Finally have some time to update on the shows on Sunday! Good news is that Lyra has earned her 6th and 7th CCs as well as 2 BOBs, and is now a Malaysian Champion. Woohoo! Huge thanks to the judges Douglas Bowe of Australia and Kenneth Chuah of Malaysia who awarded these to her.
Bad news is that it seems my little star has gotten tired of shows. =( Since Penang, she has been lackluster and very reluctant to stand nicely on the table. Once again, she fidgeted and wiggled while the judges went over her. Nothing too horrible like trying to jump off the table or making a huge fuss but it was obvious that she did not like being prodded by strangers. Such a shame because she was absolutely STELLAR at our first 4 shows. She stood on the table even better than some of the seasoned show dogs, had her attention directed straight at me the entire time, and did not even flinch at the judges touching her. I did not even have to hold her still--all I did was hold her lead. She even had her tail wagging.
On the teeny plus side, at least she still walks around the ring like a champ, head up, attention straight ahead or at me, and tail up and wagging. I never ever need to pop her lead or even hold it tight. She walks on a loose lead like a PRO! Oh, and also she at least listened to my "wag your tail" command while we stood around the ring waiting. My good girl.
I'm still undecided as to whether or not we'll be going for the next show. Her entire coat is gone (seems like she only has fur on her ears and tail now) and will take at least 3 months to regrow... so... we shall see.
Before I share pictures, I just wanted to say what a special, special dog Lyra is. She is so intuitive. She can tell when I'm upset, or when I'm mad, or having a bad day. When I sit on the sofa watching TV after a bad day, she comes and lays her head on my chest, and stares straight into my eyes, as if to say "it's okay, tomorrow will be better". And as always, her tail would be constantly wagging. It ALWAYS makes me feel better, no matter how awful I'd been feeling. I always wondered what people meant about having a "heart dog", just one that is different from the rest... I think I might know what it means now. Only, I fear that it would feel a million times worse when one's heart dog is gone. Isn't it such a shame that dogs have such short lifespans?
Anyway, let's get off depressing thoughts and on to pictures from the show!
The next couple of pictures are from our first few shows in March.. see how well she handled being on the table then? Tail wagging, attention on me?
If anyone has any idea as to why Lyra's suddenly hating the table and being checked over, let me know! My original theory was that she was tired, but I'm not so sure if that's the case now... I tried using a tennis ball at the 2nd show on Sunday instead of a treat, but that made her TOO excited--but I guess that's better than being afraid? Any ideas are appreciated!
This is where I update news on shows that any of my dogs are entered in, or shows at which I'm just a spectator.