Our young Mini Schnauzer Karma entered another dog show, this time in Rhode Island held by the Providence County Kennel Club. We all went to see him at the show taking place at the Ryan Center on the URI campus. The show rings were lined up on one side and all the dog owners and the dogs on the other. The tables were set up, the dogs standing on them waiting for their hair be groomed to perfection. We found Karma standing tall on his table as George touched up here and there. We did not get too close so as not to excite him or break his concentration before the big event, perhaps he was meditating, who knows!
It was good to see Karma’s mother Georgia and, father Sammy on the tables on either side of him. Jan was tasked to keep Georgia from sitting lest she might flatten some hair strands. The time was getting close for Karma to take to the ring. We all stationed near the ring 5 and I started evaluating various photo opportunities around the ring by taking a few photographs of the dogs currently being shown.
They started calling the dogs in groups. Karma’s group had two dogs. Kim was showing Karma and they entered the ring and made their initial round. After that, she had to take Karma on the diagonal and back and he did all that quite well and earned his first ribbon of the weekend. That was in the puppy class and he got The Best Puppy in Breed which qualified him to compete against the others later on. Dog show scoring is a different animal altogether and we were surprised in the next round when Karma got “Reserve Winner” ribbon. Something like a vice president! If the winner cannot serve the duties of the office, the reserve winner takes its place and fulfills the duties of the office!
We also watched George show Georgia, the mother; and Kim, Sammy, the father. Sammy, after having won previous shows as well, got his Grand Champion ribbon and somewhat retired from the show circuit. I understand he has not enjoyed the shows but liked flirting with the other female dogs. There were other interesting dogs, a couple of Great Danes, various other Terriers, mastiffs, and so on. As the time was past lunch time, we wished them all best of luck and left for lunch.
That afternoon, Karma would get Best Puppy in Terriers, and another Reserve Winner ribbons. But the next day, the judges would give the awards to other competing dogs although some even refused to walk and their owners dragged them to finish the “walk.” Oh, well!
As I write this post, Karma is home and running around with Josephine of Salt Lake City (sounds impressive this way!) Mina and Mina are playing downstairs, and the dogs seem to enjoy the company. Karma will enter the shows coming up in August, we’ll see what kind of trophies he will bring home.
All this in preparation for him to be the “in demand gigolo!”