Well then, the Big Day is nearly on us and Chihuahua Town is awash with excitement!
A very quiet week on the showing front due to the weather. The show I was entered in to was cancelled, as were many others. Don’t worry though, I’m keeping a close eye on the weather forecast (being only 45 mins from the NEC) and the weather is clearing up here with no snow forecast for next weekend.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing photos on Facebook of all your lovely littlies enjoying the snow. For a breed that will tell you they can’t possibly go out in the rain, it amazes me that cold wet snow is tremendous fun to them. They really are a quirky bunch!
I only have one show result for you this week from Gillian Obringer and her dog Barwater Ebony and Ivory who took BPIB at Blackpool under Neil Smith. With most shows cancelled this weekend, I’m sure lots of you, like me, have enjoyed a restful weekend preparing for Crufts. I’ve dug my show jackets out of the back of the wardrobe (the ones I only dare to wear at Crufts as I feel a bit silly wearing them at any other time!), tried on my outfit, done a bit of training with the dogs. Actually it was quite nice, just being at home enjoying the dogs without dashing off here and there to dog shows.
Right then, deep breaths everyone, it’s 6 days away (at the time of writing). Love it or hate it, take a moment when you’re in the ring to stand on the green carpet, with your dog, take a breath and a look around, and just enjoy the moment. Crufts really is the pinnacle of dog showing. Having been a spectator at Crufts for many years before I actually showed there, somewhere, sat in the audience in front of you, is someone who is dreaming that one day they will be standing where we are. I know since various rule changes regarding qualifications that there is an opinion that it’s much easier to qualify than it was before and maybe to those of us who have been in it a few (or many, many) years it is, but it isn’t actually very easy for a newcomer to the breed to get to Crufts at all. That’s why I like to just savour the moment, and remember that each of us has worked hard to get there. We do what we do for the sheer love of our spectacular little breed. And for me, that’s what Crufts is; just the sheer enjoyment of our breed and my dogs.
See you all there folks – I am like a child at Christmas when it comes to Crufts (but then I’m like a child a Christmas at Christmas – just ask my sister). Breed notes will be bumper ones next week. I for one can’t blooming wait!