What a fun trip to the Perry, Georgia dog shows this past Thursday-Sunday. Robert had SO much fun showing won BOB (Best of Breed), and 2 BOS (Best of Opposite Sex) Thursday-Saturday but wasn't able to show Sunday since I didn't have enough hands to take him into the Best of Breed ring (since Lilibeth won Winners Bitch! see below). MOST importantly, he was always smiling with an occasional subtle tail wag (a good thing ... just enough for him to tell me he's having fun, but not enough to be distracting for the judge lol). He's a natural show dog now and it's effortless handling him (except when he sometimes is so happy he does a little hop ... so I say "walk" and he behaves ;) Here he is at our campsite being mighty proud of himself since he finished his grand championship on Saturday under the esteemed pug-breeder-judge Charlotte Patterson.
Lilibeth won Winners Bitch out of the 6-9 month puppy class (which is a pretty awesome win since there were some Specials with Grand Championships and such in that ring and some amazing girls). I was so proud of her. Each day she easily won her class. The first day in the winners bitch ring she was the last in the lineup, (as the youngest one). It was tough for her on the go around and she pulled (HARD) on the lead trying to catchup with the rest of the gang .... so we trained that evening with different things such as changing directions and re-directing just before we start off, and she nailed it the Friday-Sunday. Wow, to me that is incredible to learn something like that SO fast. She's a brilliant little thing. Because of her incident getting herself tangled up in my bra (sigh) when she trapped herself in our bathroom, there was a mark on her coat where some hairs were broken. It was pretty significant and I'm sure that ruled her out the first 3 days for winners bitch or other awards BUT, at the Rally Obedience trial with Marie Claire, (of all places!), I met an amazing professional handler who generously showed me how to camouflage the area a bit with some thinning shears and such, and, on Saturday Charlotte Patterson told me to use Mink Oil. We purchased some amazing shampoo products from Puffy Dog and had an awesome bath/blowout Saturday night at our campsite and voila, something more akin to the "pre-bra-Lilibeth" emerged. Not perfect, but in a few more weeks with continued mink oil we're hoping she'll be back 100%. But you know? I'd rather have these sort of challenges resulting from Lilibeth living with us in our home, as opposed to being confined to a crate all the time like so many show homes do. But, wow, a bra? You can't make this stuff up. That's why I love pugs so much. They find joy and silliness in life where no one else can. Here are some photos of her by the fairgrounds at Perry ... at almost 6.5 months old.
At a dog show there can be lots of wait time ... but that's great for catching up on beauty rest, like Lilibeth and Marie Claire are doing here while waiting for the Rally Obedience trial.
Lilibeth kept everyone entertained at the campsite in the evening. Marie Claire didn't seem quite as impressed with the shenanigans, though lolz.
But now our attention will be turning to Lilly and Buttercup for the hopeful adventure of puppies this summer. Lilly's radiograph from this morning confirmed the ultra sound from a couple of weeks ago .... 3 puppies! So, that's our next adventure here at Pickwick Pugs for summer 2021.
Amy Aberg McLelland, co-owner Pickwick Pugs