Saturday, April 20, 2013

Finding Footholds

I have started finding footholds out of this dark pit I've considered conformation. I'm getting more confident in my motions, more confident in my grooming, and I'm allowing myself to be proud of my dogs. I'm fully aware of their faults, but I'm not letting them cloud my thoughts with doubt.

I made huge progress on my attitude with the conformation ring this weekend. I stopped treating it as a chore, and started treating it like a sport. Like agility. We did our warm up tricks before we went in, and strutted in with a, "Are you ready bud?!"

Knight won his Open class over one other dog on Friday and I was thrilled. He's been the reserve king most of the time, this is the first time he's won his Open dog class. He ended up taking Winners Dog over two puppies for his very first point!

Mia was the only class bitch on Friday, so she took Winners Bitch for no points. Sarah lent me a hand for the B.O.B. ring. I fumbled around a bit in B.O.B. and mumbled a "Sorry, I'm still new at this."  to the judge. She stopped for a second. "You're new at this?"  I nodded my head in agreement. "You have excellent dogs for someone just getting started."

I was thrilled! Looking at most breeders'  "starter dogs"  I always felt like I had a pretty good starting point. This is the first time a judge has told me that my dogs are nice. It was a fantastic feeling.

On Sunday I put my first point on Mia as she went WB over the other open bitch. Points on both the dogs?! Best weekend of AKC conformation so far.

I had the support of the Unique Standard Poodle team all weekend. Such an amazing group of people. They took time to cheer me on and congratulate our wins.

May kicks off our big conformation season. Let's see if we can get a few more points on Miss Mi!

Conformation really isn't so bad after all. I'm out there, spending a day with two dogs that I love. I get to show them off and get to educate the public on just how awesome these little dogs are!