As most of you know, I’m growing out Mocha for AKC Conformation shows. She is unofficially a UKC Champion, but I promised her breeder I would give it a fair attempt at AKC, though it is not my preferred sport. I’m more of an Agility, Obedience, Tracking sort of girl. I like to get out there and get my dogs dirty, as well as teach them to sit and look up at me with adoration. Both sitting and dirty are big ‘No No’s” in Conformation. My Bret and Bree are AKC Champions, but their co-owners were the ones who grew them out and both dogs had professional handlers show them. I don’t co-own Mocha with anyone. Yeah, I know… not my smartest move. It has been a learning experience and at times a royal pain the the butt. I am learning a lot and hopefully I don’t get desperate and take a 10 blade to her entire body. Kathryn Bolin, of Aurak Standard and Mini Poodles is my personal lifeline. She is a professional groomer, local to me, and does all the scissor work as well as presenting her for me in the AKC ring. So far we only made it to one show weekend as a puppy, with a respectable 2nd place in a large puppy class on her last day of showing that weekend. It took her several days to settle down and stop acting like the crazy brown clown she is.
We have a long way to go in both hair growth and mental maturity before we will be ready to win, but if I can make it past “coat change”, I think she will do okay. I just gotta stay strong and not let the hair win!!