Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011 GSWC Fall Specialty

October 9, 2011. Today was the Garden State Weimaraner Club Independent Specialty. And what a crazy day for me it was. I was showing 4 dogs in 5 classes, plus obedience.

First up was Wyatt in Puppy Sweepstakes.

He did much better today and won his class.

Then it was Daisy’s turn to be in the Puppy Sweepstakes.

She’s was having a good ol’ time.

At least she nailed her free stack.

She always seemed to pull it together at the end, after the judge was done looking.

Wyatt was back in for Best in Sweeps.

He was waiting for a long time with the large Best in Sweeps class and was getting bored and tired of standing there.

But he held it together and went Best of Opposite Sex in Puppy Sweepstakes.

Next in was Mamma Sharon. I think she’s so over showing and would just like the food and be done with it.

She can still move

No time for a break, right back in with Wyatt for the dog classes. He took 2nd in the Bred By Exhibitor class. Since he took 2nd we had to wait for Winners Dog because he may have had to go in for Reserve.

In the meantime I was supposed to be in the obedience ring with Sawyer. The judge was kind enough to wait for us and let us warm up a bit as I ran from one ring to another. Unfortunately the warm up didn’t help. Even though he did beautifully when we were practicing the day before, today when we got in the ring he seemed to be in hunt mode. His nose was to the ground during our whole heeling pattern.

We actually muddled through and he was passing (I’m sure barely) when we got to the stays. Sawyer was the only Novice entry and all he needed to do was the stays and he’d have his title. He completed the sit stay. During the down stay a bug bit him in the butt and bent towards his back, not getting completely up. If he lies back down we may be able to salvage it…but no, he got back up and it was all over. Oh well, I really didn’t want to finish his title with that terrible performance.

Time for the lunch break! Many thanks to Scott for making sure everything was put out while I was busy with all the dogs.

After lunch was the class bitch judging and Daisy’s turn again.

She was a bit more under control now. The more time she spends in the ring, the better.

The judge reordered us as we went around and we did move up but not enough for a placement.  Not bad for a puppy in the with big girls.

Sawyer was the last one in of my crew for the Best in Breed.

He did well and make several cuts as the judge narrowed down the specials.

It was a very hot day so I did my best to keep Sawyer cool while we waited to go back in the ring.

We didn’t make the final placements but dad Dude was Best of Opposite Sex and sister Prada got an Award of Merit.

All in all it was good day but I was completely exhausted!

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