We showed at 8am this morning. I had 180 degrees in my confidence today, thanks to the practicing I did last night. I even practiced in the hotel room with gathering up my leash in one hand. Sounds kind of silly, but yesterday I fumbled and bumbled around with the leash and looked discombobulated. Today will be a lot better!
We were first up - 9-12 month puppy dogs. My gaiting was good, stack was awesome (yes...front legs were finally STRAIGHT!), and the judge pointed at us to win it!!! After a couple more classes, we went back in for winners dog (the boy winners of all the other classes). I felt really good about everything, and even gathering up my leash felt smooth. I was very excited when the judge pointed at me and gave me the Winners Dog ribbon! Being the complete novice that I am, I didn't even realize what everything meant until I came out of the ring and Kayleen told me that not only had I finally won our FIRST points, but this was a MAJOR! I teared up...which horse show people know to be typical of me when something big like this happens (big to me, anyways), I think it kind of surprised people. Yep, that's me, overly emotional at the Hallmark moments of life!
Next was Best of Breed, back in the show ring we go! The judge ended up awarding us Best of Winners (meaning best of not only the boy winners, but the girl (bitch) winners also). What a phenomenal moment!
Pictures from a friend's Facebook page!
Showing our 9-12 month puppy class
Gaiting for the judge. His head still could be a little higher...
Winners Dog Class (I am in the far left corner of the picture)
Best of Breed (I am in the corner of the ring, dressed in all black)
Of course we had to take our usual photo with the ribbons! I got some cool new colors to add to my collection - the all purple and the blue and white. What meant the most to me was the reactions of my friends, both at the show and on facebook. A lot of people have been watching me struggle. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who congratulated me! Even people that I don't know...it was a very nice feeling. A friend of mine on Facebook posted this picture of her Weimaraner named James wearing a sign congratulating Pretzel. That really touched me, I love that! Of course, being the Hallmark sap that I am, I printed all this stuff out to put in my scrapbook. I do save everything!
After we were done showing, I had to do some shopping. Most of the list ended up being new dog toys for Pretzel. He deserves them! I even bought toys with stuffing. I know they will last maybe a day, but he does enjoy gutting them so I bought some ultra-cheap ones for him to kill.
By that evening, the results from the show were up on Infodog. My celebration increased as I found out it wasn't a 3-point major, but a 4-point major! Not sure how all this point stuff works, but everyone told me this was a good thing, so I will celebrate! Time for some Italian food at Carabbas!!!
I spent a large part of the afternoon watching the agility classes. WOW does that look like fun! I loved how much fun both the dog and the handler were having, even the judges looked like they were enjoying themselves. It was nice to see how relaxed people were - when the dog would screw up and do the wrong obstacle, the judge and the handler would laugh. No drama or stress here, everyone was having FUN. I am so so so excited to do this some day. This will be a goal of mine that I will definitely pursue.