This weekend was the Purina National at the Elgin County Kennel Club’s conformation dog show in London.
Huib and I entered both Arizona and Canyon, as well as, our little friend Kira with Canyon in Junior Handling.
The show was at the Western Fair Grounds, in the Agriplex. In addition to the dog show, there was also a cat show and tiny pet expo, where there were various vendors and rescue groups selling various pet supplies.
I thought it would be hilarious to ‘accidentally’ drop Arizona’s leash near the cat show entrance. She would have run straight for the cats and it would have been absolute CHOAS!!
The sporting group was scheduled to start entering the ring around 8:30am, so we had a really early morning. Huib and I woke up at 5:00 to get Canyon bathed, dried and trimmed. Then we woke Kira up at 6:00 and we all left the house at 7:00.
When we arrived at the Agriplex, Huib went to register and get the arm band numbers, while Kira and I started walking with the goldens toward the preparation area.
Around 9:10am, Huib and Canyon walked over to their ring and waited for their turn.
Canyon did his job to the best of his ability, and Huib thought they were almost about to win, but the judge started comparing the level of each dog’s tail and Canyon lost. He carries his tail on the low side, meaning his tail starts lower down on his hind end compared to some goldens. the judge chose the other male because his tail best fit the breed standard. Huib thought the judge was quite fair and said he would like to show in front of her again sometime.
Kira and Canyon were signed up for Junior Handling, so we spent the rest of the day walking around and watching the other breeds do their thing.
At 4:30, it was show time for the pair.
Kira practiced with Huib throughout the day, but said she was really nervous. She looked great in the ring according to my aunt and her friend. Huib also thought she did well, but gave her some things to work on – that’s how he is, lol!
There were four other girls in the ring with Kira and Canyon. They were about the same age, but each of them had little dogs. There was a Corgi, a Chinese Crested (that Kira said looked like a shaved rat on a leash), a Bulldog and a terrier of some kind.
Even though Kira and Canyon showed well together, the judge gave them last place and sent them out of the ring with just a participation ribbon. I felt SO bad for Kira. She did such an awesome job, making sure he stacked well and even getting him quickly occupied when she noticed he was about to sit. Everyone, including Huib, thought she should have at least got third place, but I guess the judge had other ideas. I think the Corgi got first, which is sad because the girl yanked the poor dog a lot and Kira said it was whining and the girl was yelling at it the entire time.
I think the funniest part of the whole Junior Handling competition was when the little Chinese Crested hid behind its girl’s legs when she tried to get it to stack next to Canyon.
In addition to the green participation ribbon, Kira got a red Purina tote, a metal spray bottle, a red Purina leash and some dog treats.
Arizona pretty much stayed with me the entire day. she was really well-behaved and had tons of people come over to play with her. She wanted to visit some dogs that walked by, but she was pretty easily redirected.
after Junior Handling was over, we came home.