Norsk Kennel Klub, Hamar

Last weekend was quite stressful. Since we finally had the chance to use our new caravan, we had decided to go to Hamar to attend their annual NKK dog show. Talk about crazy! Hamar is a five and half hour drive from Trondheim, and the weather forecast had already warned us about snow. In Trondheim. With snow comes icy roads, and thankfully we had enough foresight to change into snow tires before we left home on Friday. Why? Because we drove through a couple of different seasons on our way home on Sunday afternoon. I decided to stay online on Facebook to keep in contact with those who had left before us, and we were warned about accidents, icy roads, people with summer tires on their cars laying in ditches, and snow. Lots of snow. When we came to Rena the landscape had changed completely from an autumn scene to something resembling a Christmas card - or the insides of a snow globe!

It was our first real trip with the caravan - if you don't count the little camping we had in Ålesund when we picked it up - so we agreed on spending the whole weekend in Hamar, even though chihuahua was scheduled for showing on Sunday only. We arrived on Friday night, a lot later than we had originally planned, and experienced some minor setbacks (left too late, forgot about filling up the water tank, forgot my jacket and had to drive back into the city with the caravan attached, hit afternoon traffic) that kept us up until 3 AM. When everything was sorted out, we ate some suspicious looking food from some local fast-food restaurant - the only restaurant that was still open, and went to bed. My initial plan was to get up early on Saturday, walk down to Vikingskipet and watch the show. Unfortunately my body seemed to disagree after the long drive, so most of the show was already finished once we got down there. Øyvind's parents drove up to see us, and together we watched the finals. Afterwards we had dinner before they had to leave us, and when the evening came we spent some time with Cuda's breeders like we use to. I love the social side of showing dogs, it's so nice seeing everyone!

But back to the star of this post, namely my beloved little Theo. I wasn't expecting much when I saw which other dogs he was competing against. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, Theo's my heart and I love him to death, but there are a lot of dogs that have more of that typical look that a lot of judges want in a chihuahua. Our judge of the day was also a woman, and statistically that would mean Theo would be awarded a blue ribbon (we've been to 12 shows now, six of these 12 judges have been female, and four of them has awarded him with a blue ribbon - every male judge have given him the sought-after red ribbon), but believe me when I say I was truly grinning from ear to ear when she handed him the red ribbon. My boy(s) received an Excellent at an NKK show! He didn't get a CK this time either and ended up being placed third in the competition, but I really didn't care - an Excellent was what I was hoping for. A lot of blue ribbons were handed out, so I was really proud of both my boys.

Mycket bra typ. Rett formad hode, men en aning long nosparti. Bra öron. Tilsträcklig vinklat fram och bak. Mycket bra svans. Rett pelskvalitet, men ei i full pels i dag. Rör seg bra, behöver lite mer selvstendighet.

October 9th, 2011 · Judge: Marja Talvitie, Finland

Now I'm only looking forward to the next show, next weekend. It's most likely our second last show for 2011, but even though I hate long-distance driving during this time of year, I appreciate having something fun to look forward to when the days grows colder and darker by the minute.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11