Yesterday was a lovely sunny warm day, just perfect for going to a dog show. What a stroke of luck that Love Underdogs just happened to have their Autumn fun dog show/reunion then. :-)
The journey was uneventful right up until we were 5 minutes from the kennels when Hamish decided to be sick all over the floor of the car (the cause of his sickness was that he decided to strip and eat the coating from a Kong dumbell)!
We arrived and took the pooches for a walk around the fields where Annie and Hamish had their first encounters with horses and donkeys, that went well. We then circled the crowd of people and dogs milling around the stalls and show ring, that went well, we felt brave enough to stop and talk with some of the Love Underdogs staff and that went well. :-) No scatty episodes from Annie and Hamish was fairly calm, we stopped for coffee, went to sit on a chair and as Julia moved her chair, Annie went scatty. That was the only episode from Annie all day, she was a star.
We decided to enter each of them in one category of the show. Hamish was bound to win his category, the waggiest tail, Hamish clears the coffee table every time he enters a room so it’s in the bag? slightly optimistic there! Hamish saw a child within ten feet of him so he sat like a statue looking the other way and didn’t give even one tiny wag. :-D
Indy was entered in the best trick category even though we had no idea what trick he was going to do? Julia made something up as he entered the ring which was just something he does when we are playing with him in order to test his brain, Julia threw his treat bag 20 feet or so away and got him to wait at her side she then sent him for it but on the way back got him to drop it and return to her with a couple of sits and downs along the way, he then waited at her feet before she told him to find it!! he was brilliant, he came first. :-) I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
Annie surpassed all expectations. She was in the best Love Underdog category. We expected that fear would get the better of her so Julia took up a position just a couple of feet from me and the boys just in case she wanted to leave the ring in a hurry. Not only did she parade around the ring with 20 or more dogs and owners, she sat within a few feet of a young lad and his dog and even let the judge stroke her nose. :-) We were very proud of her, her new brave persona has carried on into today, she has been very relaxed and even “pestered” me to fuss her this morning. A real winner in my eyes.
Me and my boys watching Annie in the ring.
We had a lovely day at the show, we were all exhausted by the end of it but only the dogs got to sleep in a pile right at the back of the car in the breeze from 4 windows and an open sunroof. :-)
No individual dog for rehoming again this week, I will however point readers in the direction of Love Underdogs again. I witnessed at the end of the show a paddock full of puppies, a new bunch just arrived this week so there are now about 20 gorgeous young puppies of all shapes and sizes looking for a home.