I made a spur of the moment decision a few weeks ago to make a 1-day trip to Ventura for the Southern Cal club’s regional show. And I managed to talk my friend Shannon into going as well!
We headed out Wednesday at noon – two humans, three beardies, two grooming tables, FIVE crates (car crates, show crates, etc), and more grooming supplies than dogs than for ourselves. The boys are all wonderful travelers who slept the entire 5-hour drive. Beckham, Stanley and Max settled right into the hotel room quite humpily…I mean, happily.
We had a seafood dinner on the water with old friends and new ones!
Shannon and I both behaved and drank only water – we needed the best night’s sleep possible with the day ahead.
Thursday started bright and early with dragging all our gear out to the show site and setting up for the day. Stanley and I had a date with the rally obedience ring at 8:50am.
Baby dog found his brain! It was good enough for a score of 95, a 1st place and his Rally Novice title!
Good boy, Stanley!
Shannon’s gorgeous Beckham won the Puppy Sweepstakes, a huge honor under a respected breeder judge. I was so happy for her!
I finished the day showing Stanley in Breed. NOT a breeder-judge this time and I’m no pro handler with a recognizable face. I was quite happy with how Stanley showed though, so no complaints.
And then we loaded the car and drove the 5 hours home! It was a whirlwind trip but we had fun, got to hang out with friends, and learned quite a bit.