(With apologies to Stephen Covey)
I’ve found there are 7 qualities of a resilient, successful show dog. Having them doesn’t guarantee success, but they all contribute to winning.
Even a dog that eats well at home can get picky on the road. Early in his show career I took Kunga to Topeka, KS for a 5 day show. It was mid-August and about a zillion degrees with humidity up near swamp level. From the first exposure to the sights and smells of that large show, Kunga stopped eating. For 5 days I tried everything, but he only had a half a hamburger one day and a dish of vanilla ice cream another day.
People offered numerous remedies, aimed at disguising the scent of all those luscious canine ladies: Vaseline on his nose, vanilla extract, lavender oil. But I couldn’t bring myself to end what was probably Kunga’s favorite aspect of showing, smelling the whole shebang.
Since that grueling experience Kunga has reverted to type and now eats whatever I feed him, show or no show, home or on the road. It means he doesn’t lose energy or condition, and both of us are better for it.