Yep, changing the name of this series. This one is much less wordy (sort of). Not sure why I never thought of this one before. So here you have it. Week 20. I wanted to put some pictures up from the zoo this weekend but have not gotten to them, instead you get show photos. Hopefully they are still enjoyable.
Luna had a show, and I was able to attend Sunday. Here are some shots of our Dynata Family (sorry we’re slightly biased here). I was not Luna’s handler this weekend, and honestly have not been for a while now, and even as competative as I am I am okay with that. I put my time in with her and am happy to be outside the ring. That at least allows me to relax a tiny bit more. Anyway the photos.
Amy with Luna… They even match 😉 Amy you did a great job with her, it just was not our day. She performed beautifully as she usually does, but the judge seemed to be looking for more size. But she did all that was asked of her and seemed to have fun. More photos of Luna on her Blog soon.
Leslie with “Sammy” a half brother to Luna, same Mama. Sammy is growing up fast and just turned 2 Sunday. We joke that Luna is his girlfriend, but only when his older “brother” Larry (one of Luna’s grandmother’s puppies) is not around as he was Luna’s first boyfriend… Dog people are weird huh? (I include myself in that comment)
Headshot of Sammy while Leslie was stacking him. Handsome boy isn’t he? He took reserve Sunday, way to go Sammy!
And lastly Laurie handling “Jack”… an uncle??? to Luna.. His dam is Luna’s grandmother, so what would that make him? He is in fact younger than her though, and he is finally starting to grow up and mature in his looks. A Finer built boy bone wise (not height) but well put together. Luna knows Jack well too as he has trained and boarded here in the past. She actually taught him to swim (with a little help from me too and his family).
That concludes the show photos from Sunday. We were the first in the ring so I had nice morning light to work with, but I also am liking this new camera’s capabilities in this are for sure.
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.
All three dogs are so beautiful! I love going to dog shows, it’s so amazing how well trained these dogs are.
Even if it wasn’t Luna’s day it looks like you had a great time.
I’ve never attended a real dog show, just seen them on television. I know there is a lot of hours of work that go into every single dog. Showing is the one competition Shiva and I can’t enter, and it looks to be one of the most complicated. I am always impressed with how well the dogs keep it together in such stressful environments.
Yep, she loves stacking and working for the bait, as it’s usually hot dogs, liver, or roast beef… and she does not get that as treats very often as she is happy with less and I save that for focus situations. I probably don’t realize how much time it took to train her to show.. she has been doing it since she was 6 months though. As far as dealing with the distractions, her first show was indoors, very crowded and loud and she was not phased at all. Getting her to happily keep her feet in place was the hardest part, but overall avoiding distractions was not too difficult for her.. Maybe I will do a post on things I had to train her. But in comparison to hunt training or general obedience I feel show is easier, but the OB def helped with that too. But she may also be an exception, she is pretty composed overall, and always has been.
Thanks for stopping by, I get e-mails now so i should be able to keep track of you too.
Yes we are weird. 🙂 Thunder’s girlfriend is Tule. Whenever we were at a show and she walked in the building, he would know the exact moment and get all starry-eyed.
That is a gorgeous picture of Luna. One for the scrapbook! (Too bad about the ribbon.) Sammy and Jack are really nice dogs too.
I love outdoor shows. Chessies show particularly nicely outdoors. I think most sporting dogs show better in an outdoor ring.
Wonderful photos of the show. Luna looked stunning – as usual!
I can’t even imagine how nerve racking it is to be a handler during a show. Do you enjoy watching more than you did when you were handling Luna?
It looks like you had a beautiful weekend, weather-wise. It’s been ridiculously hot and humid here!
I got better and more relaxed with her as I began to figure her out in the ring. Got to keep her happy and can’t keep her still too long. But she has also grown up a lot in the ring and standing still is now one of her strong suits if you know how to play her right. Gotta tease with treats but you better be giving her some too if she is keeping those feet in place or she starts barking at you. I know I don’t know as much about the finer points of presenting her and that’s probably where others come in. Getting her topline right and just the right placement of feet to really make her look perfect. But it is nerve racking whether I’m handling or not, I just can take a loss a little better knowing it was not me and that it was not really anything the pro did/ or didn’t do either, just not our day. Does that make sense? I like both aspects, I wanted to be able to get her CH title myself but that was not going to happen in a timely manner at all so I gave it up, and that was hard. But I enjoy training her and accomplishing things with her, but I’m okay getting photos outside the ring, I kinda just want the show part to be done for her.
So YOU are the one who sent the humidity. Sunday held out for us, didn’t get as hot as it was going to with the Humidity, but the rest of the week is 80’s-90’s with high humidity so it didn’t last long. I rather just have it hot and dry, oh and more rain for us too. Fun fun
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