Wednesday, January 2, 2013

23 Weeks - Maddie's Invitational

The Invitational was way back in mid December. I am still waiting for Riley and Seven's photos from the event so I have been delaying their posts.  But I will tell you that Seven was sound and ran rather wild.  Riley ran very well.  Both had some nice placements.
Maddie did not compete, of course, but I maximized the experience so she would get exposure to a lot of different things.
This was the first time that Maddie was inside of a large venue holding a huge event.  There was agility, obedience, conformation, dock jumping, and demonstrations.  There were also crating and grooming areas.  People, children, dogs, and vendors were everywhere.  There was loud music, slick floors, and far away potty areas.  Maddie did not have one accident.  Almost! But made it outside just in time.  She started to act a little funny and it dawned on me that she probably needed to go outside.... a good distance away.  We started running as fast as we could and she almost squatted on the carpet, but I kept her moving and we made it to the grass with no time to spare.
We were assigned crate spaces.  You technically aren't supposed to bring extra dogs, but Maddie and Riley's two 36 inch long crates fit on one space.
Maddie was wonderful.  On most mornings, she had to stay in her crate for a few hours while I walked courses, competed the big girls, and took care of them.  Maddie was so patient and waited for her turn without complaint.  She would nap or chew.
Once it was Maddie's turn, we walked everywhere inside and out.  I found these huge flight of stairs to work on.  Maddie resisted going down them at first, but then quickly gave in.  The next day she dragged me to the stairs for more practice.  It was really cute.
We helped out at the breed booth a few times.
Pam Rubinstein had the brilliant idea to rent a couch for the booth.  The greyhounds definitely had the most comfortable booth.
There was also another puppy there representing.  Isn't she precious?  She had just come over from Scotland.
Look how big she is.  Maddie is 5 and half months in this photo below and the red puppy is 3 months.  I think she is going to be huge!
We also made our way around the conformation rings.  I did not see the greyhounds show because I was competing in agility at the exact same time.  But we did make time for a cheesy conformation picture.  Apparently, only paying customers are supposed to put their dogs up on the box because we were quickly chased away.  Whoops!
We made time for a little lizard hunting.  I think it is good year around in Florida.
In the evenings and on the last morning, I walked the girls for an hour around our hotel in Orlando.  The restaurants and store fronts had nice sidewalks and grassy areas.  It was great to get Maddie out around traffic and crowds.  
Yeah, she is getting that big...
Maddie also did great in the hotel.  We were on the 4th floor and had to take an elevator.  She was a champ. No accidents.  Settled right in and slept through the night.
All in all, Maddie was excellent and the trip was a great experience for her.


Lilith said...

What brand is your soft crate for the big girls? We've been trying to find a greyhound sized soft crate in forever!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Lilith, I love the Noz to Noz brand or something like that. I recommend the 42" long. Riley can do the 36" long, but keep in mind that she is only 50 lbs. I prefer her and especially bigger greyhounds in the 42". We just had to squeeze at this event.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Great event for Maddie. I'm jealous. We really should find an event nearby to just walk through. We do have our conformation event in February. By the way it looks like you've been working on Maddie's stack. She looks great! I have not been practicing with Kili. I should but conformation bores me. ;)

Wish I could see that Scottish pup next to Kili who is 4.5 months now. She'd probably be smaller. That pup is huge!

Hazel said...

I think you must have enormous energy to do everything you do. All the travel, equipment, training, filming, walking, etc. I love reading the blog posts. Maddie is wonderful, and it's great that the older hounds are there for a good example.

andrea said...

what a great trip for both you - talk about inspiring confidence in Maddy :)

Claire Krigbaum said...

Fun! What a good puppy she is. I love how she dragged you to the stairs the second time. Excited to hear about the big girls!

jet said...

aw, that sounds like a great trip for little Maddie :) those steps look like a good thing to practice on too, not like horrible shiny steps we seem to come across so often :P

Team Zero Gravity said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun. Maddie is doing just absolutely wonderful. I love seeing all the photos of her in all kinds of environments.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Aww I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet Maddie. I assumed she didn't come so I didn't think to ask you :(

We got chased away from that photo op too lol.

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

Florida sounds like heaven in the middle of a Maine winter. Looks like a lot of fun! Although I don't know about the color of that hotel carpet...