Most of you DFR readers know by now that I am definitely a conformation girl, but over the last year my dog world slowly expanded into a love of performance.
Honestly, I hadn’t been able to experience much because of a lack of knowledge in that area, but, with the help of a few great people, I was soon on my way. All I knew was that I was interested and eager to learn and experience more. Thankfully I can now say that this love is going to start growing faster and stronger.
Just a few weekends ago, I was able to attend my first performance event with only my camera to keep me company. The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge, let me tell you, was nothing short of incredible. In all aspects!
I knew going into the event that I would enjoy it, I just had one of those feelings. But I never imagined just how great it would actually be. Not only were the dogs incredibly talented, but so were the handlers, event staff, and everyone from the photographers to the people helping with production. More importantly though, every single person was flat-out happy to be there.
You could tell these handlers loved what they do and love their dogs. The support for each other was like nothing I’ve seen before.
Now don’t get me wrong, this event was, as I mentioned before, quite incredible. From a personal standpoint though, I was, let’s say a little nervous to attend. OK, not to attend, but to be shooting (as in photos) at an all-performance event. When I have free time at conformation shows, I try to make a point to catch some agility or whatever else is going on, but when it comes to taking pictures I haven’t had much experience. I have to admit though, with the help of a fellow photographer and a few pointers, I really got into the swing of things and got some nice shots. Plus, challenging yourself is fun, right?
Let’s just say, this will not be my last performance event!
See, I told you, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!