Lyra didn't do any good at the show--only managed a Reserve CC but I was SO happy with her performance! I made it a point to get her to sleep A LOT the day before (8pm and she was in bed), and she was a star at the show, just like she was at her first shows. =D Very, very happy that I've finally cracked the code to her bad mood at shows--a lack of sleep causes it! This time, her tail was wagging like a champ the entire time, she stacked so nicely on her own (and YES, her tail was going a mile a minute even while stacking!), and she didn't really fuss on the table. MY AWESOME GIRL!
I do wish that we could get breed expert judges here like they do in Australia and the UK. It makes so much difference to have breed experts judge Cavaliers. There are just so many little "fine print" type things that's in the Cavalier breed standards (S because I've pretty much memorized them all, from the UK Standard to the AKC to CKCSC standard) that people overlook (or forget!).
Anyway, we won't be attending anymore shows for at least the next few months.. Lyra has lost all her coat! The fur on her body looks like it did at 6 months old. LOL. Here's a picture of Lyra, taken yesterday--isn't she the prettiest?
Got a picture of all her ribbons together... I think I should say OUR ribbons because it was a joint effort!! Between the hours training to free stack, stacking on the table, walking nicely, standing still, and wagging her tail... I think we've done pretty well, don't you think, for newbies? =D
Can't wait for the day I can own a dog who can win a GIANT ribbon. The feeling must be amazing!!