The third time was the charm for Sue Heckart, Jinx Moore, and their löwchen, Elliott.
Elliott entered the Houston National Championship Dog Show as a class dog. He came home as a National Champion.
“It was pretty special to see him win,” Moore said. “To think that he beat all of the other dogs entered there when he is only a puppy is a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”
Heckart couldn’t be more proud of Elliott and his accomplishments either. She has owned championship löwchens for more than 15 years.
“Elliott was only 10 weeks old when I purchased him,” Heckart said. “Jinx and I had been watching the Löwchen breeds across the United States.
“We did our research of breeders and their pedigrees throughout the United States,” she added. “From the time he was born we had pictures sent. We knew when we went to Atlanta and saw him in person that he was special.”
Heckart owns Elliott, but he lives and trains with Moore.
“I train him and I’m with him in the ring,” Moore said. “I have bred and shown Wheatons for over 25 years, so training Elliott was a bit of a new experience because he is a smaller breed.
“He loves my Wheatons though,” Moore added. “They all get along really well. They love one another.”
Moore works with Elliott on a daily basis in both his training and grooming.
The dogs are judged on their ability to follow commands and leads as well as their appearance.
At the Houston National, Elliott was selected champion from a field of 10 female adult dogs in his class. Elliott competed as a crossover, making his win a more difficult task.
Elliott was named champion based on his exceptional coat, nice show attitude, exceptional structure and good confirmation.
“We’ve had him on a lead since we first got him,” Moore said. “Elliott has good expression but that is something that we work on.”
“He’s just a very calm dog,” Heckart added. “He loves people and gets along with everyone and the other dogs too. He is spoiled rotten though,” she added with a smile.
Both Heckart and Moore lavish Elliott with a great deal of love and attention. There is one other special treat that he is given.
Elliott loves carrots.
“His dog treats are shredded carrots,” Moore said. “He never has table scraps, ever. The carrots are good for him and he really likes them.”
One reason Moore allows him to have the carrots is that they do not add any weight to him. He weighs 16 pounds, which is his ideal weight.
Other than his daily training, Elliott’s days are typical for most dogs.
“He follows me everywhere I go,” Moore said. “At night he sleeps in his crate because he doesn’t like to share a bed with our cat.
“During the day he likes to curl up in a recliner or on the sofa,” she added.
The next three months will be spent in a similar fashion as he prepares for his next competition, which will be in Atlanta.
“Going back to Atlanta will be special,” Heckart said. “The first day we got him there he lay in my lap an hour. I knew he was special.
“Seeing him grow up from a puppy and get to this day has just been incredible,” she added. “It was thrilling to see him get the championship; I really can’t describe how special it was.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484