To the left is my friend Marian's boy CH Davishire's Meant to be Mor "Morgan" and to the right (even though the crate is empty) is WCK-Olympus' Rockin' Red Racer "Cabo." As the temperature went up, I needed to put Bess' cool coat on her to keep her from panting. You want to have your dog pant as little as possible while in the ring because among other things it can throw off the way their head looks. If they're panting, they're also probably "droopier" and generally just not looking their best. So you try to keep them as cool as possible inside and out of the ring. If you watch a the breed ring you'll notice that when the judge isn't looking at the dogs, the people handling the specials (those are the finished champions competing for Best of Breed) usually have someone on the sideline with a rag, spray bottle, and/or cool coat. That way they can keep their dogs as fresh as possible and at their best.
Unfortunately, Bess HATES her cool coat. It seriously makes her depressed. I haven't used it a ton, but I've used it enough on her that she should definitely be used to it by now. But she still hates it. So that made for a dog who wasn't really all that thrilled to be there. And I feel that it showed. She wasn't very happy in the ring and she was a bit on the sluggish side. And it was a long day. We won our class for both shows, but that was as far as we got. I did manage to take a video of the breed ring. I think this was from the first show of the day. It wasn't quite as hot yet.
And from the Sporting Group ring, that I just happened to go and watch!
I was staying with Bess' breeder and her husband on the fairgrounds, which was really nice! It's a huge relief to not have to drive any where and already be at the show grounds for those 8am ring times! Kim Broenneke had the other trailer next to us. We had quite the little camp going on!
Today was the final day of the show and we did decently enough. We won our class again, but didn't do anything in the WB ring. But hey, at least we got our first major!!:)