August 26th 2011 5:23 pm
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Except for this year. We have one show that is more than close to us which I love attending every year, and knew no matter what I was going to finally enter this year, until the bad news hit. During some major flooding earlier in the spring, the entire road entering the park where this show is held was washed completely away, and several areas of the park were heavily damaged. Needless to say, their annual match show was canceled, I thought our closest and one or our most favorite shows was too. Luckily, they found a new site, although I was very sad about not showing in the wonderful park I was happy it was only just a short few miles more further down the road.
The day finally came for our first of two entered shows, Friday, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect of the new show grounds especially after Google mapping it and seeing no trees. As we got there the parking was excellent, but even more so were all the nice buildings shading the grounds, and a plus, this place had restrooms right at the end of the show grounds! Although, my nightmare come true, seems doors were to much to ask for, the fabric of the curtains was nice but, curtains?!
So our time in the ring for the first day was actually better than I had expected, Enda did for the first judge of the weekend get a bit overzealous and sat during her going over, but other than that, she behaved spectacular! Which is far less than I can say for a few others, as while we were getting things together after parking the people in the tiny vehicle next to us let their Mastiff out while we were just about done to be off, and the dog flew in at Poor Enda with a pure intent to harm. It was quite scary, but thank heavens the owner was able to put the brakes on and pull her dog away off to the side and I shuffled us off to our ring. Our very first of such an experience at a show, hopefully one which wont be repeated.
The weather was completely strange that day though, we decided to leave and go home for an hour to get lunch, rest a bit, then head back, since we were so close by. We noticed on the way home that it had rained half way between us and the show, it was nice there and at home. As we left to go back for group it was still nice at home, but once we hit the beginning of that halfway mark the sky darkened, lightning could be seen flashing in the distance with the rumbling of thunder, and as we got further along the clouds opened up, not just to rain but hail! Then as we were just about two thirds the way back to the show it was over. You could still see behind us the dark clouds and hear the thunder but as we got the the show site it was sunny and warm.
So we ended the day as usual, some more pretty BOB ribbons, with no points, and a warm welcome in the group ring by the judge but not even a nod. We couldn't do Saturday, but this is one of my favorite shows so you bet I entered for Sunday as well.
Sunday comes and unfortunately the rain finally caught up with the show site. It wasn't to bad however, I thought it was quite pleasant and I'd say Enda did too, she generally loves the rain. It wasn't too good in the breed ring though, as the wet grass at the end of a very heavy traffic weekend was very slick, but thankfully we managed to both stay upright. Showing a bit later in breed on Sunday we decided to stay in place till group. We joked with friends about the weather and by the time group arrived it had cleared and was perfectly sunny. Of coarse, one more nice round in the ring, and another pass over for us.
So another show weekend come and gone. I have entered us in another AKC show weekend and it will probably be our last AKC shows till next year. It is our areas biggest, that may not mean we will finally have the competition for points, but who knows, time will tell.
July 31st 2011 1:35 pm
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So ends July. We hit up 2 shows, and as per usual we knew we were alone for the AKC ring. Another nice BOB ribbon, another wash out in the group ring, and another long trip home with nothing more, oh, except an awesome new door mat! We love vendors, a little to much. And some bad news, think we will be a wash out come next year in the AKC ring all together, the only other area females have packed their bags and flown back to the south! We never even got a chance to compete with them before they were here and gone, and we are alone again. It just isn't worth it to even bother entering if we don't have competition. So, you may find this Blog changing over next year from "showing" to...HERDING!
Anyway, so we anxiously await the arrival of the next UKC show knowing that just one more competition win will nab us our official, UKC Ch title! And so that comes crashing down with the extremely hot record setting temperatures. Our friends emailed us to say they couldn't make it, we showed up for both shows anyway. Then as we get to breed judging, the White Shepherd doesn't show up either, only two of us for the group ring, and that Aussie boy was drop dead handsome! So, two more pretty red group 2nds to add to our started collection of two from last year. But, no points there either! There are still a couple more shows in the UKC till the end of the year and we can't wait, let's just hope the weather holds out.
June 24th 2011 9:10 am
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It was bound to happen sooner of later, a show where we would stay in a hotel! We survived, but the hotel was sadly just barely livable, not only being hot and humid but as we turned on the AC to cool off, found that someone had let their dog or child pee in it! So we propped the door open. Enda did okay, she was GREAT in the room, but didn't like the outside area and it almost took all day for her to #2.
So after arriving the evening before we woke up and got ready early for our super early show time. Of coarse, yet another disappointing weekend of going Best of Breed simply for having no competition. After going back to the hot hotel to laze away the afternoon till group time we decided to leave a bit early not able to stand the stuffy ex-smoking box. Thankfully the show site was great and had a couple jumbo sized fans and the fair ground buildings were nice and cool.
So our first ring of two up, the special of the weekend, a "Best Amateur Owner Handler" competition, 4 dogs in the herding group and thankfully Enda had finally wiggled her hotel jail energy out, where we walked away with second in group! Of coarse I already knew we were going to get dumped in the real group, She was doing great till our down and back when she decided on the back she was going to try and walk out of the ring, pulling to the left and standing crooked.
It was a long weekend and we are more than relieved to be home, maybe some year we might stay in a hotel again, but we will try to budget next time for a much newer building however.