Drake Goes Best Of Breed at
Drake and I were the first into the ring. Talk about pressure! But the moment I stepped into the ring; I forgot the crowds and thousands of pairs of eyes that were on us. Drake was so tired that at one point I thought he was going to take a nap right there in the ring. I pulled out everything I had learned from handlers and friends; including using steak as bait!
Pictures taken by Mike of Celtixbostons in N.Y. and also by Margaret and Thomas Noble of Noble Bostons NY
This is Mr. Trotter going over Drake on the table
We were pulled out to do another down and back after all the champions had been on the table. Drake spied someone in the crowd and stoppen in his tracks... staring at them. Luckily, Mr. Trotter gave us another chance at the down and back going in a different direction.
Drake makes the final cut and so does two other California dogs! A giant "Thank You" to our Breed Judge Mr. Trotter of California for the win of a lifetime! It was my first time going to the Westminster and what a memory it turned out to be!
This is the picture of us just after we won the breed.
I was so proud of Drake and so estastic at winning the Breed over so many beautiful dogs.
This is the benching area where thousands of spectators came to view the dogs. It was very noisy and hot for the dogs. Drake was napping at the time of the first photo because he was very tired from a long weekend of showing. We made lots of new friends in New York and I hope to see everyone again at the National in May.
Going to Group
A very special "Thank you" to Margaret and Thomas Noble who were wonderful in sending pictures for my scrapbook and the website. The pictures were so beautiful I decided not to crop anything so you can see the group dogs across the ring.
Ok, anyone who really knows me knows I can have issues multitasking! I was so busy following such good advice from my proffessional friends; I forgot that the Westminster groups go into the ring not by the usual fastest moving dogs to the slowest moving dogs, but; fly in and go to their podiums which are in alphabetical order. To think I teach ABC order almost every day in the classroom. Anyway, I finally got to my podium and set Drake up. Again, thank you to the bulldog and Bishon handlers who urged me to get Drake to the table or the announcer would probably have told me in front of the millions watching!
Mrs. Dorothy Dalton is going over Drake on the table.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the evening!
Drake looks sooo good.
Photos by stevesurfman.com
This is our down and back to our non-sporting judge- Mrs. Dorothy Dalton. I was very careful not to slip with my new heels. Probably heels were not the best choice for the group but they matched perfectly with the suit.
What I found really interesting in group was how the handlers knew when it was a commercial break.
They knew when to moved dogs out in front of the signs and when move them behind the signs.
Luckily, I just had to followed the other handlers.
Mrs. Dalton made her first cut and sadly, we were not in it.
But what a great experience to be on the green carpet!
I loved every moment of it and so did Drake.
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The following are newspaper articles from our local newspapers