I love my dogs, and this collage is just one moment in so many joyful times I spend with the dogs. In addition to loving spending time with them, I like to show them too. The dogs enjoy going to shows too, but is it worth it?
In January 2014, Minnow earned his AKC Rally Obedience RN title and that was a great weekend. Now I am trying to decide if I want to show the dogs in conformation shows this year. (It may seem late to some folks, but we have crappy weather and very few shows after the big January show.)
So here are the questions
- Is it worth showing if these dogs will likely never earn a championship? There just aren't enough dogs out there showing and I don't have the right mix to create my own major points at an AKC dog show.
- Do I really need more ribbons? When we were moving, and moving, and moving, I finally decided that most of the ribbons could go, and there is really no reason to have more ribbons. I did keep the Best in Show and High in Trial rosettes, but have no plan on keeping anything less than that unless I need them as proof of titles (see #1).
- Is my expendable income best spent showing Chinooks? Let's imagine a two-day show where I would enter all three dogs. Entry fees roughly $75-90/day, $150-180 per weekend. Next show I'm looking at is in Minnesota and if gas doesn't increase too much it will cost me about $75 in fuel. Weekend of collecting ribbons = $225-255. Hmm.