Well, here are the first set of pictures from Groom Expo.
The Salon Freestyle Competition.
You can groom any pure breed in a style something other than that breed style, or groom any mix breed in a breed style.
So, I took my little guy 'Peanut'.
The competition was scheduled for 8am Saturday morning.
We got to Hershey Thursday night.
Friday was our shopping day and a day for 'Peanut' to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
Friday was crazy, busy and crowded at the trade show.
I don't think that I have ever seen it that crowded.
We got all of our shopping out of the way, mostly stocking up on shampoo.
Friday evening was spent getting 'Peanut' ready for the competition the next morning.
I bathed him down in the grooming area that Hershey has set up for the groomers who are competing.
'Peanut' is a Dachshund/Bichon mix.
His curls really show up when he is wet.
'Cooper' was standing by wondering if he was going to get a bath too. :)
I wasn't sure exactly what breed cut I was going to put 'Peanut' in, so he has been growing out for close to 9 months.
He has gotten to look forward to his daily brush outs.
So what should I do?
What breed cut?
I wanted to do something different, something that I had not ever done before.
I have to say, I was pretty nervous before this competition.
I was competing in the Open Level.
I would be competing along side Groom Team Members.
What the heck was I thinking when I signed up for the Open Level?
I was thinking that I have been grooming for 30 years and was not sure it would be right to compete in the Intermediate Level.
But....compete along side Groom Team Members.....I was insane!
This was only half of the competitors.
The Salon Freestyle side.
The other side of the room was the Sporting Breed competitors.
'Peanut' was still a little on the nervous side, but he had settled down a lot.
We was also very comfortable on the grooming table.
I have to admit, when the call came "Groomers start grooming!" I stood there for a second looking at 'Peanut' and thinking; 'where the heck do I start?'
Oh, I knew how I was going to cut him, it was just that he had sooo much hair on him.
So, I started at the top and clipped the top of his head first.
I groomed and groomed and groomed.
Can you tell from the pictures what breed cut I decided to do?
I groomed him like a Cesky Terrier.
At least I tried to.
I had a hard time finding good grooming instructions for the breed cut, and pictures were not much of a help.
So many of the pictures showed different lines, some with skirts high, some low, some with the hair on the back shaved close and tight, other pictures showing the back left a little longer and wavy.
So I did my best.
'Cooper' was chilling out and watching the competition.
This was one of the dogs being groomed next to me.
Isn't he just the cutest thing?
The Dandie Dinmont cut, what a good job!!
It was time for the Judging.
I wasn't sure how 'Peanut was going to react to someone else checking out his grooming.
He did pretty good letting the Judge fool with his face, but he was giving her 'the eye'.
He did good till the Judge picked up the last leg to comb it, then he gave a little growl.
Lisa Leady (the Judge) was very patient with him.
Now it was time to wait for the Judges results.
All of the dogs looked great.
Did I place?
But, I had a lot of fun and I was very happy with the cut on 'Peanut'.
I was also so happy that 'Peanut' did so well for his first time competing.
I must have done something right, because while walking around the trade show after the competition I had at least half a dozen groomers come up to me and ask if 'Peanut' was a Cesky Terrier.
I might even try again next time.
I can see things in these pictures that need fixing. :)
On to get the next set of pictures ready...