This weekend the Terry-All KC held its annual all-breed show in Brighton, Colorado, and as we have for the last 6 years, our Great Dane Club was permitted to run the paid parking and take in the proceeds. This is an important annual event for our club, and accounts for a lot of our revenue during the year. It means club members have to get up at some ungodly hour to get to the show grounds to set up by 6 am–yet somehow every year we have people that actually volunteer to do this! April in Colorado is never really warm, and this year it was pretty nippy out there. Yet there were at least a half dozen people there for the five hours between 6:30 and 11:30 am, taking in the cash, enduring the abuse from people who didn’t want to pay to park, gossiping, laughing, and drinking coffee. The show committee kindly schedules Danes to show late in the day to allow our club to do this.
There are a lot more fun things to do as a group than stand in the cold and direct parking. But our club members are pretty game and mostly show up when they’re supposed to. It’s a little known way in which our breed club builds relationships among its members, earns some money, and supports the Dane community.
We are lucky here to have a club with members who are supportive of each other, civil at least even when there are disagreements, and willing to pitch in with some of the unpleasant chores that have to be done to keep everything running. Before I started showing, people told me how vicious dog show people are, how back-stabbing and nasty. Well, I’ve seen some of that. But happily here in our corner of the world, it’s at a minimum in our breed.