little bit .......... bored.
you start to think that Mopps was being totally neurotic about this
'boredom thing' I do have to admit that at the start of this year they
took me to Manchester Ch. Show. It was very cold, very noisy, it was
a very long day and I got .......... bored. A LOT BORED!! So that when
Mopps took me into the ring it could have been said that my performance
did lack a certain amount of sparkle. (Mopps seemed to think that a
triangle with a 6 foot run up on both sides and across the top - because
I would not go any further - was in some way lacking in effort. In
fact on our return home I became aware that perhaps I had overdone
things as I have been at the Ringcraft equivalent of 'Boot Camp' ever
the photos were finished Mopps had three hours to consider what was
likely to happen - on prime time television - if I 'got bored' again.
I continued to look serene (bored?) and to refuse any proffered titbits.
Mopps continued to look slightly sick! I did hear her say to Kennelman
at one stage during the wait that 'if she pulls another Manchester
I am going to kill myself - right there in the middle of the Crufts
Group Ring - as I just cannot face the public humiliation!' She is
such a dramatist!!
were then all called into order and Mopps and I patiently waited our
10 minutes of fame in the Crufts spotlight. Well, from the minute I
realised that there was MUSIC .......... CAMERAS .......... LIGHTS
.......... ACTION .......... and most especially .......... ME I
just flew across that ring like a little circus pony closely followed
by Mopps who was having trouble keeping up. We enjoyed our Crufts Hound
Group - me and Mopps. However (whether it was revenge for Manchester
or not) I was pretty horrified to hear on broadcast on television that
what made me 'memorable at home' was 'barking at the birds and bullying
my sister'!!!!. I mean if Mopps felt that it was necessary to describe
me so - could she not have put 'she has an unusual empathy with the
local wildlife and takes her responsibilities regarding discipline
of the Cranstal pack very seriously. 'Barking at the birds and bullying
my sister' indeed!!! However hearing Peter Purvis say on TV that 'she
looks absolutely lovely' to me indicated that he had a lot more appreciation
of my true worth than my handler!!!
in all apart from that small slip Mopps seems to have appreciated my
efforts - and I have heard her saying to other people that 'Affrika
did not put a foot wrong - she was just perfect all day'. But there
is always another day of course ..........
thanks from all the Cranstals plus Mopps and Kennelman to our Crufts
judge Diana Allan for making her Special Day our Perfect Day.
Open Bitch Class
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