U-GrCh LCA AKC CH
Good Life’s Abrakadabra, CGC TDI
Willow is the first champion out of Good Life kennel, and is of our A litter. Willow is a sweet girl, she loves a good walk and playing with our terrier mix. She endears herself daily to us, from the time she spends plunked down on our laps, to her ability to quickly pick up anything we’ll the spend the time to teach. She is the official Squirrel Watcher, and protects us heartily from any rodent-like threat that may enter our yard, though she has learned to respect the cats who share her home.
As an adult now, Willow has great attributes both of her mother and her father. During the rearing of our B litter, Willow showed her maternal instinct, even though the pups weren’t her own. She is a morning dog, the first and most happy girl first thing in the morning. She loves to leap up on our bed and give us kisses while wagging her tail as if to say, “Good morning! Isn’t it a wonderful day?”
Further, Willow has passed her OFA examination with Good Unilateral Right rating for her hips (an injury at a very young age prevented a rating on her left hip), normal for elbows, thyroid normal, CERF normal, and has test clear of the LPN1 gene mutation. She has not been shown extensively, but has been very successful when shown.
Some judge’s comments on Willow from the 2011 LCA National: Good proportions of the head, ears well set on, very well angulated in the shoulders, well developed body, strong movement, good curve of ribs. Good character, nice and sweet. Rating: Excellent
At just over three years old, Willow had her first litter of 7 healthy puppies, our C litter. Willow was an exceptional mother to these pups. At one year old, four of those seven had already attained a Canine Good Citizen designation, one was also a registered therapy dog, and another was a UKC Champion. Now at least four of the seven are registered therapy dogs, and one is a working service dog. The temperament on this litter was superb.
Willow’s second litter was also of 7 pups, of which we decided to keep a girl, River. These pups are still young, but also have incredible temperament. Several of them will no doubt be therapy dogs as well.
Willow had her third litter, our Eternal litter exactly one year after her second litter.
Willow is retired now from most showing and all breeding, though at 7 years old she doesn’t act like an older dog. Three weeks before turning seven, she finished her AKC Championship in grand style. On the final lap around the ring, the judge asked me how old Willow was. When I said, “Seven at the end of the month.” the judge snapped her head up and looked at me. “Years?” she replied. I smiled and nodded. Willow not only took Winner’s Bitch that day, but Best of Opposite as well.
Willow was the #1 Leonberger in the United Kennel Club for 2009.
Willow was the Best Bred By Exhibitor at the 2011 LCA National Specialty.
Willow’s photo gallery