It was Pickwick Pugs turn to shine at the Carolina Foothills Dog Show cluster in Greenville, South Carolina. Pickwick's Worship the Ground I Walk On (Tory), Pickwick's Captain of Nampara (Winston), and Pickwick's Mr. High Falutin' (Mr. Drysdale) won all sorts of ribbons and had a blast. Tory finished her championship and Mr Drysdale picked up 2 major wins (one was a 5 point!) so he now has 8 points towards his championship, both majors, all from 6-9 puppy class at his FIRST SHOW! Winston won Reserve Winners Dog and actually beat out Mr. Drysdale too.
Winston and Mr Drysdale really seemed to have fun playing and hanging out together. Here they are playing at the dog park at the hotel.
Everyone one some purple ribbons .... Tory got that final major (a 5 point!) to finish her championship. Winston was especially amazing because he has never been a show dog before. He learned so fast and was incredible at the LOUD show with all the sounds, sights, smells, (which can be scary for some dogs). The event was held in the Greenville Convention Center which was very nice but HUGE. Not once did his tail go down! He was a trooper learning how to walk on a show lead (he went to a couple of handling classes prior) and a trooper meeting all the people, fellow pugs, and even judges! Wow. His family lives in a nearby city and they SO graciously agreed to allow Winston to have this last hoorah before he is neutered next week.
I can't say enough amazing things about how well Winston behaved -- bombproof - and this was a testimony to his wonderful family and the love and care they have shown him. Here he is winning his first purple and white ribbon ;) and his FIRST day as a weekend wonder show pug!
We actually made a visit to the little yellow truck to collect on him in case he proves to grow out as amazing as he already is. We did the DNA health test swabs so all that would be left would be to see how his hips have matured by age 2.
Winston's wonderful family let us work with him several weeks before the show to work on loose leash walking and "stacking" (standing still for examination) and such. Here he is when he came to visit the piano studio to train ;) and also when we got to see him the first time after he had grown up! We met at a coffee shop and we were just blown away at how amazing he looked -- his wonderful family had kept his nails so short, coat was divine, and the quality care and food was so obvious (he gets goat's milk every day!)
We even met at Home Depot so he could train there with all the distractions . . .
But it was so wonderful once we were safely home. Winston got a bath before his mommy and sister came to get him and I had a huge sigh of relief ... not because I wanted him to go, but because I was so so worried the whole time taking care of such precious cargo. I hope Winston will dream about his adventures for a long time but I know I'll cherish this trip and getting to be able to see how beautifully one of the pups from the Poldark Litter grew out. And how VERY loved he is. Can I tell you how excited he was when he saw his mom and sister?? Seriously, he just came alive when he saw them!! Here are some more shots of him on his adventure trip as a show pug and our celebration trip to Waterfall Park and for a whipped cream cup ;)
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.