web analytics
Login
Subscribe
Breaking News         Marquette KC (5)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mr. Joseph Gregory     Best In Show: GCH Trumpets You Could Be Mine     Gold Country KC (2)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Charlotte Patterson     Best In Show: GCH Promenade Pay It Forward     Longview-Kelso KC (2)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna     Best In Show: GCH Rush Hills DramaGeddon JH     Mid-Coast KC of Maine     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Wendy Willhauck     Best In Show: GCH Del Zarzoso Salvame From Afterglow     Cheyenne KC     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Lowell (Arlene) Davis     Best In Show: GCH Polar Mist N Bark Barks Built Tough     Be Prepared, For Yourself and Your Animals Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Ticket Presale Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926) Purina Pro Plan Renews Sponsorship of AKC Registered Handlers Program Train Your Wee, Little Dog As If It Were Cujo!

We'll email you the stories that fanciers want to read from all around the web daily

We don't share your email address

A Day Without a Dog

I’m a bit late checking in with you today as I have spent the day traveling to Louisville, KY, for the Kentuckiana Cluster. I had intended to get an early start, but a series of early morning phone calls delayed my departure. I am finally here in Louisville for four days of dog show fun…without a dog. It’s my first time. No, not my first time here, but my first time here without a dog.

I have a confession to make. I sometimes enjoy the time I have away from my dogs. I know, I know. It’s tantamount to sacrilege to admit so. I first noticed the difference on the drive up. There was no crate in the back with a dog demanding to ride shotgun, no requirement to buy my lunch from a drive through, and no extra 20 minutes at the rest stop waiting on the dogs. Upon checking into my recently renovated hotel, I was able to unpack without having to check for nooks and crannies in which my dog could practice her earthdog skills or outfit the boys with belly bands before they signed the guest book or the drapes. I was able to stop for a cocktail at the hotel bar without worrying about whether my boy was going to protest loudly that he was an abandoned child, and then choose a restaurant that offered leisurely, attentive service.

I will still rise early, as I want to be ringside for 8 a.m. judging, but I have no dog to feed, no dog to exercise & no dog to groom. As I settle down tonight, I don’t have to share my pillow or blanket with any of the dogs, nor will my sleep be disturbed by the Toy Poodle objecting to the neighbor coming home after ten, and I will be able to get up to go to the bathroom without worrying about tripping over one dog or the other. When I return to my bed, I will spend an extra few minutes fluffing the pillows up, then toss & turn a few times. It is a little odd; it’s been 40 years since I’ve slept without a dog in my bed. I admit it’s kinda lonely.

However, tomorrow I will get to admire some of the most beautiful AKC purebred dogs anywhere. It’s kind of like being a grandfather. I get to play with all the furry little children and then, at the end of the day, send them home with their parents to be fed, exercised & put to bed. If you see me around the show hall tomorrow, please stop and say hello, and tell me what you want to see here on Best In Show Daily. And that’s today’s Back Story.

Written by

Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.
Comments
  • Chan Kuhn March 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I do understand and enjoy your dogless trip!

  • Post a comment