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Conformation (or Show) Dogs

Ch Cameo Groovy Kinda Love

In 1989, I began to search my first Shetland Sheepdog to show.  I have always been more of a breeder than an exhibitor, and remain so to this day.    I am always searching for someone to show a dog for me, to keep me from having to go into the ring, but I feel it is important to exhibit the dogs that I have bred in order to be taken seriously and to have a positive impact upon the breed.  If I do not make this effort, I am just another breeder of dogs for whatever reason, contributing to the overall population, with no goal in mind. 

I bought a blue merle bitch in 1989 from The Biggs in Louisiana at Bellevue Shetland Sheepdogs.  My friend Sandy Oden of Cabernet Shelties had taken me there to see a different blue bitch for show, but she was not what I was interested in, and Harold had seen that and graciously acknowledged it.  (You MUST believe in the dog you are going to show, or you will be wasting your time, money, and the breeder's plans and dreams, so do NOT feel pressured into taking a dog or puppy you are not JUST WILD about!)  Sandy and Harold were showing me around the rest of the place when I spied a lovely little blue bitch peeking at me from a crate.  I asked Harold to see her, and he didn't want to show her to me because she wasn't groomed, but I was a woman on a mission and gave him no choice!  Sandy and I drove home that night in the worst storm, thinking up her name, Bellevue's Rodnstaff Impulse, and my kennel name Rod N' Staff all at the same time!   I entered her in a show in Jackson, MS, and I think the entire Shetland Sheepdog Club of Memphis had groomed some part of her by showtime!  We took fourth place of four dogs two days in a row, and fifth of five dogs the other two days, but had a blast.  I was promptly HOOKED on dog shows!  Her call name was Lacey and she was the dam of four dogs that ended up being shown some.  Her most significant impact for me however, was through my "Flint", Ch Rodnstaff Spark The Flame CD.  Flint has a folder in the "Gallery", as do the other show dogs.  Just click the link  





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