Zeke is now one of four only Finnish Lapphunds in Australia to have achieved this title, and in one of the most highly competitive states in the country, he has held his own. Amazingly, he has achieved this at only 22 months old, making him the youngest Supreme Champion Finnish Lapphund in Australia.
I have said before what a special dog Zeke is, and that I knew he had the potential to really shine, even from a young age. His co-owner and handler, Huey Miin Lim, has really bought out his star quality, and been his biggest supporter. As a breeder, its wonderful to see your dogs do well, but that's not as important as knowing that they are truly loved by their owners.
A special mention must also go to Zeke's other handler, Aimee Petersen for her support, advice and expertise, mentoring Huey Miin and Zeke and being an amazing person all round.
Our friends in the breed and outside of it have given us tremendous support and encouragement along the way. It does take a village, and the dog world has provided that - we are very humbled.
Less than 12 months ago, Zeke achieved his Australian Championship at the Sunbury Show, and we were ecstatic at that. We had thought that, this year, we would do some shows and see how far we got - at first, we thought we might get a bit closer to a grand by the end of the year if he did well. Little did we realise that within that 12 months, we would achieve the ultimate show title - a Supreme.
Zeke is now currently #1 Finnish Lapphund in Australia and in the Top 10 Working Dog in Australia (DOL pointscore). Most importantly, he is an amazing dog and a great ambassador for the breed, and I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us.
Thanks to Teresa Gaudio for the wonderful pic of that special win.