My little Beatrice has been preparing for her future as a show dog for 8 months now. I didn’t want to sign up for a show until I was confident that neither she nor I would cause a huge embarrassment to the Golden Retriever community. My goal is to not be asked to leave the show and never to return.
To prepare for the shows we have been taking conformation classes and I’ve been working on learning to groom her and keeping her “physique” in fine form. Finally our day has come where I truly believe we are ready. It was my impression that both of us (Beatrice and myself) were thrilled and could not wait to get out there and give it our best shot. Apparently I was mistaken.
Since signing us up for the upcoming shows at the end of March in Vallejo, Ca Bea has managed to make it clear to me that she would prefer to be a lap dog. As of yesterday when I enrolled in the shows, Bea started chasing her tail (not show-dog behavior) ate a brick of cheese off the counter (I should probably thank her for that) has become incredibly clingy, and best of all ate her blow dryer. I should have seen it coming but, sadly I did not. Unlike my blow dryer, Bea’s is a “specialty blow dryer – a $350 “specialty blow-dryer”. A “specialty blow-dryer” she apparently didn’t want me to use on her anymore. Well Bea, mission accomplished. Until Monday’s Fed-Ex delivery that is. I’m not sure Bea eating her own blow-dryer was what they meant by lifetime warranty but, in my book it is.
I’m hoping Bea’s recent outbreaks are just a result of our move this past week. I’m banking on her settling down and returning to the show dog she was bred to be. We’ll keep working on perfecting her gait, my handling abilities and making sure she stacks perfectly. Luckily, my step-fathers (Scott and Seann) who have far more experience in this then I do (and who bred Bea) will be making the trip west to accompany me at our first show. Two words: THANK GOD. I have confidence that they won’t let either Bea or me look like a fool.
My hope is that our debut in Vallejo will earn Bea “Best in Show”, or we’ll at least get to meet the winner. Only time will tell!
Praying to the Bea Gods,