This weekend I was able to spend some time at a fairly large AKC dog show. I watched several friends compete with their dogs, both in conformation (like what you see on TV when they air the Westminster show), obedience & rally, and got to rub elbows with some big-time competitors! My main reason for going was to watch the French Bulldog class, in order to root for our friend/vet as she competed with her frenchie (pictured below). I'm happy to say that they were "Winner's Dog" (WD), which gave them enough points to finish the little guy's championship. Congrats Lori & CH Forever in Blue Genes d'Assisi (a.k.a. Neill) - glad we were there to witness the crowning moment!!
Despite some early aspirations, Brutus' career in conformation was cut short (no pun intended) when we had him neutered. Luckily we can still compete in any other AKC venue, and I think agility is more our cup of tea anyways :) Speaking of which, our agility hero Soren just won a very prestigious title (MACH - Masters' Agility Champion), and is the first Frenchie ever to do so!! I'm fortunate to have had email conversations with both his owners & handler, who have encouraged us to continue our agility training & aspire to Soren's accomplishments. Frenchies are not known for their agility ability, but just like Soren, Brutus has never let the fact the he is a "non-sporting" breed get in the way of his competitive spirit!! Here is a photo of Soren flying through a tire while on course (for a video of his championship run, check out Soren's Youtube video).
It's not my style to post things that are not about Brutus, but I thought it was appropriate to use this venue to congratulate our friends on their accomplishments! Brutus might never achieve the greatness and titles that Neill and Soren have, but that doesn't make him "worth" any less to me! He might not be perfect, but I know we have a fan club in our own way, and I love my little "rock star" for all the wonderful things that make him The (one & only) Brute. Tomorrow I'll resume our typical "Brutocentric" content, so I'll leave you with a parting shot that I thing sums up my little man:
No autographs, please! Well, OK - but only in exchange for a treat...