Cheyenne is a short drive from our home and the Dog Show was held on the famed Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds.
I entered Nobu.
She is sensitive to loud noises and was nervous at her last show. So I wanted to practice with her at a smaller show. Cheyenne was the perfect choice.
Most people we talked to had not seen a Tibetan Mastiff in person. It was a great opportunity to talk about the overdone "Chinese Mastiffs" versus Tibetan Mastiffs who are working Livestock Guardians, as well as the difference in appearance between males and females. Much like the African Lion and Lioness, male TMs tend to be larger with more rough around the neck, which we also call a mane and adds to the lion-look most people comment about.
Nobu was the only Tibetan Mastiff entered, which means she was able to have Group experience both days. The size of the Working Group and my choosing to enter the ring toward the end allowed her time to get comfortable with being in the ring and the audience clapping... no matter how much one practices, there is no real substitute for the show environment and this was invaluable.
I realized on the last day that her concern with being in the ring is associated with the duct tape used to hold the mats down. I'm not entirely sure why... there are mats with duct tape at our conformation class. My guess is that the show-site-duct-tape was new and shiny.... so shiny duct tape is on my to-acquire list for practicing at home.
This show was incredibly clean and well organized. I'm looking forward to next year!