Probably not the nice "Stack" picture Diane wants, but that funny face made me laugh.
"What's he doing back there??!"
It was hard to get a picture of Stormy because legs or the judge or spectators were always in the way.
Ben won 4th place in GROUP!!!! Way to go, Ben and Diane!!!
It was great spending time with Diane and her pugs and it was so much fun to see Ben get a placement in Group. Overall I had a great time at the dog show and I learned a lot by being a volunteer ring steward. I wish I had known more before I was thrown in at the deep end, but we had a very patient and helpful judge on Saturday and that helped us learn a bit about what we were doing. Sunday we were in a ring with big dogs (instead of the toy ring) and had three different judges and that was complicated enough as each judge has their own preferences for how things are done, but what made it worse was that the one of the judges seemed really annoyed at having two "green" ring stewards who were still learning. She got quite snappish on several things and that had us shook up and nervous. So, Sunday wasn't quite as pleasant, but I still learned a lot and I had fun visiting with the pugs.
Sounds like you had a great weekend. Congrats Diane for your placings!!!
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Great results!! Glad you had fun :)
It amazes me how quiet your shows look compared to ours over here in the UK!
LOL, it didn't seem quiet to me! As a ring steward, I had to yell quite loudly to be heard over the blow dryers, barking, talking and other noises around the ring. My voice/throat is glad to have a rest today.
I would say that it was a little quieter over by the toy ring (where I was Saturday) vs. the big dog rings (where I was on Sunday)... that probably had a lot to do with the number of entries and the type of dogs being groomed. Those standard poodles - wow - the people brought their tables right up next to the ring and started clipping and the fur blew right into the ring so the Labrador's were all walking around in poodle fur! The judge kind of snapped at us ring stewards to "clean up that fur!" (from the ring) which we totally intended to do, but it's not like we can clean it up while the dogs are in the middle of being judged!!! Why yell at us when she knows that?????
At our shows there is NEVER any room left to bench your dogs. Its a nightmare, you have to be there at doors opening to get a chance of a spot to get ready!
Unless its a open show and your all given a bench with a number so you know you will have a place so its not a mad rush to get there!!
I think the Aussie ones must be more like the UK ones. That does look look very quiet and relaxed!
But I was wondering what the heck the third placed breed in group was - it looked like a sort of giant griffon cross to me - could it be a red Affy? I thought to check the AKC standard and found that heaps of colours are permitted. That was a shock - in Australia and New Zealand you are only permitted black. So I've never seen any other colour. Gee I quite like the red, but probably not enough to move to the US just for that! :)
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Number 3 was a Brussels Griffon. I tried to find a better picture of that particular one and couldn't, so here is a picture of a different (random) one that I found online:
American Kennel Club - Brussels Griffon
They come in black as well, but I've mostly seen the red variety. There is a wire-hair and smooth hair variety..... and the smooths look quite pug-like and I think they are adorable. There was a black brussels griffon puppy at the same show (same owners) and it was very cute.
Here's a picture of a black and a red B.G. - see how pug-like in the face? I wonder if they have pug somewhere in their genetic background.
And here's a smooth brussels griffon that won the Toy group at Westminster a few years ago
Oh well, at least I learned than Affenpinscher's come in assorted colours in the US, even if this wasn't one! :)
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I had always understood that just as a modern rough coat/smooth coat collie derives its head from midnight meet ups in a ford with a willing Borzoi, the black pug with its determined diva behavior from a black brussels griffon. Seeing the running red show stopper, I now believe it to be true without hesitation. Wonderful looking dogs.
Great pix! The first one made me lol, what a great face!
Congrats on 4th place!