May 30th, 2009

ace the wonder dog

the wind it blew before but not like this. it was much easier before.

Well, in about an hour, Ace the Wonder Dog and I are off to the dog show in Wrentham, Massachusetts, where we may or may not finish his championship.

Depending on whether or not the big dork is still limping, and how he looks against the competition. (He's not seriously hurt. It looks like he may have overextended himself a little killing his former soccer ball in the back yard, and maybe strained a pectoral muscle slightly. So far, it's responding nicely to RICE and aspirin, though getting him to rest is like getting any athletic 20-year-old guy to stay off an injury for three damn days, can ya?

I swear, he plans these things.

Win or lose, there will likely be photos.

In other news, hey, I still can't find the brown button-down shirt, but my stripy purple and brown one fits! As long as I don't, um, stand up too straight. Yay! Think I'm gonna have another look for the brown one anyway, though.... because I might accidentally stand up straight. You know.

ETA: Hah! Found it! Swear I've looked in that spot seven times already. Phew: thought I was going to have to resort to the blue and silver gauze one, which would mean finding a matching tank top somewhere.

Dressing like a grownup is hard.
ace the wonder dog

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)