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Fun Match Fun With My Puppies!

A couple of weekends ago, I was able to attend yet another fun match. The Mount Ogden Kennel Club put on the event, and, along with great prizes and a raffle, had lots and lots of fun planned for the day!

Beagle puppy ‘Zooey’ figuring out why fun matches really are FUN!

This time around was a bit different from the last one I went to, which you can read all about here. Instead of judging, this time I had a few in-training puppies to bring with me for, well, training. I even talked my mom into coming with me and getting in the ring herself!

We planned to just show our puppies in the Puppy class, but as we entered them, the club also mentioned they had an Adult Handling class, so we decided to enter that as well to get some extra time in the ring for practice purposes. That was definitely a first for me, and of course my mom managed to show me up, which of course made her happy! All in all though, we both had fun and managed to get our young ones out of the house and into the ring!

My puppy girl ‘Zooey’ and me spending some time getting to know what dog shows are all about.

Not only did the club offer Adult Handling, but also Junior Handler, Puppy and Adult classes, which gave all of the dogs several chances in the ring. This was great for me, along with many others who came to train their little ones. I also found that wasn’t the only reason some locals came out to the match, even with the snow and all. Some people came simply because they love dog shows, and although this may not be considered a real dog show, to them it is just as good!

If you want to have a little fun and are involved in your club, what are you waiting for? Bring it up at your next meeting, and get the ball rollin’! I promise fun matches are a lot of fun, and are one thing that helps to keep our sport alive and going strong!

Remember, fun matches 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!"

1 Comments to “Fun Match Fun With My Puppies!”

  1. kirbys Deborah Kirby says:

    Kayla,
    Nice article and of course I love seeing pictures of Zooey as often as possible…her head is just stunning…those ears! Anyhow, I wish we had more fun matchs in our area. It is one thing going to handling class, which is extremely helpful for puppies, but doing and actural match really adds to the experience for the puppies…making it more like the real thing.

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