Heading out to Ardmore and we could tell Rocky was getting excited - he loves road trips! We were excited too - had never been around a large group of Dachshunds in one place before. On arrival there were dogs galore of all different breeds (aka heaven!) - too much cuteness in one place. The fun day was held at the NZ Kennel Club, a massive shed-like venue holding all different kinds of events. It was impossible to miss the Dachshund area though, these little guys can really make a ruckus!
We introduced Rocky to the other sausages and he did so well - usually he can be a bit stand off-ish with other breeds but he seemed completely at ease with his own kind. Most of the Dachshunds present were miniatures so Rocky seemed like a giant around them all (maybe that's why he didn't feel intimidated haha). We set up our little stall too to sell our books and merch and received lots of positive feedback from breeders and owners alike which was lovely to hear.
Then the real fun began! There were competitions for Most Handsome/Beautiful, Best Black/Tan Coat, Best Red Coat, Best Dressed, Judges Pick of the Day and running races split into Standard and Miniature. As there were only 3 Standards we honestly thought Rocky had a good chance of taking that one out....but nope, just started chasing the other dogs instead of running to me! Typical. Last race of the day was 'Scoop the Poop' - had to run from one end of the arena to the other with Rocky, pick up a handful of lollies in a plastic bag off the floor and run back. Needless to say we didn't win that one either. I'm surprised Rocky didn't get distracted by the lollies on the ground and stop running all together!!
Highlight of the day was definitely the Best Dressed competition though, Rocky was dressed full camo and came out on top! He looked very handsome...definitely caught the eye of all the older ladies who started gushing over him! (Don't we all love a man in uniform??).
Can't wait to go along to the next one, we might have to work on Rocky's concentration skills though! Thanks to all the organisers for putting on an awesome day, it's lovely to spend some quality time with our wee best friends.