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    Quote Originally Posted by ByFloSin View Post
    ...One isolated and unforgiveable experience does not mean that all Club people are unfriendly and deirisory of rescue, or of pet dogs for that matter. ...
    I agree. Often it depends upon when you approach breeder/handlers at a show. If they are preparing to enter the ring, either grooming their dogs or walking them towards the ring, that definitely would be a bad time to expect a breeder to engage in a conversation.

    When I show dogs, I set a schedule for myself to prepare for entering the ring, and that schedule usually is a tight one. So, I have not set aside any time for chit-chat during that process.

    At speciality shows, a technique to use is to sit next to or near a breeder sitting ringside and who has a dog in her lap. If she does not appear very focused on the dogs in the ring at that time, then complimenting the dog and asking if you could pet it would be a good approach. If she says that it's okay, then she probably has the time to talk.
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    When I went to a cavalier club event it was a Health Seminar, not a show.
    ..Life wouldn't be complete without a beautiful cavalier at your feet..
    xxxx Mummy to Murphy, aged 8. MVD wont stop my precious boy! xxxx
    28/09/09 Gotcha Day <3

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    I have been to several shows, and I agree there are definitely a lot of very nice people (exhibitors, breeders, rescue people, etc.) at the shows. Most people are very friendly. However, it doesn't take too many people treating you like a second class citizen to make you kind of not want to attend another show, and I haven't been to one in 2 years as a result. I would be very reluctant to bring Daisy to a show now, after that experience. I would seriously feel like I had to bring her in on a covert basis straight to the cardiologist's room and then straight back out to avoid another experience like I had.

    So, it's a very mixed bag. I've seen and chatted with some exhibitors who I think are wonderful people who love their dogs dearly (as I do), and I've seen other exhibitors leave their dogs on top of grooming tables unattended for long periods of time, which I do not like. At one show, I had my then 8 year old daughter with me, and the dog who had been sitting unattended on the grooming table for at least an hour and a half (the whole time that I was there) growled very seriously at her as she walked past! She didn't approach him or extend her hand to him or anything. She just glanced over at him and he growled at her. Didn't exactly fit the Cavalier personality, I have to say! I've seen friendly people and I've seen people who obviously believe that they are better than anyone in the room. So it's like anything else, there's the good and the bad and you have to decide if the good outweighs the bad.

    As far as approaching any of the exhibitors, I know better than to do that before they go in the ring. At the show I mentioned in my original post, I was just sitting in the room with Daisy on a leash, watching the show ring when these comments were made. I wasn't speaking to anyone.

    Anyway, I wasn't trying to dissuade any pet owners from attending a show because I have enjoyed several of them, but I was just relating a similar experience to the OP with the unsolicited comments about my dog that I didn't appreciate.

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    People(nobody on ct) must really have a problem with me.
    I'm 16 and being accused of being a "snotty show person and breeder" Would love to know how I can breed from a neutered cav that doesn't meet breed standard to show??
    All because I love cavaliers..oh dear..!!!
    ..Life wouldn't be complete without a beautiful cavalier at your feet..
    xxxx Mummy to Murphy, aged 8. MVD wont stop my precious boy! xxxx
    28/09/09 Gotcha Day <3

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    I hate how complete strangers feel the need to comment on our dogs. Good for Murphy for standing up and giving her the cold shoulder. I swear dogs have that "sense" about who is good and evil in the world!
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    Chamberlain (10 month Male Blenheim Cavalier)
    Sasha (6 year old Female Great Pyrennes)

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    Indeed every Cavalier is different!
    My late Cavalier was underweight when he was at 10.5 kg (he was very ill at that time), you could clearly see his hipbones sticking out! Just something you should not be able to see so clearly on a dog.

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