I had a grand time watching the flyball demonstration at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina last month. Flyball involves teams of dogs racing against each other in a relay through a course and over hurdles to reach a box that when the dog pushes against it, releases a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then races back through the hurdles again to the starting line where the next dog in relay takes off through the course. The key word in this description is races! Boy, can these dogs FLY! I was completely out of my element photographing this event. I tried just focusing on the hurdle and fired off multiple shots in an attempt to catch the dog in mid-air. I have more frames with no dog or only a tail as the dogs were wayyyy faster than my reflexes in clicking the shutter. Even when I started shooting before the dogs ever got to the hurdle I missed them! They were THAT fast! Here’s one descent shot.
Say hi to Chow Chow “Forbes” (GCH Dreamland’s Wanna Be A Billionaire) – breed winner and Non-Sporting Group 2 at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina last month near Philadelphia, Pa. What a great name … Forbes! Love it!
“I think that Carol has treats in her pocket! No, I don’t THINK she has treats, I KNOW she has treats! This isn’t my first time in the dog show ring, ya know, I’m very experienced at this sport! If I just stay focused long enough…..and keep my eye on her hand (oh and look really cute, too!), the treats will be all mine! Love, Monty”
Here’s Gordon Setter “Winnie” (GCH Hollyhunt Take A Chance on Me) with handler Kristyn McCartney at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Did you know that Winnie has her very own Facebook page? Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/WinnietheGordon
David Fitzpatrick and Pekingese “Rodger” (GCH Yakee Easily Persuaded) make their way around the ring at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. I love the way that they are looking at one another. In case you missed watching on Thanksgiving, NBC will re-air the show tonight – check your local listings for times in your area. (In my neck of the woods it’s on from 8:00 – 10:00 PM)
Reserve Best in Show at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina went to Norfolk Terrier, “Ryder”, (GCH Yarrow Venerie Ticket To Ride).
Congratulations to American Foxhound, “Jewel”, (GCH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box) and Owner/Handler Lisa Miller on winning Best in Show at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina!
Thank you to all of the super nice breeders, handlers and owners of the beautiful dogs that I am privileged to photograph throughout the year. I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time with some of the most beautiful dogs in the world and have made a lot of great new friends along the way! Tune in to The National Dog Show Presented by Purina tomorrow on NBC immediately following the Macy’s Parade to see who will win Best in Show! Be sure to cheer for your favorite breed!
Watch for this Bearded Collie, “GCH Ha’Penny Mirimar The Fab Fawn”, on The National Dog Show Presented by Purina this Thursday on NBC right after the Macy’s Parade. She quickly became a crowd favorite thanks to the energy, fun and excitement she generated in the ring. Who doesn’t love watching the movement of that beautiful coat as this breed goes around the ring? She even stopped to take a bow much to the delight of the crowd and handler Greg Strong.
Three new breeds were introduced last weekend at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. One is the Chinook, a member of the Working Group and bred as a sled dog in New Hampshire. This breed is affectionate, playful and athletic and its name means “warm winter winds”. Watch for the Chinook along with 182 other breeds and varieties that will appear on The National Dog Show Presented by Purina immediately following the Macy’s Parade on NBC Thanksgiving Day.