Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bouncing Back

Well, Jazzy went to his first show since being so sick - he was down about 6 pounds but still looked good - although I like him pudgier!

This was Jazz's first 2 day show and believe me we had a harrowing start. First we decided to wait until the day of to bathe him - got myself a brandy new blower so I figured I could dry him and he would still be nice and fluffy. Ya, well, talk about a STUPID idea! The poor dog's head almost came off. Scared the livin' crap right out of him! So much for a blower. So, we had to let him air dry, which entailed lots of rubbing with a towel and he had to stay in the house as it was pretty cold. Thank God his class wasn't until 2!

I had to go alone to day 1 as M was busy, so off we went just me and the wee bunchy boy. I had planned to get there about an hour early and we arrived just as planned - but it wasn't enough!!!

With the whole being sick for 2 weeks and the blower debackle Jazz could have used alot more time to settle down.

Jazz was VERY fidgity in the ring, just wanted to play with the judge and see what she was doing - she commented that he was "very nosy" - an understatement to be sure! His around was nice though and movement was nice so I couldn't complain too much. As it was he won his age group and best puppy but he was the only puppy his age so that wasn't really a win.

Day 2 - Another story altogether! M & Kat joined us and I think it helped. He was poised, spritely; just a real joy. He stood like a perfect gentleman for the judge and his around was just superb - all flashy and jaunty. Self stacked like a pro - who are you and what have you done with my dog!?!?!?! End result? Won his age group (again no competition) and won Winner's Dog against the person that beat us the day before.

The Judge from the day before stopped by and watched, she was pleased to see him come good and said there would be no problem finishing him. She said he moved very well and was just SO friendly, and that she loved his feet - just perfect.

The photo is from day one - you can see neither one of us is too happy! No photo was taken on the winning day two - it was my turn to be sick and I just could not wait around for 45 boxers to be judged before getting in line for a photo. My bad I know, but I was home and we were both asleep long before the boxer judging would have been finished.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

In Sickness and...

Wow, did my babies ever get sick this week! Even with all their shots up to date. The concensus is that they got something at Jazz's last show - Kat was there as moral support and she did her job well!!! I guess we shouldn't have let them roll around on that germy rug!!!

Kat had a short bout of Kennal cough, but poor Jazz came down with a serious case of the snots - Canine Flu. Poor little guy didn't want to eat - not that he's a chow hound in the first place let me tell you! Ya know how you're always telling your (hypothetical) three year old to wipe his snotty nose? Well, try that with a 10 month old puppy! The dog was booger factory - I still don't know where he kept it all. It has really been a tough go for him, he lost weight and energy and with me trying to keep him in, well he had a BAD week. I'm told he really didn't have too bad a case, but try telling him that!

Kat was not too sick really, she just wasn't too happy about liquid cough mecidine, although she did create some fantastic pink modern art on my kitchen walls! Poor M had a really tough try at getting the meds in her - um so we changed to pills, alot less messy.

Everybody is finally feeling better although we'll skip the show this weekend - no sense spreading more germs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget

Thank you for my life and my freedom.

Monday, November 10, 2008

And the winner is...

Souhegan Kennel CLub
November 9, 2008
First Place 9-12 Dog
Winners Dog
Best of Winners
A special thanks to replacement Judge Brad Dunn
Okay, I can't figure this out - everyone say don't expect to win, but he does! This was our second AKC show and his first pointed show. I'm pretty proud of the little guy!
Jazz was very happy to see his buddy JoAnne and her son who came to offer support (and help me hold things since I was a reck!). Our Trainer Darlynn from The Right Paw was there too - we couldn't do this without her!! Head up! Head up!!!
Well, We have another show just around the corner - November 23 & 24 - wish us luck! Jazz will be fine, he takes it all in stride - I may faint!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jazz's Show Photo

Well here he is folks - the dog of the hour.

Kuroi Kao All That Jazz

First Place Puppy 9-12 Months

Reserve Winners Dog

A special thank you to Judge Steve Lisker