Monday, August 19, 2013

Our First Dog Show

As I mentionedGunnison and I had our first-ever dog show last weekend.

Since we had been practicing at a local drop-in class we both knew what to expect.  I was nervous, which surprised me, but he showed perfectly the first day.

Not only did he win Best Puppy (6-9 months) but he also won Winner's Dog (Best non-Titled Boy), which was a 3-point Major (an important step in becoming recognized as a Champion).

I was completely overwhelmed and could not stop smiling.  Hubba, his breeder and several TM friends were all there to see his performance.  Really pretty exciting for his first-ever and my first-ever show.  A complete whirlwind.

Photo Credit: Hubba

Day 1 was so exciting that we were both a little tired and our ring time was much later on Day 2.  As you can see, we were outside and it was very hot and humid (for Colorado).  He wasn't too keen on trotting around the ring and then went belly-side up during the Winner's Dog Competition.... literally, he rolled around on his back when it was his turn to be judged.

Fortunately his Breeder didn't see that performance, but my Momma and Sister did.  oy.  So Day 2 Gunnar won Best Puppy (6-9 months) and Reserve Winner's Dog.  No points, but we're very happy to have had class wins on both days of our first-ever show.

Photo Credit: Taboo Tibetan Mastiffs

My friend Brenda of Taboo Tibetan Mastiffs has been mentoring me along the way and helped Gunnar look his best for the show.  That's her grooming him in the first photo.  :-)

Photo Credit: Hubba

Incidentally, Brenda's dog Judah (Grand Champion Drakyi Lion of Judah) won Best of Breed both days and placed in the Group both days (#4 and #2).  We're extremely happy for them.

Judah is in the background of the last photo, next to the lady in the white pants.


Brenda Lott said...

You and Gunnar were awesome!!! A great first show, all round for both of you. I was happy to help and proud to be a part of your "virgin effort". :)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Congratulations on your first show and the awards!!!! He looked beautiful.

Voie de Vie said...

Oh, just super! I cannot believe how huge he is. :)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Congratulations. You both did so well, he is looking gorgeous

Ruth said...

Congratulations! He looks awesome!

The one and only outdoor show I've taken Apollo to so far was also in the sun, and it was 90+ at I can completely understand. Unfortunetly for us there aren't many TMs here and so he's been the only one at all the shows so far and so has no points to show for it.

Andria said...

Wow, congratulations! You've got a very handsome dog, I can see why he did so well!

Spinster Beth said...

That's a *puppy?* Oy!