Showing Dogs in a Winter Wonderland

I’m learning lots of new lessons as I start showing my own dog.  At this point, Tucker is two years old, mature and only has one point, so we’re showing anywhere we have competition that is within two-to-three hours distance from home and even some shows further away where Tucker can go with a professional handler.

We decided to take a chance and enter shows in Fredricksburg a few weeks ago where we weren’t sure we’d have competition and sure enough Tucker was the only welshie entered.  It was kind of fun not having to worry about competition and going in the group, but we essentially spent those entry fees on nothing.  Today’s shows didn’t happen because of a winter storm.  I guess that’s one of the risks of entering shows in the dead of winter, but it wasn’t a totally horrible experience.

For one thing, I had no desire to actually go out in this weather and the other thing I got to see was just how wonderful welshie people are because the other class dog’s owner emailed me to let me know she wouldn’t be able to make it.  That was so considerate.  It’s nice to be a part of a breed where the competitors are all friends.

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fill of experience in wasted entry fees and no additional points on my dog this month, but I guess that’s just how it goes.  I’m sure there are many more lessons to come…

A quote I read yesterday sums dog shows up nicely:

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.” John W. Holt, Jr.

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