Wow, 9-10 hours in the car to spend 4 hours at a dog show. I've clearly lost my mind. We drove down to Springfield Saturday afternoon/evening. By the time we got dinner and got the dogs settled at the hotel, it was nearly 10 PM. We had an 8:30 ring time, so it was a pretty early rising. Obligatory trip to Dunkin Donuts at around 6:30 AM, and on to the Big E.
Set up grooming area. Find people I know to kibbitz with while I drink my coffee. Take Ian out. Put him up on the table. Dampen him with a spray bottle, spritz on some I-don't-remember-what-kind-of-styling-or-finishing-spray-I-mixed-in-the-pink-bottle. Blow dry him while trying to slicker out the topline curls as much as possible. Wrap him in a towel to keep said curls from sproinging back to life before we go to the ring. Work some chalk into his rough and feet. Put in crate. Take Elli out. Repeat procedure, minus the curl wrangling since Elli has a nice flat coat.
Change into skirt. Pick up numbers. Watch ring until Pems get to BOB, grab dogs and return to ring. Take Ian in. Get dumped. Go back in for Reserve, get dumped again. Take Elli in. Get dumped.
Tear down grooming set up. Change back into jeans. Do a whirlwind trip through the vendors. Load dogs, head home.
Big score for the weekend: Discoverying that Cherrybrook now carries Chris Christensen products. I've been wanting to try some of those products, and they had these awesome little packs with like 4 or 6 oz. sample sizes of the day to day shampoo, a protein rinse, the After Bath, and the Ice On Ice -- for 10 dollars! So now I can try the products I've been wanting to check out without forking over a fortune for the big bottles. Woo!
The dogs were not impressed with the grooming products, but the elk antlers I brought home for everyone were a big hit.
And the best part: When I got home and brought the big kids in, Magnum was more interested in seeing me than the other dogs! Yay, people-focused puppy!!