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!)