Aja was our first Leo. When we met our first Leos, we had no intentions of showing dogs – but, like so many people before us, we became addicted. And so, Aja got to learn along with Nick what it was to be a show dog. She earned three championship titles to her name (LCA, UKC, and Rare Heirs) and finished #4 in the country in 2005 in the United Kennel Club.
Aja left this world at eight years old, much too young. She will be missed, missed, and missed some more. There are no paws big enough to fill the space she left in our hearts.
Aja’s Vital Stats: BACL rated Category I, Excellent by the Leonberger Club of America. 28.5 inches at the shoulders, and 130 lbs. All Aja’s heath testing is available online at www.offa.org. Her hips were rated Excellent, her elbows Normal, her eyes were cleared and CERF’ed, her thryoid Normal, and her cardiac testing Normal as well.
Some judges comments on Aja Marie over the years:
“Good size, strong female. Very nice coat and color. Excellent chest. Movement is free and balanced. Good bone fore and aft. Nice length of neck, fits well into the shoulders.”
And every judge commented on Aja’s great Leo temperament (it would be redundant to put it all here!) And as a final testament to Aja’s confirmation type, Guido Peresino (who literally wrote the book on Leonbergers) judged Aja with his highest rating at the GLLC Regional Specialty in Temple Farms, IL in 2006 – Excellent
Some comments from the 2011 LCA National Specialty: Eight years, large and strong yet still feminine. Excellent angulations of the rear leg, beautiful lush coat, wonderful broad chest with prominent sternum. Excellent.
Aja’s photo gallery