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BAbbling IS THERE A RIGHT OR WRONG...? By Geir Flyckt-Pedersen

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itting here reflecting over what has happened in the world of dog shows over the last few months- and especially what I observed during the wonderful Montgomery weekend, my question is simply: Is there really a completely right or a totally wrong decision made in the show ring? Just look at what happened during this one week in October. Four shows on consecutive days with for us terrier addicts Montgomery as a climax. Take a look at results from these shows and compare notes. You will witness an extreme variation in as well results as judging procedures. In some cases rather confusing and not really understandable-but in other cases totally acceptable. In my humble opinion that is. We keep repeating this cliché about “on the day”, but if you are at the end of a dog’s leash every day you are surely not aware of how differently an animal can look from day to day. A very good friend and one of this country’s top handlers asked me after the first day what I thought of his “exhibit” that has been winning a lot. I had to be honest and 18 Dog News

told him that I was not impressed. Two days later I watched the breed judging and surrounded by a number of excellent specials the “exhibit” stood out and virtually blew me away. I had a rather interesting experience myself during the week. For the first time in what to me seemed like a hundred years we were showing a couple of terriers. One of them always looking so impressive running around or just standing outside my office window staring at me. Alert and inquisitive. Felt pretty certain she would do ok. The other one cute as hell, moves with temperament and confidence and I believed she would look ok. Well, to make a long story a little shorter: On the third day I asked someone else to show the first one so I could be ringside and see what she looked like. And I was not very impressed as it was a totally different picture than what I expected. The fact that she was in season the next day might have been a contributing factor so she simply did not feel all that well. The point is though, that had I not been able to see her in action I would still question why she did not win… The other one just enjoyed her very first show, enjoyed it even more the second day, the third day- and on the fourth day was kicking her hind legs telling

me how much she enjoyed this “new life”. This scenario reminded me of a situation that happened some 25 years ago. We had a litter from one of our excellent brood bitches. With different males she had produced a number of dogs that were doing well in many countries, but this litter was rather disappointing apart from one male who stood out like a sore thumb! He had an attitude to go with it- and until he reached teeth changing age I thought he would be the best thing happening in the world since the introduction of sliced bread! Tail and ears were always ok, but the rest just very plain and ordinary despite maintaining his great attitude. So for the next year or so I tried to pass him on to any “passersby”, would actually give him away, but all turned him down. If not good enough for you...is probably what they thought…. Decided to show him, qualified him for Crufts, trimmed him myself, asked Peter Green’s cousin Lynn Snow to handle him for me as he was entered in Open where I already had another dog. During judging of the class I happened to look across the ring seeing this beautiful dog in the corner. And I am still embarrassed by the fact that Continued on page 68

Dog News, October 31, 2014  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 30, Issue 44 October 31, 2014

Dog News, October 31, 2014  

Dog News The Digest of American Dogs Volume 30, Issue 44 October 31, 2014

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