At the tender age of 7 months minus one day, Becca was shown by Donna in her first show in the 6-9 puppy bitch class on July 4. The goal was for Becca to have a good time and show the world her wonderful temperament. Mission accomplished!!
She was "play bowing" to all the dogs she met while walking around the show grounds, greeting people "in their face" so they would pet her (lots of favorable comments received by folks about her happy, outgoing attitude) and was totally relaxed as an Amtrak train parked next to the show
ring with the engine running. The cutest incident was when she encountered a stuffed toy shaped like a dog inside of a wire crate. She wagged her tail, play bowed, and continued to bark to encourage the "dog" to play with her. Though she didn't win any points that day, she did pretty well with her gaiting; a little more work needs to be done on her stacking to get her to "stay put", but that will come in time. At the end of the day, she was ready for a long nap, dreaming about future dog shows I'm sure. She slept through the noise of the neighborhood fireworks that night as well!
Next month Becca will start a beginning obedience class--she has been having some obedience play training with Donna ever since she was brought home and seems to be a fast learner. She's already showing promise by retrieving a toy dumb bell that Donna throws for her in the backyard.