Tammy is doing her best to make Cooper pretty. (Well, he already is pretty — and he knows it. Apparently, he informed a local pet psychic that he knows we call him Cooper, but his real name is Pretty Boy.)
Anyway, just a month ago, thinking that we weren’t going to show Cooper until the IWSCOPS specialty in August, I asked Colleen to help me clip him to about 3/4” length. Colleen kept asking me, “Are you sure?”
Well, sure. I figured he’s not showing until August, and his fur grows fast. (He takes after his dad that way.) So we clipped him to his sportsman cut, very handsome, very sporty, and very EASY for me.
So a couple of weeks later, Tammy emailed and wants to know, do we want to show Cooper at Puyallup? OK, I said, but he’s short. That’s OK, she said.
So here’s Tammy doing her best with what he fur he has. Based on what wins conformation dog shows, his leg fur is way too short. The winning dogs have these columns of fur on the legs, blown straight out.
I still don’t get that — these are hunting dogs, for heaven’s sake. Long leg fur just collects every known bit of debris, seed, grass, twig, bramble, thorn, and sticker. I think the 3/4” length sportsman cut is perfect.
But what do I know? I still think Cooper is a companion pet. I just haven’t gotten it into my head that he’s a show dog.
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