The Maple Leaf Kennel Club was having trouble getting enough entries for their UKC conformation show, so we decided to enter Arizona.
The UKC or United Kennel Club, is a more family and fun oriented organization. They offer a lot of the same events as the Canadian Kennel Club, but instead of being focused on just looks at conformation shows, the UKC looks for dogs who not only fit the breed standard, but who can also perform the jobs they were bred to do.
One really neat thing about the UKC is that you cannot use a professional handler and the dog must always be shown or trialled by the owner, breeder or immediate family of either one.
Arizona was entered into two shows on the Saturday, but in hindsight we should have only done one. It was a really hot day and all of the dogs in the show seemed leggy by the afternoon.
Despite the fact that Arizona got last place in her class, we were very proud of her. When the judges had finished judging the group and were taking a break, we went over to ask them what we could have done better.
Both judges said she looks and moves great, and showed very well, but that she was the youngest female golden retriever being shown, so they were not able to give her a better placement. They both said she just needs to grow up, grow into her body. This probably sounds silly, but it makes complete sense to us and we are happy with the outcome.
Rogue came along as well. I should have entered her as an altered, but I didn’t realize they had the altered class. She worked the entire time and did really well. It was neat to see how easily she guided me around the fair ground and ignored the various distractions.
Despite not earning any points or ribbons, at least we now know that Arizona is not a waste of time and that some day she will grow into her body and maybe earn a conformation title or two.