Monday, January 21, 2008

Dog Show '08

Yesterday, we went to the Rose City Classic, a four-day cluster of dog show events -- confirmation, agility, rally, etc. at the Expo Center.

We wanted to attend Saturday. Packed up the camper with the dogs and got there early, with the idea that we'd park the rig out in the lot, and come and go -- have lunch, walk the dogs, let them socialize, like that. We got there about 9:30 a.m. and the parking lot was already full.

Four thousand dogs entered in various events over the life of the thing, and on a cold and rainy, even sleet and mixed snow day, being indoors apparently was a big draw.

Sunday, we left our pups home and drove in Dianne's car; even so, we had to park at a satellite lot a mile away and get ferried in. They had a small fleet of school buses, and speaking as a man of just over average height, there isn't enough leg room in those Bluebird coaches.

If you are a dog person, walking around among all the critters and seeing dog-smiles is worth the trip.

There are people who don't like dogs. I feel sorry for them.


Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

So was Jude better about staying on task this time? Or did you not run him?

Steve Perry said...

Nah, we didn't enter him. He needs more practice, and with the weather, we haven't been getting much in. Plus some more work with distractions -- so we need to run a course with other dogs and people around. There's a local place that does fun runs on the weekends, but we haven't made it there yet.

A few more months, maybe by the summer, he should be ready.

Layla still has to get her basics down. We've got them in a foundation class later this winter. Indoors, fortunately.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

They kinda look like they're on the way to a prom.