Second day in and I don’t think I’ll ever get my bearings. I keep saying it, but it’s huge and the trade stands just go on and on. I’m trying to resist not spending all my money. No Barney, you have a bed already. But they look so comfy. No, stop it. I have bought him a flea comb though; he’ll be pleased about that. Or maybe not – it’s a bit like receiving socks for Christmas – practical but not very exciting. Might just have to get him a glow in the dark collar though.
It’s funny in that although this is a big dog show with lots of dog displays, breed showing in the various arenas, heelwork, flyball, demonstrations etc, I still find myself more drawn to just photographing the dogs around and about. Sort of hanging out, snatched pictures and informal portraits. To me, I find this more interesting.
Lots of people are going on to the blog at the moment as the word gets around. If anyone has any requests or would like me to stop by in the next two days, feel free to get in touch and I’ll see if I can find you. Having said that, I didn’t manage to meet up with my pug contact from Tunbridge Wells, but I promise I’ll get some pug shots to make up for it.
Next blog post will be from the main arena for the Group Judging and Presentation for the Gundogs.
Mugly, Chinese Crested – I was told that Mugly is considered the most ugly dog in the world – I’m not so sure. He’s a real crowd pleaser and this Pets As Therapy dog lots of attention. Not surprised when you get carted around a pushchair.
Dare, Working Cocker Spaniel. Had to get this lovely lady on the blog – Barney will appreciate it when he logs on this evening.
Byron, Golden Retriever. I went and took a close up of Byron afterwards and although I was staring at him through the lens, when he let a loud woof, I jumped out of my skin. What a wuss.
Whiskey, Scottish Terrier.
Alfie, Working Sheepdog. Alfie and the next two were competing in the Advanced Obedience.
Indy, Working Sheepdog. Love all the good luck cards, charms, balloons etc. This seems to be the thing to do for the dogs in this competition.
Ricky, Border Collie.
Yoda (right) & Vader, French Bulldogs. In amongst all these people and dogs, I come across one that I’ve photographed before (at Discover Dogs).
Vader (right) & Yoda, French Bulldogs
Dom, Toy Poodle
Dom, Toy Poodle (left) & Gizmo (Lhasa/Terrier X)
Tito, German Shepherd. Lovely light-coloured Pets As Therapy dog
So I’m here and it’s huge and I didn’t know where to start.
There’s much grooming, clipping and general pampering going especially in the Poodle showing area. There truly are some wonderful pieces of sculpture going on here.
Here’s a few from Thursday.
Seven, Standard Poodle
Madison, Standard Poodle
Seven (left) and Madison, Standard Poodle
Pearl, Standard Poodle
Sailor, Golden Retriever (on the caninepartners.org.uk stand)
Baggins, Golden Retriever
A Manchester Terrier being photographed by Ponystep magazine
Elen Elf Addicted To Love, Toy Poodle
Spicer, German Spitz
Queenie, Toy Poodle
Drewe, Chow Chow
Suzi Q, (a very relaxed) Cesky Terrier
Orinell’s Ego Trip, Chow Chow
Today’s dogs were photographed at the place in the woods that I call ‘Dog Central’. It’s the wide pathed area in the woods just down the main path from Woodlands Nursery. There’s a bench there and it always seems to be a busy meeting place as you can go down four or five paths from here. You never have to wait long for somebody to come by.
Here we have Alfie a two year old Toy Poodle who is very sprightly and at the other end of the scale, there is Flynn, an eleven year old Nova Scotia Duck-tolling Retriever whom I’m told is a good eater and seems to enjoy a steadier pace of life.