Two Best of Breed ribbons and a Best in Group ribbon !!
I didn't get Best in Show, but the buzz is I came close, and this is the best I've ever done at a show ... I am so on a roll!
(Mama keeps reminding me about something called modesty. Well I don't know what that means really, because I never went to grammar school like she did. Anyway, she also said I shouldn't forget that this was not a big show and there weren't as many entrants as a big show would have, which increased my chances of winning in the Breed class. Yeah, ok, whatever ..)
So anyway, this was my first outdoor event of the summer, and we had a lot of fun, despite the weather.
I never worry about the weather at a show threatening my health or well-being. If Mama and Papa think I am uncomfortable in any way, they'd take me right home. We were fortunate that there were indoor stalls at the fairgrounds with a nice cool breeze blowing through them. That's where all the dogs stayed on Saturday when it was hot. Plus, there was plenty of water and I wore a cooling towel outside. So at the first sign of discomfort, they'd have packed up the truck and headed home.
Anyway, luckily, the thunderstorms that were predicted didn't happen. I can't begin to imagine what a fairground filled with a bunch of steamed hot dogs (haw haw!) spooked by thunder and lightening would have been like.
Dreamer with his Papa, Ricky
Diva with her Mama, Francesca
Now I'm going to show you around the grounds. We'll start with the parking lot.
Dogs and their parents travel from near and far to compete. Some drive cars, others drive SUVs, some drive trucks (like us) and the real long-distance people drive monster campers like these.
I checked out the license plates, and saw vehicles from as far away as the New England states and all across Canada. Some dogshow folks spend most of their lives travelling from city to city to compete. They're usually the ones with the huge campers, and many of them are decorated with all kinds of big dog decals. If you saw one on the highway, you would know there are showdogs on board.
If you're going to hang out at shows, your humans sometimes have to get used to grungy food and a tummy ache.
Lots of people bring their own food. Mama and Papa usually bring fruit, trail mix, water and juice, (and lots of Cokes), but they pigged out on hotdogs and chips at this stand all weekend, which was a rare treat. If the show is at a big park, there are usually lots of BBQs going on. Just about everyone goes out for a big supper at the end of the day.
And the facilites kind of make the humans wish they could pee on trees like us!
This is actually one of the finer dog show toilettes. At bigger shows, you have to use Johnnies ... never ask my Mama what happened to her cell phone when she used a Johnny at a show last summer!
There are also kiosks that sell dog toys, clothes, grooming equipment, leashes and collars, dog beds, pillows, and all kinds of breed-specific things that humans like to collect.
Now, on with the show. Before you go ringside, it's best to release your energy and do your business, so a quiet walk in a nice secluded area is very important.Mama and I on a walk before the show. The smells at a dogshow are totally delish.
The holding area is also where you get to check out the competition, or look for your parents, which is what I'm doing here. Earlier in the day, Darling Emily banished Mama and Papa from being with me between rounds because I keep looking for them when I'm in the ring (I miss them!) and it interferes with my concentration. They also have to watch me in the ring from behind poles and trees so I can't see them. Are we happy about this? Not so much.
Under the tent, there's always a lot of activity and chatter, both human and canine. There's a tremendous amount of organization and co-operation required to keep a show on course.
Here I am in the ring about to win my second Best of Breed of the weekend. That's me in front.
Anyway, if you win a round, be prepared to hang around the grounds, sometimes for hours, until the next one. So it's best for the humans to bring something to keep them occupied because they may not feel like flattening down on their bellies and chewing on pig ears.
I was with Darling Emily - away from Mama's and Papa's loving eyes, playing with my toys and staying cool, Papa walked around and talked with all the dog people, and Mama read the paper in the back of our truck. Yes, that's a Coke AND a coffee beside her. I think my Mama has a caffeine addiction, which is ok because I require a lot of energy!
I met some really nice dogs during the weekend. Here are some of them.
Tennessee and Parker the Bulldogs
Buster and Callie the Pyrenees Mountain Dogs
Taffee the Chinese Crested
Splenda the French Bull Terrier
Some beautiful Goldies and a Black Lab whose names I forget
Zsa Zsa the Poodle
I really wanted to flirt with this Boxergirl but then I saw she had a boyfriend.
So there you have it - a day at the dogshow. I hope you enjoyed your tour. Have a great week!
Darling Emily, the Judge and moi
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* recalculated IMMEDIATELY following weekend shows