Baby: Did she come or did she run?

On our way to the show grounds this morning, Baby and I saw a Golden Retriever in the back of a pick-up truck, which was towing a boat. Bad news. Illegal news, but no police were doing anything about it.

Golden in back of pick-up truck

Once again, Baby and I arrived at the show grounds.

Arriving at the showgrounds

This show we had to arrive at a later time than our last trial, which was nice. Novice B was to start at 11:20.

I can’t say I got a warm, fuzzy feeling when I snapped this picture. I figured Baby was in one of “those” moods again.

Baby gives me the raspberry first thing.

And she was. She wanted to be loved by everybody. She is such a socializer, unlike her mom. She poked people, and prodded, and many just weren’t amused. When Baby finally figured I was it, she settled down and annoyed me to no end. If I stood by her ex-pen, though I was trying to watch the goings-on in our ring, she insisted I pet her. Loud and louder barks were her way of demanding, er … communicating.

These were some of the vehicles we saw in the parking lot, and I have to say this first one gives me the willies. It’s too much like an animal control vehicle rather than a dog show vehicle.

Odd machine

The person who owns this van has the neatest windows. Her dogs are on either side of the rear windows. This is Star.


And this is Ringo!


Corgis are really cute little rascals.

This van was full of crated Akitas, as I remember. There’s quite an ordeal to groom them for a show.

Grooming van

This is a Rottweiler Rescue vehicle. I can’t imagine fitting too many of those characters in that little mutt of a vehicle. Now chihuahuas? Perfecto!

Rottie Rescue Vehicle

Of course, this was my favorite. You know why.

Ahhh…the Dobie Van

Well, here’s the moment I’d been waiting for. Would she come or would she run? Baby, the Recall Specialist, came. She came straight at me, full speed, and right by my left side into a half-assed finish. She didn’t think stopping in front of me and sitting, looking up adoringly at me, was the thing to do, so she tried a new twist. When I told her to heel, she looked at me and moved about a half-inch with an “I already did!” look. Uh huh.

Well, here we are. Baby looks smashing in this picture. The photographer was another exhibitor in the same class with us, so I have to thank her for the great Baby picture.

Baby and her 188 got her a second leg towards her CD!

We got a 188. We lost 5 points on the recall, and the rest on the heeling exercises. Puh-leez. Baby was not in the mood to do anything but socialize, and I asked her to “just get the leg,” and that’s what she did. No bells and whistles. Not my DoberDiva. And she was rewarded heavily for doing as little as possible with plenty of chicken tenders. That was our deal. So whoopie! Now we have one more leg to get and Baby will have a CD to put after her name…besides all her other titles…like QM (Queen Mother), FDSP, RS (Recall Specialist), RN (Rally Novice) and such. Ewwkay.

One unusual turn of events in our Novice group is that everyone qualified. That’s highly unusual. It is. We had ten total. Several, three to be exact, were absent from our group.

There were plenty of beautiful dogs at the show grounds today. Here are three beautiful collies.

3 beautiful collies two owned by Lil and blue merle by Susan

The most beautiful Dobermann…oh wait! It’s Baby! She went on a shopping spree after she got her qualifying ribbon.

Baby shopping

Baby was a little teeny weeny jealous of this gal’s hair. I mean, it is the cutest hairdo.

Cutest hairdo ever

Then we saw another Dobe…oh wait! It’s Baby again. Still shopping.

Baby shopping some more

Here is Karyn. She has done magnificently with her Dobies in the confirmation ring. Last year, I met her Doberboy, also red, who was first Doberboy in the nation. This is Karyn with her Dobergirl, who is not 2 years old yet.


Here’s a good look at Karyn’s sweetie pie with her beautiful green jacket on.

Karyn’s Dobergirl

Even show dogs drool.

Drooling Sequoia Baby

Here is what some people do when they don’t want their dogs to know they’re watching while they are performing in the ring. Mommy has gone outside the ring with a sibling.


Here is a high-ranking Great Dane, who is owner handled. He’s so cute.

Such a face!

There’s a lot of grooming going on behind the grandstands.

Grooming space

Here we have several more shots of Baby in the parking lot as we are packing up. First is her ever-generous raspberry. She started out with it and is ending with it. She’s consistent.

Baby with another raspberry for me

This is an unusual look for the Diva.

Aww shucks

This is why she’s a Diva. She has so many looks and in seconds can change from one to the other right in front of the camera.

Baby Diva

She’s a model at heart.


When we got home, the most beautiful sky was waiting for us.

Baby’s sky

After the sun set, well, Baby need to catch up on her beauty Zzz’s and got right to work at it.


I wonder what she’s dreaming about. I hope it’s a dream about getting high in trial at her next trail, which is Friday! If she passes then, well, she will get that CD title.

Until then…I will need more Rescue Remedy.


About Helen

I'm a Southern California living in South Florida. I've been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I'm a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don't understand. So I'm an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.
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