Career Change

Well, the day has come and gone – I am now officially no longer a full time professional dog handler. I made the decision to stop showing dogs full time when the photography looked like it was going to kick in full time.  At the end of May, I start with my first official all breed show this year, and have at least one show per month now until November.

My friends managed to completely surprise me at the Tyee Kennel Club show with a surprise ‘retirement’ party.  It’s actually more of a change of hats, because I’ll still be working and  still at dog shows, just doing something much different. I sat and took photos of the various groups, Best In Show, etc., while my friends were busy in the grooming area, setting up a snack table, complete with a stunning cake.

It’s going to be different, and the whole concept is somewhat scarey, but the support I’ve received from my friends is phenomenal.


I’m still trying to get the hang of the blog thing. At this point, I pretty much know that nobody else is reading it, or even knows that the blog exists, mainly because I’ve not told anyone (kinda goes without saying, doesn’t it?). I guess this means I’m talking to myself,  not good, or to future readers, much better.

I wanna go next year!

Today was the final day of what is billed as The Greatest Poodle Show on Earth, aka Poodle Club of America.  Three days of conformation judging that is exciting enough that it sends  cell phone usage in the small town of Salisbury, MD  through the ceiling.  Every class completed results in a flurry of calls and texts back to those who could not attend.

Ch. Jaset’s Satisfaction, London to his owners and friends was the ultimate winner of PCA ’11.

Huge congratulations to his owners, breeders and handlers – a job very well done, and a most popular win.

Wow, what to write?

I am a cyber stalker.

There, I’ve said it.  Daily, I click my various bookmarks to visit with people that I like to think of in friendly terms: Patience, Jane, Teri, Jen, The Daily Blonde.  I read about their travels, their life trials and tribulations.  I cry and sympathize with loss of loved ones, laugh at the incredibly funny stuff and marvel at the incredible gift of being able to communicate their thoughts  with the the rest of the world.

I’m going to try and keep up a blog – not because I think I can write like the people mentioned in the earlier paragraph, but because it’s a sounding board for me, and I need one of those in the worst way.  So, if you find your way here, say hi, and I will try to do the post a day thing, and maybe tell you a bit more about me.

Oh, and if anyone knows what happened to The Daily Blonde,  wanna tell me where she went?  Her blog site is empty.

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