|Barked: Fri Aug 19, '11 6:14pm PST |
|Because, sadly, it is a fashion show as well, and that coat is fashion at its best.
When I first started in labs showing a lab with a scar was perfectly fine...it was considered a badge of honor earned from field work. As time went on, sadly that belief went out with the retiring of most of the older judges. Scars now take away from the overall picture and are no longer honorable.
As for the poodle coat... in most cases I have always shown the dogs in puppy coat, which is MUCH easier to keep, and once finished, they could come home and enjoy life with a short clip from then on. Sadly, Riley is co-owned with the breeder who is also my handler so he was always left home for a "paying client" as a puppy. Now, because he is co-owned by the breeder/handler, and will be shown as an adult, he is expected to have a perfect coat.
I rented out his kennel run this weekend and had to bring him home for the weekend. I was almost in tears watching him race thru the house and play with the cat and the other dogs...he is missing so much and, frankly, I am getting old and cynical and am not sure it's worth it!!! I have scheduled a meeting with the breeder and either he starts showing NOW OR I cut his hair off and let him enjoy life and not be a champion! He is a champion already in my eyes!