cool of the morning and train them for upcoming Trails, Annie, Monroe and Lana all love it. Annie has her first show for 2014 and takes out Neuter in Show under the well respected Gundog Specialist Mr G Spagnolo - its a thrill for us including Annie!
January � We kick off the year with Lana taking out Puppy in Group at our first show for the year. At the same show Raj takes out a lovely Breed and makes the cut for group. Raj and Lana turn 1 year old and on their birthday we head off for puppy of the year, we don't make the semi finals but are please as the eventual puppy of the year finalists come from our heat.
December � Time to start winding down for a break and winding up for Xmas celebrations � We don�t show much in December, Lana takes out a Puppy in show, it�s the first time Rae shows Lana while Fiona watches from the sidelines with an injury � luckily for Rae she is awarded Puppy in show with Lana � not before she receives instructions as long as your arm!
November � As the year winds down we do head to a few more shows, soon it will to too hot for human and canine to show. The dogs will turn their hand at some obedience training. Before we settle back for the Xmas break we do what we love � show off our kids. Lana again has a stellar month (she�s getting a reputation for being a �fingie addict)� taking our six puppy in group awards for the month. Her mother Annie has been quietly racking up Neuter in group awards but decides to show Lana how it�s done � Annie is awarded six neuter in group awards and one neuter in show award not bad for an old girl! Raj takes a junior in group award, which is a good result considering he follows Lana into the ring for class in group awards, never easy when a dog of the same breed as be awarded the class in group � Raj doesn�t mind he happily plays with Lana�s toys from sweepstakes wins � she however does mind!
October � A super month for our show team, we all meet up for shows in the Southern Riverina. What a weekend � Day 1 Shirelle takes out Best in Group, Day 2 Shirelle is awarded Best of Breed and Intermediate in show, Day 3 Lana takes out Best of Breed, Minor Puppy in Show and 1st in Sweepstakes, Day 4 Lana is again awarded Best of Breed and Minor Puppy in Group � these two girls sure know how to have fun. Raj has to be content with Dog challenge on 3 of 4 days. It�s a super month for Lana with one class in show and five classes in group (she even had a hat trick � three consecutive days in a row). She also brings up her title at nine months and makes the cut for best in group. As always our dogs are loads of fun in the ring and we get many comments on what characters they are � yep that�s a Hotwyr!
September � With both Raj and Lana both nearing their Australian Championship titles the race is on to see which one gets theirs first. Both youngsters have had strong competition and have done very well winning challenges over mature competition. Raj takes the �chequered flag� titling at eight months and three days old � one of the youngest for the breed. He brings this up in spectacular style by winning Puppy in Group, giving him a two class in groups for the month of September. Lana always a competitive lass takes out two Minor puppy in show, and a minor puppy in group awards � we are so thrilled with the Annie/Ruko kids.
August - Another super month, the youngsters are now showing the older girls how its done. In August both Raj and Lana take out 2 x Puppy in Show and 1 x Puppy in group, receiving many super comments along the way. They continue to make their presence felt in sweepstakes as well with Lana taking out a number of placing including a number of first places. Our biggest thrill is at the very end of August with our young boy Raj taking out the Dog Challenge at DOGS NSW Spring Fair, without a doubt one of the most prestigious shows on the calendar. Even more thrilling is the judge is from Germany (and clearly knows his German Breeds) he awards the lovely Shirelle Best of Breed and Annie neuter of the breed. He is very complementary about all our dogs and was thrilled to award Raj the Dog Challenge over mature competition.