It was very hard but I thought I had managed it. Did have a panic attack before I went in though - so that would not have helped things.
It was all very traumatic and stressful and you are right Shadow is a very sensitive dog and she is very close to me so even if her breeder had shown her she probably still would have gone to bits as she knew I was so stressed out.
I have entered us into two more shows the first one is in April and the second one is in May. I have another 3 shows to enter which will take me upto the middle of July and then I will have to assess how her coat is looking before entering her in any more shows as Shadow does not look very good out of coat.
I was rooting for the Australian Shepherd I thought it moved like a dream! I also like the little Welsh Springer Spaniel... Shadow is still immature looking though... time will only improve her
Her mum got the Reserve Challenge Certificate for our breed at Crufts. It was her first ticket and she is now 5. I hope I don't have to wait that long for Shadow to get a ticket.
I don't know how they judge them, I know they are supposed to judge them against the individual breed standards but still how do you choose between the different breeds? It's a mystery to me.