As much as I love hitting the road for an out of town dog show, I really do love coming home after one even more.
Traveling is awesome! Very seriously, I adore pretty much any form of travel. Road, rail, air… it’s all good. I absolutely love going places – and going places with my dog is even better. And the crazy familiarity of the dog show scene is always grand. The same faces, the same busyness, the same routine – all repeated in a different place every few weeks is such fun. I really do enjoy it.
And when you are away, the stresses of home all kinda melt away. Sure, there are new stresses and things to replace them. Even away from home I’m crazy busy with a ton to do – and yeah, sometimes I need to be up at 5:00 or 5:30 to be in the ring for 8:30 or 9:00 (which is definitely NOT part of the usual routine)… but it’s great.
The very best part though? Is how much being away makes you appreciate being at home. There really is NOTHING like coming home. Even before being a mom, I was always happy to be home with Damon and the rest of the kidlets… but now that I get to come home to my little girl too, it’s even better.
I’m laying in bed right now, with her legs mushed up beside me as I type – almost knocking the computer off my belly. Just listening to the sounds of the keyboard, the air filter, and her breathing. This, to me, is home. There is nothing better. The dogs are all asleep around us. Damon is upstairs, probably playing a computer game, with the Parrot chatting at him. The cat is roaming the stairwell – looking for anything suspicious – and the turtle is sitting in her favourite spot, half in the water, half out. Everything as it should be. Everyone well. Everyone doing what they always do. It’s just home.
It’s our last night in Regina. We’ll be heading home to Saskatoon tomorrow in the early afternoon. So pretty quick we’ll start packing up our room, to make our morning a little easier. I’m more than a little tired, I’m a little scattered just now. My brain is simply too full – as usual the night before the trip home. It’s all par for the course I suppose. So, to save me from having to bumble through a blog post, as always when words fail, here are a few pictures of Alice and I in the ring this morning – when she won Best Puppy and Winners for another point (that’s three total towards her championship).
Thanks to Judge Heather Langfeld for the point!
Folks checked into the hotel room next to ours at 6 AM… loudest people ever! Seriously. I gave up on getting any more sleep at 7:00. We had no plans on waking before 9. So by the time Alice and I were in the ring in the afternoon, we were already ready for a nap. Which is exactly what we came back here to do:
No points for little Alice today, but hopefully with some rest and treats she’ll be back to her usual self, and ready to own the ring tomorrow.
Sooo… I’m getting ready for bed, wondering how it’s only 9:00, when it dawns on me; I haven’t written a blog post.
It’s just one of those days I suppose. I’m brain tired and body weary. It’s only Tuesday but it feels like it should be Saturday. It’s going to be a long week.
Photo shoot tomorrow afternoon. Zoo school trip on Friday. Leave for Regina Friday after supper. Dog show from Saturday-Monday. Head home Monday… like the weekend never happened at all. I like lazy boring weeks with only one or two scheduled things to remember. A couple photo shoots plus all the regular every day stuff. I love being AWAY AT a dog show, but the getting ready while having to continue doing everything else is exhausting.
I booked our hotel room tonight. I have to admit, it made me gag a little. I think this is the very first year I’m handling expenses all on my own. I’ve been showing dogs for other people for so many years that I’ve never actually had to cover my expenses all myself before. It is a pretty amazing experience showing a puppy that I bred though… it’s like nothing else really. And while the large expenses make me want to gag, they’ll be worth it in the end. Just got to get back to finding a client dog or two to help absorb things a little. It’s always much easier on the pocket book to SHARE the burden that are show expenses. LOL
We’ve had a couple super late nights… Mom and Dad went out last night, and did again tonight. So we were over at their place keeping an eye on everyone.
I had brought my computer and one of my hard drives along. So I spent some time doing editing from yesterdays shoot, and also had a peek at the photos my sister took for me during the HCKOC show on the weekend. I knew going in that today was going to be just as late as yesterday so I pulled out a couple photos from the dog show. Figured I’d share them tonight.
It was Alice’s first weekend out, and I was quite pleased with how she did. She was happy in the ring. Stood pretty well on the table. Her tail was wagging, and she focused on me. And to take Best of Winners and Best Puppy two out of three times on a very first try? That’s nothing to snub one’s nose at.
This evening I went to the home of a new client. And when I walked in the door, and saw her granddaughter sitting up on a bar stool at the counter I recognized her immediately. Of course, I couldn’t pin down WHY I recognized her… but I knew I did. Turns out, she’s a junior handler! How cool!
It’s always nice when you find you have an unexpected connection with a client. There’s just this instant warming that happens, when you realize you have a mutual hobby or experience. Generally people find themselves at ease with me pretty quickly. I’m just one of those relaxed folks who likes those around her to feel relaxed too. But it really is a treat when you’ve instantly got something – other than photography business – to talk about.
Now, don’t get me wrong. LOL I love talking photography… but from time to time, it’s nice to have some other common ground.
Well, today the big show news is all about Lily-Ann and Alice. They were so cute together! For both of them, it was their second time in the ring – but it was their first time as a team (you can see the girl’s first time here: junior handling debut) . Sure, there were a few hiccups. In an ideal world you put an experienced dog with an inexperienced handler or vice versa… but they worked their way through it together, and looked cute doing it!
Damon took the video for me, from the other end of the ring. You can actually see me, standing next to the ring steward (who happened to be the show secretary) at the table. And Jewles took some photos – but I haven’t transferred them to one of my hard drives yet.
Alice placed the same as she did yesterday, winning one point for Best of Winners, and winning a stuffed cow toy for Best Puppy. Gotta love when someone has sponsored a booster and there are little gifties to go along with a win. LOL
So, one more day left, and then it’s back to business as usual as we wait for the next show.