Throughout the years,
Portuguese Water Dogs raised or whelped at Casa Lago Kennels have
acquired many awards and championships. Please click
view a complete listing.
Neecho – Am/Can
CH Rising Star Veludo Sanjar, CGC, TDI, AWD – was born 4/1/90.
He is a black loose wavy about 22 inches tall and about 60 pounds.
Neecho received his AKC Championship in May of 1991. Our first “Show
Dog” got us hooked on Conformation. As a Special, he attained
the rank of # 6 PWD in AKC in 1992. In 1996, we sent him to Canada
for his Canadian Championship. At 6 years old, he finished the
requirements in five shows. Neecho probably has the all time record
on attempting his Apprentice Water Dog title. Although Neecho knew
all of the exercises at his first try in 1992, handler error disqualified
him. Because he is so smart and liked the attention crowds gave
him, he quickly learned to “play the game”. It
took 21 trials and 4 trainers to finally outsmart him in order
get his title.
Neecho retired from his show career years ago. At our 2002 PWDCA
National Specialty, Neecho won Veteran Sweepstakes at 12 Years
of age, and came in third in veteran regular classes. At 13, he
is a vibrant dog that still likes to jump off the pier chasing
sticks and swims everyday. His coat is still as black as the day
he was born, but with the distinguished markings of grey around
his muzzle. He has always been healthy and has never had any illness
of any kind.
Frankie – CH Fantaseas Cachorra Quente, JWD – born
11/14/90. She came to live with us in January 1991. Frankie’s
Portuguese name means “Hot Dog” so we called her Frankie.
She was black wavy with a white chest and chin. She received her
AKC Championship at 17 months. Neecho and Frankie went to different
classes every night of the week. They were into conformation, tracking,
agility, Water Work, and obedience. They went everywhere with us,
from the short drive to the mailbox to weeks on the road for Dog
Frankie was the matriarch of the dog family. She
trained the younger ones and would not let them get away with
anything. If guest dogs
arrived, they would have to obey Frankie’s rules before they
would be allowed to play. She was a hunter and would sit motionless
for hours awaiting the young groundhogs to come out of their holes
on the hillside.
Frankie developed Diabetes when she was 6 years
old and struggled with enormous amounts of insulin injections
every day. The Diabetes
caused immediate cataracts and she was blind almost overnight.
She got along well as a blind dog in the few weeks from the diagnosis
of Cataracts and the scheduled lens replacement surgery. We were
amazed at the kindness her housemates showed her. They would lead
her where she wanted to go, and they would go get her if she got
confused and was “lost” on the property. Her lens replacement
surgery, although expensive, was the best present we could have
given her. When she awoke from her surgery, she opened her eyes
and wagged her tail at us and smiled. Frankie was a diabetic for
three years. Two years ago, she woke up not feeling well. We knew
it was different than something related to her diabetes. It was
cancer – Hemangiosarcoma – and she was gone in just
a few hours, leaving a huge hole in our hearts.
Azi - CH Encanto Azelador de Casa Lago – was
born on 5/12/93. Azi is a tight black curly with a white chest
and feet who we have
always called A combination of Fred Astaire and David Niven. He
is light on his feet, can jump over the back of the couch without
a sound and is so charming in his tuxedo suit. Azi is a small
dog – at 38 pounds and 18 inches tall, he finished his
Championship at 11 months from the puppy class. Azi divides his
time between Michigan and Florida on a sailboat. His size and
stature make him a perfect deckhand.
Vada – 3
time Best In Show Am/Can CH Nautique’s Noite de Casa Lago
AOM – a black curly , was born 4/18/94. We wanted a girl
who could “go out and beat the boys”, and that is
just what Vada did. She began her Show Career in November 1994,
finished her AKC Championship in January 1995 at 8 months of
age, and finished her Canadian Championship at 12 months of age
with a Puppy Best In Show. Her three year Specials Career has
made her the #1 All Time female in Portuguese Water Dog history.
Vada is the only female in PWD history ever to win breed at the
prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She has won Best
of Opposite Sex and Awards of Merit at our National Specialties.
Her first time out as a Veteran at the Minnesota Specialty, she
took Best of Opposite Sex from the Veteran Class. At the National
Specialty in Rhode Island that same year, she was Best in Veteran
Sweeps over a huge entry. She has tied the PWD Best In Show record
(only she and Charlie Brown have three BIS) and surpassed all
other show records for any PWD, male or female, in the history
of our breed. Vada retired from her Specials career to become
a mother. She has had two litters of puppies --13 puppies, who
are carrying on her tradition in the conformation rings.
Am/Can CH Nautique’s Phlash Phyre at Casa
Lago AOM –also a black curly, was born 11/1/94. Myke didn’t
begin her conformation events until she was 14 months old, finishing
in just seven shows. Mykie’s only litter of ten was born
just two days before Vada won Best of Breed at Westminster KC Dog
Show. It was thrilling to be playing with the puppies at the same
time we were watching Vada on TV in the Working Group. Mykie’s
second breeding didn’t produce puppies and she was diagnosed
with Mammary Cancer. We thought it wasn’t in her best interest
to have more puppies, she was spayed as soon as possible after
her mastectomy. She has taken over Frankie’s role as Matriarch
of the family. She loves sitting in the grass watching the world
go by as much as she enjoys keeping all the puppies in line.
(Am/Can CH Casa Lago’s Praia Coelhinho) Her Portuguese
name means “Beach Bunny” therefore we call her Buns.
Buns earned her AKC title the same day as brother Oscar, and went
on to Canada after her brother Max came home. Buns was # 1 PWD
in Canada in 1999. She came back home and became # 8 PWD in the
in 2000, # 9 PWD in the States in 2001. She received Awards of
Merit at both the 1999 and 2001 National Specialties, won Best
Sex at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2001. She retired from
her show career in January 2002 to become a mother. Her first litter
of seven was whelped 4/2/02, her second litter of eight was whelped