Firpo with his full brother (different litter) Tater, November 2009
Not only is Firpo one of our homegrown 'babies' he is the first male havanese we've been lucky enough to have in our home. What a joy! I spent my 50th birthday whelping his litter and couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the day.
We're frequently asked how Firpo got his name. When Buddy was a kid they had a dog named Firpo. I'd been hearing that name for a long time and it grew on me. Luis Angel Firpo was a professional boxer in Argentina in the 1920's.
Firpo has a more elegant conformation, with a nice length of neck, beautiful expression and a gorgeous coat. He stands just over 10.5" at the withers and weighs 13.5 pounds.
***Firpo's show record***
On Saturday, September 15th, 2007 at the Chattanooga Kennel Club, INc. show in East Ridge, TN, Firpo went Best of Winners for a 5 point major.
AUGUST 29, 2008 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
After a 9 month vacation from the show ring.....
Firpo places 2nd in the Open Dog class at the Havanese National Specialty show under judge Dennis McCoy with me handling him.
Way to go Firp!
THEN....I decided to give it another shot and on December 6, 2008 I handled him at the Suwannee Valley Kennel Club shows in Lake City, FL. Firpo and I don't exactly mesh well together in the show ring BUT he did earn Winners Dog and Best of Winners under Murrel Purkhiser for 1 point . (no picture taken)
(We then decided to take another little vacation.......)
And so a few months later..... on May 8th, 2009 in Perry, GA at the Southeast Alabama Kennel Club show Firpo won Winners Dog and Best Opposite Sex under judge Peggy Hauck for a 2 point win.
(And then yet another little vacation....)
And then FINALLY, a new AKC champion at Gilwood
On December 13th, 2009 at the Brevard Kennel Club show in Orlando, Florida, under judge Alberto Berrios....after a long and winding road full of bumps, mishaps, camping trips and bruises.... Firpo completes his AKC championship by taking Winners Dog and Best of Winners for his final 2 points with his tail not only up but WAGGING, alongside Larry Cornelius . Thank you Larry and Marcelo, from the bottom of my heart.