Last weekend we went to the dog show in the city. I don't know if I ever mentioned here but I used to handle my mom's dog in dog shows when he was little. I did it back then to promote the breed. He's a Slovenian dog breed Karst Shepherd.
I liked the outside shows but the inside ones were always too crowded. We stopped going to the dog shows because I didn't like the energy anymore. Some people don't treat their dogs well at these shows and it started to bug me. We once witnessed a dog's death because the handlers left it in an overheated camper in the middle of summer while they were showing other dogs in the ring.
If you're not familiar with a term "handler" it's a person that professionally handles someone's dog in dog shows. Sometimes owners bring the dog to the show and they meet the handler there but sometimes the handler picks up several dogs and drives them to the show. That happens especially if the dog show is in another country.
A big part of us going to these shows was the people we met and became friends with. That's why we try to visit some dog shows to catch up with them but we haven't done it for a while because life got busy, I got pregnant and then the kid was still too small but this year we finally managed.
Funnily enough the people we hung out with in good old days were not there anymore. The dogs have grown old. Mom's dog Kato was 11 years old this month so most of them stopped taking their dogs to the shows already. Of course there are still the old breeders but we only met with a couple of them at this show. The rest decided to skip this show for one reason or another.
The kid though enjoyed watching the dogs. He was pointing them all out and he was very interested while they were shown running in the ring. Of course he called all Karst Shepherds Kato because of our dog.
Here's one photo of us on the right watching. It's from Kart Shepherd Club FB page.
P.S. If you're curious, that's a photo of Kato and me in my Blogger profile on the right when he was only a month old at the breeders. :)
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