This coming weekend is the Kent Kennel Club’s conformation dog show in Chatham. Canyon and Huib are entered into the Canadian Bred Dog category for Friday and Saturday. We have a judge from Columbia on Friday and then an Ontario judge on Saturday. We decided to forgo Sunday’s show because the judge is an actual golden retriever breeder who likes their white goldens over the Canyon-like ones. We got our confirmation letter in the mail today and it looks as though there are five males (not sure what ones are in which categories) and four females entered.
Canyon injured his right front leg somehow last month and we’ve been working really hard to have it healed up in time for the show. It is completely healed as of late last week, but he still wants to lick the area while the hair grows back in, so we’ve been making him wear one of Huib’s old long sleeved shirts. He doesn’t bother it at all while the shirt is on, but for some reason when it is off he still insists on licking at the old injury. We aren’t totally sure how he injured it, but we noticed a medium sized scab and immediately made him begin wearing the Elizabethan collar (cone) and treated the area with antiseptic spray. We’re not convinced the hair will be totally back by Friday, but we’re making Canyon continue to wear Huib’s shirt so that he has the best opportunity of regrowing his hair back in time.
If Canyon doesn’t do well on Friday, Huib is thinking we’ll forgo the Saturday showing because I have a final exam for my Business Law class on Friday so cannot come with them, which means after their showing on Friday they are driving back to Guelph. Chatham is about two and a bit hours away from Guelph, so Huib is thinking that there is no point in doing the extra driving on the Saturday if Canyon’s not even going to have a chance of doing better than last place. I told him he didn’t have to come back to Guelph after the show on Friday and that he could stay with Canyon in a hotel that night, but being Huib, he knows I really want to come watch them Saturday so he is doing the drive out of love 🙂
After looking at the various shows scheduled this summer, Huib and I have decided to make this one the last for a few months. We are going to focus on teaching Canyon to heel properly and begin learning the sport of drafting. We have a drafting workshop in May and are thinking that this might be the next adventure for us to take with our golden boy once he finishes up his Canadian championship title.
Please wish them luck!