CH Dillon's Zipper Ripper (Zeus)(CH Blackjack's Red Sword of Camelot X Dillon's Midnight Liberty)
On Friday, July 13th, 2012 luck was on my side. Even though is was raining at 5:30AM when Zeus and I went out for our morning walk it did not dampen our spirits. 3 hours later I stepped into the ring at Olive Branch KC show in Southaven, MS with Zeus as I normally do. Bred By Exhibitor Dogs had only one in the class today, Zeus. The judge, Vern Harvey, had some very nice things to say about Zeus. He told me his mentor in the breed is one of the best in the Doberman world, Michelle Lewis. We picked up our blue ribbon and exited the ring to wait for Winners Dog to come up. We went back in with confidence and poise gained from the positive impression Mr. Harvey gave us.
In a few minutes, he pointed to us for Winners Dog, meaning we just got the last point out of the 15 needed for the AKC Championship. Tears came to my eyes because Zeus is the first dog I have bred, owned, shown, and finished on my own. All his points except 2 came from the Bred By Exhibitor Class where the rules state you have to be the breeder, owner, and handler of the dog.
It was a small show, no big fanfare when I finished, but that's O.K. The destination is the reward but the journey is so important.
Zeus is owned by Al Rayburn and co-owned by me. Zeus was raised lovingly with understanding and consistent discipline by the Rayburn family. That makes all the difference in the temperament of a Doberman. He wants to please people. Zeus is a special dog whom I hope to produce the same quality in his puppies.