Hi! I was wondering when and how you got involved with showing dogs? Like, why did you start, what was it that lead you to show dogs? I am really interested in knowing, I like hearing how fellow handlers first got involved with dog shows. (:
I started showing cats when I was four. My mom was a reporter and went to do an article on cat shows… and I was hooked. All I wanted after that was a cat carrier for my birthday. I still have that carrier, it’s burnt orange. It’s so retro it’s awesome. It’s been reconditioned twice and still going after all these years.
I got my first mentor there (and we’re still pretty much family after all these years.) I showed cats all through grade school, then horses, and then my family got an Old English Sheepdog and we started to show him. Dad, if you’re reading this, I still want you to know that five dollars to bathe, groom, and trim your dog was a bit of a child-slave labor bargain! ;)
Gorgeous dog, from a breeder that still has some amazing dogs today. He finished quickly, and we didn’t do much after that. Still showed cats all through High School and college.
Then when I got into college, I got my first German Shepherd dog and did SAR with him. I decided I wanted to take a crack at showing German Shepherds, and — got re-involved in dog shows once again. Then the store and SAR sort of ate most of my time… (still showing cats!)
When my girl finally passed away, I wanted to show dogs again, but wanted to try a different breed. I’d done a lot of research and had two rescue Pembrokes… but had my heart set on a Cardi. ;)
… and now here I am!
(Still showing cats, that’s never changed a bit!)
… can you find baby Simon? ;) REALLY baby Simon? He’s one day old here.
Photograph courtesy of his breeder. <3
Who amongst the cardi crew likes belly rubs? Or ear skritches?
Aw, all of them love belly rubs more than they like scritches!
Simon’s totally a belly rub sort of guy. He loves it.
Aww… this last weekend, Story the Corgi’s family came to visit us at the store.
A member of the family gave me this book as a gift (thank you, thank you so much,) I LOVE Pratchett and Moist is probably my absolute favorite character. <3
She’s a huge Tess fan, and so… I figured hey, what better way to say thank you to her than Tess with the book. Tess says she’s eating - er, reading- it when I’m done.
Please excuse the fur. XD <3 It’s shedding time big time over here!
Drift is a sock thief. He then gently hides them under the runner on the couch, and stuffed between the cushions. I’m glad I found his stash as now I have socks again.
Aw, Drift… your sister says you need to store food, not socks!
Story is totally the Jon Snow to Tess’s Ygritte.
Is that an Avengers collar on Caleb? (All the cool collars forever.)
Aw, Story, you’re the neatest guy! We always love your visits - I’m sorry it was so crazy here today. I’ve been bitten by more birds than I care to count! XD
(And yep, that would be a Quicksilver/Avengers collar on Caleb!)
haleighmay89 said: What had Tess jumping so high out of the water?
- A case of the sillies! She was bucking and playing and dancing in the ocean. She loves the ocean. I just caught her mid-buck and pounce.