Sorry in advance for the long post!
My little guy Elliot and I went to Champion Grooming Show in Ontario to compete to gain points to hopefully be on Groom Team Canada again. This was his first time ever flying, staying in a hotel, and going to a grooming competition. And I am so happy to say he handled everything wonderfully! He's my nervous boy when it comes to new things and strangers due to anxiety issues. But, with the help of Dr. Orchard at Orchard Vet Clinic, he has started to come out of his shell. I promised him that if he showed any signs of being uncomfortable at the show, I would have walked out of the ring. His comfort is always first. HE WAS A ROCKSTAR!! The fact that he relaxed so quickly in multiple new situations, was HUGE!! He even made some new human friends. He actually jumped up on my friends lap after only meeting her less than two hours beforehand! ❤️💕💖😍
This was also my first time competing with a Welsh Terrier in their correct grooming trim. Handstripping. It's a technique that involves removing the dead hair that's ready to be romoved to make room for new hair by plucking or pulling VS clipping or scissoring it off. It's what helps Terriers keep that hard coat that protects them from the elements. Elliot and I won FIRST PLACE!! I was over the moon! This type of grooming is extremely technical, and involves sometimes more than weekly maintaining. That's why a lot of people with Terriers choose to clip the coat instead. It's very high maintenance. Clipping it isn't bad by any means. It's just easier for someone who isn't showing their Terrier.
I also competed with an Irish Setter in the Sporting dogs class, and placed third! And a SUPER FLUFFY Cocker Spaniel in the Salon Freestyle class (which means you can use a purebred or mixed breed dog, and groom it in and style you prefer. As long as it's not in the traditional groom if it's purebred) and also placed third!
I love competing and I'm so thankful to have such amazing girls at the salon to take care of the place while I'm gone, and wonderful clients that cheer me on and give support!