AKC Championship Winner

AKC Champion Standard Schnauzer Rudy With Joel LaBuda

Joel LaBuda and Rudy

On July 5, Joel LaBuda and Rudy completed an almost year long journey together when Rudy became an AKC Champion with his owner, Joel, as his exclusive handler.

Their journey began last fall when Rudy won a very prestigious 5 point Major at the Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club’s annual Specialty held as part of our local Warrenton Kennel Club Show. After that, Joel and Georjeans worked to keep Rudy’s coat in show condition for regular show appearances culminating in his Championship performance last month.

“I am very grateful to Georjeans and Leslie for her flexibility in accommodating our aggressive show schedule, and also for the many tips and votes of confidence she provided to me throughout our competitions,” says Joel. “She is an integral part of our team, and a key enabler of our success. Leslie’s expert grooming of Rudy not only gives me the self-confidence I need to compete against seasoned handlers, but also allows me to accentuate Rudy’s outstanding physical traits to the judges. The numerous compliments I received from judges on Rudy’s handsome appearance and well-groomed coat are a testament to Leslie’s exceptional talents.”

2013 AKC Champion Standard Schnauzer Rudy with Joel LaBuda

Rudy with Joel LaBuda

Joel and Rudy live in Manassas. Rudy was bred here in Warrenton by Halcyon Standard Schnauzers. They are continuing their dog show adventures this year as Rudy gains points and recognition toward his Grand Championship.

Dog show handling is very challenging, especially for an amateur competing against seasoned and professional handlers. Trust, commitment and dedication between dog and owner are essential. I really do love seeing relationships between dogs and their owners deepen and strengthen, and I am honored to have been able to play a part in coaching and training this winning team!

Show grooming is one of our specialty services here at Georjeans Dog Grooming. If you have a dog you are planning to show, be sure to book your grooming appointment well in advance.