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.
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