Sarah, Al­marjo snag pur­ple Ekka rib­bons

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

JO Yard­ley’s love af­fair with dogs was in­evitable, grow­ing up in a house­hold “ruled by Col­lie Roughs” she has loved man’s best friend for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

While Ms Yard­ley shared her par­ents love for dogs, she didn’t share their love for the col­lies, from around the age of five she could re­mem­ber want­ing a dachs­hund.

Af­ter 13 years of dream­ing of dachshunds, buy­ing her own dog was at the top of her to do list – since then she hasn’t looked back.

“When I left home at 18 I got my first dachs­hund and I haven’t been with­out one since,” Ms Yard­ley said.

More than 34 years later, Ms Yard­ley is a dachs­hund breeder and an avid dog shower, her dog Har­vey, presently holds the most pres­ti­gious dog ti­tle in Aus­tralia.

Un­der his of­fi­cial show name Aus­tralian Supreme Cham­pion Al­marjo Har­vey Von-schnitzel, the minia­ture smooth dachs­hund re­cently gained an­other ti­tle un­der his col­lar at the Ekka.

The two-year-old sausage dog snagged Best of Breed, de­feat­ing 18 other dachshunds in the cat­e­gory, liv­ing up to his ti­tle as num­ber one mini smooth dachs­hund in Aus­tralia.

Ms Yard­ley’s puppy Aus­tralian Cham­pion Al­marjo Lady Sara was also vic­to­ri­ous in the show, claim­ing the cham­pion puppy ti­tle.

The minia­ture smooth dachshunds were judged by their ex­pres­sions, arms, eyes, long neck, smooth­ness and move­ment.

“If you pic­ture a train mov­ing that’s how a dachs­hund should move, it shouldn’t be turn­ing in the legs it should be nice and sound com­ing and go­ing,” Ms Yard­ley said.

Har­vey has been semi-re­tired – he now will only be bought out for the top shows in Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

WIN­NING POOCHES: Aus­tralian Cham­pion Al­marjo Lady Sara was crowned cham­pion puppy in show.

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