|German Shepherd Dog
Breeder: Sandy Anderson
Owners: Nora MacLeod & Fred McMullen
Handler: Emily Burdon
How long have you been showing dogs? I started out showing Dobermans in 1978.
When did you win your first BIS? I won my first Best in Show in 2017 under esteemed judge, Virginia Lyne.
What was your favourite moment of 2017? Winning back-to-back Best in Shows in front of my hometown crowd in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Do you have a show ritual? No rituals, just a lot of practice stacking, free-baiting and a lot of fun. Bella loves anything to do with the ball.
What does your dog love to do when she’s not in the show ring? Bella loves walks in the woods, the Chuck-it ball, Frisbee and chasing squirrels.
Do you have a mentor? Interesting story. We had lost our family German Shepherd to cancer, which was hard. When we decided we were ready for another, I remembered an old Dogs in Canada magazine that my mom, who is no longer with us, had sent me a few years earlier. There were a few breeders featured inside but one page corner had been folded down – Woodside German Shepherds in Vancouver, BC. I fell in love with the pictures – totally my type of German Shepherd. I know my mom has been watching over us through this journey and I feel it was fate telling me where I needed to go. I spoke with Sandy Anderson and she encouraged me to get back into the show world and to have fun. We have two Woodside German Shepherds, Storm and Bella, who both finished their American and Canadian championships quickly. Bella has truly exceeded all our dreams. Sandy has been my mentor, guiding me through all the ups and downs of this sport and has been a constant support and, above all else, a great friend.