National Gundog Championship Show
2nd August 2015
Not sure where the last 6 months had gone but suddenly Malika's first show had arrived, the Show was National Gundog at Malvern Showground. Did excitement prevail at home, NO, although she had been well socialised we had been to no ring craft classes and it had been 3 years since I was last in the show ring in the UK. It was going to be an interesting day!!!
It was an early start but I am used to that, however, I don't think Malika was too impressed, especially when we got to the car park at the showground and she flatly refused to get out of the car, with a little bit of coaxing and lots of bribery (treats) success at last! Still not sure what it was all about to be honest because the minute she got out her tail was wagging and she was happily meeting and greeting everybody she could.
We both had a lovely day meeting old and new friends and Malika loved the show ring, she was such a good girl and got 2nd which gave her a qualification for Crufts (added bonus).
Thanks Linda Mayne for these lovely photos of Malika in the ring.
Pembrokeshire County Show
18th August 2015
I had entered Malika into the Open Dog Show so we could both have a bit more practice in the ring, because there was no Spinone classes, she was entered in AV Gundog Puppy, I was so pleased when she was given 1st in her class and then went on to be awarded Group 2 in the Gundog Puppy Group.
After showing we had a lovely time walking round the show having a look at all the stalls and watching the judging in all the rings for cattle, horses, etc. We enjoyed a picnic watching the show jumping and Malika who by then had met lots and lots of people, had her photograph taken numerous times, enjoyed an ice cream decided it was sleep time for a bit.
Next year I must remember to take my camera.
Welsh Kennel Club
23rd August 2015
This was always one of my favourite shows, I love the drive to Builth from where I live really pretty scenery and it is the closest Championship Show to me. Unfortunately the weather was awful on the Sunday and just got worse as the day went on, but an added bonus was meeting up with a good friend that I hadn't seen in a long time, so major catch up with gossip was in order, just got to be done :).
Malika who by now has got used to getting up early in the morning and being whisked away in the car to strange places again did me proud by winning 1st Minor Puppy Bitch.
Getting placed with Malika at the shows is always special and lovely, but this little girl with her huge personality gives me a bigger gift than that, she makes me laugh every day with her antics and that to me is priceless.