When I was in sixth grade and for two years after we lived near people with show dogs, Basinji’s. My sister and I earned pocket money helping take care of them. As a result, I got to work as a candy stripper in the neonatal unit, but my sister got to help show their dogs. I have wanted to show my own dog every since though being the first candy stripper in a neonatal unit at that hospital was cool.
When I finally got in to a situation where a dog made sense, I was married and my husband said any dog as long as it was a beagle. I didn’t know any better and bought a field beagle. I did show her in conformation but didn’t get anywhere in conformation though she did end up being the Number One Obedience beagle in the country.
Several dogs later, some Police K9 work, and I got my first conformation beagle, Macy. I did show her, but she is definitely a pet. She has done well in agility, but retired now, at 12.
My next beagle, Dulce, did better, winning a point in Mississippi. She is my diabetes alert dog.
Macy, Dulce and my new girl are all from the same breeder, who I have known for over 25 years. Macy is out of Ben who is considered the number one beagle of all time by many dog people. Dulce is out of PD, who is also out of Ben, and also did well.
Summer and I have been training at conformation classes since I got her, a little over a year ago, and have also been training for agility. She loves both classes.