Skip to main content

Road Trip to Nationals

With Christmas looming, what do I do? Drive 1100 miles from Texas to Florida of course!

Come and read my debrief of the AKC National Dog Show in Orlando.

Road Trip Puppy!

Orlando sees the annual pilgrimage of doggy people for the AKC National Championship dog show. I went along to a) socialize Zoot for road trips, motels, and the dog show atmosphere, b) to meet a lot of the main players in the Manchester Terrier (both Toy and Standard, and agility!) scene, and c) volunteer on the Meet the Breeds stand.

I was very heartened that Zoot was a good traveller. She slept a lot in the car, chewed on her bones, discovered the taste for a big chunk of natural low-salt beef jerky. At the show, she took it all in without being nervous. In the motel rooms, she had quite a good time in whizzing around the rooms with her toys, and best of all, didn't bark whenever there was a bump, a noise, or someone talking in the motel rooms.

Meeting the breeders and show people was my highlight. Putting faces to names is always a useful exercise, and then, getting to talk about this breed I love to the general public in the Meet the Breeds stand was a privilege.

Zoot was a great asset to the booth - "This is a toy puppy"

Kudos to Rachel Taylor Jonas who organized the stand, and after eight years of doing so, finally got her reward: a 2nd place out of all the other stands. If you had seen all the thrones and statues and tinsel on the other stands, you'd know that this was a real honor!

2nd Place - well deserved!

Of course, let's be fair - I was only there for the weekend, while most everyone else had been taking part in the cluster of shows for the whole week beforehand! This included Manchester of the Year and the club's dog show on Friday, so I was impressed by the stamina of these men and women - and dogs! - in keeping on "keepin' on" for this marathon event.

Can't wait to do it all myself next year!

Retracing my drive on Sunday night seemed a real let-down. Only the pavement, Zoot, my audio book (Steinbeck), and a pooch palace at the Super 8 near Pensacola: oh the life of a dog-showing road warrior.

This final picture sums it all up, though. A pooped pooch. 'Nuff said!

Is there enough room for the driver in that bed???


Popular posts from this blog

Apologies for Radio Silence - May 2023 update

I can't believe that I haven't posted on here since November 2022, and not been bragging from the rooftops that Katie is now the top bitch in the country! We took a big trip up to Pennsylvania in April where not only did Katie grab a Select Bitch, a Best of Variety, and an Owner-Handled Group 1, but she earned enough points to achieve the Silver level of her grand champion title. If you're not a show person yourself, you're probably sort of glazing over - blah blah blah blah. The short version, she's been doing really well in the show ring, and I'm super proud of her. Also at home are my foundation bitch, Bonnie, who is enjoying retirement; Larwood, the boy from England, who finished his championship and has had his first taster of the running event called FastCAT; and Hermia, who is one "major" away from her own championship. Larwood is also going to be a daddy soon, all being well. We bred him to Zoot (who lives with my mom) and are expecting puppies

Texangals Are Expecting!

Bonnie in the Buttercups We're expecting puppies at the end of this month at Texangals in Central Texas. The dam is "Bonnie" (Ch Bluebonnet Dreaming Spires at Texangals), currently #13 TMT in the country, and the sire is "Bentley" (GCH CH Dream Maker's One Sweet Ride At Jhen TKN) who is #7 in breed and #1 in TMT Owner Handler. Bentley  Bonnie with her Boy in Junior Showmanship Bonnie is a 3/4 English bitch imported in 2016 who goes back to Amalek lines with Maggical/Rosewood TMT. Bentley also goes back to the English Reeberrich kennel via Velvet Firefly where his lines connect up with Bonnie's. For those of you who don't really care about lineage, the bottom line is that they're very well bred, they are bred with a number of international influences, and as far as temperament, get along well with other dogs, other types of dogs, and children. A number of dogs in Bonnie's line back in England are Pets as Therapy dogs, visit

Guess the Dog's Name Challenge

It’s the big, big thing on Facebook right now, showing a photo of your dog with another beside it that relates to your dog’s name. I have been wary of joining in: these Facebook things are ways of data gathering, and I’m very suspicious of them. Also, you may be hard-pressed to work out most of mine! So for your viewing pleasure (or not), here is the dog name challenge for Texangals while I’m down to just the three girls.