How a Breeder watched the
Groups and Best in Show at WKC
I have very good Box seats
due to the fact that several friends have gone together to buy the tickets
for the last 10 years. The longer you buy them, the better they get.
We are right above the spot where the Pointer marker is. During the
group I was nervous, but felt that things were going well. Renee
(Renee Lara, DVM) was sitting on the step next to me and we knew that the
ushers were going to come and make her move pretty soon.
As Carlee was pulled, I
grabbed Renee's fingers, when [group judge Paula Nykiel] pointed for her
to go to the front, I almost lost my breath!! I was squeezing
Renee's fingers so hard I am surprised she had any feeling in them!
When she pointed confirming it, we screamed and jumped, all of my friends
surrounding me hugged me.
I went running around to
the area where they were taking pictures, but I didn't think I would be
able to get in. I had gone down the day before to try to
congratulate a friend and they would not
let me in. Along the way I met a friend who
owns the Sighthound Review. She hugged me and put her press pass
around my neck, "now you can go anywhere you want to"! That was a
great gift, it really helped me to get where I wanted to be.
The time between the Group
and Best was a bit of a blur. I was just so thrilled to win the
group that I could not focus. Renee and I had planned to take our
dogs back to the hotel after the Sporting Group, but I was too wired up to
think straight. Thank heavens for good friends, who
took the dogs back and I just kind of wandered around in a bit of a daze.
Purina has a sky
box with lots of room, food and drinks. We had been up there quite a
bit during the day. I decided that was where I wanted to be to watch
BEST. There was plenty of room for me to pace the floor.
It was full of a diverse group of people, with lots o different
favorites. Coco (the Norwich Terrier) was probably #1 choice when it
started. After Carlee's individual, many started saying, 'it's
going to be the shorthair'. "QUIET!! Don't jinx us!!"
Although I felt that she had given a BIS performance, I still did not
really believe that
would win. I didn't have any pockets, so I had my telephone
tucked in my
set on vibrate.
At the moment
that she said, "Best In Show at this years Westminster is the
Shorthair" I screamed, hugged Renee and my phone started vibrating,
almost scared us to death!! It was a close friend ... all I could hear was "AAAAUUUUGGGHHH!!"
The next 10 minutes is simply a jumbled memory of screaming, hugging,
running, laughing, smiling and general adulation! It is a moment
that I can't remember specifics about, but will be in my memory forever as
one of the most exciting moments of my life. I came running through
the handlers benching area where our stuff was and Andrew, a junior that
occasionally travels with me, came running and picked me up! More
Thanks to my
press pass, I had no problem. It was a constant blur of
congratulating me and hugging me. Somewhere along the way, I
looked over at the circle of reporters surrounding Carlee & Michelle,
there was a
little opening and I could clearly see Carlee standing there
on the Westminster emblem, tail up, looking totally calm....... that
was the moment that I started crying.... that is [the] dog
[we bred] ... we
was introduced to a woman who I cannot remember, she
I walked over to the edge of the carpet to
talk to friends who had come
down and could not get on the
friend came running
across the carpet, pursued by
hugged me quickly and said she had better get
going before they hauled her off!
Suddenly, the woman I was introduced to came
over, grabbed me by the arm
and said, "You
need to be over there, without you, she
wouldn't be here."
She made a path through
the reporters, pushed me in the middle of the
back, I ended up in the middle of the circle,
she said "This is Carlee's
breeder and you
need to talk to her!".
EVERYONE turned and looked at me! The questions started, the first
one being, "Is this the first GSP to win BIS at Westminster?",
I told them
"No, one other had won" and that Carlee was a distant relative of that dog.
The funniest question was "Is this the first time you have won BIS at
Westminster?", "Ah, yea." I enjoyed the experience and could
not stop smiling.