Sunday, July 10, 2011

Another great weekend

We had a busy week moving furniture out of the living room into a box truck in front of the house, so that Terry could lay the wood flooring in the living room.  What a lot of heavy lifting as well as dust being stirred up! 

On Friday, I left about noon to attend the Greater Chicagoland Papillon Club's specialties in DeKalb, IL. Friday's specialty started at 3:30 p.m. It was the first time I had been to one of the specialties since the flooding prevented me from attending in 2008.  I had Nelson and his daughter, Style, entered. Style was Reserve Winners Bitch. Nelson won an Award Of Merit.

I had a lovely dinner with friends after the show. I stayed with Patti Perkins, and we sat on her wonderful screened in porch and talked until late.

Best In Sweeps - Style
Saturday morning dawned lovely. After quick showers and a bite of breakfast, we were off to do some errands. Patti took me to a Master Gardner sale at the local Farm Bureau site. What a lovely choice of items to purchase at very, very reasonable prices! I found several hostas that 'needed' to come home with me!

Saturday after BIS at the all-breed show there was a second specialty show. Style started the day off with Best In Sweeps judged by Scott Perry, who has handled many Papillons over the years.

Style - WB, BOW, BOS - 5 points!

Gillian Hunn and friend, Doreen, from Canada were down to watch the fun.  Meg Peifer also came to watch.  At the specialty under breeder-judge, Jon Titus Steele, Style won the Bred-By Exhibitor class and went on to winning Winners Bitch for 4 points! Hurray! I recruited Meg Peifer to show her in the breed, since I had Nelson. After a very thorough examination and many laps around the ring, Mr. Steele pulled a dog special out, then Meg with Style and then Nelson, and his other selections. Ms. Style was BOW AND BOS over FIVE bitch specials for a 5 point major win! Nelson was Select Dog!

The five of us went out for a late dinner.  After dinner everyone went back to Patti's for some more chatting.  Gillian and Doreen went back to their hotel room.  Patti, Meg and I chatted for a while longer and then went up to bed. 

Sunday morning dawned very humid.  Patti had invited Gillian and Doreen back for coffee, so they arrived around 8.  We left for breakfast about 9, but first we were given a marvelous tour of the University of Northern Illinois campus, including a special project of Patti's the restoration of Altgeld Hall.  The building was beautiful!  The restoration was breath taking!  The details were incredible!  We did a short walk around to look at some of the art located on campus and then off for breakfast!  After breakfast, we did a bit more touring, to other projects and more of the campus and then back to Patti's for more chatting.  Sadly the day was getting away, Meg headed home and then I.  
What a wonderful weekend with old friends and new friends.  It did not hurt to come home with a 5 point major...two weekends in a row!

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