Norsk Miniatyrhund Klubb, Verdal

In mid-August we spent a weekend at Soria Moria Camping in Verdal, where we attended another dog show. The weather was beautiful, with a clear blue sky, nice temperatures and sunshine all day. Soon it'll all be over this year, and we'll have a few months to prepare before the next season starts.

I really enjoy attending these dog shows, they are indeed something special to me. It's not that I have to win, or show that my dog is the best Chihuahua in the world (for that he his, it goes without saying), but it's the whole package. It's excellent training for the fuzzballs, both for obedience and socially, and it's a great way of making new acquaintances and friends with similar hobbies. This is partly why we decided to buy a caravan, to make it even more social than it already is. For us, I mean.

On Saturday Theo did very good, and was awarded two red ribbons! I'm so proud of both my boys for getting better and better in the ring. There's not really much to say, I think the critique speaks for itself. His only two years old yet, so he still has time to develop the type of head desired in a Chihuahua. I don't know, to me his head looks beautiful, but then again.. he's my perfect little fox no matter what.

Bra størrelse. Utmerket pigment. Store velansatte ører. Mycket bra kjever og bett. Kunne hatt litt mer volym på skallen. Lagom halslengd, fin nakkevelvning. Sterk rygg. Bra lengd på brystkassen. Velbåret hale med fin høyd. Vakker pels. Rør seg med et hærligt steg fra siden. Bra spenst i steget bak.

August 13th, 2011 · Judge: Hans Almgren, Sverige

Sunday was.. something else. Even though the weather was nice, it was quite windy and I think it made Theo a little skittish. Leaves were rustling, things were moving all around us. I still think he did well, but he ended up being awarded a blue ribbon and so-so critiques. I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit disappointed, but then again.. the judges are indeed different.

Maskulint hode, kunne vært noe høyere og markert i skallen og stoppet. Framskutt skulder. Stram rygg. Bra hale. Kunne hatt rettere framben. Litt lettkledd, men tilstrekkelig med frynser. Kunne hatt mer vinkling bak, og lavere hase. Kjekk i temperament, men faller litt i front i bevegelse

August 14th, 2011 · Judge: Annika Ulltveit-Moe, Norge

We made a new friend, Linn Hege, and I got to cuddle the cutest little Chihuahua I've ever seen: Silly. She was so calm, and so immensely beautiful, I had to fight the urge to put her inside my jacket and runaway with her. *cough* And she did so well in the ring! Linn Hege came over to me to say hello, since we kind of knew each other from a forum, and silly as it might sound (no pun intended).. it meant a lot to me. And of course we met all our other dog friends again, Camilla, Anita, Vanja, Sonja and Ann Kristin - only Heidi, Venke and Jan Åge was missing, but we'll see them soon.

Every time we attend a dog show I see a change in Theo. A change for the better. This time he wasn't nearly as tense as he has been, he seemed very happy and did quite well around other dogs. Naturally he had a few minor fits if other, bigger dogs came too close, but all-in-all I was very proud of how he was behaving. We're still pretty inexperienced when it comes to shows, but we learn something new every time we stand before a new judge. This was our 9th show, and the last time for Theo to be shown in AUK (or Open Novice) before moving on to AK (or Open).