Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The UnDutchables

A few weeks ago, Missus went to a dog show in Rotterdam. Unfortunately, as usual, I didn’t get to tag along. Anyway, Missus took loads of photos while she was there. Here’s a selection of my favourites:

The show was called the: ‘Stichting Hondententoonstelling Rotterdam’ (Foundation Dog Show Rotterdam)

The Golden Retrievers in the show ring. (None of them are as handsome as me of course!)

An English Setter

A Briad. Where’s his face?

A Gordon Setter

A judge inspects an English Cocker Spaniel.

Check out this poodle with its frou-frou clad legs.

“Me! Me! PICK ME!”

A dainty looking Chinese Crested.

And, here are some of the winners –

Best Couples. The Bracco Italiano came in first followed by the Stabyhoun.

The Pekingneses in this photo are father and daughter.

Best In Show. First place went to a Petit Basset Griffon. Second was an Irish Setter. And an Airdale Terrier at third place. Don’t they look amazing?

The audience was filled with ardent doggy fans...

Here’s a youngster getting his first taste of a dog show...

...whilst these guys had seen it all before.

The judges were all esteemed experts.

And look at all of the prizes on offer. “The winner takes it all.”

It was a truly memorable dog show. Of course, it wasn’t all glamorous poses. Here’s a selection of candid shots taken behind the scenes...

“I’ll get my forty winks before it’s my turn.”

Some of the Goldens gathered to catch up on the gossip and exchange beauty tips…

…and this one had food on his mind. “Give me! Give me!”

“What are you looking at?”

“I’m so bored...when is it going to be my turn?”

A Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel – “Look at me! I’m booti-ful!”

A Malinoi giving its owner a loving hug.

This little golden puppy had a big dream: “One day I’m going to be a star!”

This gorgeous Airdale is all trimmed and ready to go!

The gorgeous Border Collies.

Missus finished the photo session with a couple of special shots...

First, she managed to catch a snap of Professor Dumbledor from the Harry Potter movies.

Then, (with Dumbledor’s help) she managed to assemble all of the dogs in the show for a group picture.

Alright folks, that’s all for today. I’ll be back blogging soon . Watch this space.


The OP Pack said...

What an amazing collection of gorgeous dogs!!! But we do agree with you, Homer, you are by far the most handsome.

We couldn't help but notice all the light colored goldens - is that more common in Europe than the darker ones?

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Fur sure!

Tank woo fur sharing!

PeeEssWoo: Especially since there weren't any Siberians!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my, what beautiful dogs! Looks like your Mom had a nice time!

Elizabeth & Luna

Sue said...

Some gorgeous dogs, but none as good looking as Homer!

Angus said...

What great photos. Is that a Polish Lowland standing staring out in one of them?

Sara Alves said...

ohhh homer!
my gosh! we just loved the golden puppy picture!!! it really seems like he was thinking about his future! hihi
too cool! :D
big licks to you

Harry said...

HOMER...I had no idea you were such a star...no wonder your tresses always look so lush and lovely. I'm proud to know you.



Rufus and Indie said...

We love doggie shows!!!
The photos are great!
Rufus and Indie

Honey the Great Dane said...

Ooooh, Homer - what a fantastic post! My human loved reading it coz it reminded her of all the dog shows she used to go and visit in the UK, in the days before she could have a dog and that was the only way she could get her "dog fix"! :-) Her favourite was Crufts, of course - the biggest and best dog show in the world!

I loved that photo of the Malinois giving his owner a hug! But I agree - none are as handsome and lovable as YOU, Homer! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Sam said...

Thank you for the marvelous photos! You are right, none are as handsome as Homer. Although, Sam did give the poodle a tail wag of approval...


Maggie and Mitch said...

We're so happy to see that the Airedale placed third! He's so handsome! All of the doggies are handsome!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Augie and Ti's mom said...

Homer, I'm sure the real reason your humans didn't take you is because you would have upstaged all the other goldens :)

Dog By Nature said...

Great collection of pups! That must of been a fun show but I'm sure you would win best in show Homer!