Last July we started to train Bruce for the dog show. He was a year and a month old then and he wasn't very keen on the leash. He would prefer to sleep rather than train. So we made it fun for him. We trained him to stack and gait with the help of a trainer. Right from the start he already was a well balanced dog. When he is moving or standing he already produces a harmonious image. On other days we bring him out to the park and let him run off leash so that his muscle is well conditioned.
Two weeks ago the Mega trade Hall was packed with pedigreed dogs from all over the world representing their respective breeds. Hundreds of SUVs and minivans were filled with crates, dryers, hairsprays, toys, treats, electric fans, ice chests, and all sizes and shapes of grooming tool boxes for their dogs. And then there were more humans, the exhibitors, the judges, the stewards, the handlers, the spectators, and everyone else who came as excited as we were to see the best dogs at the Philippine Circuit.
For four days from January 23-26, 2014 Megamall became a dog town. Within hours the trade hall was transformed into a dog ville transformed into a warren of crates, table, chairs, and an exponentially numbered of hair sprays, chalks, combs and brushes I have ever seen in my life. And then there were those exhibitors who groomed their dogs very very early and continuously trimmed and toiled throughout the rest of the day for four days and all they did was trim and groom their dogs to perfection you wondered how such outlandish and time intensive hairstyles made them still sleep at night.
As a first timer I brought my Brucey to do the shows "Au Naturel". I thought that it was a violation of the rules to put any product to a dog that will alter its appearance. But as I strolled around the holding area you will see all these things open in use. There are powders, thickeners, hair sprays, dyes, make up for snouts, markers for touch ups and more thickeners.
The end result of breeding done well is that we have great dogs like Bruce. Blanziflor Jp Bruce Wayne imported from Japan is a beautiful Lhasa Apso. He is not perfect (as no dogs are). But he is wonderful example of the breed and I am very proud to be his owner.