||Rafa gets an Award of
Merit at the Alaskan Malamute Club of America National Specialty!
||It has been a busy year
and it has been far too long since i have updated the website! Rafa
has had a great year, is maturing nicely and had some great show wins. In
fairly limited showing, he is currently ranked the # 6 Malamute in the
Country (through September).
Sassie goes WB and BOW at the Gold Country Kennel
Club and now just needs one point to finish her Championship. She will
blow coat soon so will wait until winter or spring to try to finish that
||Enumclaw, WA Specialty and
All Breed show: Rafa goes Best in Specialty Show at the Specialty under
Breeder-Judge Cindy Benson and Best of Breed both days at the all breed
shows! His sister, Sassie went WB and BOW 2 of the three shows as well!
Thanks so much to Michele Coburn for helping out with Sassie and for her
wonderful hospitality and sleep over stops along the trip :-)!
||Rafa wins the Working
Group under Breeder Judge, Kim Meredith Cavanna! What an honor that was!!
See photo here.He
also earned a Group 2 under William Shelton.
Next was a trip to our hometown, Ventura Ca
for the SCAMC Specialty and all breed show. It is a beautiful venue, right
at the beach front and we get to visit with the family! Rafa wins Best of
Breed on Friday under Judge Eric Ringle.
||Rafa and I flew out to
Michigan to the Regional and National Specialty. Rafa finishes his Grand
Champion with 5 majors, with the last being his Select Dog award at the
Regional with over 300 Malamutes entered! Special Thanks to Breeder Judge,
Robin Hug for this wonderful win! Big Congrats to all the winners this
week and huge thanks to our great friends Chris Hibner and her boy Slate
(Ch Yukonjak's Slate) for a fun filled week!
||We went to Enumclaw, WA for
the Specialty and All Breed Shows with Rafa. What a fun trip! With
about 40 Mal's entered, Rafa goes Best Opposite Sex under Judge Ms. Wendy
Sorrell at the
Specialty Friday, and takes Best of Breed under Judge Ms. Maryl Foster on
sincere appreciation to these judges for recognizing Rafa and for these
very nice wins! See Rafa's page for photo's.
||We went to Ventura for the
Specialty weekend. We weren't able to make the actual specialty, but did
the Saturday / Sunday, supported all breed show. Sunday, we had a
very good day!!
Steffi - (didn't want to be outdone by her brother who finished a couple
weeks before) goes BOW for a 5 point Major to finish her Championship!
That made 3 majors in a row for her!
This was Rafa's first weekend out as Special. He won Select dog over
many, nice, ranked specials for a Major towards his Grand
||Woofstock Cluster -
Rafa gets BOW and Steffi gets WB Friday and Saturday for back to back
Majors for each of them. Rafa is now CHAMPION Ootek's Game On...
||Chris and I go to the AMCA
Regional and National Specialty in Colorado with Sampson and Rafa. We get
to see most of the top dogs in the country, see old friends and meet some
At the Regional, Sampson takes an Award of Merit under Judge Jean
Fournier. Rafa, at only 9 months old, gets 3rd in a huge bred by class.
(Not sure what i was thinking putting a puppy in BBE at that level of
competition!!) Rafa wins the 6-9 class for Regional Sweeps and Futurity.
Missy and I do our final 10 mile hike with Chris
Hibner and Slate and Debbie H with Ikkuma for all of them to complete
their Working Pack Dog Titles!
||At 7 mo's old and his 2nd
ever show, Rafa wins Best of Winners, Best Bred By and Group 1 in BBE
Competition! See his page for photo's.
||Rafa and Steffi go their
first show where they both take points both days!
||We have officially moved to the new
property. Note new phone # in the footer of each page. It's been crazy
with pups and moving, etc so we had no time to do as many pix of the pups
growing up as we would usually do. They're all doing great and getting
ready for new homes.
|March 11, 2010
||New puppy picture page - 3
week individual puppy pictures are up.
|February 21, 2010
||A few pictures added of the new mom
and her gang! Click here for puppy
|February 14, 2010
||The puppies are here!! All 9 of
them...whew!! that was a long night but Mom and babies are doing well. We
have 6 girls and 3 boys!! We are soo thankful everything went well!!
