Well I have stuck with the showing thing and I realise I haven’t mentioned that we won at a Championship show back in November (at least I can’t see where I have, so sorry if I am repeating myself)! Which means we have qualified for Crufts! It is the second weekend in March and the Rotties are on the Saturday so having a wee weekend away with Zephy and Ben. Unfortunately Echo can’t come with us as they only allow competition dogs. So wee Echo is getting a holiday with Lola for that weekend.
The title to this entry refers to a competition that I was at on Saturday (and no I’m not being arrogant!)
(Since we are going to Crufts I have lined up a number of open shows to go to as practice. I want Zephy to be as comfortable as possible with all the noise and chaos etc. He is pretty laid back at shows already but Crufts is going to be so loud and chaotic!)
Anyway, I have been entering Zephy into the A.V puppy classes at shows where there isn’t a Junior Rotti class. This means that I can be up against a number of different breeds. Due to the nature of the class it seems that not many people tend to enter these classes and therefore the competition is usually only about 2 or 3 dogs if you are lucky! The show on Saturday was particularly quiet (perhaps due to the time of year – weather etc), there was literally just me and Zephy in the class! So, because of that we won 1st place and best puppy in group. The judge was lovely to Zephy and it has helped his training but getting first doesn’t seem that special when you are the only one in the class!! Saying that, I like to think if we were against another dog Zephy would of been solid competition for them. He stood wonderfully and focused for a long time which is great!
I have us entered into a few Rottie classes in the upcoming shows to see how we fair against other Rotts so will keep you updated.