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.