Occasionally we all get that excited feeling of butterflies in our stomachs when we see a really great dog.

For me, the sight of a dog very rarely moves me emotionally. So when I felt the hairs on my arms stand on end and the goose bumps rise as I came across a dog I’d never seen before, I automatically knew this dog must be something special.

It was as if something inside just clicked.

As this uncommon moment happened to me on the Mission Circuit recently, I could not for the life of me remember the last time I’d had that feeling.

After my initial surprise, I stood motionless in the middle of a crowded exhibition hall trying to remember when I’d last been moved in this way. I’m sure people were staring at me as if I was completely lost or totally insane.

I caught myself thinking, “What’s going on here?”

Well, as this particular dog entered the Group ring, everything came together in perfect harmony. The handler and the dog were so in tune in every way possible. As I watched them go around the ring just once, I experienced such strong emotions of wonder and awe.

It was a great feeling, actually, and just thinking about it now makes me smile.

Here is a photo of the very special dog that turned my world around with just one go around in the Group ring. I can’t wait to see you again!

On average, I would say that most people – myself included – get that feeling about their own dogs and dogs we’re associated with. There’s always something special about the connection we have with our own dogs on a personal level. And let’s be honest, it’s always exciting to win with our very own dog!

I eventually figured out when I last had this feeling – or one similar to it. I remember being in the photographers’ pit during Group judging at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club. I’d never experienced anything like that before. In fact, I’d only been to the Garden on one other occasion.

But in February of this year, as the lights were dimmed and the Group winners took one last go around the ring, I felt those butterflies and that rush of strong emotion.

Experiencing this feeling of excitement twice, just a few months apart, has been an incredible thing for me. Wouldn’t it be great if this happened to each of us more often at dog shows? Then again, if it did, I guess it wouldn’t make each moment seem as special.

Now might be a good time to take ask yourself, “When was the last time I felt goose bumps at a dog show?” I’d love to hear your story!

It’s just one more reason Dogs Freakin’ Rule!