it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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it's a dog's life

Well, I did not bring home a champion today, but I did bring home a Reserve Winner's Dog (basically honorable mention) and more importantly, I brought home a dog who acquitted himself with dignity and grace in the ring. He could have been a little more animated and sparkly--if I could get him to move the way he does when we're playing in the yard, he would have had it--but considering all he's been through, he did brilliantly.

Unafraid of the other dogs, and quite pleasant to the judge. Just a little workmanlike, rather than thrilled to be there.

thecoughlin is handling him for me, and she did a wonderful job. batwrangler took many photos, which I will ask her to link in comments when they are ready.

Because a couple of people have asked, the rules by which a conformation championship is awarded are as follows:

Most dogs in competition at conformation shows are competing for points toward their AKC championships. It takes fifteen points, including two majors (wins of three, four or five points) awarded by at least three different judges, to become an American Kennel Club "Champion of Record."

The number of championship points awarded at a show depends on the number of males ("dogs") and females ("bitches") of the breed actually in competition. The larger the entry, the greater the number of points a male or a female can win. The maximum number of points awarded to a dog at any show is 5 points.

(from the American Kennel Club web page)
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