Time to wrap up our posting about the a wonderful week in Wisconsin at the Frenchie National Specialty. Even though we didn't get to spend much time outside the show site, there was no shortage of fantastic things to behold!
There was all the beautiful scenery right around the hotel,
although their swans are apparently carnivorous!
We got to witness many friends realize huge accomplishments in the ring, sharing in their jubiliation.
|Our friend Lori won Best in Sweepstakes with her Pax, beating 120 dogs to do it - a once-in-a-life-time sort of accomplishment! Look at that HUGE ribbon!|
It was great to have friends there to share in our own joys as well. We couldn't believe our eyes when Brutus got a special recognition at the awards banquet. We had unknowingly achieved the highest scoring run at the agility trial, and got this really special trophy to commemorate our accomplishment:
|No, Brutus... That's not the award (he made me put that in for our pal, Mayzie!)|
|That's more like it! What an honor!|
Although it does kind of look like a wheel of cheese now that I think about it...
It wasn't all work, though. We saw many dogs just chilling out:
|Neill (Carmen's uncle) always brings along his "fan club"|
And there was time spent time sunning with new friends:
|That's Carmen and her fawn buddy, Teddy, enjoying a few sticks together while basking in warm afternoon sun.|
Some dogs were there looking for handouts (that's Tansey, the ol' girl is really a hoot)
While others were busy striking a pose for the photographer
|Our friend Sandy won the Veterans Sweeps with her girl Lola|
Or just plain posing (Carmen, you are such a little ham!)
Then there were those who were just plain dog-tired. That's Brutus zonked out ringside.
|It took some serious energy to win all those awards, you know!!!|
As much excitement as there was, all too soon the Specialty was over and it was time to head back to Ohio. We didn't have time to check out these places we saw from the highway, but they are certainly on our list of things to do if we ever drive through Wisconsin again!
|Behold, the power of cheese!!|
Besides, Brutus was fast asleep and I didn't want to wake him up by stopping! He really did sleep all 9 hours back to Ohio, other than 2 quick potty breaks!
So that about does it for our big adventure. It was a time I will never forget - my kids did me proud and we had the time of our lives. The trip might be over, but the memories and friends we made will last a lifetime! Thanks for coming along for the ride for our special adventure, we're glad to be able to share it with you!