To begin my account of Eastern, I must start with the preparation for Eastern. Even though we are a small family based kennel and breeding program, I find myself with six dogs to show. So much for keeping it small and simple! With the idea of an easy relaxing Eastern thrown out of the window, I started the preparations with grooming. The first five dogs (Malcolm, Kumbe, Bella, Stash and Amber) took a combined 8 hours to trim. This really isn't too bad...less than 2 hours per dog. However, when it came to Peyton, my semi-speedy grooming came to an abrupt stand still. You see, Peyton's last show groom was in April (double gulp)...and he grows hair like a yeti (triple gulp). When all was said and done, it took me 6 hours to completely and satisfactorily trim him. How do you explain to your non-doggie friends that you spend six hours cutting, plucking and sculpting hair on your dog?! More importantly, how do you explain it and not sound completely insane?!!!!
With all dogs trimmed, I joined Mom at her house in VA on Tuesday. After making our list and checking it twice to ensure we had scoops, dog food, food bowls, grooming supplies, towels, generators, blow dryers.....we loaded our white Chevy van (affectionately known as Moby Dick). We settled in for the night knowing that we had a long day of traveling on Wednesday.
Well, here we are....Wednesday, the beginning of our journey to Warwick, RI. As I type, we are in Pennsylvania, getting closer to Harrisburg. We will be stopping over in Millford, CT before continuing to the show site. Except for the obscene amount of trucks on I-81, things are going well. All dogs are settled in with their toys and Mom and I will be starting an audio book by Charlaine Harris. She is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books which are the premise of the awesome HBO show, TrueBlood. So as we become enveloped in a world of vampires and werewolves, we will slowly make our way north for the always awesome Eastern!