We always keep our eyes and minds open to adding another bitch to our breeding program. Sometimes we are concerned about breeding ourselves into a corner and sometimes we have particular dogs we want to include in our breeding program.
That's how Pinch came to live with us. We'd met her sire, "Trapper" and had previously seen her mother. So when we learned that a litter from the two of them was in the offing, we contacted Julie right away.
Pinch joined us on Hallowe'en 2010 and pretty quickly made it clear she intended to take over. Totally self-confident, totally sweet, she is a bitch everyone loves. As it turned out, the judges also appreciated her conformation.
Pinch started her show career at 6 1/2 months of age at a local show, just for the experience. She got her first major that weekend and went on to garner either WB or RWB at all her shows. She surprised us by finishing at the Devon Dog Show, held during the National Specialty Weekend, in October 2011.
We continued to show Pinch as a special, easily picking up her AKC Grand Championship...and just because she's fun to show. Notably, she was BOB at the Philadelphia Kennel Club/National Dog Show, broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, 2011.
Pinch's first litter arrived in October 2012...and, since it was Pinch and nothing she does is without excitement, we had quite the adventure when Hurricane Sandy arrived the following week. Two girls from this litter finished before they turned a year. Fiona, CH Burdigan I'm On My Way, who lives in Portland OR, started out by winning Sweepstakes and BW at the St. Louis Specialty. Her sister, Evie, CH Banner On The Road Again, was RWB at the DelVal Specialty, had BOB wins and finished in late September. We are looking forward to their entering the whelping box in the coming years.
Not one to let bad weather interfere with her life, Pinch's second litter arrived in January 2014 amidst one of the colder winters we've had in years. Nola, the puppy we kept, went onto become GCH Banner Down in the Treme, in short order.
Pinch's third litter, sired by our BobDog, CH Banner Sweet Talkin' Guy, RA, THD, CGC, TDI, arrived on July 2, 2015.
Pinch has also developed quite a Facebook following. She reminds us of Brio...a favorite wherever she goes and no place more than in our house.