Dill has come back home. We brought him back from his stellar career in Mexico where for the past year he was Number One Herding Dog and Number Five of All Breeds. Dill won about 100 Group Ones all over South America and a mess of Best In Shows. He was Best of Breed at the AKC Invitational-a gorgeous win over about 18 Briards. He won Best of Breed the day before as well and placed in the group. Dill was shown by his Mexican handler, a gentleman names Fernando Paz-seemed like kind man but the language gap doesn't help judgement. Fernando speaks no English. I speak no Spanish.
Dill, so far this year (and the year is young for sure-alot can change) is Number One Briard in all the ratings systems. He is shown by Mark Bettis.
My search for the right American handler began last Fall. I knew Dill would be coming home. That was the agreement with the Fischl's who had "borrowed" him for the past two years in Mexico. This was not an easy dog to figure out. Therefore, not an easy dog to show. Dill needed someone dynamic. Dill needed someone who would know how to pay attention to detail. Dill needed someone tall( left out Regina for sure!). Dill would be best with someone who did not carry a giant string of show dogs and of course the basics of the handler knowing how to do coat and the final things that can not be compromised on-basic care.
Dill tends to be a bit lazy, retiring, easy going. He is a soft sort of temperament-not big and boisterous(read Flynn) and needs someone who would connect with him. He does not lack for confidence, he can be cheerful and very sweet. But he is not the big ego dog Flynn was. Flynn could have gone anywhere and basically been pretty happy and still believe he was the king. Not so Dill.
Picked Mark. It was a complicated decision and a long story. Dill looks spectacular with Mark.