Puccini (Poo-Chee-Nee) is Fly’s daughter out of her first litter. She was named after Giacomo Puccini, the composer of the Opera, Madama Butterfly. I've always loved all of my dogs, but there is something special about the ones that take their first breath of life in your hands.  Puccini has me wrapped around her paw and she's known it since birth!

Puccini made a few appearances as a puppy, winning Best Puppy at the 2010 FGCGRC Specialty Show under judge Carole Beattie, handled by Pam Larscheid.  From there, we sent Puccini out to garner some "ring experience" with our handlers, Jane & Greg Myers and Erika Bigott.  We anticipated this to be a month or so of "training" so that when she matured and was ready to be shown, she would understand what was expected of her.  Needless to say, she had other plans and quickly finished her AKC Championship at 17 months old from the 12-18 month class.  Julie flew up to Greenville, SC to show her at the Sandlapper Specialty in Sweepstakes and we were thrilled when Puccini was awarded Best in Sweepstakes by respected breeder Susan Leese. 

Puccini's Show Highlights, all from 12-18 month bitch class include:

5/20/11RWBCharles L. Olvis
5/21/11WB/BOSLowell (Arlene) K. Davis1 point
6/4/11WB/BOWCarole Tipler 2 points (1 bitch shy of major)
6/6/11 RWB Marilyn Spacht
6/18/11 WB/BOS Frank T. Sabella 3 point major
6/19/11 RWB Carole Beattie
7/7/11 RWB Nathaniel Horn
7/8/11 RWB Michale Silva
7/16/11 WB/BOW Betty-Anne Stenmark 2 points
7/17/11 RWB James G. Reynolds
7/28/11 BISS Susan Leese
7/30/11 RWB Laurie Doumaux (4 point major reserve)
7/31/11 WB/BOW James S. Martin 4 point major
8/4/11 WB Elliott B. Weiss 2 points
8/6/11 WB/BOW Michael J. Dachel 2 points

Puccini finished her Grand Championship in Deland, FL on September 25, 2011 with 4 major wins.  She was then awarded a Judge's Award of Merit at the 2011 GRCA National Specialty under the incredibly respected breeder judge Barbara Pepper.

We cannot express enough gratitude to Jane & Greg Myers, Erika Bigott and all of their assistants.  Their level of care and professionalism is unsurpassed and they have been a huge part of making our dreams come true!  Thank you guys!  You are THE BEST and we love you!!!
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