From The Archives...

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Congratulations to our very own Behnina upon winning her 1st adult Reserve Best In Show at NAKC's Rhode Island Classic in March 2010 !  What a thrill to have brought our special girl into the world and to earn such lofty rewards--Thank you to Judge Marjorie Fish for bestowing this honor on us and on Nina !  What a great weekend it was, as on the Puppy Front, Esabella, (along with her proud parents), a beautiful pup from our recent litter, won TWO Herding Group One Ribbons in the Puppy Class, and went into TWO Puppy Best In Show lineups, only to be beaten by a nice little Coton de Tulear pup--Ah well. 
And these were her VERY FIRST conformation shows--WOW, we'll be seeing more of you to be sure, lovely Bella !

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We would like to congratulate two wonderful D-Girls on their recent accomplishments in this new decade, 2010.

Herdabout Dahlia dell' Albera has passed her family obedience class training with flying colors, and is now em-"bark"-ing on her newest venture, HERDING training, at the end of February !  Oh, won't little Dolly be in her glory then--and she, of the whole D-litter, showed the most herding instincts of all the bunch--
we are sure she will have much acclaim in her new endeavor ! 

Herdabout Diva dell Albera (aka "Lola") now has the fabulous "CGC" letters to add to her name--in a recent news flash we have learned that she earned her Canine Good Citizenship Title--way to go, Lola!  Also, she is certain to be FAMOUS in very short order, as her professional photo will be prominently displayed in the store window on Lexington Ave. in NYC--
how exciting !  

Stay tuned for more details and photos soon--GO "D"-LITTER DOGS !

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ARIA--NEW NAKC HALL OF FAME CHAMPION !!

Aria dell' Albera Shaggy Acres has attained NAKC/Rarities' Top Award, the prestigious Hall of Fame Title !  Aria is the 1st female Bergamasco to achieve this honor, and the 1st female to earn her Master Supreme Championship as well !  2009 has been a fabulous year for our Aria !!

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The month of June '09 has brought both our dogs here, and the Herdabout dogs and pups out in the world, many prestigious new titles and much success.  The happy family of the fabulous Contessa is proud to announce that Contessa has attained her UKC Championship in Enfield, CT!    Herdabout's beautiful Delphina has earned her 1st point towards her UKC Grand Championship title, and the wonderful families of the dark beauty, Dorotea (Dora), and Beretta, a very pretty littermate of our Nina, are eagerly earning points towards their dog's UKC Championships as well.  In addition, Dora is being led by the very talented Junior Handler, Sarah--way to go, both of you!  How great it was to see all of you and have a brief (and somewhat wet) visit!   Both Behnina and Metteo have easily earned their Canine Good Citizenship awards, and Dulcetta (GiGi) and Destino have both earned their UKC Grand Championship titles--this at the record-setting age of 14 months!  Also, Destino took three Best of Breed placements over three Grand Champions this month, earned his NAKC Championship, and had the honor of winning a Herding Group One ribbon under Judge Lois Sanford at the NAKC shows in Goshen, CT.  WOW!  Lastly, we wish to extend best wishes to Lola's (Diva) family, to dear Cosmo's family, and to Dolly's (Dahlia) family, too--we are thinking of you...and best wishes to ALL!

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We exhibited all of our fine dogs at our very first IABCA Conformation Shows in Pittsburgh, PA on the weekend of May 16/17th, 2009.  We are pleased to announce that ALL of our Bergamascos earned their UCICB National and International Championships with top V-1 Ratings and Excellent Written Feedback from the Judges--WOW! 
Among the long list of "firsts" and great accomplishments we were honored to receive were the Best Zuchtgruppe In Show (Gasparo, Essa, Destino & Dulcetta awarded/shown together as a Family of Related Dogs);  to Destino, who won a Reserve Best In Show Rare Breed Puppy Ribbon;  to Sparo, IABCA's 1st Bergamasco Veteran Champion and the 2X Winner-RBIS in this category;  to his older daughter Nina, who was the 1st Bergamasco to be awarded the Adult Zuchter Championship (Bred By Exhibitor-Adult Class);  and finally, to Destino and Dulcetta, for respectively earning our breed's 1st JA (Jugend) Champion Titles, in the Zuchter Puppy Class!  
We were pleased to enjoy the company and comraderie of Dana & Janet Brier of Blizzard Peak and their beautiful Bergamascos Hermione and Excie (Essa's brother!) and wish to extend much thanks and praise to ALL!  Congrats to everyone on such a successful and fun weekend!

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Metteo has been awarded his very first Best In Show by esteemed Judge Marjorie Fish... and this happened at the very same Rhode Island NAKC show site where our older male Sparo excelled exactly a year ago this month!   We are also very honored by Judge Fish's words of high praise about Metteo--"a top-quality dog", and we'd especially like to acknowledge all the many other magnificent dogs who also competed with him on March 14, 2009.  This was your day, Metteo!

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Another Bergamasco "First"!  Our females Aria and Essa EACH were awarded UKC Best In Shows (Essa's first!) on Sept. 27th AND 28th, 2008, marking the first time two Bergamasco Sheepdogs received these Top Honors in one weekend, and certainly a big honor for us all.  Many thanks to the American Eskimo Dog Club of New England for hosting these wonderful shows, and to Judges Dennis Blickenstaff and Jeanne Heger for seeing and rewarding the outstanding qualities in our dogs.  A special thanks to the fabulous young Junior Handler Gretchen Krug for working such magic with our Essa!  Way to go, Girls!

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Gasparo, the one and only, is featured on the cover and the inside Rare Breed Spotlight article of Dog World Magazine's October 2008 issue!  He's performing his spectacular Weave Poles obstacle as a participant in a CPE Agility Trial.     Photo courtesy of Matt Allison.

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Our beautiful male Gasparo has been awarded NAKC/Rarities' First-in-the-Nation (among all breeds) prestigious Master Supreme Grand Championship Title.  He also was recently awarded NAKC's Top Dog honor in the March 8th/9th, 2008 Rhode Island Classic Conformation Shows, winning his 16th Best In Show and also his 10th Reserve BIS.  Gasparo is the only Bergamasco to date to have been awarded these prizes.  What a wonderful honor for our beloved breed!  Special thanks to Lynn Chacho, who co-handled him to such success!