The call came mid-afternoon on Saturday. Jayme, who usually does the clipping and scissoring on Cooper, was sick. She wasn’t going to be able to make it to the Olympia Kennel Club show on Sunday to help get Cooper ready.
Panic! Fortunately, Colleen, who lives close by, came to the rescue. On Saturday evening, she shaped Cooper’s legs and trimmed his “jacket.” It looked good to me, but Colleen said that I should have “them” look at Cooper when I got to the 2009 IWSCA National Specialty on Monday. I wondered who “they” would be, but took it for granted that Colleen knew what she was talking about.
Cooper and Colleen
When we got to Olympia show on Sunday, and we were very happy to find Rebecca getting her Seamus ready. She graciously agreed to work on Cooper. She trimmed his jacket even more, shaped his topknot a bit, and rounded out his jacket. Must have worked — Cooper won Best of Winners in that small show.
Cooper and Rebecca
On Sunday evening, we arrived at the Specialty site and were delighted to find that Jayme was feeling somewhat better. The next day, she took even more off Cooper’s jacket, clipped around his face, shaped the fur around his ears, and sculpted his legs. She said that all this is the easy part — the hard part, she said, is the combing and bathing.
Cooper and Jayme
Yeah, right. Combing and bathing is just labor. Clipping and scissoring for a conformation show is an art.
Now I know who “they” are, my artist friends: Colleen, Rebecca, and Jayme. Thank you for all your help.
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