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We have a CHAMPION!

It was quite the weekend for the Marcato crew. Special in ways I fail to describe, but I'll try.

Today I finished my very first home bred champion. After going WD/BOW yesterday for his second major, my boy Moto went WD today for a 3rd major, and pending AKC confirmation, he will be known as CH Marcato's Fire Inside.

This puppy was repossessed in December of 2014 due to severe neglect. Weighing only 31.6 pounds (approximately half of what he should have weighed), I was more concerned for his health than anything else. But as he recovered, the stud dog owner and I saw his potential.

His dog show journey started on March 13th, 2015, down in Louisville, Kentucky. He went second in his class. The following day, he won his class. On March 15th, 2015, Moto took a major reserve from the 6-9 class.

On March 18th, he went to live with his new family in Venetia, PA. They agreed to let me show him and cart him all around the country. He was (is) their first show dog.

Now, a mere 12.5 months later, this dog that I took back as a sickly, weak, bony mess...is a champion. The very first one I ever bred. The very first champion for his owner. He showed at Westminster this year. He will be shown as a special at our National in October. He has exceeded my expectations.

All but his first two points, which were from the puppy classes, were put on him by me. He finished out of Bred By. And no, the medallion doesn't matter to me. I have other dogs I can seek that with. But nothing can take away from what today meant for me as a breeder, or as an owner handler.

Not to be outdone, his mother completed her GCH today, once more owner handled. I looked up her points on Saturday night to see what she needed, and with her 5 GCH point major that she took on Saturday by going BOB (!!!!) put her at 24 points. She needed a single to finish the title and took a 3 point GCH major today.

She is my first champion, and now, my first grand champion. Every. Single. Point. Was put on her by me. Not at all common in GSDs.

Can't say I'm too upset with her son (Moto's litter brother) going reserve to the major, either.

With the way things are going, Wesson could have her ROM this year.

Momo will be attending his maturity and then will take a break from conformation until the national. We'll be starting herding in the meantime, and will hopefully go for his HT this fall.

I can't believe I have a special to show at the national.

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Oh Jackie!!! I am so excited for you. I'm serious when I say that this choked me up when I read your post. So very proud of you guys. I'm going to try hard to go to the National this year, and look forward to seeing you and Moto there.

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Congratulations! I'm sure you put in a ton of work and obviously it was worth it. Way to go.

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There must be no better feeling, major congratulations


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Congrats! What a great accomplishment!

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Congratulations!!!!he is gorgeous and giving you his all in return for rescuing him.
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Congratulations! Wonderful accomplishment!
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Jackie Congratulations. Your hard work and dedication shows in all your dogs but Moto really shows your dedication and love for your dogs and the breed. Looking forward to all your new adventures in herding. See you at Canfield?

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Congratulations! Great job!

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I know you're fit to burst. You have gorgeous dogs (I mean, look at him!) and I've always loved his mother. Congratulations!!

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