Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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An Easy Decision
We had a show this weekend, and on the first day I made the decision to hang up Nino's show hat, at least for the time being. He doesn't enjoy it anymore and was absolutely miserable day 1. My confident boy was spooking, he couldn't keep his attention on the ring, and he just wanted to lay down and sleep while grooming. He shows so well, but he just was so unhappy the few hours leading up to being in the ring.
I wouldn't have shown him at all yesterday, but the major would have broken had I not, and I wasn't about to do that to the others. So I made it the most fun Nino could ever have at a show. No grooming his butt, super yummy bait, he got to do his tricks in the ring while others went instead of standing around. His tail didn't stop wagging the entire time, and he ended up going reserve to the major (go figure).
This wasn't a difficult decision for me to make. I love showing and the friends I have made through it, and I will be back in the ring with my next dog (who knows...maybe once Nino matures a bit he will enjoy it more...until then he is an agility dog). I have always said the moment he stops enjoying something is the moment he is done, and I have no qualms in following through on that. Nino is my best boy and the happiest, goofiest dog around, and to see that changing, even if just for a few hours, broke my heart.
I will make a couple comments on the show, though. The Havanese is a breed meant to be shown naturally. I have no issue with using a little spray to keep bangs back and fluffing a dog up with a blow dryer, but seeing people taking a flat iron to their dog, oiling down a bad coat, and/or backcombing so their level topline rises at the rump is horrifying and ridiculous. I saw so many level toplines and no flash of pad during movement. Sad to see the direction our breed is moving.