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Traveling and Packing

Isn’t traveling the best? Well, it can be, minus all the in-between stuff – like planning, packing and getting yourself to the airport.

When it comes to flying, or even driving long distances, I tend to procrastinate, putting things off until the last minute. This is especially true when it comes to packing.

This past weekend, I flew to California for the Mission Circuit for five days of dog shows. This, of course, meant five days worth of packing.

Usually packing for a dog show is quite easy – key word being usually,– because I mostly pack suits and doggy attire, with just a few “filler” clothes thrown into the suitcase.

This time it was a little different. Although I was headed to dog shows, I wasn’t going to be showing any dogs, and this really threw me off course. I got to wear “normal” clothes to a dog show again, only this time I had to pack for it!

Packing for a dog show isn’t always easy. Photo by Erik Lam/Dreamstime.com.

Whenever I travel, it’s not just my wardrobe that changes. My whole “virtual” world changes too. My Facebook and Instagram automatically turn into an update center for what’s happening in my world – mainly pictures of what’s going on.

It’s fun for me to scroll through my Iphone photo album. I can review the entire year while sitting on an airplane, from my week at the Garden to last weekend’s show back home in Utah. Pretty soon I’ll be adding pictures of palm trees and the California sunshine!

We all enjoy taking time off from our everyday “normal” lives to spend a long weekend at the dog shows. Traveling and packing are just the price we have to pay to spend time with friends and enjoy the sight of so many beautiful dogs in one place.

I’d like to know where you’re headed to this year. Leave a comment below, or tell me yourself in person!

P.S. 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!"