Going to Denmark!

Jet in the Snow

Yup, we are going to the Word Dog Show in Herning, Denmark in June! I am so nervous. I don’t know why. I’ve been to Europe before. Though never with a dog. That might be why I’m nervous. That and it’s going to be more expensive than I had originally anticipated. I do wish I had more money… good thing I’m not on social security disability because then I wouldn’t have any money at all!

I’ve flown with Jet before so I’m not really nervous about that. And I’ll have him in the cabin with me so that’s nice. I don’t want to put him in cargo or ship him as checked luggage.  He hasn’t been alone much in his life and I think that would really stress him a lot. Maybe if I was flying with two dogs, then they would both be okay together in cargo.  But Jet is my baby boy and I worry that he’ll be nervous and stressed and I really don’t want him to be!

So the flight from Salt Lake City to JFK in New York is about five hours. Then we have a two hour layover.  Then the flight from JFK to Copenhagen, Denmark, is about 8 hours.  So those are not too long for him to have a nap in his crate.  I just hope he will potty during our layover. I think I might teach him to pee on pee pads so that he’ll do it in the airport.  When we flew to Chicago he didn’t want to pee in the airport at all. He’s a good boy that he doesn’t pee inside! However, he’ll have to learn to do so for his own comfort!

So anyway, I’m excited!  I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about it in the next while!

Plans for the World Dog Show 2010

Danish Swedish Farmdog Puppy
Jet being Goofy in his Coat

So I contacted a Travel Agent today to see about going to Denmark to the World Dog Show in June 2010. I have been wondering why we don’t see information about the World Dog Show here in the USA. We see Crufts and Westminster and the big AKC show. But I have never heard of the World Dog Show. Is it because, at least in Denmark, they don’t allow docking or cropping? I wonder. They probably don’t allow dental implants Plano either… which I am glad for!

Anyway, I really want to go. Jet’s breeder will be there and I want to finally met her, as well as some other folk from Sweden and Denmark I have been chatting with.  I want someone to come with me, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen.  Maybe.  We’ll have to see how much it costs.

So I really don’t have the money to go.  But my friend here at work has an awesome travel agent and I sent her an email. So hopefully she’ll get back to me soon. And if I can’t borrow the money from my Mom and Dad, then I might see about getting a signature loan.  I just need to hire my friend Marie as my personal assistant so she can come too!  If we just paid off the mortgage, then I’d be able to afford it. But that’s about six months away… darnit!  So close, yet so far.

But I don’t think Jet’s breeder will go to France in 2011, or Austria in 2012…. so this is the best chance I have to go and meet her and some other new friends.  So, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for credit. Maybe there’s some stimulus money somewhere I can get a hold of… I’d be stimulating the economy! Well, the Danish economy anyway!  LOL

Best In Show Puppy!

Best in Show Puppy!
Best in Show Puppy!

I am so very proud of my little baby boy… when we went to the American Rare Breed Association Dog Show last weekend, he won Best in Show Puppy! There were two shows held on Saturday, and he didn’t win show 2, but he did win show 1.

He deserves some pensacola vacation packages! And maybe I can go with.  😉  It was so much fun traveling with Jet. He is such an amazingly good boy. He wouldn’t pee or poop in the airport at all, even though we had to get there early to check in, wait to board, we had a 3 hour flight, then landed and had to find a potty area.  I tried to get him to pee on a pee pad in the bathrooms but he wouldn’t have any of that. He held it until we found grass outside or until we were in the parking structure.

He did so great in the hotel, too.  He was a bit bothered by the noises the first night.  He’s been in a hotel before but my other dogs have been with. And when they ignore noises so does he.  But since he was the only dog it was different.  We snuggled on the bed and played with toys and he got to chew.

It was so awesome to walk through the airport with a dog on leash! I loved it.  He got lots of good attention too.

My Danish Swedish Farmdog boy is wonderful and I’m so glad he came to live with us!

Going to Conformation!

