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|Judge Name:||Valerie Mackie|
|Location:||British Columbia, Canada|
|Kennel Name:||Sjoblom American Cocker Spaniels|
|Types of Shows:||Sweepstakes|
|Type of Breeds|
|American Cocker Spaniels were a huge part of my life growing up. After moving out on my own, I knew I couldn't be without a dog but decided I needed to venture out and learn about other breeds and what they were like and why. After two years of researching, I ended up buying another American Cocker Spaniel as the sporting breeds definitely fit my lifestyle and the Cocker was small enough to go everywhere with me. I ventured into obedience with him at the Greater Victoria German Shepherd Club which I soon joined. From there I met a breeder and purchased my first "show dog" as it was a requirement in the contract to have her shown. I spent a lot of time ring side trying to learn all about showing and what the judges were looking for. I fell in love with this sport in Purebred dogs. However, I wanted to show my first love and obtained a Cocker spaniel to put in the ring and to learn from. Since that beginning, I have had a few multiple Best in Show, Best in Specialty winners who have climbed to the top of the breed and group each year. I have spent many hours studying the different breeds and what makes them unique to accommodate their function. A day at the dog show for me is not to come in for my breed to show and leave...it is a whole day of fun watching and admiring the differences each breed has to offer.
I have enjoyed Sweepstakes assignments in All Breed shows as well as an American Cocker Spaniel specialty in Washington and an Irish Setter Specialty. I am currently close to having my requirements to apply for my first half of the Sporting group. I am truly looking forward to this new adventure in something I am passionate about.
Val Mackie, Sjoblom American Cocker Spaniels
|Dog Name||GCh Ahkama Losar Khampa|
|Owner||Kathy and Don Constable|
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