We showed up early and got him all registered. Then we had to cool our heels.
Finally, it was show time. We were the second group to go. Cotton was the only Brittany puppy in the 3 to 6 month age group, so we were all by ourselves and I have to say... I was way more nervous than I should have been. Hello? It's just a dog show. I've only, ya know, faced cancer. Geez.
Cotton did pretty good for his first time in the ring. I, however, needed lots of advice. And thankfully the judge was extremely nice and gave me some excellent pointers. Since Cotton was the only pup in his class, he won 1st place and we were advanced to the best puppy division.
We then got to watch several more dogs show. After seeing how they were handled, things made A LOT more sense. It is more than just running your dog around in circles. Especially when they are puppies and have the attention space of a goldfish. So when we went back in for the overall puppy division, I felt a lot better about things.
How did he do?
He won 2nd place!!
We were so proud of our little stud muffin! He was a natural. Maybe with some better handling and a little more training, he could do better. However, we had plans for Sunday afternoon, so if he had won 1st place in that division, it would have thrown off the day.
Everyone at the show was extremely nice and friendly. I guess it is a little more intense at a full-blown dog show (this was a match, not a show) but we are no where near ready for that yet. It was definitely a great way to get some experience.
DISCLAIMER: We are showing Cotton because we want the option of breeding him in the future to get another dog. So far, we love his little personality and demeanor. Both breeders we worked with (plus the judge we had) said he has great strucutre and would make a great show dog. And having a champion dog will make it more likely that people will want to propogate his line. Just so we are clear, I don't enjoy running around in circles while having my dog judged.