another day . . . another dog show at eastern states.


first travis gives gracie a quick brushing before going into the ring.

here is gracie during one of her few moments of brillance in the ring at the breed level. she is just so excited to be with travis again and besides, ‘girls just want to have fun’. she jumped, she ran, she had a great time just being gracie

again, she was the only tibetan puppy entered so she was able to compete at the group level, when she jumped, she ran and she had a great time just being gracie.


another brief moment of brilliance  on the ‘out and back’.  gracie, however, is more interested in something outside the ring . . .

here travis is trying to explain that it is not polite to jump on judge lauren payne.

gracie ended up with a group 2 in spite of all of her antics, but by not getting first she was unable to compete for best beginner puppy in show today.



this set of shows has a special competition called BEST OF THE BEST. so, the best beginner puppy in show for each of the three days gets to compete against one another for this title. because gracie won on friday, she and travis got to go back into the ring under akc judge mary ann alston.

DSC_0080just look at gracie’s competition! the belgian teruven who won on saturday and the old english sheepdog who won today. truly beautiful puppies . . . and there is little gracie at the very end of the line.

gracie was still full of herself when she first got in the ring, but travis was able to get her to settle down at the end and she performed beautifully. keep in mind that the competition is for puppies between 4 to 6 months old and gracie was just 4 months old a week ago!


 up on the table, gracie is still a little squirmy, travis had his work cut out for him today.

and the



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    GRACIE      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSC_0083travis looks so happy. he did an absolutely amazing job by getting gracie finally under control but still allowing her to have fun. they both worked really hard for this win (although gracie not so much, for her it was more fun than work). i am still in a state of shock, those other two puppies were really beautiful and showed very well.

DSC_0084DSC_0087having recovered from being named BEST OF THE BEST, travis accepts gracie’s ribbon. gracie having done her thing is more interested in what is going on the next ring.

the judge had a lot of nice complimentary things to say about gracie, who is still more interested in the next ring.


2014-04-20 BEST OF THE BEST PUPPYakc judge mary ann alston, travis and . . . gracie!


on the way out of the show i stopped and got gracie a new dog toy . . . in the shape of a bunny in honor of today being easter. back home, she tries to bite its head off so she can get to the squeaker inside.

and here she is trying to get her new ribbon out of its wrapping. the ribbon is bigger than she is!


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