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This weekend is the Vancouver Kennel Club Dog Show held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, WA. Bella has been entered in the 12 month old category and will be showing this Saturday (October 25, 2008) around 1:45-2:00 p.m.

She hasn’t shown since this last summer and held off entering her in shows as we felt she needed to “fill in” and mature a bit.  We decided to enter Bella into this dog show as 1) it is local; 2) she has matured a bit more 3) its good practice for her.

We are not sure how well she will do, but we are excited to see her back in the ring.  She seems to enjoy being in the ring (I think she thinks its like a play day or something!).  And as long as she enjoys it and she gets the practice, we are supportive of it.

So wish her luck (and us) tomorrow.  I will post pictures and results next week.

Bella Luna

Bella Luna

I am beginning to believe that I am part dog as I spend literally 24×7 with my two dogs. When Domino was a puppy, Bruce and I shared time with him (since Bruce and I were not married and were living separately at that time), but I would say that Domino still spent the majority of time with me. When we got Bella, I was working at home so I was able to spend 100% of time with her as she grew up. So both animals see me as their main master (although I feel more like the b*tch!) and tend to gravitate to me more than the remainder of the family members.

When we only had Domino, he followed me EVERY WHERE! From the moment I got up to the moment I went to bed, he was constantly at my side. I thought that would change a bit when Bella arrived as he would have a companion to be with and wouldn’t rely on me so much. Well…..that isn’t QUITE how it all worked out. Instead, now I have TWO dogs that constantly follow me EVERY WHERE! I can be going down the stairs (with them in tow behind me) and then decide to quickly change directions and walk back upstairs, and WALLAH, guess who is right behind me??? Yup, my faithful companions, Domino and Bella!!!

Not that I don’t mind them being with me all the time, but geesh, can’t a woman get a break sometimes??!! Honestly, I do not mind it so much as I love my dogs to no end and wouldn’t know what to do if they weren’t around, but I do need that break once in a while from them!

I guess it brings new meaning to the phrase, “leader of the pack”. 🙂

Bella and Domino in lala-land

Bella and Domino in lala-land

Bellas Medals

Bella's Medals

Bella had a successful day at the IABKC International Show. She was in two back to back shows on Saturday. As she was the only entered Springer Spaniel, she won her Bred by Exhibitor Class. She went on to win Best Sporting Group Puppy in of the shows. She was in the Best In Show Puppy but lost to a Old English Sheepdog.

It was a successful day because she got lots of practice for her big ESS Specialty debut on Friday. She is a little wild in her first class, but by the end of the day she was showing beautifully.

At the IABKC shows the judges give you a written report of your dog. Both judges thought that Bella was a fine example of a Springer with great angulation, deep chest, a nice top line and good planes on her head. Both judges felt she was developing into an overall wonderful springer.

Bella is entered in 12-15 Month Puppy Sweepstakes and 12-18 Month Junior Puppy Classes at the Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Association on Friday. And Saturday she is entered into 12-18 Month again at Portland Kennel Club.

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