So I thought today’s theme could be show dogs, in honor of the Westminster Kennel Club (click it to watch live) show that has been going on. Most of you know that Luna is not only a pet, but also a show dog (and a hunting dog… and trick dog… etc etc). She has completed her CH title but we spent many a day in the ring.
Recently we even competed in a fun match as it was nearly in our backyard.
(thank you to Nicole for taking this shot of us)
It had been a long time (probably a year??) since I went in the ring with her, and even at a funmatch I was nervous. I can’t imagine what it would be like to compete at Westminster. Anyway we had fun, we mainly went to support our family who you can see more of on the other blog), and I thought it would be a good way to wear Luna out a bit. I think I ended up more wore out at the end of it. As you can see in the picture above, one must fly to keep up with Luna in the ring. I am literally not touching the ground, I am not even sure if Luna is.
After our turn in the ring was done we waited ringside as I shot more pictures. Luna was quite good at waiting, cheese helped as usual.
Showing dogs was never very interesting to watch, outside of seeing different breeds I don’t get to see in person, until I started to show. Then I really had a feel for what went on in the ring when I was watching on TV. I guess it probably is the same with Golf as I find that very boring to watch, but others love it (and they probably have golfed at some point). I still think teaching Luna the basics for showing was one of the easiest venues to teach her, though she had to mature into the whole waiting game… but as time went on I figured out how to work with her and keep her happy in the ring (can you say flat rat toy? AKA rabbit fur with a squeaker in it). I am happy I tried my hand at it, and even put a couple points on her myself, but I was happy to eventually turn over the reigns as I found it too political for my liking (though what dog venue isn’t to some degree??)
Just finished watching the Vizslas compete. Congrats to Corrine with “Kato” for taking BOB!! Good luck in groups!! A beautiful selection of Vizslas who all did amazing. Now off to post more show photos of others on the Photo blog shortly.
(side note: I have actually competed with Corrine, she is a local I believe. In any case she has been at several shows we have been to. So have several others, so cool to see fellow handlers that you know in person at Westminster.)