So I know we’ve all heard that the breed ring is political. And now that I’ve dipped my toe in, people keep warning me that my fellow competitors are not the friendliest. I haven’t personally experienced any negativity thrown my way, but I have seen some poor sportsmanship ringside. Apparently Elise is what some people refer to as a “closet puppy”. She is slow to mature, and likely won’t finish (all fingers crossed) until she’s closer to 3. She’s small, and definitely in the coyote stage at 21 weeks. I’m wondering the benefits vs drawbacks of showing her once she turns 6 months. On the plus side, we both (mostly me!) could use some ring-time. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, practice grooming and just get comfortable with the routine. On the negative side, she’s going to look so silly out there with 6-9 month puppy flyers. I don’t want to get made fun of or feel stupid out there. So what to do? Note that we do have a show planned for late August (she’ll be 7 months old) where she will be showing with her brother who will be handled by her breeder. Photos attached are recent.