So we had an awesome party on Saturday but more on that later (with pictures)...
For now I just want to shamelessly brag about my dogs and their recent accomplishments in the show ring.
Ruffi went to her first show at the end of July. She is the type of puppy that self taught herself to be a show dog. I put the show lead on her and she knew exactly what to do. It's so weird to have a dog like that. Many Clubs are offering a Baby Puppy class for puppies under six months of age. She was a week or so shy of that magic date so I thought the baby puppy class would be a perfect opportunity to give her a no pressure and hopefully positive first ring experience.
I think we'll call it mission accomplished. Never in my wildest dreams did we expect to bring home Best Baby Puppy in Show. Really looking forward to the future with this smart and sassy girl. I love our big orange ribbon, she adores her alligator toy that came with it.
I edited myself out since this is a very public website but it was me who handled her!
My next brag is about my good friend Jen and her boy Bucky. He is Jen's first show dog and they learned how to compete in conformation together. Their journey started with a bang but like most it had a few bumps along the way. What that has meant for me is having the best dog show buddy I could ever ask for. Showing dogs is so much better when you have a good friend to do it with.
Conformation itself is an intimidating and dare I say; an extremely frustrating sport to be introduced and involved in. You are at the mercy of someone's subjective opinion and unfortunately that can mean many things. In our breed it is much harder to finish wholecolours than particolours, and newbie handlers can easily be overlooked for experienced ones. All part of the game and yet we enjoy it, and even worse end up bitten by that darn show bug!
Needless to say I am thrilled to introduce Champion Embee's The Winter Soldier, owned, handled and adored by Jen and Erik. He finished the point requirements at his and Jen's favourite hometown show by going Best of Breed over specials, just like his Mom Molly and Brother Loki. Black and Tans gotta do it in style!
Super proud of you both!