Shandi (7/31/2015) came to us from Carol Fornaciari in California at 10 weeks old. We weren’t sure what was going to become of this little girl but she was bold and confident right from the start. Though she was little, she held her own with the other dogs and already had a presence about her. This is a puppy Julie Nelson had waited a long time for so she was excited to see what Shandi had to give.
That presence took her boldly into the ring with two best of breed, multiple best of winners/best of opposite and 11 points with both majors wrapped up by 8 months of age. WOW! She tipped everything on its ear!!!!!! This little dog has something very special. Shandi finished her show championship at 10 months of age.
At home before she was 5 months old, she was easily sailing over the gates we tried to use to contain her in the house. She watched the cat do it and went right with him one day. No more need for gates because they had only become a mere obstacle to her. She enjoyed taking on those gates as a mere physical challenge to her abundant energy. With puppies in the house, she is gentle and loving. She loves to play with them. She seems to have a much older female’s knowledge of how to raise puppies. She is adorable to watch with puppies.
When Shandi was 6 months old she also began her attack on the field trial community. WOW!!! Julie entered her in walking trials first to let her get her feet wet in the game. She either won or placed second in everything. She ran bigger and harder each time she got put down to run. A different venue? No problem. She never showed any hesitation. She hit the ground and ran for tree lines and started to hunt. She runs with determination and hunts the entire time. It’s just that she does it at quite a distance!!! When she locates game, her point is beautiful with head held high and tail straight up. She strikes a very beautiful pose and will hold it already through dismount of the horse at such a young age. This was quite an impressive display of natural ability.
October 2016, Shandi was awarded a judge’s award of merit at the inaugural running of the American Brittany Club Derby Invitational in Ionia, MI. The following month, she ran in the All Age Derby Invitational (http://www.theamericanbrittanyclub.org/DerbyInvitational.htm ) in Booneville, AR and with a strong, fast and snappy forward run she located game and held the eye of the judges for the entire hour stake. She was awarded winner of the inaugural event.
November 2017 Shandi began working with Bob Burchett of Burchett’s Bird Dogs and this proved to be a very good move. In March 2018, against a strong class of All Age dogs, Shandi was awarded 3rd place in the International Open All Age Championship. As a young 2 ½ year old dog she showed wisdom far beyond her age. The next week, she ran in the Pennsylvania Shooting Dog Championship and placed third again as she continues her strong march on her adult career.
In the Spring of 2019 Shandi continued her hot streak and won the Michigan Open All Age Championship. To cap off 2019 Shandi won her class in the National Brittany Specialty Show in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was the Best of Opposite Sex at this same show in the Sweepstakes, then turned her attention to the field in Booneville. With owner Julie Nelson behind the whistle, Shandi was the runner up in the 2019 National Amateur All Age Championship and followed this performance by winning the 2019 National Gun Dog Championship under the expert handling skills of Bob Burchett and scouting expertise of Tommy Thomas. At four years old at the time we have high hopes that she is just getting started. We hope for more great things to come in the years ahead.