Jet and Tatum
Jet and Tatum

Yeap, I’m gonna do it again. I know that when I showed Levi in the AKC conformation ring I complained up one side and down the other. And I still think conformation is more political than anything… and all the dogs look gorgeous to me. But I would like to have Jet get some conformation titles because he is a pure bred and he is.. well, so very handsome. 🙂

So a week from tomorrow, on October 8th, he and I are going to fly to Chicago and participate in the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of America’s National Specialty show. It’s going to be outside, hopefully they will have some nice outdoor lights and it won’t be too cold in Chicago. I’ll need to get Jet a coat. Poor boy was cold this morning even, in our house. And it’s only going to get colder.

I am very proud of Levi’s AKC Championship.  The DSF are not an AKC breed, so this show will be hosted by ARBA, the American Rare Breed Association. It’s going to be really fun to meet the other Farmdog people from across the country. And my relatives that still live in Chicago. So I’m looking forward to it. Plus, flying Jet in the cabin of the plane with me is just fun!

How To Get an ARBA Championship

Okay so I’m trying to read up online and understand how the ARBA championship program works.  ARBA is the American Rare Breed Association.  Jet, being a Danish Swedish Farmdog, is a registrable breed in ARBA.  And he’s pure bred so I’d really like to see if I can get an ARBA Championship on him. And I also hope to take him back to Sweden sometime and show him there, as well.

Jet
Jet

So I’ve been Googling and reading the ARBA website to try to understand how it works. AKC is pretty straight forward… you need 15 points to get your championship. And you have to have 2 major wins. A Major is.. errr.. I think 3 or 4 points in the show. I forget, it’s been a while. Levi got all his points by the time he was 18 months old. Including the majors. He is a good lookin’ boy. 🙂

So instead of Green shopping I’m looking for ARBA CH information. From what the ARBA website says, the dog needs to accumulate CAC-US Certificates.  The dog can get one by being awarded an ‘Excellent’  rating at an ARBA show. I wonder if more than one dog can get this rating at the same show… or if only one can win like in AKC?  Anyway, so it seems like if your dog gets 9 CAC-US certificates from 6 different judges, you can apply for, and get, the ARBA CH. Which is the American Rare Breed Association Championship.
From the ARBA Website:

To become an ARBA Champion, the following is required:

1. As of 1/1/98, Nine(9) CAC-US (Certificate of Aptitude for Championship in the United States) must be given from 6 different Judges to a dog whose breed is fully recognized by ARBA.

2. Classes that are divided by sex which a dog may be eligible to compete for CAC-US: 6-9 Months, 9-15 Months, Bred by Exhibitor, American Bred & Open.

3. Effectively July 1, 1999, the American Rare Breed Association will no longer offer the Breed Club Class as one of its classes for its shows.

4. Only ARBA Champions will be eligible for Best of Breed Class ARBA Jr. Champions are not eligible for the Best of Breed Class.

5. The first, second, third and fourth place dog in each class will receive a Rating. The dogs/bitches will be rated as one of the following: Excellent, Very Good, Satisfactory or Good. A first place dog or bitch must receive a rating of excellent to be eligible for a CAC-US and to compete in the winners class. In other words, if the first place dog is not rated by the Judge as excellent, it will not be able to compete in the winners class and won’t be eligible to receive a CAC-US. The CAC-US will be indicated on the judges sheet and accounted for by ARBA.

6. ARBA will notify you when you have attained all the requirements which qualifies your dog as an American Rare Breed Champion. You must then follow all the rules and regulations to receive your championship certificate. No dog will be officially an American Rare Breed Champion until the certificate of championship is issued.

I have heard it said that the ARBA DSF judges don’t really know the Danish Swedish Farmdog breed standard very well… so I don’t know how many Excellent they give out. If any. Unless they bring in a judge from over seas. So… as I live, I will learn, and find out how it all works! Took me a long time to understand AKC CH… and I still don’t really understand what goes beyond Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. 🙂