Bella (Devonia's La Vita E' Bella)

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Bella in 2008


Bella was born on the 3rd May 2006 to Quirino with Devonia (Sire) and Sara with Devonia (Dam) she was one of five puppies two males and 3 females. This is my only litter of 5 to date. I had decided to keep a female puppy and was closely watching to see which one I would keep. My decision was an easy one, not because of following breed standard, because they all fitted the standard perfectly, but it was her personality that swayed me. She was so full on with her temperament, very inquisitive and naughty into the bargain. (I like a challenge!!). It was impossible to resist letting her into our hearts, and so the story of her show successes began.

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Bella Best in Show at British Bolognese Club Show Sept 2011

Bella was a little difficult to train (which is unlike a Bolognese) as she had such a mind of her own, we were at training classes weekly until she would learn to stand on Four legs instead of two, even now at the age she is, she will still jump from standing into my arms without warning.


2007
Best Bitch in Breed at Paignton & District Fanciers' Association Championship Show July under Judge Peter Jolley
Reserve Best Bitch in Breed in Breed at Richmond Championship Show September under Jill Richards

2008
CRUFTS 2008 Post Graduate Bitch Class, Bella was awarded 1st place under Judge Rita Morgan
Best of Breed and Best Bitch in Breed at Southern Counties Championship Show 31st May 2008 under Judge Marja Talvite (Finland)
Best of Breed and Best Bitch in Breed at South Wales Kennel Association 4th July 2008 under Judge Dr. A.G. Schemel MRCVS
Best of Breed and Best Bitch in Breed at Paignton & District Fanciers Championship Show 5th August 2008 under Judge Terry Nethercott

2009
Reserve Best Bitch in Breed at United Toy Dog Championship Show under Breed Specialist Liz Stannard.
Best Bitch NON SEPARATELY CLASSIFIED TOY at West of England Ladies' Kennel Society under Mrs. Siv Jernhake (Sweden)
Best Bitch in Breed at Birmingham National under Dr. Paolo Dondina (Italy)
Best of Breed and Best Bitch in Breed at Bath Championship Show under Breed Specialist Stuart Band
Best Bitch in Breed Three Counties Championship Show under Zena Thorne-Andrews. Beaten only to Best of Breed by Devonia's Altivita (younger Brother)
Reserve Best Bitch in Breed Windsor Championship Show under Mrs. Marion Spavin
Best Bitch in Breed Paignton & District Fanciers Championship Show under Judge Clare Coxall

2010
West of England Ladies Kennel Championship Show Best Bitch Non Separately Classified
Southern Counties Championship Show June 2010 Best Bitch in Breed
EXPOSITION DE CHAMPIONNAT DE LA SOCIETE CENTRALE CANINE held at Villepinte France July 11 2010 3rd in Ouverte Femelles under Judge Mlle Marie-Christine Bodson (This was Bella's first trip to Europe to a Show)

2011
CRUFTS Best Bitch in Breed under Judge Sylvia Desserne (France) from an entry of 40

BRITISH BOLOGNESE CLUB SHOW (April) RESERVE BEST BITCH IN BREED under Dr. A.G. Schemel
W.E.L.K.S. Best Bitch in Breed under Breed Specialist Mrs. F. Walker
PAIGNTON & DISTRICT Best Bitch in Breed under Mrs. Clare Coxall
BRITISH BOLOGNESE CLUB SHOW (September) Best Bitch in Breed and Best of Breed under Judge Ann Horan.
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM Best Bitch in Breed under Mr. Derek Smith
CHAMPIONNAT DE FRANCE 2011 and WORLD DOG SHOW Bella received a 2nd place in Ouverte Femelles at the Championnat and 3rd at the WDS. Each show graded excellent.


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2012
Bella has only been shown lightly this year as she is semi-retired. Bella had her sixth birthday in May.
Bella started the year well. She attended the British Bolognese Club show in January under Breed specialist Anita Fogarty when she had Best Bitch in Breed and Reserve Best in Show.
Manchester Championship Show also saw her with Best Bitch in Breed under Irene McManus.

Both Bella and Morse had a rest from Crufts this year as both of them have had best of sex in breed previously.

Bella’s next show was UK Toy where again she achieved Best Bitch in Breed under Brenda Banbury.
Bournemouth Championship Show again Best Bitch in Breed.

City of Birmingham under Judge Carla Molinari (Portugal) saw Bella again with Best Bitch in Breed and this time beat her Brother to Best of Breed.

Ladies Kennel Association Championship show saw Bella Best bitch in breed under Breed Judge Virginia Dowty.

2013
Bella’s last show in Open bitch where she had Best of Breed under Judge Ann Ingram at the UK Toydog Championship show in March.

2014

Bella has now fully retired from the show ring and is enjoying life at home, although I am sure she misses going to shows. She was 9 in May and with all the success she has had is enjoying her retirement. Bella had Best Bitch in Breed at Manchester Dog Show in January under breed Specialist Andrew Stewart. She achieved Reserve Best Bitch at Crufts last  year when she was nearly 8 also best Veteran and Best Bitch in breed at UK Toy Dog Show under breed specialist Kathy Begg and again last year at Birmingham National she had best Veteran and again Best Bitch in breed under Hungarian Judge Dr. Tamas Jakkel. I am so so proud of Bella, when she was born, I could not imagine the success she would achieve. To date she has 28 Best Bitch in breed at Championship Shows, 13, Reserve Best of Sex in Breed and 7 Best of Breeds. A record that I am unlikely ever to repeat with any other show dog. The unfortunate thing is that she has never produced a litter to carry on her success.

Devonia Bolognese - Devonia’s La Vita E’ Bella

 

 

 

 

 

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