It's entering what I call the 'silly season' for showing. I only enter a certain amount of shows throughout the year & most of these take place during the summer. Last week I attended three, although frankly I should have stayed at home & given Bath Championship Show a swerve - Salo was not the judge's cup of tea & was given third place out of three (Hero to Zero, ha ha!) & Sisko was lame during our practice run so I withdrew her. When I got home I took her to the emergency vet because clearly she was in pain & the vet discovered that she'd split her toenail back to the nail bed - ouch! Mind you, had I stayed at home I would not have seen Ninka win her first ever class nor Roope win Best Puppy! I wouldn't have seen all the glorious mud either - now that really would have been a shame.
On the following Wednesday it was a local Open Show - Guildford & District, a great show for me being only 20 mins from my home. This time Fiia came 2nd out of three & Salo won Best of Breed under Judge Sam Moore (Morval). Salo went on to win Group 2! I entered little Zinnie into German Spitz Open & she came 3rd out of 3, awwww bless!
The following weekend was Southern Counties Champ Show & what an amazing show that was, so much so that it deserves its own blog post! Now it's safe to say I am running somewhat behind with my blog posts & web updates - I've had little or not internet for the past fortnight, so although I started this entry ages ago, I hadn't been able to finish it. But as a postscript I must just add this amusing story. At the Guildford Show, the judge of German Spitz gave me a wry smile & said to me "Don't worry, I won't tell anyone". I had no idea what he was talking about - perhaps he was referring to the fact that her teeth are a little crooked? Yesterday she 'smiled' at me and there in all its glory I could see that her front tooth is missing! MISSING!!! It's sort of funny & tragic at the same time - she's only six and a half! How long before I'm liquidising her Natural Instinct for her? ......