"Tracey" was a tricolor full sister to "Carley". She was pointed, and was a bouncy, happy girl with a wonderful temperament. Tracey was a small girl at 13 1/2" with a rock-solid body.
Tracey worked with my son, and her Junior Handler buddy, Brad. He and Tracey made a terrific team, and it was fun to watch them compete together! Together they qualified for many national competitions, stayed ranked in the top 10 for 4 years, and racked up numerous Best Junior Handler wins. Tracey, retired from the Junior ring at age 10.
Brad started showing dogs when he was 9 years old. Too young for the Junior Handler ring, he showed our 11 year old sable, Dexter in the veterans class. This is where we noticed he was really pretty good at showing, and really liked working with the dogs. He began working with Tracey to show her in the regular classes. I told him if he could put a point on her, he could have Tracey. Two weekends later, he won a large Open AOC Bitch class with Tracey, and he knew he was getting close to that single point he needed to own her. He went back in for Winners, but didn't get the point. Undaunted, he worked Tracey hard, and took the Reserve. He was so excited, he came out of the ring waving the ribbon and shouting, "Is a Reserve close enough, Mom?!" What was I going to say? No...!?
That was the day that Brad and Tracey became a team.
They started off their Junior Showmanship career together in April 2001 when Brad turned 10. He placed 1st, three times in 4 shows as a Novice Junior, and topped his third win in Novice Junior off with a Best Junior Handler over 30 juniors. From there, it was very exciting to watch him grow as a handler. He won many Best Juniors Handler awards, and took countless 1st place wins in very large classes.
In June of 2004, Brad retired his show partner, Tracey, right before she turned 10. It was a hard decision to make, but Tracey was getting older, and it was hard for her to keep up in the ring with Brad. Although she could bait for hours, and loved to show with Brad, the time had come for her to be promoted to "official couch potato". Her last show was at the Lake Minnetonka KC show in June of 2004.