They are all gray / whites. Will
post pictures in a few days!!
||Missy's pregnancy confirmed today and
puppies are due approx 2/14/10. We are excited to see what this litter
brings!! See the current litter page for more information.
||I took one look and
"insisted" (ok, pleaded) to my friend Margaret that she let me
show her gorgeous boy Sampson.
Well, here we are, only a few months and a total of 6 weekend shows later
and Sampson has finished his CH with 5 majors!! He won a 3 point major his
very first time in the ring! Next, was a 5 point major, Best of
Breed win from the classes (over 7 specials)! We decided to try the
"big show" at Long Beach on 12/11 & 12/13 for the Eukanuba
Classic where he went BOW Friday at the all breed show and went WD at the
Specialty /Eukanuba Classic to finish his CH! Undeniable breed type, rock
solid temperament and absolutely exquisite movement . I LOVE this dog!!
Thanks Margaret for entrusting him to me! Pictures and judges
acknowledgements coming soon. See AKC
website for the pix from his win at Eukanuba (Winners Dog - Shandael's
Sampson). Not our best photo, but we both had a bit of nervous energy going
at this point!! :-)
Missy has been bred to Sampson!! See the Current
Litter page for pedigree and info on the upcoming litter due approximately
||We headed up to the Canadian Alaskan
Malamute National and associated 4 all breed shows. In the 5 shows, Missy
was 1st in the Bred By class each show, took Reserve WB in 2 shows and was
Winners Bitch the other 3 shows. She now needs just 2 points to finish her
Canadian CH. It was a beautiful show!
Thanks to Mary Jane Holabach for making the drive up with us (and for all
that help ringside! )
||Missy is now CHAMPION Ootek's Start Me
Up!!! At the Rocky Mountain Area Alaskan Malamute Specialty on Friday
5-15, Missy goes BOW for a 5 point major under Judge Ron Menaker.
Saturday she takes another 5 point major, going WB at the Mount Ogden
Kennel Club under Christina Hubbel. Big thanks to Debbie Hunyada for
driving out with us. Her gorgeous redhead "Ikkuma" took
BOS on Saturday too!!
Congratulations to all the winners! See pix on gallery
page and on Missy's page.
||After a 10.5 mile hike with with her
pack on, Missy earns the 1st leg towards her Working Pack Dog Title! It
was a beautiful trail on a gorgeous day, but we ARE a little
tired. Thanks to Craig who has been Missy's training partner and Helen for
showing us the trail! See pictures on the Gallery Page.
||Missy wins WB on 3/16 and BOW on
3/19 at the Vallejo show Circuit.
Photo on her page
||Ootek Kennels is proud to present
their FIRST homebred CHAMPION...CH Ootek's Tookoolito. "Tookoo"
is owned by Jean Say and Rebecca Montee of Southern California.
Congratulations to all for this accomplishment!!
||Well....MY plan was to do a bunch of dog shows over the next
few months....Missy thought blowing her coat so we could just go
snow-shoeing and hiking was a better plan. Guess
who won? We'll be back out in a few months!
|Missy wins Grand Maturity at the 2008 AMCA National
A HUGE Thank You to Breeder Judge Catherine Loft of KoolRunnings
Kennels for this
prestigious award! Click
here for photo
Missy places 4th in a very large Bred By Class at the Regional, the day before
the National under Judge Houston Clark.
Missy earns her CGC certificate (Canine Good Citizen)
||Donner Trail Kennel Club - Missy wins WB and BOS Saturday,
Judge Judy Harrington and BOW, BOS on Sunday, Judge Madeline B Fish. See
Pix on her page
Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers - Missy wins BOW Sunday, Judge Jeannie
Zuver Click here for Photo
||Pups go to their new homes. Everyone is adjusting well
and those cute little fur-balls are busy wrapping their new owners around
Missy LOVES Kya's babies...I think she wants a few of her own :-).
Scamp wishes we would go to a smaller breed. He is such a push over it wouldn't
matter!! See pix on the Gallery Page
||We're playing with puppies and having tons of fun, but no
dog shows for any of us until the puppies go to their homes and it cools
off a bit! See pictures on the Puppies page