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Joker

  

                  Joker winning his first major at 22 months old

born February 28, 2006

  

  

Joker was returned to his breeder, Kim John of Royal K Mastiffs, at 10 months old by his original owners because they were divorcing.  I had known Kim for years and was a big fan of her boy, Cole.  Kim called me and asked if I wanted to train and show a puppy who knew NOTHING.  Well, of course I did!  He was Cole's son!   :o)

  

When my mom bred and showed Samoyeds, all of them, starting with Gamblr, were named on a gambling theme.  My mom lives next door to me and visits every day, so I suppose it was inevitable that she would fall in love with this pup named "Wild Card" that I had brought home to train.  Kim and I talked it over and my mom was presented with a surprise for her 50th birthday on March 11th:  Joker's AKC registration papers, with her name and mine on them!

  

Joker's name couldn't be more appropriate... he is a comic and the world is his audience.  And the "Wild Card" fits him to a "T" as well.  Showing him requires a delicate balance between baiting him to keep him from getting bored and NOT baiting him to keep him from jumping around like a maniac.  Joker LOVES to show, and a few judges have commented on his perpetually wagging tail in the show ring.
  
Due to my showing dogs for other people, Joker's show career was put on the back burner for a while and he showed in just a handful of shows the first year we had him.  We brought him out "for real" the first weekend of January 2008, and he earned 4 majors in 4 weekends of showing.  He finished his championship by winning Best of Breed over specials for a 5-point major and then going on to place 4th in Group that afternoon.  This was my first AKC group placement, and it was such a thrill to get it with the dog that my mom and I share, with my mom there watching.
   
We owe a million thanks to Kim John for bringing Joker into our lives!
    

Joker's Health Testing Information:

Hips OFA Good (MF-7443G31M-VPI)
Elbows OFA Normal (MF-EL4085M31-VPI)
Patellas OFA Normal (MF-PA1592/31M/P-VPI)
Cardiac OFA Normal (MF-CA1572/28M/C-VPI)
Thyroid OFA Equivocal at 23 months
PRA DNA - Homozygous Normal (MF-PRA968/23M-VPI)
CERF Normal (MF-3459/2008-23)
Cystinuria Negative 5/21/08
AKC DNA Profile # V525483
CHIC DNA Data Bank Sample Submitted (MF-DNA-72)

   
    

Click Here to see Joker's Pedigree

    

  

              

Young Joker - 11 months old when he came to the Gatehouse

      

    

Joker winning a Group 4 on the day he finished his championship - tail still wagging at the end of a long, long day.

Thank you, Judge Donald Booxbaum, for this very special win!

    

      

         

 Joker pictured above and below at 27 months of age  

         

          

    

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