JR also is the first Maltese in Australia to be awarded a FCI challenge.
After returning from Perth WA in October 1994 with JR I had the misfortune of having a serious illness that effected my balance. So Kym offered look after him & to continue to show him. Coming out of hospital only a few weeks before I flew over to Perth WA to support and watch JR and Kym compete in the WA Contest of Champions in March 1995 which was wonderful to watch my Maltese making us proud and never missing a beat. Starting at 8.30pm in different heats competing against some lovely large dogs. JR did his final at 1.30am Sunday Morning. No mean feat for any dog.
One of the most thrilling Royals that I have attended was when JR took the challenge and his young son "Utah" (Aust Ch Gameford Amee for Real) went Reserve Challenge to him. This particular WA Perth Royal there was a number of exhibitors from NSW, VIC, SA, & Perth WA. This Royal had a large entry of fully coated Maltese and Utah was only in puppy class (under 12 months). JR at present has 5 titled sons. UTAH, HOUSTON, PT, CATS & OBI. Also his son "Gameford Crazy For You" has produced his first Champion (Gameford Love in A Loft-Style).
On a sad note my Maltese Ch Patrician Pistachio (Imp Nz) named "JR" passed away yesterday (9th August 2009) in his sleep. He was born on 10th September 1991 and passed away 9th August 2009 - 1 month 1 day to his 18 Birthday. JR was (Star's) Grand Ch Gameford Stars In th Sky (grandsire).
PLEASE NOTE - CORRECTION ON PATRICIAN MALTESE WEBSITE. Mr Peter Cutler handled JR (Pistachio) only at a small number of shows in Sydney NSW. And only for a period of approx 3 months April 95 to July 95 and Mrs Trisha Cutler handled only on 3 occassions in August 1995.
JR (Pistachio) lived only with me, and was also shown at some shows in the April to July 95 by myself (Robyn Hurford) in NSW.
While living in NSW "JR" was bathed & prepared and taken to the shows that Mr & Mrs Cutler handled only at. At these shows I prepared & groomed "JR' at the particular show myself (Robyn Hurford). JR (Pistachio) was shown for approx 6 1/2 years by Robyn Hurford.