Siberian Huskies on Show

Show time!!! Up until now I’ve only ever been to one dog show in my life, and that was nearly 20 years ago to check out the breeds I was interested in before deciding a husky was the dog for me.

My first show this year was at Levin where Nardine was showing three of her dogs. I arrived at 8.30am and quickly found where the dogs were set up in the gazebo, with crates, mats and grooming table. All three dogs looked fluffy and beautiful with a grooming kit on hand for any touch ups before the dogs entered the ring.

Siberian Huskies resting at dog show
Dog grooming kit

Today was all about getting accustomed to the environment, working out the best lenses and settings to use, and the best angles to take photos from. There are natural limitations depending on how the organisers have set the rings in relation to where the sun /direct light is coming from. I also needed to be aware of the angle the judges would have the dogs move around the ring.

Dog showgrounds

Before the next show two months later in Ashhurst, I arranged to be on hand to see what it takes to prepare the dogs to look their best. It was a lovely fine, warm afternoon in mid-April when I drove to Woodville for a fun afternoon of bathing, drying and grooming of Enzo and Halo.

Halo was first in for a bath without much objection, having been here many times before. Although this did mean she was very good at knowing when to shake and wet any onlookers!!

Husky dog Halo bath
Halo husky shaking wet
Enzo on the other hand is still very new to all of this and looked a lot more miffed with the idea!!
Husky pup Enzo bath
Washing Enzo the husky pup
Blow drying the coats was next. This was the longest part of the process but essential before brushing out the coat. Both dogs seemed to enjoy this process, sitting up high on the grooming table watching the world around them while being pampered.  It looked to me like the drier doubled as a gentle massage as well with Halo and Enzo lapping up the attention..
Blow drying fur Enzo
Blow drying fur Halo

I stayed the night at Kiwidinok and was woken on show morning at 6am to a loud chorus of eight huskies welcoming in the day. The morning welcome lasted only a few minutes then all was quiet again until everyone in the house got up for the day.

It was a small group of Siberian Huskies showing that day, yet the showgrounds were abuzz with dogs as other breeds got their time in the ring. We were camped next to some very white, fluffy, beautiful Samoyed dogs along with four super cute young pups.

Huskies in show ring Ashhurst
Samoyes puppies
Samoyed in show ring

Results for Enzo and Halo on the day are below:

Manawatu Kennel Association Championship Show.
Enzo – Reserve Dog and Baby Puppy of Breed
Halo – Best Bitch and Challenge, Reserve of Breed and New Zealand Bred of Breed

Manawatu Kennel Association Open Show
Enzo – Reserve Dog, Reserve of Breed and Baby Puppy of Breed
Halo – Best Bitch, New Zealand Bred of Breed and New Zealand Bred of Group

Horowhenua Kennel Association Open Show
Enzo – Reserve Dog and Baby Puppy of Breed
Halo – Reserve Bitch, New Zealand Bred of Breed and New Zealand Bred of Group

Siberian Husky Halo in show ring
Siberian Husky pup Enzo in show ring

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