This post will also serve as a birthday greeting card to our friend, and a fine mini schnauzer breeder Geroge Vacca, happy birthday George from Jan and I, Karma will give you a kiss for all of us!
Our new Miniature Schnauzer, Karma entered his first dog show yesterday, and even came second in his class! Jan and I went to see him and the ritual of preparing the dogs for the show. We found George and his friends under a tent busy grooming their dogs, helping each other, and in general, having fun. In addition to Karma, George had two other dogs to show: Boo, and Karma’s mother Georgia. They each had their grooming tables and were tied to an arm as they quietly stood and received various grooming procedures in turn. In addition to having his mother Georgia on the next table, Karma also had his father Sammy on the table in front of him, a real family affair!
George was working on Boo and when he finished with him every strand of hair on Boo was meticulously arranged, puffed up where needed, powdered to fluff the hair on the legs. They kept busy snipping renegade strands of hair here and there, applied Kolestral hair conditioner to the legs before loading them with what appeared to be talcum powder. With careful brushing after that, the legs looked like soft columns. The faces were already brushed with emphasized eyebrows and beard. Karma, still being a puppy six months old seemed to have a little less hair on his legs than his mother and buddy Boo.
Around 12:30 PM they all got their walking leashes put on and walked to the rings to get in line. Several classes were competing in our ring, Karma went out with another puppy behind him, occasionally trying to go faster or even jump. He needs more training for better walks! After the walk, he was on the table for the judge to examine him, then off for another walk up and back. Then he was off the ring playing with Jan. A little later, George came with a red ribbon and gave that to Jan, I took a picture of Karma while holding the ribbon in my hand, a kind of “yoursie” instead of a selfie!
After all the dogs were shown, we were back under the tent. We chewed the fat a little bit more, then wished them all good luck the next day and left. The Wrentham Outlet Mall was near, we went there and had lunch at Cracker Barrel, got a pair of sandals for Jan at Timberland store, and drove back home. We’ll find out how Karma and his crew did this morning later on.
Below are two short videos and a collection of photographs to give you a flavor of the event on an overcast day.