Sunday, June 8, 2008

So Back in April...

Nothing like a new puppy to distract a woman from blogging, but we'll get to that in a moment...

The weekend of April 18th we went to a local UKC (United Kennel Club) dog show right here in Denton, TX! It was sponsored by the local American Pit Bull Terrier Club and the show organizer, Patricia, was awesome enough to offer us the chance to do a small exhibition of our Shilohs even though we aren't a recognized breed yet! We jumped at the chance!

I think it was back around the New Year when Zak found out about the show. He also found out that Mr. Fred Lanting, "Mr. GSD" was actually going to be judging there!! We were very excited because Fred was a longtime friend of our breeder and the Shiloh shepherd Breed Founder, Tina Barber, and probably ranks as one of the most knowledgeable people on earth about dogs in general and German shepherds in particular! Even though Shilohs aren't GSD's, they are similar, and we were looking forward to getting Fred's opinion of our pup!

We got all we bargained for and more. We got an awesome introduction to the UKC, met a ton of fantastic people--breeders, exhibitors, and organizers--and Fred gave a structure and movement seminar and actually trotted our Leo around the ring!! Here is Fred elegantly moving our Leo:

And here is me, not-so-elegantly moving our Leo:

So it was tremendously exciting, we had a great time and learned a LOT!!