Judge: Ronald Menaker (USA)
Today nothing special happened, it was another express judging and we were done by 2pm (compare that to yesterday, where we finished at almost 3pm)... he waved Ashra and Gala out, and then went on to take another look at Miss tiny and Miss unknown brown. We did the stack alright, although with not much time there really wasn't much place to screw up with it. The gaiting was a bit off, Ashra was pulling and she jumped on me again, so the lap around was ruined. The down and back was okay, but that was all we had.

I think overall, what we're going to have to keep working on is movement (especially since most judges are all-breed judges), I think in that aspect yesterday was probably the best and only time we got it right. Ashra's free stack is improving a lot (I guess it's just something they eventually get), she even did a couple of free stacks outside to show off. Maybe both of us were just tired as well, who knows. I'm certain though, that I am never participating in another 10 day show. 7 days is my limit where at the end of the day I start to feel uncomfortable (and with the exception of Expocan, I really can't think of any that go for 10 days, anyway!).

The result: fourth place, graded excellent (Gala got third today).
 





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    I originally hail from Australia, although I can be found in different parts of the world.  I stumbled upon my first accidental show dog (Ashra) and pedigree Dobermann this year and I am currently in the process of looking for the second addition to our team.  I'm a lostie trying to make it in the show/sport world without a clue. Learning as I go, as newbies do. I aim to document my experiences as accurately, and truthfully as I can, because I myself have found that such information (from the point of view of the "nobody"), is lacking and elusive.

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