GAINING THE WINNER'S EDGE FOR YOUR SHOW DOG COMPANION
With close attention to details and some good coaching and assistance, you and your dog can both be winners, too. Here are suggestions that will help.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Great "Old Dominion" Weekend
Last weekend's "Warrenton/Old Dominion" Dog Show at Long Branch near Millwood, VA, proved to be a great weekend, despite some cold and rain. Leslie Shriner groomed and handled dogs into the winners circle both Saturday and Sunday. The headliner was a young Boxer owned by Mary McCool & Barry Hendley, Jubar's Find Me At Sugartree ("Tripp"), who went Best of Breed over Specials from the Open Dog Class on Sunday under Judge Mrs. Terry Berrios. Here's a photo of Leslie and Tripp in the Working Group ring and with Judge Berrios during the set-up for their official Best of Breed winner's photo.
Leslie & Tripp in the Working Group ring
Leslie & Tripp with Judge Berrios waiting for their official BEST OF BREED photo.
On Saturday, Leslie groomed and handled Standard Schnauzer Ch. Savvy’s Wanderlust (“Sadie”), owned by Curtis & Maxine Leetch, which earned Select, giving her a major toward her Grand Championship. On Sunday, Leslie groomed and handled a young Standard Schnauzer Mohner’s Legend for Halcyon (“Lucas”), a Danish import owned by Patricia White, which was named Reserve Winners Dog in the PVSSC Regional Specialty, his first appearance in the show ring.
Leslie is the owner of Aspirations Pet Services, specializing in companion show dogs. She is an expert in animal training, science, and grooming. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Gettysburg College, and experience as both a laboratory scientist and veterinary technician, she has a technical background rare in the pet field. She has worked with pets for many years as a professional dog trainer, owner, and breeder. She has competed in hundreds of AKC conformation and obedience shows, including the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club show.
Leslie graduated from the internationally recognized Maryland School of Dog Grooming where she learned from expert instructors how to groom virtually every breed of dog. She frequently prepares and handles dogs in the AKC show ring, competing against many of the top professional handlers in the US; and she has earned numerous "Best of Breed" honors for her own and her client's dogs.
Her goal is to help her clients both win in the show ring and have a healthy, happy life at home with their family.