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Rescue dog Bailey is Best in ShowPosted on 09 Sep 2011
Rescue dog Bailey had a troubled past but he’s been given a second chance in life. This week he confirmed what he knew all along – that he really is the best!
Hi friends (two and four-legged varieties),
I am feeling very pleased and proud this morning. When I last wrote I mentioned that I would be going to a reunion over the weekend, back to the rescue centre where I first chose Nice Lady to be the person I wanted to live with.
Well we did go, although the weather was not good and there were so many road works and diversions on the journey that I did think at one point we might be giving up and going back home.
Luckily Nice Lady persevered (a bit like she did with me actually, she is quite tenacious, she would undoubtedly be a terrier if she was a dog) and we arrived in the rain.
Because it had taken so long we missed some of the dog classes, so Nice Lady entered me for the best rescue – and I won!
The judges said they were very moved by my story but the result was obviously a happy ending – the best thing for a rescue dog.
However, that wasn’t the end of it – the best was yet to come. Because I had won my class I was automatically entered for the Best in Show and, you’ve guessed it, I won that too!
To be honest I’m not surprised because I did behave beautifully, no kicking off at other dogs when they had a barking contest, standing or sitting next to Nice Lady, no jumping up at the judges (unless they asked me of course and some did want a kiss).
I tried to behave like the dog everyone would want. I have been given some food, toys and two huge rosettes. I also had to give some interviews which Nice Lady helped me with as I was so tired.
I still find it quite a strain keeping up the good behaviour; there were so many dogs and people and everyone wanted to talk to me, asking about my head and just generally wanting to pet me. It’s lovely to be so popular, but exhausting!
Today Nice Lady and I are spending a quiet day together, a gentle walk with lots of casual sniffing (me that is, not Nice Lady, she’s good at lots of things but doesn’t really understand the joy of sniffing – strange creatures humans!).
I am tired, I think that it has taken me longer that I anticipated to get my fitness back after my paw injury.
Also we live a quiet life, Nice Lady and me, and the big event was tiring. But I will have a good long sleep this afternoon, a light supper and then off to agility class.
I saw Nice Lady cutting up some cheese and putting it in my training bag. I love cheese, almost more than liver cake – but not quite. Anyway, with cheese as my reward I am sure that my memory of what to do will return immediately.
Why is it that tasty treats help you to remember things? It works at dog class as well, sometimes I don’t remember how to lie down on command for instance, but if there is a piece of cheese, or sausage, or liver or, well anything tasty really, than I instantly know what to do. Uncanny isn’t it?
I have a new collar – very soft leather in blue with a green trim. I have to admit it does look beautiful against my golden brown colour. I’ll send you a picture – I do look good.
Have a good week and enjoy the autumn walks.
All for now …
Licks and wags,