Obedience, Futurity, Sweepstakes
Thursday was an in between day for us. There were
fewer convenient parking spaces & Truman's bathroom
runs were made more complicated by all the new smells
that had arrived overnight. Can't say that I blame
him, though. And anyone who saw me realized that
walking to a less convenient parking space could only
be a benefit in terms of the extra weight I was
carrying around my midriff.
Obedience, sweepstakes, & futurity took place
simultaneously if I remember correctly & right next to
each other. Low fences separated these events & for
some dogs in obedience, what was happening "next door"
was a delicious diversion.
The judge seemed like a very nice guy making sure
everyone *really* had a chance to demonstrate what
their Bouvs could do. On a couple of occasions he
gently moved the Bouv into the right position. He
seemed genuinely & equally interested in everyone.
There were two distinct obedience trials although I
can't tell you what they were by name.
In one test, the Bouv was asked to walk in heel
position around the ring @ the judges command, i.e.
forward, right turn, stop, speed up, slow down, left
turn, etc. The Bouv was asked to heel in figure 8's
between strangers standing in the ring. Then retrieve
a dumbbell on command with the dumbbell in sight, i.e.
trainer with Bouv in sitting position @ their side
throw dumbbell across the ring. On command, dog
retrieves dumbbell, gives it to trainer, walks around &
sits in the proper position next to trainer. Next is a
retrieve with the dumbbell out of sight, i.e. a barrier
is placed in the middle of the ring. Bouv sits next to
trainer while dumbbell is placed on the other side of
the barrier out of sight. On command, the Bouv jumps
the barrier, retrieves the dumbbell, jumps over the
barrier again, gives it to the trainer, walks around &
sits in the proper position next to the trainer (or
maybe that was part of the more advanced test).
There was some Bouv humor at work here much to the
chagrin of their owners/trainers. "Oh, I think I'll watch that little bitch prancing around in the next ring.
Hmmmmmm, who is that over there in the corner? This
dumbbell -- you want me to pick up *this* dumbbell
after it's been sitting on the floor for a while? Wait
a minute, I jumped this thing one way; maybe I'll walk
around it on my way back. Hi there. I smelled you out
in the permitted "exercise area". It was you,
it? How about a quickie? I've only got a few seconds
before they come to get me."
Just ask poor John
The next test involved long sits & downs with the
owner/trainer out of the room & some of us had a good
chuckle watching the slithering, crawling, inching that
some of these wonderful Bouvs managed while kinda
keeping to the program. But then there were the other
extremes -- those that sat, downed without moving as
much as a muscle for the allotted test time & those
that decided to get up & stretch, check out a few
things while the judge gently moved them back to their
For me the event was an amusing, sometimes down right
comical & humiliating testament to the Bouvier
personality but that made me all the more impressed by
the obvious time, patience & hard work I knew it had to
take for me to be able to see all those Bouvs out there
making the attempt to do what was expected of them. I
had hoped that Truman might be equally impressed & then
further inspired but noooooooo. By this time he was
sitting in the car so as not to disturb the contestants
with his myriad vocalizations.
An I'm Special pup won the futurity.
What I hadn't noticed until after I returned & I'm
sorry I missed, was a free health seminar on eye
problems conduced by a Dr. James Schoester. I don't
know if it was very informative but any information on
the subject has just got to be good & I'd love to hear
from someone who attended who could pass on what they
Dinner that night was late & @ a little restaurant at
the train station. The highlight, besides the company,
was when the train flew by the large
facing the track. I guess that was the real
entertainment because the food wasn't. When they
flashed the lights on & off in the room where we sat,
we figured it was time to go. Subtle, huh?
Friday's confirmation for regular dogs & bitches, the
house on the rock & the ABdFC@#$@#($W$*&* annual
meeting loomed for the morrow.
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Specialty Diary - Friday