Greetings my friends from sunny, warm Orlando where the All-Breed shows kicked off on Tuesday at the Orlando convention center. It has been a while since I have come to these shows (actually, I never attended at this venue) and I am glad I am able to attend the event in its entirety! We will do our best to keep those that could not be with us informed of what’s going on here. Check out www.caninechronicle.com for news and results being posted throughout each day’s show.
I wrote to you earlier about reserved grooming requests for this circuit being returned to applicants. Some motorhome reservations were returned as well. While I cannot speak about the motorhome parking situation, I can say that there is certainly a wealth of grooming space as of today! Some folks waited in line for numerous hours to get that perfect spot, and there were a couple of issues with folks moving in on space otherwise occupied, but it appeared as of this morning that things were running smoothly. It appears to be a great start to an outstanding event for our sport.
Before I forget, here’s a shout-out to the men in orange who once again have stepped up and done a spectacular job keeping things under control. The logistics of getting masses of dogs and humanity in and out of a convention center in an urban setting is a challenge. You guys handle it with what appears to be ease and understanding.
The flooring used for the rings is quite nice, and the equestrian-style ring gates are being used which makes spectator viewing much easier.
As I walked over to the show this morning from the Hyatt Hotel – which is a short walk across the street, or across the foot bridge, whichever one prefers – I thought about how lucky I am to be a part of this sport. Let us not forget that being able to breed and show our dogs is a privilege that each one of us should cherish!
One of the icons in our sport has celebrated an iconic birthday!!! Happy 90th Birthday to Dorothy MacDonald!! Nearly everyone who showed to Miss MacDonald has a special story to tell about that interaction. She was not just a judge, but also a teacher to those who wanted to listen and learn. We miss seeing her in the center of the ring.
Also celebrating birthdays are Paul Catterson, Chris Millman, Luke Ehricht, Ashley Ryan, and Ryan and Remy Smith-Lewis.
Finally, our deepest condolences to Frank Baylis on the loss of his mother this past week. She was 91 years young and her influence on Frank is very apparent. Ask him to tell you a story about her next time you see him. He has a million of them.
Good luck around the rings everyone. I hope to give you a shout again in a couple days with the goings-on here in sunny Florida! If you are travelling here to joining us, be careful out there!!!
Until next Time…..
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