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Smiles All Around in the Ring

Now that my baby Beagles are getting older – in fact, they just turned 1 a few weeks back – I find comfort in knowing that I will be spending more time in the ring instead of out of it.

I love being able to enjoy all aspects of the dog show world, including taking photos and showing dogs, but there is something extra special and relaxing about being at a show showing my own dogs.

Now most of you may be asking yourself, “Did she say ‘relaxing?’” The answer is yes, relaxing.

In my area’s Beagle community, we all support each other. Stepping into the ring, it’s almost a given that we all know each other and have communicated before making entries. So we all go in knowing that, win or lose, the outcome will be a happy one.

On a recent weekend in Idaho, I was able to take two of my Beagles with me – a dog and a bitch – and both were entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor class. The entry was unfortunately small, but we still had a good time and managed to pick up points on both of them. And looking at the weekend as a whole, almost every other dog entered was able to pick up a point as well! It’s great knowing that no one left disappointed, and that we all had a good reason to smile.

My little Beagle buddies, Lauren and Cooper, enjoy some time celebrating after a long weekend.

Overall, Idaho had a lot to offer, including great club members, fun events and even better dogs! As you may already know, many of the current top dogs made an appearance at the show, and it was great to take some time out from behind the lens to watch them. Although, believe me, I would have loved to take thousands of photos. The only downfall to this show site was that it’s just not ideal for those picture perfect moments. It was a bit disappointing, but the dogs were happy and cool, so that’s OK with me!

Add a comment below and let me know what brings a smile to your face at the dog shows!

Just in case you didn’t already know… 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 “Smiles All Around in the Ring”

  1. Susan Chaney Susan Chaney says:

    I can’t believe they’re already a year old. How is that possible?

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