How is it June already?
Whoops, May slipped away without a blog post. Although I didn’t get around to posting, I did do some fun dog-related activities. We were lucky enough to have two National events for German Shepherds held right here in Indianapolis.
On May 11, we headed over to see the American Working Dog Federation’s 2012 National competition. http://2012awdf.com/
We got to watch some top notch working dogs show their stuff in obedience and protection. We stayed about 4 hours and saw several German Shepherds, Malinois and even an American Bulldog. Most of the German Shepherds were “working lines”. There were mostly black, bi-color and sable dogs with a lot of drive and enthusiastic workers, despite the increasing heat of the day. It was very exciting, educational and something we’d love to get involved with “someday” when we have more free time.
On May 18, we attended the 2012 USA Sieger show. http://www.siegershowusa.com/2012/winners.html
This was an all German Shepherd show, most of them being “show lines”. Most are red and black, have a lot of coat, beautiful heads, a sloping topline and a lot of rear angulation.
This was quite an interesting experience and a totally different world than the AKC shows I am used to. A few of the things we saw, that you wouldn’t see at an AKC show:
A “racetrack” around the perimeter of the ring, specially for the owners of the dogs being shown. Double-handling is the norm, and as the handlers are moving the dogs around the ring, a huge mass of owners are running just ahead of the dogs. Each one has their own method of trying to get their dog’s attention. Yelling the dogs name, blowing whistles, squeaky toys, balls on ropes, cow bells, smacking the ground with a whip, and clacking two sticks together to name a few! The goal is to have the dog straining to the end of the leash to get to it’s owner.
Check out my video and for full effect, make sure you have your sound on!
Casual clothing, and the kennel name of the owners/handlers all over the clothing. Many people on the same kennel “team” would have matching shirts.
Classes for pups 4-6 months old. Interesting to see the small 4 month old babies out there in the ring.
Judge commentary over a loudspeaker system after each class, explaining his placement of the dogs and why, while the handlers stacked the dogs. (wish they would do this in AKC!!)
A separate ring for dogs and bitches, and they would change rings with each class. Made for a lot of “chair moving” for the spectators!
I have to admit I prefer the much more formal AKC style of showing, but it was very fun to see the world of Sieger Shows.
And here are a few fun pictures of Rex, trying to climb the ladder of my daughter’s playground/fort because I was up there and he did not like it! (I think he was trying to “save” me.)
And this is just a fun picture I took this week. I am sitting in the shade, and Jamie is sitting on my lap (literally), Rex is on guard and Samantha is playing on her playground.