But in Franny's case, it all started at birth. We expected 6 puppies...but there was another hiding and taking her own sweet time to arrive. She was "Lucky #7" ...our Franny.
That was the last time Franny EVER did anything slowly!
Franny's first show was the DelVal specialty and oh, was she ever living up to her name of "Franny the Rotten" that morning! But with the help of another exhibitor, Willie Rueda, we got her under control and she wound up winning a large puppy class.
It was just the start. Franny went on to finish easily with some exciting wins. She was BOS over specials for her first major at a supported entry...and BW at the once-every-5-years Morris & Essex dog show, held during the National Specialty Weekend where she defeated 39 other girls.
Franny went onto a short specials career, winning BOS at the 2006 DelVal specialty, earning a few group placements and rising to #10 All Breed and Group before retiring from the show ring.
We immediately started planning for Franny's first litter of puppies and selected a stud dog. While we eagerly waited for Mother Nature to take her course, Franny's mother Addie was diagnosed with PLN. As a result, this long-awaited breeding was cancelled and Franny and her sister Lula were removed from our breeding plans.
Franny spent her retirement in Southern NJ...and Nassau, The Bahamas, on occasion...with the Tighes, filling the spot (but never replacing) held by her late great-grandmother, Jezebel. Diagnosed with PLN in 2011, she took her final breath in Lynn's loving arms shortly after her 9th birthday, leaving many hearts in tatters.