Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bits of Life :: Harrisburg Kennel Club Dog Show (August 09)

It's quite possible that some day I may become a dog show addict. Don't know what it is about the atmosphere of dozens upon dozens of dogs of all breeds competing to be the 'best of show' ~ but it's better than any reality TV show for me. (Of course if you know me, I don't watch much TV so maybe that's not an accurate comparison.) Anyway~ the owners are excited, the newer handlers sometimes a little nervous, the judges show confidence in spotting the best of the breed, fur is floating in the air and everyone is more than willing to share the wonderful traits of his or her particular breed of dog with anyone who simply asks.

Back in April I posted some images from the All-Breed Dog Show in Harrisburg and a few weeks ago we returned to the Farm Show Complex to attend a second dog show. Just for fun, my husband and I tried taking four kids and that excitement lasted all of ten minutes for the five year old. Unfortunately, we got there at the end of the day and the dogs were just plain tired out, which made for some mellow images. I learned my lesson and next time we'll just stick to me taking the oldest, who is now ten, since she just plain loves all dogs and is really into learning about the different breeds. We are already planning our trip in November to the Kennel Club of Philadelphia show! Hope you enjoy a few images here from our short-but-sweet dog show experience.

Just plain tuckered out...

Awaiting some final grooming touches

By default, my sister-in-law owns a pug so I must photograph pugs

I liked her "comb carrier"...can you find it?

Show time!

Another time 'round the ring

These dogs are HUGE and stunning. This one's just plain handsome.
Love the marble coat.

Contrasted by the starlet.
Couldn't get a good image but she was attentive to the handler!

Another in "the price of beauty" series I might start.

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