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Back in the Ring and It Feels so Good

As many of you may know, I was at local shows this past weekend in Farmington, Utah, with a four-day cluster of specialty and all-breed shows I wrote about last week. The shows were beautiful, well-organized, and the club members were as nice as ever. I was a bit under the weather, but knew that I couldn’t miss out on my favorite local show of the year. So, for the first two days, I took it easy with some picture taking. Then, during the two all-breed days, I was not only taking photos, I was showing as well.

I didn’t get a photo of me showing, but here is a picture of the beautiful view from the show grounds.

I had to actually back track to remember the last time I stepped into the ring. I think this is the first time in my life that I have been to so many shows in such a short period of time without showing a single dog! The last time I showed was in May, and since then I have been to seven all-breed shows, two fun matches, one National Specialty and one ARBA show! I did not even pack show clothes, or take a dog or doggie supplies to any of them. Just me and my camera! So being back in the ring was kind of like starting from scratch.

On the other hand, it was like that saying, “Once you know how to ride a bike, you never forget.” It’s not the forgetting how to show a dog part, it’s more of getting back in the habit of doing so. It made me realize how much I missed showing on a regular basis, even more so than I already suspected.

I frequently reflect back to when I was assisting, going from show to show, and even my time in juniors. This time I feel like I had such a big break from actually being in the ring with a dog that it made me miss it all that much more. I had the chance to show one of my Beagles and a Golden Retriever that I show from time to time at local shows. Now we didn’t do any big winning per se, but I was proud of how well my doggies showed. We had a great time too! I also had the chance to show a Cavalier. If you remember reading this blog, I studied up on showing this breed a while ago. Heck I must have “I love to show Cavaliers” written across my forehead! That’s OK with me because they are really fun and honestly very easy to show! Maybe if I hang around the Cavalier ring at every show, I will be able to take another one in soon!

What can I say? It just felt so good to be back in the ring and not solely outside of it taking photos. It truly is a great feeling, and I plan to keep my break in showing much shorter this time!

I definitely won’t forget that showing dogs and Dogs Freakin’ Rule.

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Sonya Henderson,Raynics Bassets September 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    My list of dogs I presently have with me has grown very small and as I would like to put GC titles(they are all CH’s) I am truly not intereested as it would require me to be away too many times to be at shows. Would really like to breed and raise more class dogs to show and finish but am patient and will do so when the time is right. Have been out a to a few shows recently and its like “riding the bike.” Its never forgotten!

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