This link was shared on Facebook by Yvonne Weber , but somehow, I can't access it either at home nor at work, so I think the server is banned by the Malaysian government.. for what reason, I don't know (one of the many things that this country bans for no apparent reason). Anyhow, I managed to access it via blockedsiteaccess.com, which uses a proxy to get you into blocked sites. Thought it would be good to do some screen caps instead to share the post here instead. The Chic Choix blog is written by Juha O. Kares, who is a breeder, exhibitor, and international judge in Finland. He often posts on interesting topics, which I find are very enlightening.
Here's the post on showing and breeding in this day and age that I'm referring to:
So enlightening, isn't it? Have got to agree that it seems showing (in many countries, at least) is a dying sport that badly needs new blood. That's what I've been hearing so many people say in the past couple of years. With the rising prices to pretty much everything these days, it's becoming harder to obtain quality dogs and to pay for all the fees that are incurred by showing/grooming/maintenance, etc.
And not to mention, the constant ridicule that younger people like me (and some of my show friends) face from our peers, who have no inkling of what dog shows are and simply think that we are "crazy dog people" who have "nothing better to do". People my age have priorities like going for parties, nights out in town drinking, and whatnot. Most people are not able to get over being ridiculed and ostracized by their peers. Luckily, I have never been one to care much about peer pressure, and I can tune them all out and focus on my goals. Believe me, I never talk to my regular friends about my dogs, or the show world... simply because they don't care, don't understand, or would laugh (or think that I'm mad).
But that's okay because I think I've made enough new "dog" friends who would feel excited with me, help me out with handling/breeding/showing advice, and who would share their dog stories and experiences with me. I think that showing dogs has made me so much more friends than I've made in the past 5 years (university years included)!
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Here's where I chronicle the dogs' daily lives, write reviews on dog products, and share tips on everything under the sun.