That was one very busy weekend! Wednesday afternoon we pulled into the Gympie Showgrounds with everyone on a high ready for the show to start in the morning. We tried to organise everyone for an early night but with adrenalin running high this was not easy task! I think it was nearer 9pm before the younger ones were settled … only to be up at 7.30 am wondering when we were going to the show!
Thursday was a quite day, getting the dogs accustomed to the sights and sounds of the show (again) and checking out the sights and sounds for ourselves. The Aussie FMX were a big hit, especially for Mr 4 whose highlight of the whole show was getting a high five from the O G (Old Guy) of the FMX team!
Friday we relaxed some of the day, resting the dogs in preparation for the high jump. As usual they called the dogs in at 4pm, and then they had to sit and wait (and listen to the grating voice of the MC/commentator who over used the words “Thank you very kindly”) and to pass the time the kids counted the times he used those words! (26 times in about 3 hours). They are planning on changing the system next year which will hopefully mean less time sitting round in the sun waiting.
After waiting almost an hour and a half they called the dogs in to the main ring and the jumping started! As always there is another dog there (called Dougie) who can jump over 9 ft and is just too good taking out first prize for three years running! When it all came down to the line, it was between Sparkie and Tess for 2nd and 3rd place. Sparkie took out third, then the rain started (which is why there are no still photo’s of this event) so they gave Tess one more jump which she couldn’t do it so they called it. The prize for 2nd place was a ribbon and $150 and $50 for third place!
Saturday saw us up early and heading over for the Novelty Dog competition! This is our 6th year competing and winning prizes, so it was no surprise that the girls and dogs came away with a good portion of the prize pool.
The highlight this year was Suzanna (age 6) who came in third in Best Child Handler running Tess.
Jasmine and Sparkie, Best Tricks, Gympie Show 2014
Chana and Lassie, Best Trick, Gympie Show 2014
More results and pictures are up on the Superdogs Facebook Page.
Sunday was another early start as we headed off for our first Superdog performance of the year at the Gympie RSPCA Million Paws Walk. As it was raining off and on we didn’t get any photo’s of this event either. It was a success though and everyone enjoyed it and the dogs all got a free hydro bath so smell great now too.
Next up is the Springsure Show at the end of the month. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we can get some more pics!
Ever tried to write a blog when your three young children are watching a movie (in this case Tangled) right beside you? Sorry if this is a bit disjointed.