I’ve said it before and here I go saying it again: “Expect the unexpected.”

The other weekend I attended shows in Chula Vista, Calif., otherwise known as the Bahia Sur Kennel Club.

Now I knew these would be smaller shows – I was thinking maybe around 800 dogs each day. So when I finally got to the show site, I was kind of bummed out because it seemed even smaller than in previous years.

Initially I thought, “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s going to be a great time.”

So, long story short, I really expected nothing spectacular to happen. I don’t mean this in a negative way. It’s just that at the past few shows I’ve attended, I had some great moments that I will remember for a very long time. I guess my thought process was that those previous moments couldn’t be topped this weekend.

Oh, boy, was I wrong! I had two almost heart-stopping moments that I will indeed remember for a very, very long time.

First thing I do when I get to a show is to sort of peruse the area, see who’s there and what’s going on. Then I get my camera out.

So as I was checking things out, I stumbled upon the Siberian Husky ring, where I found a dog that, honestly, I didn’t even think would be there. It never even crossed my mind as a possibility.

The dog was, of course, Stacy, my “goosebumps” dog from a previous DFR. Once again, I was standing there in utter shock when I saw her. It was like lightening striking all over again! So I quickly pulled out my camera just in time to catch the end of her winning the breed.

In my opinion, this is the best part of Stacy’s performance. Right after she wins, she gets so amped up and excited. It’s something you definitely have to see for yourself, but hopefully this picture will do for now…

The second big moment of my weekend was seeing one of my good friends go Best in Show.

Joe Berkau is one of the people who taught me the most about assisting, as well as the ins and outs of the handling-assisting world. I have known, watched and learned from Joe for more than seven years now, and I still remember my very first day on the job.

I was so lost and confused that day, but Joe helped me through everything. His attitude with the dogs and his personality in and outside of the dog show world are truly one of a kind. I couldn’t be more blessed to have been able to capture the moment of his first all-breed Best in Show. It was one of those, “I was meant to be there” kind of moments!

I’ve said it before and here I go saying it again: Dogs Freakin’ Rule!