Hope Telethon

First things first: At 1 am I went to random.org and determined the winner of the Joy Pet Products Original Goose Down Coat:

Summer Thomas and her pittie Joy! Congratulations!

For everyone who did not win, Patti over at Joy Pet Products wanted to give you a special discount so that even if you didn’t win, you could still score on a coat if you were one of the many little pups that I now imagine shivering out in the cold. They are offering 25% off an original Goose Down coat from now until December 22nd. She’ll put that offer up on her Facebook.

And now onward we go:

When I was at Helen Woodward Animal Center for their telethon (which as you recall was also the day of the blogathon), I ran into Vicki from Eukanuba in the little holding area where I was sitting wondering what letter Mike Arms had in store for me this time. We talked a bit about what I did and how I wound up at the telethon, and then Vicki asked me if I would like to go to the AKC Eukanuba National Championships in December as a guest of Eukanuba.

“Sure,” I said. “What’s the AKC Eukanuba National Championships?”

Obviously I am not an expert on dog show stuff.

As it turns out, this is one of the biggest dog shows in the country, and the world. I ended up sitting ringside in a special blogger area while the top dogs in the world ran 15 feet in front of me, with me turning to my left and to my right where the bloggers who actually knew things about dog shows were seated with my many novice questions.

“I don’t know anything about dog shows,” I said to Pet Care Bev when I arrived. “I’m kind of clueless.” (Make that totally clueless.) I know more than anyone would ever want to know about otitis, dental disease, and hip dysplasia, but conformation and show dog etiquette are as foreign to me as exotic parakeet disease. I just don’t know anything about it.

“That’s OK,” she said. “Just blog about the experience you had, whatever that may be.”

So I’m going to take some time over the next couple of days to break it down and download my pictures and digest the experience, because as far as introductions to the world of dog shows goes, you can’t start much bigger than that (I always say go big or go home.)

I’m not even going to attempt to really describe the technicalities of the show, since as a newbie I’m going to do it wrong and I might as well just point you to Susi and Jen (which I will do as soon as I get the correct links) who do show dogs and could explain that to you much better than I could. There were some beautiful and immaculate dogs who showed up, ran in a circle attended by women in sensible skirt suits, and an Australian winner was crowned the victor. That is the short short version.

What I can do is tell you about how much fun it was, even as a non-show-dog person who just loves canines. There was so much more to this show than the conformation contest. There’s the dock dogs and the agility and obedience- some of  the many ways that companion animals were incorporated into the show experience. There was Ricochet, there to receive a prestigious ACE Award for her work helping people. It was admittedly overwhelming, but a bit exhilarating too. Continuing education conferences just don’t get the adrenalin going in the same way, let me tell you,

So that is my project, and I will be working on it presently. As soon as I get a wee bit of sleep.

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  • Megan

    One word: JEALOUS! I would love to go to one of those big dog shows some day; it seems like such a fun trip! Looking forward to hearing your take on it all.

  • http://rescuedinsanity.com Kristine

    That would be such a blast! Even if you don’t know what to expect, I’m sure you had an amazing time.
    Admittedly, I don’t know anything about conformation, we’re more of a dog sport family, but I make sure to catch Westminster every single year. That many dogs in a room at once is too much pretty to miss out on.

    I can’t wait to read all about your experiences.

  • Georgia Jewel

    Sounds awesome, Dr. V, but what is this “sleep” thing you mentioned? :)

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I wish I knew. I’m still looking for it.

  • http://www.kimchicrafts.com kimchi

    whoa. that is SO COOL!!!
    i’ve seen this even on tv a few times and it always looks like so much fun!
    can’t wait to hear all about your experience!!
    xoxo.

  • Lisa W

    That sounds like such a cool experience! Can’t wait to hear more about it. Especially as all I can think of when I watch dog shows on TV is the “Best in Show” movie….

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      That was the extent of my knowledge going into it :D

  • http://www.romeothecat.com Caroline

    Can’t wait to see your posts! And so glad you had fun! xo

  • http://www.twitter.com/calidiva Kellee

    Can’t wait to hear more about it and see your pics. So glad Ricochet was honored for all the work she does!

  • Summer Thomas

    SO EXCITED about the coat!!! My girl will look stylish and be toasty warm all winter long!
    Glad you had a blast at the dog show!

  • Cathey

    Can’t wait for you to share – a “BIG Dog Show” is on my Bucket List!

  • Cynthia

    Is this the one that was shown the day after Thanksgiving? I always watch it to see if the Bichon wins. I have to say…I’m partial. However, ALL the dogs are BEAUTIFUL and I can’t even fathom how much time, grooming, and training is involved with showing! So jealous! Glad you had an awesome time!!!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      It’s going to be aired January….23rd I believe?

  • http://www.petcarebev.com Pet Care Bev

    The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will air on January 23 on the ABC network–check your local listings. Be sure to keep a lookout for the blogger tables set up to the right of the ring on a 2-tiered platform. Dr. V is the gorgeous blond sitting in the first row.