October 19th, 2011
Further Steps to Becoming a Champion
Posted by Ghenghis Khan
You may recall last week when Karen Tracy and Jan Kolnik came to the farm to begin my training for an upcoming dog show in Leesburg, Virginia. My father, Maddox, who is owned by Karen, is a seasoned champion, and both she and Jan think that I have excellent potential, as well. Yesterday, they both returned to the farm to continue my training, but this time, they had a little surprise for me by the name of Trinity.
1 Hi Karen! It's so nice to see you and Jan again, but I'm especially excited to see my cousin, Trinity! She's very good looking.
2 Hi, cousin, G.K! I'm here to help you train for your big debut! I may be younger that you are, but I'm already a show dog! So, pay attention!
3 But I went over everything with Jan and Karen last week and it all seems so basic. What else do I need to know?
4 See, Jan? I haven't forgotten a thing. In fact, I've got this in the bag! As you can see, I'm very good at walking.
5 G.K., it's easy when it's just you running around the yard at home, but at the show there will be other dogs in front of you and behind you, too. I'm here to make sure you can stay focused!
6 Look at me, G.K! See, I'm trying to psych you out! Hey, you're really good!
7 And now follow me for a while, G.K. You're going to have to walk very closely to other dogs, but just ignore them. There will be time for socializing later.
8 Trinity, is it really necessary to follow so closely behind? I feel a little uncomfortable.
9 Yes, it is, G.K! But like I said, don't pay any attention to me at all. Stay focused! The judges will be watching you very closely.
10 And because we're so good, we both get treats! You're doing a great job, my cousin. This show dog thing must run in the family!
11 Thanks, Trinity! It's great to know I'll have an experienced friend at the show to help me!
12 What about me, Karen? And what about Sharkey? Can we be show dogs too? Please take us with you!
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