Monday, April 25, 2011

Home from the National and a new champion

It's good to be home!
I left Tuesday about 3:00 in the midst of rain.  It poured about 45 minutes on my way, so much so I had to pull of the interstate.  I got to Meg Peifer's home in Bloomington, loaded her up and her dogs and on our way to Nashville our stopping point.
The rain continued with lightening, thunder, hail and straight line winds, as well as continued downpours.  We saw numerous semis on their sides in the ditches, we made our way slowly, arriving in Nashville about 3:30.
We pottied dogs quickly and went to bed.
We spent a leisurely morning with Ellen Akers Perry and headed to Chattanooga about noon, arriving at 3:00 p.m (eastern).  The weather was warm and humid.
We got checked into our room and then ate at the hotel.
The National was one of the smallest entries in many, many years.  We arrived in time to watch the bitch judging and BOB.
Friday, we headed north to Terre Haute, IN, after BOB was over. I had an excited text from Cheryl Brown, who was in Terre Haute already, that Spencer (Loteki The Winds Of Change) had went BOB from the 12-18 class over two specials for 2 points with Cheryl handling!  She was so excited! We arrived in Terre Haute about 9, checked in to our motel and settled in.
Saturday morning we headed off to the show site under cloudy skies.  Papillons were early.  Spencer was WD and BOW and Asia (Loteki In The Heat Of The Moment) was WB.  Hillary (CH Loteki Down The Garden Path) was BOS.  We had a full afternoon to hang out, so we went shopping.  We headed back to the show site to watch and support the Papillon in the group.  
Janet Wallace came to hang out too.  So we all headed off to dinner, adding Rosemarie Williamson, the five of us had a great time laughing and eating.  Our sides hurt and cheeks hurt from laughing!  What a great evening!
Sunday morning dawned with pouring rain, ugh, the Papillons really hated the wet.  Thankfully it stopped before noon and remained overcast.  We were in the ring about 1:15.  Spencer was WD again and on to BOW and BOB.  Asia was WB and BOS, with Hillary winning the Select Bitch.  Spencer finished his Championship with this win.  We were all very happy!  I showed Spencer in a very tough group and managed a 5th!  What a nice wind up of the weekend.  We each headed home under cloudy but dry skies, Cheryl with her new champion, and Meg and I with great memories!  After dropping Meg off in Bloomington, I headed on down the road, actually seeing the sun peek through the clouds a couple of times and arriving about 8:15 p.m.
How great it is to be home again!   

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