5 lucky pugs got to travel with Amy to the WinterWonderland Dog Show Cluster in Perry, Georgia the first week of December, 2021. From youngest to oldest: Parker, Doris, Lilibeth, Robert, and Lilly (Doris' mom). Lilibeth scored a bunch of points and now just needs one more major win. Sadly, the show superintendent, Foy Trent messed up and recorded the wrong dog as winner so hopefully we can get them to respond to our emails and phone messages to get that corrected. Then perhaps we'll finish this championship! Here is Lilibeth after winning Winners Bitch and Best of Winners on Friday (and she also won on Tuesday as well as Reserve Winners Bitch on other days):
This AKC dog show was huge with so many entries, yet he still came out winning the pug breed and 2nd place in the Toy Group! The amazing Italian Greyhound who Doris had been competing against (and a few times beat) ended up winning not only 1st place in the toy group but also best in show. But Doris said, "I'm moving up to 6-9 Puppy Class, so you're on your own Parker. You've got to beat that IG yourself now!" (l-r Doris, Lilibeth):
Doris did SO much better with her walking (ahem, her owner finally had some time to work on training with her at the show) and she won her class each day plus "Reserve Winners Bitch" to her cousin Lilibeth several days.
While there are some good photos of Doris moving, (thank you Phyllis Ensley photography for your exceptional photography and capturing the "real moments" of a dog show), my favorite are the 'out-takes' like when she spots a treat on the floor .... hilarious!
She held her stack on the examination table and even looked at the judge lol like her aunt Miss Dior, who was also a natural show girl and very outgoing:
And a few photos to prove that she was much better behaved than in the BPUPs:
And also a few photos to prove that she is STILL a puppy and having lots of age-appropriate fun in the ring! Doris says, "you mean I'm not supposed to gallop and hop? But it's SO much fun!!"
Lilibeth's brother/littermate, Pickwick's Casanova in Disguise (Luke) also won Winners Dog and Best of Winners a few days as well:
And here Doris is saying hi to the judge (well, she's supposed to have 4 feet on the ground but she forgot that memo). Cheyenne Tippens did an amazing job showing this fun and energetic puppy. When we were in the ring together (Lilibeth and Doris for Winners Bitch, and then later Casanova and Lilibeth together for the Best of Breed competition, they were totally fine being together. Sometimes they can be 'extra naughty' when siblings are nearby.)
Parker rocked his first "BPUP" (4-6 Month Puppy Class) at his first dog show! He was so happy that his tail wagged the entire time, even on the examination table while the judge was going over him.
Lilibeth won the Bred By Class and Winners Bitch and Best of Winners on Tuesday and Friday, and reserve Winners Bitch the other days. And Doris won Reserve Winners Bitch at her first 'official' show 6-9 puppy class when Lilibeth won. Lilly, Doris' mother, won the American Bred class on Friday and Saturday and she was a total trooper putting up with being shown again after being a mama (and hating HATING dog shows). And, Robert completed the last of his health testing at Blue Ridge Imaging and the Eye vet so we will be getting that final chic number for hime shortly once we file that final paperwork. Here are some photos from the week.
Doris saying hello to the judge:
Amy - Concert pianist, composer, lecturer, teacher, adjudicator, pug lover, dog trainer, soap and candle maker, owner Unique Boutique for Pet Owners, and co-owner Pickwick Pugs along with her husband, Dr. Jeff McLelland, concert organist, music director, and awesome care giver of the grumble.