We went for the show last Saturday after all! Entered Lyra into the Sweepstakes as well as the show, after much persuasion by CERTAIN people. Lol. The venue was awful--entirely too small for the amount of dogs that were entered. Didn't help that the pet expo was right next to the show ring and SO many people kept walking in and out--we were crammed like sardines! Good thing some of my friends got there early and got a nice spot to sit by the ring.
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?
I know everybody says that their dogs (and kids! LOL) are the prettiest, but I honestly do think that Lyra is just so sweet. She has the perfect Cavalier expression--they are always supposed to have soft, sweet expressions, which I think is so, so important in the breed. You could even say it's their defining trait! Now if only I could get her to grow more coat...
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
The red ribbons and the medal are for winning BOB, the two plaques are from winning RBOB at the Toy Dog Club show. The two badges and 5 green ribbons are CCs, the purple ribbon is the RCC (I know right, wtf? Why is the RCC ribbon nicer than the CC ribbons? Doesn't make sense).. and the yellow ribbon is the Best Puppy in Group ribbon.
Can't wait for the day I can own a dog who can win a GIANT ribbon. The feeling must be amazing!!
Here is the next show that we MIGHT attend. I'm still not 100% decided yet on whether or not we'll be there; will update soon on that. There'll also be a Sweepstakes competition on the same day--never been to one, we'll see if it's fun! Really doubt Lyra will be winning anything since she is COMPLETELY, utterly out of coat, but I figured it'll be good practice for the both of us.
Also since the next local shows will be allll the way in September (such a long break in between!), I think I just might bring Lyra to next week's show. The shows in September will be FCI ones again--we only have about 4 in a year, so hopefully Lyra is in much better condition then!
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.