This past weekend was all about Bess! I had her entered in Rally with the plan to finish her Excellent title. And I also had her entered in conformation for the first time in about five months.
First up was conformation. We've gone back to having me handle Bess. I am happy to say that she showed better than she's shown in a while. She's free stacking lovely and she's not acting miserable in the ring. Unfortunately, our judge was not a fan of Bess. We've shown to her once before and had essentially the same result. In the Winners Bitch ring we got a cursory look, while the other bitches got a good going over. We might as well have been excused from the ring for all the look we were getting. Oh well. That's how it goes. So nada in conformation.
Then we went over to the Rally ring. We did some warming up and things were going well. However, shortly before going into the ring Bess started acting funny. Sort of off. She was reluctant to sit and just was kind of acting not all there. There wasn't anything obviously wrong with her, so we went into the ring and ran our course. The course was pretty nice. Bess was just acting off though. When we came to the pivot station, she sat about three feet away from me. I'm probably exaggerating, but that's what it felt like. So we redid that station and did better the second time around. Once we got done with our run, I took her outside and she immediately had diarrhea. I felt pretty bad for her at that point. The poor girl had obviously been feeling really uncomfortable the whole time and I just hadn't figured out what was going on. She was back to normal by the time we got home, but at that moment she wasn't feeling too great.
On the up side, we qualified, finishing her Rally Excellent title with a score of 85, taking fourth place!!
Sunday, I opted to not show Bess in Rally. I had only entered her in Excellent and we needed to qualify in Advanced as well as Excellent to start working towards her RAE. Conformation was more of the same. Bess showed well again, but we still didn't get much of a look in the Winners Bitch ring.
All in all it was a pretty good weekend! I hope that everyone else had a great weekend!