We went over to Austria in January 2002 and met the Polish Breeders who delivered Higgins to us. We then took a 12 hour train trip back to Zurich with this 10 week old puppy and then a 9 hour plane trip back to the States. Higgins has been a dream come true since the day we got him. He's very funny, very smart and very, very sweet.
Pictured above and right - Best of Breed - AKC Eukanuba Invitational, January 2005
Higgins started out at 12 weeks old winning Best In Show Puppy and has progressed rapidly through the ranks. We could not show him in AKC until the end of April, 2002 and by the end of the year, he ranked # 3 in the Country earning an invite to Eukanuba and to Westminster at just 1 year old. He received an Award of Merit at Eukanuba and Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster.
Higgins has just received his 3rd invitation to Westminster as he finished in the Top 5 PONs in Breed Points for the 3rd year in a row, and he's only 3 years old! We plan to take him to New York in February, 2005 to compete, once again, in this most prestigious event. After that, Higgins will stay home most of the time and take care of all his girls, which includes me.
Higgins was born 10/24/01; bred by Barbara Rayska-Swist of Banciarni Kennels.
He has the most loving temperament and has never met a stranger. He loves other dogs, kids, people, etc. and is just happy to be with us wherever we are. I will say, I think he's a Mama's boy, which works for me, since Jeff "stole" all my other PONs. That's another story.
Pictured left - Best of Opposite - Westminster KC, February 2003