The beginning of the show season for most of us here in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain west (for those not going to Westminster, at least) is the Rocky Mountain cluster: five days of shows that generally draw dogs from two dozen states. It’s February in Colorado, so as with most years: it’s going to be cold and there’s snow in the forecast.
This cluster is special to me because it’s where I showed Kunga for the very first time, and it’s where, last year, he finished his championship.
Kunga hasn’t shown since the Nationals in early November last year (and most of his buddies haven’t shown since the Pueblo CO show the following weekend), so I expect he’ll be a bit rusty. I’ve heard that the local handling classes have been packed with people polishing up skills and getting new pups ready for their debuts. Kunga had his nails done yesterday and he’ll have his bath on Wednesday; I have lots of friends who spent the weekend grooming and buffing dogs in preparation.
I just hope I can remember, in the midst of the fantastic competition and the emphasis on ribbons and points, that Kunga will only have fun if I have fun. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends there!