A winning weekend

1 Feb

This past weekend, Gumbo competed in his first conformation show of the year. He walked away without any points, but this weekend wasn’t a loss at all. Sure, it’s disappointing to walk away empty handed considering all the time, energy, and money required for the conformation ring, but win or lose Gumbo always walks out of the ring with a twinkle in his eye. It’s hard to ever be too frustrated around our carefree, goofy boy.

We recently met another vizsla owner who told us win or lose, he and his Vs go to McDonalds after a dog show. I LOVED that perspective. I’m sure Ilsa and Gumbo would too ;-). Our twitter friends know how much our Vs love Chick-fil-a :lol:.

In this mindset, we did plan some after show fun for our Vs. On Saturday, Ilsa and Gumbo got to run with 3 of their vizsla friends for about an hour. While we were at Canine Country (our home away from home – 220+ acres of open fenced fields to run in), at least 5 other vizslas showed up. Sometimes the red blur makes it hard to count all the dogs! Ilsa and Gumbo had a great time. We didn’t let them run TOO hard since Gumbo also had to show on Sunday.

After Sunday’s show, we did some bird work. Wind and temperature conditions were amazing. It was a lovely morning to work the Vs. Ilsa had some beautiful points and allowed me to move past her to flush without even saying “whoa”. (I was handling because Susan was firing the starter pistol.) Gumbo showed some great ability to scent the birds. He is finally starting to slow down and really use his nose. He did try to bust one or two birds, so we will continue to use the bird launcher to keep both dogs cautious.

We all had fun, and we made the drive home with two happy, exhausted vizslas. Our conclusion from this weekend is that it’s great to have short haired dogs that show first in the morning because it leaves the rest of the day to do fun activities! But if we happened to do well and had to stick around for the Group ring, I guess that would be okay too… πŸ˜›


7 Responses to “A winning weekend”

  1. 2browndawgs February 1, 2012 at 6:31 AM #

    I think that people who do shows love to do them win or loose. We compete a bit in the ring. Thunder has his CH and Storm has some points, but we do find it a bit tedious. We would rather do field work. πŸ™‚

    Do you run hunt tests with your dogs?

    • Ben February 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM #

      We’re gearing up for our first hunt tests this spring. We went to one last fall just to watch so we would know what to expect. It’s definitely a lot of fun – can’t wait to get our dogs out there.

  2. Anna February 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM #

    Sounds like a great weekend all around, points or not. I showed Luna myself from 6 months to nearly 2 years… then we took a bit of a break… and when we started back up I let others like the breeder and some pros handle her. She did better with them so we stuck with that. I wanted to get her CH myself but in the end I knew a lot of it was coming down to politics and me getting too nervous. So though I gave the reigns up I did manage to get a couple of those points myself, and I can be proud that I was the one to train her to do everything they said, and they all said that she was a breeze to handle in the ring. I am honestly happy the show stuff is done now that she has her CH…. I really don’t like how political it is around here. I rather stick to hunt tests, and other things that are more clearly “win or lose” due to abilities not looks. Looking forward to hearing more about your progress in the ring and field, I love when owners pursue both with their dogs. Heaven knows Vizslas are up for whatever you want most days.

    • Ben February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM #

      Your experience sounds a lot like ours. We’ve been handling Gumbo ourselves (mainly Susan) with the hopes of being able to complete his CH ourselves. We’ve found each and every show a learning experience. It seems so simple when you watch, but little details can really go a long way. At least Gumbo won’t hold a grudge as we make mistakes along the way. πŸ˜‰

      • 2browndawgs February 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM #

        When my husband was learning to show Thunder, he found a drop in class at a local dog club where he could practice and he would be critiqued and given pointers by people who really know how to show a dog. It really helped him a lot. Also, I videoed him in the ring so he could go back and see mistakes and clean those up. Granted Chessies are not as political as some breeds, but my husband was able to put all the points on Thunder and it did not take all that long. I think without the help he got in that class, it would have taken a lot longer.

      • Ben February 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM #

        We went to a drop in class like that when we first started, but it’s been months since we’ve been to one. Probably would be a good idea to get some outside suggestions now that we have a clue what we’re doing :lol:. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Hawk aka BrownDog February 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM #

    Hi Y’all,

    I would have loved to be along on that afternoon fun!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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