Fri, 11/18/2022 - 11:10pm

Dog-Show Withdrawal

Johnny Shoemaker has a bad case of it

Here I am sitting at home, and I have not been to a dog show since the shows in Augusta, New Jersey, on October 16. I had been out on the road for around six or seven weekends in a roll. That can make a person very tired, and tired I was.

I have gotten over being tired and now want to go back to a dog show. I do not want you to think that I do not have some shows coming up — I do. I have one specialty show in November and one in December. See, I have not been forgotten.

I have tried to keep busy at home. I have made lots of raffle baskets for upcoming specialty shows that I am involved with in one way or another. Think of this! I am actually going to be the ring steward for our Poodle Club of Las Vegas rally and obedience events! I will be the one checking in the exhibitors and I am looking forward to that. Aren’t you happy for me?

I have cleaned up some parts of the garage and will get to the rest in the near future. I have cleaned up the house as much as I want to. I have gotten on the phone with friends and went shopping a few times. I have been spending lots of time with my babies … the Poodle kind. That makes me happy and also with my husband, Phil.

Why am I going through withdrawal from dog shows? I guess it is because I was blessed to be asked to judge so many shows this year and found it enjoyable and fun and sometime tiring, but I was around my dog family. I miss my dog family, and that has caused some sadness on my part. Do not feel sorry for me … that is not what I want you to do. I want you to know how much my dog family means to me. I will get over this, but it is not easy.

I now look at the future! It is bright! I am feeling better writing this as it gives me a smile thinking about going to the specialty shows and to Orlando and the beginning of January going to Palm Springs to steward and judging up in the Washington State area in January. What can a person ask for?

Stop having a “self-pity party,” Johnny, look to the future and enjoy the present.

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