A few years ago, I wrote these words before attending the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America National Specialty. It was a reminder to myself to keep things in perspective.
Where’s that Liquid Bandage!!!
That’s what I was saying under my breath after one of the Berners suffered a paw pad injury a few weeks ago. Last week I had to hunt for ear cleaner and cotton squares. And I can never find the styptic powder when I need it.
We’ve had a human first aid kit in the house since forever and everyone knows where it is.
For the dogs, not so much. Some things are here. Some things are over there. Sound like your house?
My mission: Get organized.
I needed a first aid kit for the dogs … and so like any good list maker, I made a list. The joke in my family is that I have lists of my lists.
And so, my list became this blog post.
Well, we made it to Westminster!
Westminster, Md., that is.
Like so many competing in the world of conformation, I dream of someday making it to “The Garden,” home of the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
That dog show dream will have to wait just a bit. For now, my Westminster is an agriculture center, home to rodeos, tractor pulls, a farmers market and the Carroll County 4H fair.
These two weekend shows were Ziva’s last two in the puppy classes and that milestone made me a little misty. She was growing up and would be moving to the 12-18 month class competing against older and bigger show dogs.
We finished in second place both days at Westminster, Md., but winning isn’t what it’s all about.
Our journey is about learning.