Lo­cal pups win big at Na­tional Spe­cialty com­pe­ti­tion

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Com­ing on the heels of a huge win of Best of Breed and Best of Op­po­site Sex to Best of Breed at West­min­ster Dog Show, lo­cal busi­ness owner Au­drey Lee is cel­e­brat­ing again.

She just won again for Best of Breed at the American Ti­betan Mas­tiff As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Spe­cialty, held re­cently in Al­bany, Ore­gon.

The top honor of Best of Breed went to Aine, (pro­nounced An-ya), who’s of­fi­cial name is Dzhozias Aine Dream­catcher At Au­judon, handled by Lee, and owned by Lee and Deb­bie Slay­ton of Dream­catcher Ti­betan Mas­tiffs of Graham, Wash­ing­ton.

Aine hails from Rus­sia and breeder Olga Voronova. Her par­ents, ex­em­plary show dogs from Rus­sia, have won through­out Rus­sia and Europe.

She was hand­picked by Slay­ton to come to the United States, af­ter care­ful re­search and form­ing a re­la­tion­ship with top breed­ers in Rus­sia. Aine ar­rived in the United States at 5 months old and lives with Lee.

“She has been a very ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion,” says Lee.

In ad­di­tion, Lee and Aine won Best Owner-Handled Best of Breed at the Chin­ti­mini show the same week­end, and went on to win first place in the Owner Handled Work­ing Group. Ad­vanc­ing to compete in Owner Han­dler Best in Show, the honor went to another lovely ex­hibitor.

“It was great to get that far! Just to win and ad­vance to the Best in Show ring was a big honor,” Lee said.

Since her ar­rival, Aine has made her mark in the show world! She is groomed, trained and handled by Lee. She fin­ished her AKC Cham­pi­onship at 7 months old, her AKC Grand Cham­pi­onship at 8 months old, and Best of Breed at the Cen­tral Florida Work­ing Dog Spe­cialty, all at under a year old.

At 13 months old, Aine cap­tured Best of Op­po­site to Best of Breed, at the pres­ti­gious West­min­ster Dog show last month in NYC. Now, at 14 months old, she has cap­tured the Na­tional Spe­cialty Best of Breed win.

“It’s been a whirl­wind and dream come true,” Lee said.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, co-owner Slay­ton was unable to at­tend West­min­ster and see Aine’s big win there, due to the bizarre snow­storm that blan­keted the PNW at the time. It grounded flights from Seat­tle to NYC.

Slay­ton was ec­static to see Aine in ac­tion in the ring in Albny.

She said that “Aine was THE talk of the show and has def­i­nitely made a big splash in the Pa­cific North­west this week­end!”

In ad­di­tion, Lee’s Ti­betan Mas­tiffs en­joyed other awards at the American Ti­betan Mas­tiff’s Na­tional Spe­cialty. “Evo,” handled by pro­fes­sional han­dler Tony Carter, (Seat­tle, WA) won Se­lect male in Breed and for the third time in a row was Best Stud Dog in Breed.

Evo was the No. 1 Ti­betan Mas­tiff in the US for 2018. Carter also pi­loted Evo to Best of Breed this year and last year at West­min­ster Dog Show. Evo’s of­fi­cial name is GCHS CH Dream­catcher Cair­bre To Lokis Ma­jor At Au­judon, bred by Deb­bie Slay­ton, Brad Slay­ton and Tony Carter

Lee en­joyed fur­ther suc­cess, win­ning Best Bred By Ex­hibitor in Breed with “Sor­cha” at the Spe­cialty show. The Bred By Ex­hibitor class de­notes Lee was the breeder, owner and han­dler of the dog ex­hib­ited. Sor­cha’s of­fi­cial name is AUJUDONS SOR­CHA ENCHANTRESS O THE KEEP RIVERHAVEN. Sor­cha re­sides with co-own­ers Ca­role and Brian Hughes of Ravens­dale, WA.

Lee and her Ti­betan Mas­tiffs will at­tend a few more shows this spring, and have the sum­mer off while the dogs are in sum­mer coat. Lee states, “We have just a few weeks left for the dogs to be in com­pet­i­tive win­ter coat, then they will shed all their un­der­coats and be in a much sparser sum­mer coat.”

Au­drey Lee is the founder and owner of Cedar­town Pet Bou­tique, which was established 1993. She and husband Don Lee reside in Polk County.

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Best Stud Dog at the American Ti­betan Mas­tiff As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Spe­cialty “”Evo GRCHS CH Dream­catcher Cair­bre To Lokis Ma­jor At Au­judon Pic­tured with his off­spring. The Stud dog is judged on the mer­its of his off­spring. Pic­tured are Judge Dr John A. Reeve-New­son, Tony Carter with Evo, Amie McLaugh­lin with Saoirse, Au­drey Lee with Mok­sha, Joe Youn­glon­coln with Dorje and Pat Con­nelly with Jaxx.

From left, Kam­ryn Fra­zier, Am­berly Brown, Amyia Crow­der and Chelsea Weaver we’re a few of the young women in the Cotil­lion.

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“Evo”, GRCHS CH Dream­catcher Cair­bre To Lokis Ma­jor At Au­judon was named the Se­lect dog at the American Ti­betan Mas­tiff As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Spe­cialty. Pic­tured is pro­fes­sional han­dler Tony Carter with Evo.

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