Pet Vs. Show and Rumble Bundles Up

Canadian French Bulldog Puppy

Hey, look who’s got a Flickr account – it’s Rumble, and he’s looking pretty good, don’t you think?

I love this photo most of all, because he looks like such a prototypical Canadian French Bulldog – all he needs is a toque and a cup of Timmies (and if you don’t know what a ‘Timmies‘ is, you’re obviously not a Canadian!).

Go to Jennifer’s gallery and check him out!

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss the Saturday show in Brantford. Sean’s car is in the shop, so he’s using mine attend a training class for work. Sucks to be me, although Elliott doesn’t seem to mind. We’ll be there on Sunday, though, so again – if you want to try to come and see us, just drop me a line.

In the meantime, here’s a short list of Pet Versus Show Terms, along with a some handy terms to help you understand Dog Show terminology.

Pet dogs versus Show dogs:

* Pet dogs shed ……………… Show dogs blow coat.

* Pet dogs are in heat ……… Show dogs come into season.

* Pet dogs trot ………………. Show dogs gait or move.

* Pet dogs stand …………… Show dogs stack.

* Pet dogs get a bath ……… Show dogs are groomed.

* Pet dogs beg for treats …. Show dogs bait.

* Pet dogs poop …………… Show dogs exercise.

* Pet dogs bark at other dogs ….. Show dogs spar.

* Pet dogs wear leashes……Show dogs wear leads

Dog Show Definitions:

1. Great stud dog …………… Mounts anything that can fog a mirror.

2. Excels in movement …….If he gets loose, runs like hell.

3. Personality Plus ………… Wakes up if you put liver up his nose.

4. Good bite ……………… Missed the judge, got the steward.

5. Large boned ……………. Looks like a Clydesdale.

6. Good obedience prospect …. ugly as hell

7. Quiet and good natured ….. In his kennel.

8. Excels in type and style ….. However, moves like a spider on speed.

9. Won in stiff competition ….. Beat four puppies and a 9 year old novice dog.

10. Multiple group winner ….. At two puppy matches.

11. Pointed …………….. His head is shaped like a carrot.

12. Noted Judge …………He put up our dog.

13. Respected Judge ……He put up our dog twice.

14. Esteemed Judge …… He puts up all our dogs.

15. Specialty Judge ……. Puts up anything that looks like his own breeding.

Elliott Gets Some! (points, that is)

Elliott did admirably well this weekend, even when he was (rather ineptly) handled by me. While we didn’t take points on Saturday, we did meet some lovely new people, including a couple with an adorable, animated little brindle bitch they’d imported from Europe. She showed like a dream and was pretty as a picture, and it’s a wonder Elliott could manage to function at all, he was so besotted with her.

Sunday both Elliott and I had our minds more firmly on the game, and even with me on the end of his leash, Elliott handled with aplomb and style. He impressed the judge as well as me, and took Best of Winners and Best of Opposite. So, we’re now on our way to his Canadian Championship – 3 1/2 years after he finished his American one! As Barb informed me, this weekend was literally the very first time he’d been back in the ring in three and half years, and since I barely practiced more than 20 minutes with him leading up to the weekend, I’m pleased he did as well as he did. Next weekend we’re in Brampton, then on hiatus til after Christmas.

By the way, congratulations to Ch Petit Cherie Nevertheless, the Frenchie specials bitch, who took a group third on Sunday.

Dexter also did well this weekend in Michigan. He didn’t take any points, but he placed in his class and was happy to be in the ring. Barb is thinking of taking him down to Florida for the so called ‘Sunshine’ circuit, which should be fun.

Let’s hope my big little guy finishes up fast, so he can come back home for lap time and snuggles.

Showing Elliott was fun – it’s been years off from the circuit for me as well as for him, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy the buzz and excitement of the ring. I love seeing other Frenchies, and talking with other owners, and the bigger shows like Caledon always have far too many tempting booths full of fun stuff to max your credit cards out on.

Now the only problem is that there aren’t any more shows within a reasonable driving distance until March! Maybe I should head to Florida with Barb…

Of course, there’s always March to look forward to – when Butters, Rumble and Heart will ALL be old enough to show! Hey, I wonder if I can harass talk Jennifer into putting Rumble into conformation?

All of the Caledon show photos are over on Flickr, by the way. Tomorrow we’ll catch up with Ms. Jellie Bean Parfait and see how life as a pampered West Coast Princess is treating her.