'Dreamer' dog takes out top place
IT was a terrific 60th birthday present for Woolooga’s Maryanne O’Brien when her German shepherd Dreamweaver was sashed best exhibit at the Gympie District Show yesterday.
“Dreamer” took out top honours in Group Five and was praised by judge John Van Daalen for his “old-fashioned” quality and good behaviour.
Ms O’Brien said she was very happy with the win, describing her champion Dreamer’s nature as “fantastic and so friendly”.
A German shepherd breeder for 30 years, she said she felt Dreamer, a male entire, exemplified the wonderful traits of the breed.
Mr Van Daalen agreed, saying he was impressed with the winner which he said, “was more an old style German shepherd with a straight topline … good conformation and angulation”.
He was very pleased with the overall quality and presentation of dogs, with numbers up on last year.
The Brisbane judge said it was important that dogs showed energy, but should not be dragging the handler around the ring, or the handler having to drag their dog around the ring.
“They’ve got to be a team,” he said.
Mr Van Daalen said exhibitors had made the trip to Gympie from all across South-East Queensland.
“We are the guardians of the breeds,” Mr Van Daalen said.
“We have to keep them on the straight and narrow.”