We had a great time. Kodi didn't Q in Pre-Open, but he had a nice run with one little bobble that NQ'd us. Pixel had two "ring experiences", first in the handling seminar, where we both learned a lot, and she was a champ. Her 4-6 month puppy class was pretty large, with 14 little girls, and she was a bit overwhelmed. She didn't do anything BAD, but didn't look like her normal, confident, prancy little self. She didn't place (not that that means anything in the 4-6 class anyway!
) but I thought we both learned from our first experience in the ring.
There were lots of beautiful dogs, lots of nice people and PLENTY of "dog talk". The judging seemed to be quite consistent, and my "eye" must be getting better, because I did a much better job picking the "top dogs" in classes than I did two years ago.
There was, however, one very sad note that marred the week. One dog was being walked by someone other than his owner, slipped his leash and ran back from the potty area toward the hotel door. There is a fairly busy drive between the grass and the hotel entrance and he was hit by a pick-up truck and killed. Before the accident, I think some people thought I was a little silly for putting harnesses on mine every time I took them out. Afterwards, no one said a word about my extra precautions. What a horrible way to lose a beloved pet!
I did take photos, but I honestly haven't even had time to THINK about them yet. It's a two LONG day drive in each direction, and yesterday I was cooked. Today, I'm trying to dig out, get some work done, and, if I have time, wash dogs. At very least, they both need a good grooming. Neither has been touched by a comb since the day before we left the hotel!