This morning’s dog show was a huge success for Orso. We didn’t know what to expect since we are accustomed to the traditional AKC-type dog shows, so we just allowed Jessie Herzon, Orso’s handler, to guide us through the morning. We knew we had to be ringside at around 8:30am but that was about it. We were staying at the Orlando Sun Resort & Convention Center, which was conveniently where the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA) dog shows were being held. It was great to just wake up and walk to the show location! It was especially convenient since we had Luna & Mouse with us. Like we do at all the shows, we set up our soft crate and all of Orso’s show things. We followed our usual routine and showed up about 45 minutes before ring call to allow Orso a little settling down time in his crate. When it was finally time to report for our breed’s time, we headed over to our designated show ring with Jessie.
It was very cool to see how the show was organized. Each dog goes into the ring alone for his evaluation where he is judged against the standard. After individual evaluations are done, the dogs all go back in to the ring together to get ranked against each other. Our judge for the 1st of 4 shows was Canadian Judge Mr. Steve Dainard. He awarded Orso an SG1 rating, which is the highest rating that can be awarded to a dog showing in Orso’s age group. In order to be awarded a National Champion title, Orso needs three SG1 ratings this weekend. Four SG1 ratings will earn him a National and International Champion titles. Orso then took Best of Breed and went in to show in the Working Group Class. Mr. Dainard placed Orso first in his group out of 13 dogs! What an amazing moment this was for us! So special! Orso had the opportunity to go back in the ring later to compete for Best in Show and he behaved wonderfully! He didn’t win Best in Show but he managed to win the hearts of many of the spectators. Jessie did a great job with Orso this morning. Below are some of our favorite photos of the morning, enjoy!
To read what Mr. Dainard had to say about Orso, click here for his written critique.
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