|Name||CH Pequest Who Tells Your Story “Eliza”|
|Breeding||MBIS MBISS GCHG Pequest Pickwick x Pequest Pousse Cafe|
|Owner||Jodie and Steve Strait|
|Titles / Wins||2023 Westminster Kennel Club Best of Opposite, AKC Champion, AKC Toy Group Placing, AKC NOHS Toy Group Winning, 2022 AKC National Championship Show – Select Bitch, AKC Puppy of Achievement.|
|Testing||Embark Testing (no specific testing is recommended by Pekingese Club of America but yes she is a Pekingese!)|
As I mentioned when discussing Dear Leader (Mabel Who) I have been a fan of Pekingese since I met Malachy, but my first true stalking victim was Chuck (aka Pequest Pickwick) so when David sent me some photos of a few day old Chuck puppies I was squealing like a 12 year old girl finding out her parents bought tickets for her to a Boy Band. It was incredibly painful to wait and wait and wait.
Did I mention I had to wait? I had been on David’s list for over a year and dutifully called every month to check and remind him I was still waiting. Finally in May David said to make a trip up so of course I did and literally was terrified he would call and say well lets push the visit back. I was so paranoid I was going to be late I left the hotel an hour early then sat at a gas station 5 miles from his out just so I would not get stuck in traffic!
When I got there David showed me a couple of litters but honestly the minute I saw Eliza I literally fell head over heels in love. It reminded me of when I met Bumble Bee Strait – I just literally felt my heart leap out of my body. I did look over the other puppies as well but I knew Eliza would be coming home with me. I also got to play with Chuck and Wasabi and Chuck reminded me so much of Mabel (they are very similarly bred) and I wanted to steal him. Wasabi thought about peeing on my purse and David told him not to and I said if he peed on it I would put it on a shelf with a plaque that read “Peed on By Wasabi”
I took Eliza to the Concord show and showed in the 4-6 puppy and she was a rockstar, she walked the ring (if you have not ever shown a Peke you would not understand how difficult it is to show them), stacked and everything. I was so proud of her! She met a ton of people and loved everyone – I really feel she and I will be having a ton of fun in the ring! She was Worth the Wait!
She went Winner’s Bitch the very first time in the ring and in two weekends has six points – I am so proud of her but more than that I am honored to have a dog of this caliber. She makes my heart smile.
Eliza’s name comes from the Musical Hamilton and is a line where they discuss Alexander Hamilton was almost lost to history but his wife Eliza steps into the spotlight and keeps him alive in the story of the United States. I felt it was fitting as I hope Eliza helps to tell my story in the Pekingese breed.