Being a June baby, the chance of my birthday falling on a dog show weekend is more likely than most. In fact, probably half or more of my birthdays have been celebrated at a show, on the way to a show or coming home from a show.

So, just a little birthday history on me: To start with, if you know me personally, then you know by now that my birthday is just another day to me. Nothing special needs to happen, nor do I need or want any big whoop-de-do on my birthday. I don’t have any particular reason for why I feel that way, I just do.

I like to be with the people I love and maybe eat some good food. But on the other hand, I like to do those things on other days as well. It shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be a once-a-year thing.

For some reason though, it always ends up that my birthday, and probably yours as well, ends up being a bigger celebration than a regular everyday event.

Also, being a twin doubles the birthday mania to an even larger extravaganza. Double the birthdays means double the people and double the everything. However, the celebration is usually delayed if I happen to be gone on the actual anniversary of the day my brother and I were born.

This year, once again, I was gone (sorry, brother). At a dog show, of course.

But it was a bit different from previous years because I had my sister and my mother with me at the show. They know birthdays aren’t my thing, so right away they got the dancing, singing and “it’s your birthday, it’s your birthday” out of the way. With one look from me of, “Are you guys serious?” they said, “OK, OK, we’re done.” Of course, by that time everyone around us was staring and saying, “Happy Birthday” to me.

In addition, I had all kinds of people who remarkably saw it was my birthday on Facebook (thanks, Facebook…) and made sure to say it to me in person as well. So, like I mentioned before, it was a bit unusual, but in a good kind of way.

On a side note, this was the first year that my birthday fell during a dog show where I wasn’t showing or assisting. Instead, I was taking photos for Best In Show Daily. Shooting dogs is maybe a tad more relaxed in the sense that I do that kind of on my own terms. If someone wants to stop and chat, I can do that without worrying about where I have to be.

All in all, another birthday conquered and a successful one at that. Maybe my next birthday blog will be about a birthday spent at home… or at a show. Only time will tell!

Dogs Freakin’ Rule… and birthdays are OK too.