My friend Sharon went with me and Liza to New York city to the Westminster show. Well, actually, Sharon took me to the show. Sharon had no problem driving in NY traffic which was something I had no interest in doing.
Westminster used to be 100% in Madison Square Garden- and that was the WORST location for a dog show I have ever been in. I went 3 times under those circumstances, and showed one time. It was SO crowded! and really, just miserable. A few years ago "The Garden" was undergoing renovations, so and only the main area was available. The Westminster Kennel Club needed to find a new location for the regular breed judging (but the group judging and Best in Show stayed at the Garden). They rented The Piers- specifically Pier 92 and Pier 94. It worked well, and they have decided to continue with the arrangement.
The Piers were MUCH better- more spacious, better parking, easier access, more vendors. I felt like there was enough room to breath- and, I think that more people were able to come to the show. I enjoyed showing there and think I will be more likely to go back. Switching gears:
A Funny thing happened on my way to the show (Westminster)....
Sharon and I were at the hotel in NJ and Sharon took Liza out to potty. When she came back in the room, she asked me if I had sold a dog to someone in MD? Well, yes.... Sharon said, "there is a women out walking her Flat Coat retriever, and she is rooming with a women that has a sheltie she got from you." Huh? The roommate of someone who got a puppy from me is talking to my roommate? This is funny. Next thing I know I get a text from Luanne- who has Lucy. Her text asks, "are you at the Red Roof" Yup! She was too! She was going to Westminster to help her friend. I asked her what room # she as in, and then called her on the room phone (it was getting too late to go visit). The whole thing was kind of funny.
The North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), Agility Trial Championship (NATCH) requires a dog and handler team to earn 230 Elite Regular, 130 Elite Regular, 130 Elite Chances, and 130 Elite Jumpers points.
Kathy has sent me this update on Finn. Reports like these bring joy to my heart. It is my pleasure to share these wonderful dogs with others, and then to share the successes they have, as pets, or competition dogs.
Kathy writes, "Finn is a wonderful companion at home and out working. He is my special boy! I don't know what to add. We have enjoyed agility lessons and he is a registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs Inc. He enjoys visiting senior residences and nursing homes. Finn loves herding! We've worked sheep, goats, ducks and geese. He is so excited to be at the ranch when we train. We help move stock, set them out for others and do any chores we can. We are working hard to compete in Advanced AKC, AHBA and ASCA sheep some time soon. We did earn his HTAD Id title 8/23. He loves ducks! He is my boy :) "
Acadia Infinite Spirit (AKC) CGC, HT, PT, HS; (ASCA) STDs&d, OTDs; (AHBA) HRD Is,
Our dogs felt that 2015 started off right. They got lamb legs to chew on today. The day windy, but not too cold (my van said 40- but it felt colder than that).
|Ch. Dove in the back and her granddaughter, Ch. Liza, in front|
Watch it here: Liza on NBC
I am Thankful for Liza.