was exhibited for the first time in Italy on the 05th September
2004 at a Parade which was a good test for the more demanding
official shows that were to follow.
As Basil was basically a very shy dog by nature, this was a good
opportunity for me to assess his style in the show ring.
I was truly amazed when I saw him move around the ring with such
superb self-confidence , his head held high and proudly and with a
swift but easy pase that quickly won over the public who were
present to witness as well as the judges who awarded him Best in
Show. I was so very proud.
After this fantastic beginning, Basil faced up to the International
Show arena and in less than four months he obtained the title of
Italian Champion of Beauty with the following outstanding
09/26/04 Messina International Show CAC - R. CACIB
10/03/04 Reggio Calabria International Show CAC - CACIB - BOB -
3BOG Judge: Bianca Tamagnone
10/30/04 Taranto National Show CAC-BOS
10/31/04 Ostuni National Show CAC - BOB - BIG
Judges: George Kostopoulos- August De Wilde
12/08/04 Cremona National Show CAC - BOS
12/11/04 Foggia International Show CAC - R. CACIB
the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank my very good friend Kay
O’Hare, owner of Incanto Kennels in Australia, who is a very
extraordinary person that will do anything to help her friends.
Like me, she has the wonderful Maltese breed “in her veins” and I
feel very great esteem and respect for her friendship .
Thanks to Kay I was able to meet another wonderful person, Tom
Couchman, and through that introduction I was fortunate to have the
outstanding Basil come into my life.