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By Debra Blazek and Vicky Gillow
Some puppies are destined for greatness. A rare few achieve it with awe-inspiring magic. That is exactly the way I would describe "Kipp." He was a fun-loving, people-pleasing puppy, perfectly suited for the performance home of Vicky Gillow, his owner. Together they became a team like no other, excelling beyond all expectations.
Kipp's sire, BISS CH Norwood Mainstay Royal Caliber, attracted my attention at the ASSA National based solely on his attitude. I adored Kipp's dam, thus her name, Eastbrooke's Bi Adoration. She had two litters: the first producing Kipp and the second producing CH Eastbrooke JusDandy Rocketman HT, who went on to sire multiple champions and performance winners.
He is unique from his cryptic blue merle coloring to his intensely loyal demeanor. Vicky’s dedication and commitment combined with his loyalty made for a winning combination. What an honor to be Kipp's breeder, I couldn't be more proud.
Kipp came into my life in April 2007, chosen as my next performance dog for competition agility and so our training began with that goal in mind. His agility career began in June of 2008 with great success, achieving numerous agility placements and titles.
As our bond deepened, I became aware of what an extraordinary boy he was and wanted to utilize his abilities, so we began rally and obedience classes. Kipp was responsive, attentive, and eager to please, essential qualities for successful teamwork. If asked to describe the most important aspect of his winning relationship with me, it would be his unconditional trust in me as his partner. We have been each other’s teacher throughout our life together.
Early success and enjoying our time in the ring led to continuing obedience competition and we were soon on our journey to achieving his Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH). To date, Kipp has received 40 High Combined (HC) and 42 High In Trial (HIT) awards. His performance consistency resulted in multiple perfect 200 scores, which is challenging to attain. Kipp ranked #4 Shetland Sheepdog in obedience nationally for 2012 based on OTCH points obtained for the year, earning us our first invitation to the AKC Obedience Invitational in Orlando, Florida. We competed against 127 top teams from around the country, placed second runner-up and won the Herding Group! This large two-day event offers a schedule that requires each team to compete in all eight rings throughout each day, with out-of-sight stays on day one. This is a rigorous event for both handler and dog. It was a monumental achievement for me as a Novice A handler – the highlight of our obedience career at that time.
In 2013, Kipp ranked #3 Shetland Sheepdog in the nation for obedience OTCH points and was again invited to attend the AKC National Obedience Championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He gave a phenomenal performance each time we entered a ring. It was an honor to be invited and compete with 127 other outstanding teams. I felt truly blessed to be there with my soul mate at this prestigious event for a second time.
Winning the NOI was a dream come true! I could not have been more proud of my boy and the performance he gave. What an incredible journey it has been for us from Novice A to OTCH to NOC. Kipp always brings a smile to my face whenever we are together. He is such a joy and it warms my heart to share my life with this spectacular boy. He is my once in a lifetime “Treasure”!