What I've Learned Showing Dogs

Iíve learned that if you wear gold lame shoes while showing a dog, no one will remember the dog, but theyíll never forget your shoes.

Iíve learned that everyone else looks like their dog but me.

Iíve learned the most attractive outfits, the ones that make you look 15 lbs. lighter and three inches shorter, donít come with pockets.

Iíve learned that if the words, ďCongratulations, you have the better dog,Ē are said to you, theyíre never said loud enough.

Iíve learned your dogís performance in the ring is directly related to whether or not you have friends coming to watch you. Just how badly you and your dog do has everything to do with how many witnesses are present to watch you.

Iíve learned there is no graceful way to recover from a fall in the ring when your dress flies over your head and catches on your front teeth.

Iíve learned when you have a dog on a winning tear, you suddenly have friends who are people you donít know.

Iíve learned that when you make a major mistake in the ring, clutching at your chest and yelling, ďItís the big oneĒ doesnít fool anyone, least of all your dog who looks embarrassed.

Iíve learned that W.C. Fields had it right when he said to avoid working next to children because they steal the show.

Iíve learned never to tell a judge they have food in their teeth, particularly when theyíre examining your dogís bite.

Iíve learned that some judges have NO sense of humor.

Iíve learned large dogs make fools of people unused to showing a dog of that size while toy dogs are quickly dispatched by people accustomed to showing a bigger dog.

Iíve learned that next to needlepoint stores, dog show vendors are the most trusting when it comes to taking checks.

Iíve learned picking up your own dogís waste with a skimpy paper towel isnít as revolting as picking up someone elseís dog waste with a front-end loader.

My dogs have learned someone elseís bait is always tastier than what I give them.

Iíve learned the very best parking spaces have orange cones saving them for someone.

Iíve learned orange cones crush pretty easily.

Iíve found that the very best people and also the very worse, can be found in our sport.

Author  -  Susi Szeremy of Makos Pulik