I took Keva (Ch Chelson Satin Image) to Monroe, Michigan this past weekend for the Ann Arbor Kennel Club shows. This is a huge dog show, exceeding 1700 entries, including 26 separate supported entries (or "boosters" for specific individual breeds), 16 rings and 35 judges. While some of the breeds were fortunate enough to be judged in the air conditioned building, most were outside. By all accounts, it was another steamy weekend, but thankfully there was enough breeze to make it bearable, and the free movie-style popcorn and lemonade didn't hurt!
There was lots of time on Saturday after the shelties were judged to enjoy the bulk of the show, and I took a number of candid photos outside of the show ring of dogs who had just been judged or were waiting their turn.
This little bulldog puppy was sporting the latest in "keeping cool" wear, a cooling jacket, very lightweight with a cool interior but dry exterior. Next Top Model, for sure!
There were plenty of wading pools and fresh running water set up for drinking or for cooling off. This German Shorthair Pointer puppy knew exactly how to use his pool!
Remember that free popcorn? Doesn't that mean for Mastiff puppies, too?
Two youngsters making new friends ...
A pair of Scotties, looking like they are old friends ...
Inside the air conditioned building, a group of Maltese get ready for the ring.
This dachshund doesn't appear to be feeling the heat too badly.
And this doxie is really travelling in style.
A well deserved rest back at the motel for Keva, who earlier that day took her first American points!
I'm still working on Part 2, mostly photos of dogs inside the ring. It was a great day, and the competition was inspiring.