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took Loofa to a charity dog show today

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CoffeeIsMyFriend Sun 12-Jun-11 20:46:13

and he got lots of prizes!

3rd shortcoat male GSD
4th best brace
5th nonsporting dog
5th cant remember.

This is his first ever show and I only took him on a spur of the moment. It was peeing down all day, we were all soaked but still had a great day and raised lots of money for charity.

I am so proud, to think only a few short months ago he was at deaths door!

kid Sun 12-Jun-11 20:56:20

Hey, you changed your name!
Well done Loofa, you are a very clever boy smile

Madsometimes Sun 12-Jun-11 20:59:43

grin So pleased that things are going well. It took me a while to work out your name change.

CoffeeIsMyFriend Sun 12-Jun-11 21:03:28

sorry - namechaged a while ago and havent changed back.

I cant believe he got 3rd in a proper pedigree class. I was so pleased. Had a grin like a Cheshire cat. I wasnt handling him as my back is gone, my friend (who knows a zillion times more than me about showing) took him round the ring.
I can walk him, but cant trot/run as it kills me at the moment.

chickchickchicken Sun 12-Jun-11 21:49:18

well done loofa smile

DogsBestFriend Sun 12-Jun-11 22:43:43

WELL DONE MY LITTLE LOOFA BABE!

I've been wondering how he is, what lovely news. smile

As ever, give him loads of hugs from me please - and get well soon you, too. smile

CoffeeIsMyFriend Mon 13-Jun-11 08:08:40

Thank you all very much. I am so proud, even today. Cant wait to take his rosettes to the vets when we go soon. She will be so pleased too.

dogsbestfriend you have namechanged. Please help me out with who you were pre namechange. smile

melliebobs Mon 13-Jun-11 08:13:04

i really wantto take mypooch to somethinglike this. But how do you find out about them? They are never well advertised and i only ever hear about them the day after the event

CoffeeIsMyFriend Mon 13-Jun-11 08:18:57

Well I am a member of a GSD club, so we hear about them via our website/fb or on rescue websites.

What sort of dog do you have? Where in the country are you?

There are loads of open shows on at the moment.

I have just started doing it for fun. Not taking it too seriously, although obviously I make sure my dog looks his best. I wont be able to go anywhere with it as he has been neutered and is a dark sable coat but its all for a good cause and he loves it. Also very good for socialising.

melliebobs Mon 13-Jun-11 08:22:53

I have a bonkers Patterdale Terrier and we are in the North West (Lancashire) I only want to do it for a it of fun, with his breed he is nether predigree or a mut, but it's more than chance to go and see some other dogs n a bit of friendly competition

chickchickchicken Mon 13-Jun-11 10:12:05

we have lots of fun dog shows on at the moment in glos. if you check your local paper they are usually advertised there. also check websites of local dog rescues as they often have a yearly dog show to raise funds

chickchickchicken Mon 13-Jun-11 10:13:24

fun dog show = open to any breed or mixture of breeds

midori1999 Mon 13-Jun-11 10:19:12

Well done Loofa, excellent result and I bet he had great fun too! grin

DH entered our oldest girl in a charity dog show once before we started 'proper' showing. She wouldn't stand for the judge, but instead preferred to roll over on her back for her tummy to be rubbed! DH had entered her for 'prettiest bitch' and spent the time waiting saying loudly she was bound to win. Oh the shame!!! blush She did win, bless her, but you'd honestly have thought she won Crufts the way DH was going on. He's still got the rosette proudly displayed years later in the kitchen and insists that as it was the 'Dorset Charity Horse/Dog Show', she must therefore be the prettiest bitch in all of Dorset...

Oh dear.... blush

DooinMeCleanin Mon 13-Jun-11 10:21:56

Oh we are entering the Whippy one into a charity dog show soon, I'll be like your DH Midori, waiting in the queue insisting she will win, which of course she will grin

Well done Loofa. I'm so glad he is doing well now.

chickchickchicken Mon 13-Jun-11 10:26:21

about 2 months after we rehomed our collie x we went back to a dog show at the rescue he came from. we won first place in 'dog the judge would most like to take home'. i was beaming grin. this was a big dog show at the dogs trust with two judges 'an all and nowt to do with sympathy vote as he was recovering from a leg operation and had metal pins in his leg

CoffeeIsMyFriend Mon 13-Jun-11 11:41:58

well although this was a charity show he was entered in proper GSD classes as well as novelty.

I am chuffed he got 3rd. It was a stiff competition. Luckily the judge liked german lines& sables and the second judge in the other ring adored sables and thought his 'painted toes' were to die for! grin

My friend also took him round our display team Agility ring to see if he liked it! He bloody loved it. He was over the A frame like it was nothing and weaved like a pro!

If you look in Dogs Today or Dog Monthly you will see a whole list of shows and open events around the country.

Scuttlebutter Mon 13-Jun-11 12:51:37

Well Done!!
I am ashamed to say I took one of our greyhounds, (the newest one, the old boy) to a charity show last year, run by a local greyhound charity. He won the Best Veteran class and they called us back in for a Best Novelty type thing, which he then also won, getting himself a huge trophy, a special coat, a bag of dog biscuits, and a ginormous rosette. Completely overcome by emotion, I then made an absolute idiot of myself by crying blush. DH was ringside pretending I was nothing to do with him.

I have now got over this by the cunning ruse of employing middle nephew (aged 9) who's formed a particularly close bond with the dog, to have fun doing classes at local shows. This worked brilliantly until they won a Fancy Dress costume class where I'd spent hours making a costume for the dog (sewing on bells by hand at 2 in the morning) where I promptly cried again, thus embarrassing DH and DN. blush I am such a wuss.

The next thing is that a fellow rescue friend has invited me to be a judge at a charity show, which is great. Just hope I can keep it together for the "Best Rescue" class which is always full of gorgeous dogs with heart rending stories. The odd thing is I am completely fine when dogs need attention/nursing/recovery - I am super organised. Show me a happy, recovered dog now living in a lovely forever home and I fall to bits.

CoffeeIsMyFriend Mon 13-Jun-11 17:58:49

Aw Scuttle, yesterday a lady won with a labrador - she burst into tears, the judge started crying, the photographer had tears in her eyes.

I was under the gazebo and could only see bits of this had no idea what was going on! Until I was in a class with her lab and she won again - and she started crying again. It was happy tears, some of the stories are heart wrenching.

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