I went to the Old English Sheepdog National in Dixon last week to help Marilyn, my friend from Acton. She had Hana & her sisters (Betty & Millie) and their dad Ch. Love'n Stuff Mak'n a Difference. I took SeaB so we could spend some quality time together at the dog show next to several in-season bitches and I was officially a "bucket bitch" for Marilyn and her sister Kristi. It was so interesting to see their national compared to going to the Collie Nationals as in comparison theirs was like going to a very nice local specialty. Their entry was about 88 dogs total. Ours can go up to 1200, worse possible entry around 600-700. Anyway, I had a great time and in the smaller classes could call the winners for the most part. This is not a breed I could own, but I have to say these Old English have the NICEST temperaments and the building was EXTREMELY quiet with almost no barking. A room full of OES laying on tables, quiet, getting teased. Hairspray and no hysterical brushing at ringside or even in the ring. Apparently when they are done, don't touch them! Or, Diana, don't touch them!!! Their hair is all backwards from our collies (heads fluffed up, necks down, butts up!). At ringside I was given specific instructions to not touch the dog, nor let anyone touch the dog. I had Hana at ringside because Marilyn had back to back classes and I felt like such a pet person!! She kept touching her rear on me as she watched her mom and I had no idea I might be de-fluffing the butt!!! OMGosh!!! So Soooorrrrryyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!
Anyway, Marilyn got some nice class placements and Stud Dog with Sherman. But, the next day at the all-breed with still a very nice entry (some 40 dogs or so), she was Breed. They only need 4 dogs for a major so I kept saying as I was marking their catalogue, that did the WD/WB win a 12 pt major?????? Wooozeeee!!!!!!
Here is Marilyn and her special. I love these pictures!
I like the one in the background with the "splash"! Kind of like a pinto horse! Marilyn said in England they were not um, desirable ~ those "splashy" OES!!