"Strike"




Aust Champion Firstprizebears Lucky Strike (Imp Bel)
 

I have been a fan of Firstprizebears Bearded Collies in Belgium since first coming to know the breed & have watched them as well as their offspring flourish worldwide. 

I first come to know Conny, of Firstprizebears in 2008 when I contacted her about importing a Beardie from her one-day.
I was very impressed with Conny's down to earth approach & professionalism in the breed, especially to new comers in the breed, to help & guide.
I researched Bearded Collies all over the world and fell in love with many, although I knew I wanted my first import to come from Conny's Firstprizebears.

Firstprizebears Donna Summer had always been a favorite of mine with her stand out angulations, gorgeous front reach, magnificent top line and beautiful head all to match her adoring nature Conny had expressed.
In 2012 Conny let me know she will be mating Donna one last time and had decided on a repeat mating to her new Swedish boy Larkangen's At Firsticebears. 

Being a repeat mating I was given the opportunity to see what fabulous offspring they produced & decided the time was right to finally follow my dream. 





Conny was so much help. From the moment they were born I said I liked Strike,
although Conny had to keep reminding me not to get my heart set on one
 & leave my options open until they grew more & watch them grow.


Conny was wonderful sending us pictures & videos regularly so we could feel like I was part of them growing being so far away.
By the time Strike was 6 weeks of age he was displaying himself for great potential as a show dog & by 8 weeks of age we both knew he was the one for me.
We decided the perfect name would be Firstprizebears Lucky Strike - "Strike". 


(Click on the above picture to take a look at Strike's litter.)

Strike then had the pleasure of staying with Conny for his first 9 months due to the laws of bringing a dog into Australia. 


There was so much paper work & waiting during this time, it seemed to be an endless yet an exciting time.

He then spent 30 days in quarantine charming the quarantine staff & on the 28th of October 2013 we were finally able to bring Strike home.

Now having the chance to get to know Strike personally,
I can not even express how pleased we are with his absolutely perfect, stable & loving temperament. 
His movement is to dream for & his construction to match.
 He is everything we could have ever wished for & more, & are looking forward to a bright & exciting future with this young man!

 


 


Sire:
Lux-Ch. Larkangen's At Firsticebears.

SE-N-DK Ch. Goonie's Highlander Lad X SE-NU Ch. Larkangen's Trendy Miss Wendy.
 
6 Days Of Age
 
Dam:
INT-NL-B-LUX-D-VDH-B-FIN-S Ch. Firstprizebears Donna Summer.

Coalacre Crusin To Snikkles X INT- NL-B-LUX-D-VDH Ch. Firstprizebears Z'tampa.
 
6 Days Of Age
 

 
8 Days of age
Strike at top next his blue brother
 
2 Weeks Of Age
 
2 Weeks Of Age
 
With his Mother
Firstprizebears Donna Summer
At 4 Weeks Of Age
 
5 Weeks Of Age
With His Brothers
 
Almost 5 Weeks Of Age
 
Almost 5 Weeks Of Age
 
5.5 Weeks
 
5.5 Weeks
 
Strike 6 weeks
 
Strike with his brothers
6 Weeks Of Age
 
Strike at 6 Weeks of age
 
Strike 7 weeks

 
Strike 7 weeks
time to play
 
Strike 8 weeks
Just after a play in the snow
 
8 Weeks
Playing in the snow!
 
Strike with Conny
8 Weeks
 
Strike 8 Weeks
I can't believe I didn't get to hold
my beautiful baby at this age!
 
8 Weeks
 
Strike 10 weeks
Conny took a quick pic before she headed off to Crufts!
 
Strike at 11 weeks playing with his father, Hitchcock, & puppy Bearded Collie and puppy Old English Sheepdog ;)
 
Strike 11 Weeks ;)
 
Strike 11 Weeks ;)
 
Conny with Strike at 3 months of age
 
Conny with Strike at 3 months of age
 
Strike & Madison on an outing at the Maaseik Marketplace
 
Strike & Madison on an outing at the Maaseik Marketplace
 
Strike & Madison showing their class with a Rolls Royce
 
Strike 3.5 Months of age ;)
 
Strike 3.5 Months Of Age
 
Strike 4.5 Months Of Age ;)
 
Strike 4.5 Months Of Age
 
Strike at 6 months of age playing with a Old English Sheepdog puppy at Firstprizebears.
 
6 Months of age
 
6 Months of age.
 
Head shot at 6 months of age.
 
6 Months Of age.
 
Sitting at 6 months of age.
 
Strike smiling for the camera at 8 months of age.
 
Strike at his first show at 8 months of age winning Best puppy boy & best puppy Group 1 in the main ring for Judge B. Kavciz/SLO.
 
Strike getting famous on his trip over on the VCK Live Animal Logistics page.
Making his way home here in Australia!!!
Can't wait to see you my beautiful boy xo
 
Strike in quarantine at 9 months of age.
 
Strike in quarantine at 9 months of age.
 

 

 
Strike meeting Noah for the first time at 10 months of age.
 

 
The day Strike arrived home here with us in South Australia
having his first play at 10 months of age!
 

 
Strike making himself at home... this is what I wake up to every day at the side of my bed :)
 
Strike & Bear waiting at the gates :)
 
I did not plan to enter Strike in any shows until January 2014 although decided to enter him under Bearded Collie Specialist Judge Jim Black 16th Nov 2013 where he won a 10 Point Best Of Breed at only 10 months of age, well done Strike! :)
 
Strike at a show January 2014
 
Strike getting groomed before a show
 

 
Just 6 weeks after the birth of my baby girl back in the show ring :)
 
25th January 2014/ Gawler Kennel Club
Bearded Collie breed specialist judge Mr Richard Stoate
winning Junior In Group
 

 

 
26th January 2014/ Gawler Kennel Club
Bearded Collie Breed Specialist Judge Mrs Colleen Stoate
winning a 9 Point Dog Challenge, R/U Best Of Breed,
Junior In Group & then under Judge Dr F McEvoy going on to Junior In SHOW!
 

 

 




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