Hi everyone; it's been a while since I posted. And if I placed this in the wrong forum, mods, please let me know and I can move it to the correct one. I have a blue merle (almost cryptic) that just turned 10 months. The two of us had a nice time at his Beginner Puppy competition, but I haven't shown Kel since then due to my SI Joint teaming up with my Sciatica, plus a puppy that kept me wondering if he was heading to be oversized. I FINALLY figured out how to make a wicket that shows that Kel has been steady at 15-1/2 inches, and his coat has decided to come in flowing in waves (we're learning that the forced air dryer is our friend). Ears still scare me since I think Kel can control them, flipping them straight like his Shiloh BFF one minute, classic sheltie tip the next. Anyway, I also waited to show Kel since I needed to be able to trot alongside the dog, plus I want to see if Kel and me could go the NOHS route. There are two separate shows here in mid-October in Texas that I want to enter, even if just to see how well/bad Kel would fare. But I have a problem...Kel's eyes, or specifically, the skin around his eyes. This is a picture taken last month of Kel covered in dried mud but with the skin around his eyes looking 'normal': https://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/view.sfly?fid=421cafd8890bae186d9889752d9a603c#1474758787880 And this is a picture taken a few days ago: https://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/view.sfly?fid=421cafd8890bae186d9889752d9a603c#1474758787880 The vet already checked him for allergies, scratching, etc, and came up with a blank. He's not showing any signs of irritation either. Both eyes have this reddish/brownish color. Knowing this will sound very superficial, but will it count against him? Or does anyone have any idea what this could be?