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Birthday Mania

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.

Written by

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!"
  • Mary Ellen July 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Wow, Kayla, I’m a twin and can’t imagine not spending my birthday (even now in my late 40s) with my twin sister. But we have always done that, so we never had the early experience that you had where maybe your brother didn’t go to all the shows with you and your mom?!?

    How nice to have only been shooting pictures at this show and not been as busy with showing, etc.

    BTW, I’m one of Susan Chaney’s sisters!
    Take care, Mary Ellen

  • Kayla Bertagnolli
    Kayla B July 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Hi Mary Ellen,

    That is so special to hear that you and your sister spend your birthday together! My brother isn’t involved in dog shows so if my birthday lands on a dog show weekend, which it has for the past few years, but much less when we were younger, we don’t get to spend that particular day together, but we always make sure to celebrate asap.

    Thanks for your comment, and support! So great to hear from you, hopefully one day we can meet in person! (:

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