Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Champion!!! or not ...

Stella completed her conformation championship in November and to say I was thrilled was an understatement.  I have found this whole process a great learning experience but often frustrating, political and confusing.  Anyway we were super excited to have finished and I had the official picture taken as shown below.

UNFORTUNATELY when I phoned CKC to confirm all of our points as I am hoping to spay Stella soon they were missing one of our points.  It appears a major screw-up happened at a show last april and the judge wrote down the wrong number as winners bitch.  I have the ribbons showing us as winners bitch and best of opposite sex and when I contacted both the owner and handler of the other bitch they agreed that I had won that day and are willing to vouch for that fact.  I provided that information to the judge but he has opted not to change his decision and correct the point.


I am pretty pissed off about the whole thing.  I understand that mistakes happen but find it quite appalling that he isn`t wiling to admit the error even though I have evidence stating otherwise.  Anyway I will give it one more shot and write a letter to CKC outlining everything but I am not holding out much hope as they have not been helpful at all so far.

So this is our picture which now probably turns out to be a big waste of money as we will probably have to go back in the ring this spring in search for one more point.


  1. I can't imagine how frustrating that must be! Really low of the judge to not be willing to admit a simple mistake :(

  2. Yikes...frustrating is an understatement. I wish you luck dealing with the CKC.

    P.S. Congrats on the Championship...certificate or not. :-)

  3. I had a similar thing happen here - except that I was without any form of proof. :( We ended up entering a country show to get those last 6 points (in the Australian system, 6 points is the minimum a dog can be awarded at any point). We got it and boy was it unsatisfying! I hope your letter might sort your problem - fingers crossed.

  4. From each experience you will gain a new insight. Life is a learning journey, and as you move along, you will realize that there is so much more to learn whether you initially view the experience as positive or negative. I hope you can view this setback as some kind of opportunity for learning, whether about yourself or your dog or something else. Revel in the time you spend together with Stella at any type of show or trial. Focus on meeting friends & making new ones and sharing information along your journey. Despite all the titles I've earned with my dogs, I've had far more failures, lost points & NQ's with my dogs but I keep coming back to these venues because it means I get to spend special time with my fur-kids & other like-minded people & in the end, that's really all that matters to me. The Q's & titles are icing on the cake. Life is a journey, not a destination. And NO photo is a waste of money. Keep smiling & give yourself & Stella a big hug from me. xxoo