What has Emma been up to…well, I got my paws wet in the show ring Friday night. No, I did not step in a puddle of dog pee, I actually let Mom show me! It was interesting since neither Mom nor I had ever even been to a dog show! You see when Mom first got me, she was told that I am a wonderful representative of my breed, so she planned to show, and breed me. It did not take long for us to decide that showing was not a direction we wanted to go in, too serious and fancy, we like fun and casual (obvious if you know me). It took a bit longer but we also decided breeding was not the right thing either. Mom and I found out that I was more suited to being a photo model, so we went down that path which led to the blog, social media, Target modeling jobs, and my book. We really wanted to promote the GBGV breed and show people what great dogs we are and it seems to be working.
The GBGV is a rare breed and not recognized fully by the AKC (American Kennel Club). We had to learn a lot about this, and I will share a short version. Just because you are a breed does not mean you get to be AKC. It is a long process that begins with the number of dogs, activities dogs participate in, and much more. The first step was to be in the FSS group (Foundation Stock Services), the GBGV has been in this group for quite a while trying to build up the number of members. In January 2014, we will move to the Miscellaneous Class where we can participate at AKC Conformation Shows. The next step will be full AKC recognition. Attaining this takes a lot of participation by members, thus I went to the show in Hutchinson.
Friday night was an open show, and what I participated in. FSS Open Shows are informal AKC sanctioned events. They allow owners and their dogs of FSS & Miscellaneous Class breeds a chance to gain the ring experience of a conformation dog show in a relaxed and inviting environment. While no points may be earned towards a Championship, Certificate of Merit points may be earned. So, what does this have to do with mischief? A clueless dog with her clueless owner at a dog show…a bit awkward!
I was asked to go last minute, meaning I did not have time to get groomed or even get a bath…kind of showed up as is. Luckily, Mom grooms me here and there almost every day. We took Bailie along too just to watch and hang out with other GBGV dogs. Bailie’s breeder came up from Missouri with three females and a puppy, Cuvee, one of Bailie’s littermates. The only male GBGV in attendane was Duddley with his owners from Kansas City.
I did really well. Mom said I was trotting around the ring like I had been doing it my whole life! The only thing I did not like to do was stand correctly. Mom hasn’t had me stand like that since I was nine weeks old, so I had forgotten all about it.
It was fun to see other dogs similar to me, and hang out with them. Well, it was fun, but then I got tired of all the butt sniffing, and got kind of crabby but that is nothing new with me. When I am done, I am done. If there is such a show around here again, and they need help I would go again, but no worries, I will never be a professional show dog!
I would also like to offer congratulations to Dottie and Boomer the winners of the can if Iams Shakeables…those will be some happy pups real soon! They recently moved to Colorado, so they deserve a reward for being such good dogs!