People sometimes wonder why we show dogs. It is not about winning or losing but rather the time spent together with friends and dogs. One day I was talking to Marie about this and she told me a touching story that happened to her at a show. I asked her to write it as I wanted to publish it. This is what dog showing is all about.
In the story below "Gator" is Ch Windrock Blue Bayou
Showing a dog is more than just the work involved in the actual judging ring. There is often a myriad of surprises. Some are good and some are not so good. But the fun is always there in some form or another.
A few years ago, Gator was invited to the Eukanuba National in Long Beach, Ca. He did not place, but I experienced a once in a lifetime event.
Fortunately, my daughter and I stayed to watch Greg Louganis and his #1 ranked Jack Russell Terrier in Agility. As we waited (and waited), a little girl ( about 6-8) approached me and asked to pet Gator. I told her “sure, he would love it.” She and her family had been looking for him since the judging was over.
She handed me a plastic bag. She said, “ we think you were robbed during the show and we want you to have this.” I looked at her Mom and older sister and they were smiling and nodding their heads in agreement.
Rather reluctantly, I replied “Thank you” and looked in the bag.
It was a Bronze sculpture of a Greyhound lying down. I nearly cried when I saw it. I had looked at it at the vendor and almost bought it, but it was nearly $60.00. I decided I didn’t need it that much.
But, after giving her a big hug, I tried to not accept such a gift. But she and her family were adamant regarding his deserving something and would not relent. She actually started to weep at the idea that I wouldn’t take it. I couldn’t stand both of us crying so I accepted.
I don’t even remember how Louganis did in Agility that day, but I will always remember the experience of the GIFT from someone so appreciative and the relationship that Gator had with the dog lovers present.