CH Lakeridge Galavanting NaPali, better known as Pali (Polly) was a surprise addition to the Galavanting family.
When I headed to Washington for a quick visit with Bryce's breeder, I was not expecting to bring a puppy home.
Alas, bringing a puppy home was exactly what happened!
I had a quick weekend trip scheduled to visit Debra at Lakeridge Farms, and have legendary groomer, Penny Dugan, work a bit on Bryce. I knew Debra had puppies on the ground, but I didn't know too much about them before my arrival.
The trip was only planned as an overnight stay. I did my very best to get all of my Poodle errands out of the way while I was surrounded by some of the Poodle experts of the Pacific Northwest area ;) One of the items on my list was to observe an evaluation. Lucky for me, Debra's puppies were going to be evaluated during my stay!
The puppies were taken out, one at a time, and placed on the table. To be perfectly honest, the entire litter was lovely and well balanced. Each puppy stood on the table like a little rockstar.
And then it was Poodle puppy Pali's turn.
Pali, who was known as "brown collar" at the time, stood on the table and placed herself into a perfect stack. She showed off her square shape and short back just as nonchalantly as if she were waiting for her turn to walk out a door. Her shoulder set beautifully laid back and her neck was nice and long, leading gracefully to this lovely head with dark eyes and nose.
All of us who surrounded the table let out a little sigh of happiness when "brown collar" stood. And then, she was put on the ground to move. WOW! Her head held high, her powerful drive and perfect reach, all evidence of a well structured Standard Poodle gave way to that "Poodle-y" movement we all love to see in our Poodles.
I knew at once, this girl was coming home with me. I got Penny Dugan and Young Choi on my side when I proclaimed to Debra that I wanted her with me in Alaska. I only had about 15 hours to make certain this puppy was actually coming home with me. But really, it only took about 2 hours to make sure, in my heart.
And now, as they say, the rest is history!
Pali came home with me and quickly settled in to life as a Galavanting girl. She spent much of the winter in my pack while I hiked with the older dogs. Pali LOVED the pack. She was the first of any of my puppies to actually climb into the pack without prompting. This should've been my first clue to her diva-like personality.
Once Spring came around, Pali was old enough to enter shows. Pali quickly earned her AKC Championship by taking 4 majors. On the day Pali received her final Championship points out of the classes, she then went on to take Best of Variety!
I am so excited about Pali's future. She is proving herself to be a lover of the outdoors, just like the rest of my Poodle pack. Her favorite weather is WIND. Pali will stand in the wind as long as she can, just sniffing the air and letting the gusts push against her body as she proudly stands her ground.
The dog show ring is going to be such an adventure with Pali. I am taking my time with her, letting her grow and mature and be a "real dog" as she is introduced to dog shows. The show ring is fun and games for Pali, and I hope to keep that mentality going so she is always fresh and curious when we go into the ring at a dog show.