Doggies, Doggies, Everywhere!
This may be hard to believe, but our day at the dog show did not revolve around Miss Athena. Nope. She stayed at home with her babysitter (A.K.A. grandma). So, B and I spent our time at the show admiring other pups besides our own. (Check out My Life with Flyball Dogs for some more awesome pictures from the show!)
|Check out the Staffie's purple toenails!|
Dreaming of Agility
My favorite aspect of the Rose City Classic was the ongoing agility runs. We sat and watched dogs of all levels showcase their skills, and I was left daydreaming about Athena's future as an agility dog.
|Maybe someday Athena will jump like that?|
It wouldn't be a proper event if there wasn't shopping involved (at least that's how I feel!). There were tons of vendors on site offering grooming supplies, food samples, toys, supplements, apparel, and accessories. You name it-- there was a vendor for it (even really fancy doggy dental picks...like the kind a dentist would use). We decided to document any items that we felt deserved a spot on Athena's wish list with a picture.
|Athena needs this, right?|
Not only were there tons of things to purchase, but we received loads of freebies. To be honest the only reason I attend events like these are to stock up on the free stuff! Don't judge.
I also couldn't help but buy a few "presents" to bring back for Athena. We got sucked into buying a $2.00 bag of FirstMate dog food, which we may actually consider purchasing in the future if Athena likes it. Athena was also spoiled with a new antler, this time moose (she's loving it WAY more than her elk antler), and a couple of bully sticks.
The highlight of the trip for me was finding two Kong Cleaning Brushes in a sale bin at one of the vendor's booths for only $2.00 each! So far I've used the brush three times and it is seriously a miracle worker. I no longer have to stick my finger in the Kong to scrape out the leftover peanut butter! MIRACLE!
I really enjoyed the dog show, but if I were to go again, I would try to attend earlier in the weekend. We went on Sunday, so everything was wrapping up and it didn't seem like we got the whole experience. I also didn't necessarily like all of the crates of dogs stacked up on each other all over the place. I know I don't know much about the dog show business, but I just felt bad for all of the dogs who were left barking and whining in their crates all day long. But besides that, it was fun watching the judging and agility, getting freebies, and shopping around!
Have you ever attended a dog show? What were your thoughts on the experience?