Sportsmanship Reigns at The Greenville Kennel Club Dog Show | Canine Chronicle

By Bev Crosby, Greenville Kennel Club Obedience & Rally Chairperson Each year at the Greenville Cluster, there is an elderly handler who comes to show her Shih Tzu in obedience. This is the only show she does each year. She comes alone, carrying her dog in her arms. Someone drops her off and picks her up at the end of the day. Usually she shows up too early for her class, but always finds the courage to ask someone where she should go and when her class starts. She isn’t very knowledgeable of the rules, nor has she progressed very far out of any of the various options of Novice classes. But, she loves to show her dog. She sits silently in a chair outside her assigned ring, waiting…waiting. Invisible to the rest of us bustling about warming up our dogs, worried about the slighest bobble. Close your eyes and imagine the picture of what I witnessed today. On one side of the obedience venue, Utility B is celebrating a 200. With that party over, I return to my […]

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3 thoughts on “Sportsmanship Reigns at The Greenville Kennel Club Dog Show | Canine Chronicle”

  1. What a wonderful story it brought a tear to my eyes as I read it. Spending time with our loving K9 is the most important thing. Dog people are such a caring group it’s nice to know they are always there to help and cheer someone on. Thanks for sharing that with us all.

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  2. PS It took me three years to put a CD on the aforementioned Gordon. I had quit and restarted many times, finally ended up at the Palm Springs three day show, didn¹t talk to anyone, just spent the three days with him, playing, having fun, little training thrown in when he wasn¹t looking:-). First day, first leg. I was, um, emotional. Second day, second leg, I was in tears. Third day, when the judge said exercise finished on the long down, I was bawling. Happiest day of my life. And probably his too, because I¹d promised him if he¹d do this for me, he¹d never have to do obedience again:-).

    So again, this woman¹s story went right to the heart, because this IS why we do this dog stuff, or should be. Because we love our dogs, and anything we do with them is pure joy. People who get a dog and do nothing but walk it once in a while and share the couch at night have no idea what they¹re missing. I feel sorry for those dogs too.

    From: Gordon Setter Expert Reply-To: Gordon Setter Expert Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:57 AM To: Carole Raschella Subject: [New post] Sportsmanship Reigns at The Greenville Kennel Club Dog Show | Canine Chronicle

    WordPress.com Sally Gift posted: “By Bev Crosby, Greenville Kennel Club Obedience & Rally Chairperson Each year at the Greenville Cluster, there is an elderly handler who comes to show her Shih Tzu in obedience. This is the only show she does each year. She comes alone, carrying her d”

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  3. This is great to hear. I’ve seen way too many obedience people so focused on their own dog and performance they are oblivious to people like this nice lady. Good going Greenville KC Obedience judges and competitors.

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