The Grey Haired Lady said that I needed to share my AKC debut with a few folks. Especially those of you that have watched me grow from that "shark teethed" girl that traveled to Michigan last August and at ten weeks old tried to dig a hole to China. I have gotten over most of that. Well except that tempting sand on the beach in Santispac, MX, I did sort of leave a few holes there.
I tried to get Remi to be my "ghost" writer but since he and Stuart didn't get to go to the shows with me, they both refused to help. Remi said, "If you are old enough to go have adventures without us, then you are old enough to write your own story."
I traveled to Louisville area and got to stay with my sister, Daisy and my mom, Izzy and their big buddy, Goofy.
No, I didn't grow a trail but Goofy let us chase his occasionally. He is a big guy but very sweet. My sister Daisy said that he is her training partner and how she is staying in shape. He was fun.
That is me looking in the door with Daisy off to the left. Her nose is "roaned" more like Stuart's. And don't bother asking because we have no idea whose muddy paws left those prints on the glass.
This is sister Daisy. The GHL did a little clipping and grooming to find out what was lurking under some of her remaining puppy fuzz. There were oohs and aaahs afterwards.
Too bad that the GHL hasn't learned to tilt our heads towards the camera better when she tries to stack us. Maybe this series of pictures will be a lesson to her. These pictures do not show off the proportions and angles of Daisy's pretty head as well as they could.
While we played, Izzy, Daisy's and my Mom, had to work watching her "hooman" Bill prepare dinner. She is dedicated to keeping an eyes on her Bill just encase he might need some help.
Izzy has Bill trained to carefully walk around her and her supervisory spot.
Then my first hooman Momma, Lyn, took a couple of pictures of me on Sunday. Here I am letting another nice judge who I have never met, check me out. I hardly wiggled, really! Boy, do they touch you all over, or what?
Then the GHL has me trot up and down this mat, away from and back towards the judge but doesn't even let me sniff the mat once. "Look, ma! Look! See I know how to stop with my feet squared up! That's good right? I won't even mention that my feet look better than the yours." The GHL really isn't that graceful but I won't hurt her feelings so don't tell her, okay?
(For the record, the GHL did seem very proud of herself, that she got up from knelling on the mats with me in a stack. She did it without holding on to anything.)
For those of you caught a couple of my travel pictures from this winter, stripping my undercoat and puppy hair out, some judicious trimming and a good shampoo does wonders. Now, only time will grow out those feathers and adult belly hair. Woof, Woof.
The best part of the show was the morning I had to get up really, really early. But it was all worth it. Apparently they needed help singing the National Anthem so they made sure we got the 8:00 am ring time so I would be there and help them open the show. I was so happy to sing along with both My Old Kentucky Home and the Star Spangled Banner. The long high notes were my best. I have Remi waiting by the phone encase I get any calls for more work or special auditions. When you are a singer, it is important to have "people" to take care of the details.....
I haven't checked my calendar to see where I get to go next. But I had lots of fun and the big Louisville Expo Center didn't phase me a bit. Well, I am an experienced Mexico street walking dog so I have been around and seen strange things in my other traveling adventures. Remember those carefree puppy days? The GHL kept telling my that I would be a real dog someday.
The GHL did explain that all dog shows did not include long romps with my sister and Goofy, so I might have a different opinion after I attend a few more.
Wiggles, Wags and a Woo Woo...
Audrey... also known by the folks in the AKC catalog as Kathben's Summertime Downonda Farm