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Author: OriginalServices.com
Posted: April 10, 2010 @ 10:41 am GMT
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Although I'm sure her skill to flush game is as sharp as any birddog's, obviously, Scarlet is show material. It's in the ring for the ribbon where her efforts are deployed. Her breeding, training and grooming have already won her numerous prizes. When I first bought Scarlet, she was intended to be my companion in the field as a hunter.

When she was about eight months old,it became especially evident that she was born to show rather than hunt. She just had an air about her that said, "Look at me. Watch how far I can go." At my breeder's urging I began to prepare her for the ring. We went through obedience training and I took some lessons myself on how to properly groom and handle her.

She responded so well to all that, as if she knew exactly why she was receiving all the attention and what she was going to do with the knowledge. She actually improves with each show, and she's won Best of Breed twice so far.

The life of a show dog can be hectic, stressful and expensive - and I'm talking just about the owner! I can tell that Scarlet becomes anxious and stressed sometimes, especially just before a show. But she composes herself better than I do; I'm usually a nervous wreck by show time! I sometimes wonder what life would have been like if I'd trained her for hunting. Less stressful , probably, but I can't say with certainty that it would have been more rewarding for either one of us.

When I see Scarlet receive a ribbon and I know she is the absolute best of her breed, I can't think of a better reward than that recognition for either one of us. All the hard work and worries seem like nothing in comparison to hearing the words, "Well done!" Those words are directed at me - and I whisper them into her ear so she'll get the praise she deserves. "Well done, Scarlet."




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