Last weekend was our first time entering the Arapahoe Kennel Club.
Hubba got wind that a few other Tibetan Mastiffs would be entered and managed to convince me to enter both Ramen and Aspen.
It turned out to be a good idea. Seven TMs were entered and six where exhibited. This means a 4-point major was available for the Best of Breed, as well 2 points for Winners Bitch and Best of Winners.
Our Cane Corso friends helped with holding dogs ring-side. I entered Aspen in the Bred by Exhibitor class and Ramen in the Best of Breed class.
It was cold and rainy. Our breed rings were outside. The dogs thought this was a grand idea.
Ramen won Best of Breed on Saturday and Owner-Handled both days. He also placed 3rd in the Owner-Handled Working Group on Saturday.
Aspen showed well.
Ramen loves dog shows. He loves it so much that I have to work to calm him down.... pretty much the exact opposite challenge for every other Tibetan Mastiff I have ever met. lol.
It's hard to be mad at a 130-lb dog that is leaping in the air because he's ready to get started or galloping around the ring because he's so happy. It makes it difficult for the judge to assess his structure and frustrates me because I know how well-built he is. However, his joy is infectious. I love how much he loves it.... and as I always say, fun is the most important part. :-)
We are now working on using less-exciting bait, in hopes that this will help calm him down... and we'll save the super-exciting bait for the other dogs. ;-)
With these placements, Ramen now has 1 major, 2 defeats, and 7 points toward his Grand Championship. This should also improve his ranking on the Owner-Handled list and maintain his 2nd place ranking on the All-Breed list. I will be watching for the September rankings, due in a couple of weeks.
Aspen currently has 1 major, 3 points, and 1 judge toward her Championship.