Last weekend was a busy one for us residents of Chihuahua Town. As a general rule I try to avoid doing two shows in one weekend as I’ve found it can be a bit much for the dogs (and me), but last weekend I managed to enter two shows without realising. Old age is catching up with me…
Saturday 27 January was Lichfield Open Show with longs and smooths judged by Gillian Obringer, who looked very smart and every inch the part. It was on the chilly side at Staffs showground and I have learnt over the years to make sure I have on a warm pair of socks my thickest winter coat!
Chihuahuas were first in the ring; in the longs BOB was Lynn Hill’s Lynpix the Mexican with Becanna, RBOB Lynn’s Lynpix Little Wolf with Becanna and BP Pauline Wills’ Dorenty Dazzlin Duncan. A busy day showing for Lynn as there were 5 classes and she had 3 dogs in the challenge so we were drafted in to handle for her. I always like the opportunity to handle other’s dogs as it gives me the chance to put my handling skills to the test!
In smooths BOB was Serena Hunt’s Valenchino Game of Thrones for Moltobello, RBOB Rose Lovric’s Lovchi Rupert and BP Nicki Wilkes’ Lukarra Glimpse of Gold.
Sunday 28 January was Midland Chihuahua Club’s Open Show, so another early start! Longs were judged by Rosie Clarke, who went over the dogs with gentleness and patience. I had with me a puppy I kept back from my last litter and it was her first time in the ring; having a mouth full of teeth yet to drop out and therefore not keen on showing her gnashers, this was very much appreciated! Smooths were judged by Caroline Holmes and BIS by Pauline Lodwick.
All of the results are available on the club website, but BIS was Lee Humphrey’s Amarantos Tobin, who very much made his presence known! RBIS was Dorothy Entwistle’s Dorenty’s Viva Vienna JW, BPIS Johnson’s Diamonchi Golden Melody at Jaffajems, RBPIS Dave Olive’s Oozora Master of Dreams, BVIS Amanda Jack’s Ch Amarose Tink Attitude JW and RBVIS Clive Jones’ Kushira Fireflash.
There was a lovely puppy walk with 11 puppies taking part. As is usual, some take it in their stride and trot about like it’s the most fun ever, and some are a little more uncertain. It was great to see puppies being gently encouraged where they were uncertain on a lead and not dragged along the floor (a method that I hate to see and is apart from anything else, ineffective). These training opportunities should be fun and gentle and many of the puppies gained in confidence as they walked.
Crufts is just 5 weeks away and I have a top tip for you all. I have found that my legs and feet ache horribly by the end of the day. I found out a couple of years ago that the concrete floor at the NEC is reinforced concrete so that it can withstand the weight of vehicles and equipment on it; but not so great for the impact on the old pins. Last year I trialled wearing flight socks and it worked! Not the most glamourous I grant you, but it was worth it getting to the end of the day and not being in pain. I’ve just ordered a new pair on eBay for less than £3.
Next weekend is Midland Chihuahua Club’s breed seminar so I look forward to seeing some of you there.
As I sit here writing, I sit with a Chi sat on my lap; who is watching the screen as I type. I love that they are a breed that have to be involved in everything; but I do wish if they are going to watch me typing, they could develop some proof reading skills. I attended a seminar with Christina Chapman last year who described Chi’s as ‘endurance trotters’. How very true, when you think about it. My lot follow me about all day long, and if that’s not endurance trotting, I don’t know what is!
Now don’t forget to be sending me your news, big or small, happy or sad, serious or funny, wins or anecdotes. All methods of communication are welcome, including the old school ones, but I’m pretty technologically savvy so the new ones are welcome too!