It was a bit of a hassle doing this show this year for sure. At the time I was working at Kraft Foods and we were off on Friday to make it a four day holiday so decided to go ahead and enter this group of four shows. To make it even more tempting, Katrina Nielsen was coming up as well and we were going to make it a girls’ weekend out!
However, the week before I noticed that Trouble had a little sore on his mouth which was not going away and he was blowing coat severely (and I had thought he was done the week before!). I ended up taking him to the vet on the absolutely worst day of the year LOL and had to wait 3.5 hours to get it checked out. It isn’t usually that bad, except that there were many people coming in because they were going away for the holiday and needed immunizations before they took them away or to a boarding facility. Plus one of the vets had to leave early, and then 2 emergencies came in and it was downhill after that. By the time I found out people had been waiting so long, I already had an hour invested and by golly, I was going to see it out. Several hours later and having found out it was nothing serious, just needed some antibiotics to clear it up, I was back home and trying to get ready for the show.
Left the house bright and early on Thursday morning and made it to the show in about 3 hours, which left me plenty of time to find grooming, etc. However, there were SO many spots taped off that even on the first day it was hard to find a spot. Fortunately Jane Chapin’s friend Joyce had taped off space for herself, Jane and Leslie Anderson (who was also entered), but Leslie had to back out until the last day so I took her space for me and Katrina. And a lovely space it was! Very close to the air conditioning vents, loved it!
I would talk more about this location which was pretty nice, except next year they won’t be there as I believe it’s been sold and is no longer available for the dog show
The first day there were only 3 shibas entered, Trouble was in 12-18 under Jim Reynolds, Rexann’s Buffalo Bill was in Open. Trouble was Winners, and then went in for Best of Breed against Brenda Richardson’s Ku. Ku was Best of Breed.
Ch. Roscka's Bitjutsu No Sosaku "Ku"
After judging I did a little shopping at the vendors and bought Trouble a belly band to just be SURE that there were no “accidents” at the hotel, and then I left around 3ish to go get the hotel room.
Trouble in his fancy attire (belly band)
We stayed at the Country Inn which was probably a whole mile away from the Interstate Center. Very nice hotel, lots of dog people there, very welcoming to the dog show in general. Had baggies in the lobby in case they were needed, but also chocolate chip cookies and a small library of books to read. The breakfast room in the morning was also really nice and appreciated by both me and Katrina and it was FREE! Free is good…
Katrina arrived later that evening and we had plenty of room for all three dogs with their crates. We spent a little time exercising the dogs and then hit the sack as we were on fairly early the next day.
Our judge on the second day was a provisional, Mr David J Kirkland. He was nice to exhibitors, checked for full dentition. Unfortunately that apparently disturbed Trouble because I suspect he aggravated the sore on his mouth when he looked at his molars. It made for an interesting few weeks as I retrained him to stand still for exam, but that wasn’t really the judge’s fault. On this day there were a few more shibas. In addition to Trouble and Rexann’s Buffalo Bill, Yori Green had joined us with her BBE Dog, Daiko.
Daiko No Kyoutenmaru Go (a shibaweb.com photo from the 2010 Nippo Classic)
Much to my delight (and surprise) Trouble was again Winners, with Yori’s boy going Reserve.
There was a major entry in bitches, but due to many circumstances, that broke all the way to 1 point with only 2 bitches being present. One was Katrina’s Kanani (co-owned by Kim & Bill Fletcher), and the other was Cleo owned by Rebecca Powell and Jane Chapin. Kanani was WB. I had to grab a handler ringside to take her back in, because the original intent was for me to show her for BW, but then Trouble won so that wasn’t possible.
Kanani (Kanani Hauoli Shiba) showing to Mr. Alexander
Two champions were entered, Katrina’s new champion Draco and again Brenda Richardson’s Ku. Draco was victorious, Trouble was Best of Winners (!!!! I was VERY surprised), Kanani was BOS, and Ku was Select Dog.
Katrina and Ch. Kobushi Justa Draco Rosso in group on Saturday
That evening Katrina and I went out for sushi that night and found a great place not too far away. Unfortunately now I cannot remember the name of it! But it was really good Maybe Katrina will remember …
Waiting to go into the ring. Katrina with Kanani, Joyce (our honorary shiba person) and Rebecca with Cleo.
