Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dog Show

Welcome to one of the biggest dog shows in the United States. In recent years there have been as many as 5600 dogs entered in this show, but with the economy and the price of gas, this year there were only 3409 entries. There were 134 whippet entries because it's our Midwest Specialty Show.

Folks come from all over. There were around thirty-five rings like this one, and hundreds of motorhomes, campers, and even tents. All of the hotels for miles were full.

if you click to enlarge, you will see one tiny area of RV's

We were fortunate enough to be invited to stay with Crystal in her pop-up. (That's the Crystal who went to Sweden with us.) I took Swede William and Lindy Loo, and Crystal took her lovely champion, Lavender, and Sidney the girl puppy, and Mallory joined us with Luther, whom Crystal bred. The pop-up had tons of room, and Swede William and Lindy Loo felt right at home.

Lavender and Sydney in their crates on Crystal's king sized bed

William and Lindy Loo enjoyed the fact that their bed overlooked the dining table!

click to see some of the cool stuff, use your back button to return
Every dog show has vendors. Cool stuff that you can't find anywhere else. My poor dogs. All I bought this year was two battery operated crate fans. I have twelve battery operated crate fans. At home. In the van. Also in the van were my dog show chairs, my spare emergency pantyhose, my Pepto-bismal, my x-pens (collapsible fencing for temporary yards), and my mind. I should not travel to a dog show without my Warburton Whippet Wagon. No, I should not.
At most dog shows, you can get your dog's health testing done,
including, heart, ears (for congenital deafness), and eyes, all by board certified specialists, and you can get a reduced fee for microchipping. You can also get your dog's Canine Good Citizen award, and even get certified as a Therapy Dog.
Being at a dog show is a little like being at a twelve step program meeting. No one questions your addiction. You don't have to apologize for having a baggy of dog poo in your hand, in fact, you can be proud of it for being a Human Good Citizen. Not a single soul will ask where your dogs sleep; it's a given. They sleep in the middle of the bed, sprawled out in luxury, as you cling for dear life to the very edge.
The only difference between a dog show crowd and a twelve step program meeting is that no one is looking for a cure.
The camper folks get together and share meals, and fun. The Labrador fancy had a slightly scary karaoke thing going one tent over. We whippet lovers had the annual POOP TOSSING CONTEST, and this year Crystal WON the whole thing, getting her name forever on the plaque. (It's fake poop.) Adult beverages are rumored to be involved.
Everyone entered in a dog show thinks their dog is the best. The three winners in every breed (Best of Breed, Winners Dog and Winners Bitch) think the judging was outstanding, the rest think the judge was a blind, senile, crooked, farting, stupid idiot. (That's a bit overstated. Maybe.)

Some of the whippet bitch champions line up for the judge
The winners get their pictures taken with the judge and flowers and fanciness, and get congratulated.
You see lots and lots of things at a dog show that you won't see anywhere else on earth. Every imaginable breed of dog. Looking at the smallest chihuahua and the giant Irish Wolfhounds side by side gives you a great smack of the power of selective breeding.
Oh and there are dog fashions

And human fashions!!! Where else could you win a beauty contest, wearing a gorgeous stylin' teal linen suit, accented with black sneakers and white athletic socks? And win they did! That's our roomie, Luther, with his super talented handler Lesley, who won the five point major on Sunday. Woo-HOO for Luther, Lesley, Mallory and Crystal!!!
This year was our year to congratulate others. The Midwest Specialty has been really lucky for us. Last year Swede William won the Sweepstakes one day and won his class in the Specialty. Lindy Loo's daddy won Winners Dog and an Award of Merit, and his daddy was Best of Breed and won the Hound Group. Very Old Dog won his obedience class there way back when, and well, we've just always come home with a pile o'ribbons.
But this year was our turn to say, "Good for you!!!" Lindy and William could not have shown any better, and they were STELLAR little travellers, so I have no complaints. We got to see our dear friends Carolyn and Greg and that by itself was worth the trip. It was hard for Carolyn, who has always shown her own dogs, but is unable to because of the stinkin' cancer. She had to watch other folks do it. We were both a little teary saying goodbye, and when we made the "L" for Looser sign with our thumbs and forefingers on our foreheads we laughed, and that was good.

There will always be more dog shows.
It's the friends that are precious.
hug your hounds


  1. OK, everbody gots somethin to say here:
    Muzzer comments that tossing fake poop cannot be as satisfying as tossing real poop in a bag, cause you don't get that plop when it hits the ground.

    I think that I would have a great time at dog shows, but then, I have a great time just about anywhere.(gussie)

    Oh, and Teka phoned in her comment that she knows Swede William threw the dog show so his friend could win. She says, otherwise, the Servant is right for once and the judges were blind.


  2. Oh,how I miss the Midwest-always such great concessions!Looks the same,though! Glad Blogger finally co-operated on the photo-postings!Martha and P-Doggy

  3. that newf is the biggest steelers fan I ever saw?! I want him to come over and watch steelers games with me!!!

    dog shows are pretty cool, Mom and Dad have gone to a couple out here but feel like weird stalkers staring at everyone elses dogs!! :)

  4. Wow, I didn't know so many things were going on at dog shows! The poop throwing contest! Ha ha!

    Thank you for always providing such interesting stories! I always look forward to reading your blog!


    Dog lover

  5. Sounds like you had a really good time!

  6. oh my. you made us think of the movie "best in show!" ... we have to rent that this weekend!

  7. I don't want to be a dog show judge!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. 3409 entries are a lot of dogs! Really impressed! Sounds really fun and interesting.

  9. We don't mean to be too self-centered, but did you see any square hairy dogs??????????

    We loved your description of the show. Mom tosses our poop (bagged)every morning into our development's poop bins -- who knew she could compete with fellow homeowners in a contest!!! Must let everyone know.

    Jake and Just Harry

  10. How nice to see a picture of Savvy's brother Luther on your blog! Cheers!

  11. I agwee wif Teka on this one..what a genewous guy Sweed William is!!!
    I love that you get to see fwiends and have good laughs and enjoy youw dogses..that is the most impowtant!
    smoochie kisses

  12. I'm not sure if I'm envious or not about the shopping possibilites.. I'd go broke...

    Ane ;)

  13. Oh, sounds like a really grand time!! But you forgot to include pictures of danes ;)


  14. I presumed it was the trophy that was fake poop. Why throw the fake stuff when there's plenty of the real thing cloas at hand?
    Love the post.

  15. Always more dog shows, always more dogs to love, always more love for the dogs!

    Please no more photos of Newfs being cute! My ma ape has a hankering for one. Sometimes people ask if I'm a Newfie puppy and my ma ape yanks their chain and tells 'em I"m a teacup Newfie--a very specialized dog!

    wally t.


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