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    Default Show dogs not pets :(

    I met some people the other day who show thier dogs. 2 very diffrent breeds and all up have about 8 dogs. (i wont say what breeds, just incase someone here might know them)

    Nice people.......did me a favour thats how i met them. I was curious about his half height caravan looking thing he was towing and when i asked they where happy to talk all about thier dogs and this awsome setup they had for transporting them too and from shows all over the east coast of Oz.

    The money they spent on thier dogs was mindboggling. It's a real passion for them.

    I could tell they cared a lot for the dogs...................untill one barked a bit and was told to shut up. Fair enough but the next thing she said was "cant wait till wednesday, that noisey things going."

    I asked why.

    "If ya dont shape up, your shipped out of here !!". "She's not a good show dog !!!".

    I didnt even bother asking why she wasnt a good show dog. She looked great to me.
    I'm not saying all showies are like this. I now of forum members here who love thier dogs and show too. It was just a hell of a eye opener to me that these dogs where not considered pets, just dogs to be shown off. At least they are well looked after. There was no doubt about that.

    All i could think was how diffrent these peoples relationships with there dogs where so diffrent to mine.
    Sure i dont have a garage full of sashes and awards. I dont have a awsome caravan like setup to transport my dog or the excellent penn setup in my backyard like they do.

    But what i do have that they dont is a loving family pet who i'd die for. With all thier cool gear, cool looking dogs and flash trophies, i couldnt help but wonder if they knew what they where missing out on.


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    What a shame!! Surely they must have some kind of a relationship with the pooches? Would they be inside dogs? Maybe they were the extreme like those over the top pageant mothers lol....that is so sad!

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    .....It happens in the dog world and horse world.....We have our forever dogs and our forever horses. hence we are horse poor and are not showing horses at present, because we still have the old guys

    I was offered a new pup to replace Katy, but I was allowed to keep her too. But Another newfie is too much LOL

    It is how it is Sean....I hate it in horses too. No good, buy another one. I think it is a little less so in dogs, because even a lot of the breeders fall in love with some of their dogs. But I think they have some they will keep forever and some they would pass on.....Sometimes I think it is a matter of how many they have ..numbers.....I think some of them they treat more business like. I know my Breeder has house dogs that are her forever dog, but she also has dogs that are moved on. I find that hard to deal with, but it happens. Because of what she does, I have had some awesome dogs, because she does find them good homes and keeps in touch with them.

    I think it is not necessarily bad, just not something I would/could do. hence i would make a lousy breeder.
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    The penn setup they had was better than some peoples houses !!! Thats why i dont really understand the whole thing. Both these peeps parents showed dogs aswell so i guess they where bought up around this way of life. I found the whole scenario just wierd.
    Thats a good way of describing it..........pagent mothers.......but i think deep down even those crazy mum's must love thier kids.

    I dont know these people really well, maybe they do have thier own way of loving thier dogs but it's a world away from the way i love my dogs.


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    thats why my mum whent to show training once and never agen i will love to show nugget but shes inbred not my fult it was a mishap rocky who is rubys son and nuggets dad he got out and did it with ruby my cousen let him out of the court yard and also rocky had no papers so i can,t get nuggets papers but i will love to show dogs but pet dogs are the best thay show pride and love and are the fun to play with and i love nugget with all my heart funny thing is i traced her famliy tree back to 1935 wich im prowd off but she my dog my baby girl
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    newf you can use baz my horse hes got a good pace and we are trying to find someone to lest him to who will take him to shows and ect im just thinking
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    Thank you, but we have 5 and one is still young enough and the oldies (21-26) are still fit.....We just do not just get rid of them as they are not top level show horses anymore. We used to do , cutting, reining, dressage, Western trail and Team-penning
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    My step fathers parents breed/show dogs. She has one of those trailers and state of the art kennels for all of her dogs. I think she did have 25 but around 10 of them were rescued by her from another lady. She knows all of the dogs by names and they have a custom built kennels with this fancy water filtration system and then heated/cooled sleeping quarters bigger than some peoples houses. The amount of money that has been spent on these dogs would be incredible. But then the dogs are in runs all day so it must not be a very exciting life for them. Granted their runs are pretty big though with both grassy areas and concrete, not a cent is spared and she loves them in her own way.

    Its a different "world" to what my two dogs live in.

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    Yes there are some who, although they care well for the dogs, don't seem to have much affection for them. Others have so much affection, that as soon as they are retired look for that special home where they will be the star rather than one of half a dozen.

    Sometimes you have a dog that belongs to someone else and you have that one for a few months for training or a year or two for training and
    showing. At the end of that time back the dog goes to be shown in its owner's state or whatever. Foster care also means temporary dogs, but they aren't loved any the less. Some of the short termers you miss more than others, though!

    Not everyone can foster or temporarily house, it's not in everybody's temperament to cope with that comfortably.

    My own dogs stay with me until the end of their natural lives and my showing and rescue ebbs and flows with their average age. A few years back all mine were seniors and I only fostered other seniors at that time. Currently I am at the young dog part of the cycle and so am back in the show ring and fostering teenagers. The pendulum swings back and forth.

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    Thanks R.P.

    Do showies swap or lend dogs to other states because they become to regular on the local show circuts ?
    Do judges sort of get sick of seeing the same old dog wether they win or not ? Or is it just to keep things new for the shower without having to breed or purchase another dog?
    The training you mention.......how come the original owner cant train the dog to show? I bet it must be tough to say goodbye to some of these dogs. It's not somthing i could do (i'm hopless at goodbyes with dogs).
    Sorry for so many Q's. It's all new to me and i find it very interesting. Thanks for the info guys.


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