Up early again for the third day in a row, fortunately we slept well … our judge on this day was David Alexander, another provisional. Only 2 males, as Yori was only entered the one day. Really enjoyed Mr. Alexander’s judging even though we lost to Kathy Bube’s Rexann’s Buffalo Bill. The judge took the time to explain to me (without me asking of course) why he placed the other dog over us and he had the right reason.
Rexann's Buffalo Bill
For bitches, Jane joined us today with her Ziva, so it was 3 bitches. Cleo was Winners Bitch, and Ziva was Reserve.
In the ring for Winners Bitch: Cleo (J-Ann's Queen of the Nile), Kanani (now Ch. Kanani Hauoli Shiba), Ziva (J-Ann's Exotic Beauty)
Same specials, same ring, same result … Draco was Best of Breed again. Cleo was Best of Winners, and Ku was Select Dog.
J-Ann's Queen of the Nile (from the http://www.tsukeagarushibas.com/ website)
My dad and Carol came to watch, along with Letha Gast (great to see you Letha!), and Katrina and I went to lunch with Dad and Carol to a Chinese Buffet that had sushi(!). Again really really good, and again cannot remember the name! I need to do these in a morely timely fashion (I can see people probably nodding their heads). In my defense though, I left Katrina at the site for some reason, maybe to take photos? or help someone? There was a place listed very close by, but it was closed, then went to another one, it was no longer there (the hazards of looking for restaurants via GPS). Found another one, that I called and they were open, so sent my Dad and Carol off because I was going back to get Katrina. By the time we were on our way, Dad had called on the cell and had found yet another one they wanted to go to. It WAS a very nice place though.
By the third night, Katrina and I were pretty well done in … so we just went to Cracker Barrel for a light dinner (after Chinese buffet, we needed just a little!). I watched TV and downloaded photos from the group while Katrina worked on ads for the Shiba E-News, she spent quite a lot of time on that!
Katrina in her endless quest for perfection on E-News ads...
The last day we fortunately had later judging because now we had to take everything out of the room, and get it back into our respective cars. Somehow it always seems to take up more room on the way back, I don’t know why!
At this point Trouble only needed one point to finish, but he also had to be Best of Winners because the other dog was not entered … I was extremely nervous for some reason. Probably because I hate needing BW, would rather just compete for the points, and then I just wanted to get him done so he could sit back and mature for a while.
Our judge on this day was Kent Delaney who has an interesting sense of humor to be sure. People were having difficulty remember what he wanted to do on the up and back so there was much fun made of that. He’d say take them down and back, and some people would make a triangle. By the time I got there, he said “go down one of the mats and come back to me, it’s your choice” :)
Today we added yet another bitch (but major was still broken) as Leslie Anderson joined the party with her bitch Peach. After a lot of back and forth, Mr. Delaney selected Ziva as his Winners Bitch with Kanani as Reserve from the puppy class.
Hi-Jinx Momosa (borrowed from Leslie's website http://www.lesandshibainu.com)
Onward to Best of Breed, where Draco and Ku battled it out once again while I just was nervous (and I think that was traveling right down the lead). Happily the judge said at the end, everyone gets a ribbon! Draco was again Best of Breed, Ziva was BOS and Ku was Select Dog. And Trouble was BW!
J-Ann's Exotic Beauty (photo courtesy Jane Chapin)
Oddly, I finished my very first show dog, Meska the Alaskan Malamute, on Memorial Day in 1978 needing BW for a major, I’m not sure I was much less nervous!
Apparently her finishing photo hasn't yet been scanned, but this is me and Meska in 1977 about a year earlier. How time flies when you're having fun!
Packed up quickly as a storm was coming, unfortunately it got there before I was packed, so I was a bit wet on the way home and it was a bit of an adventure driving through it. I should have just stayed and watched group because Katrina said that it was fine when she left …
Overall, a pretty nice weekend. Liked the show site, the hotel was great, company was great, and Trouble managed to pick up 4 points total to finish. Can’t beat that!