I thought the weather was getting me down, cool & gray are not my thing, but I realized this morning that it's really the fact that I am not going to Eukanuba, an invitational dog show being held in Florida this weekend. www.eukanuba.com.
Don't even recall how the darned show got started, especially with a dog food company's name - when Pro Plan is actually more supportive of dog shows than any other dog food company. After a number of years being held in California, it's back in Florida this year. Dals never get good judges, and have an English judge again this year - and last year an English dog won under the English judge, leaving a bad taste in MY mouth, since English dogs are often much larger than the American standard calls for. But the Specials entry is 43, and it sounds as if lots of people are just going to watch as well.
Dogs qualify by various means, winning a Best in Show, placing well in the breed rankings for the previous year, finishing their Grand Championships, etc. Argus and five of his kids qualified for this year, so we could have gone, but the judge did not appeal, this is an incredibly busy time at work, and to be honest I don't have the money. It would have been an expensive trip, and now that Argus no longer has co-owners and I am paying all his bills, there's no way to fund all the little extras - or in this case BIG extras. With pups to show in the spring, I need to watch my $$$, such as they are.
Because the Republicans continue to refuse to tax those who can actually afford it, those of us who actually CAN'T get stuck picking up a bigger part of the bill. My house payment goes up almost $100.00 next year, due to the huge increase in property taxes. I'll be lucky if I can continue to make my house payments next year . . . I can understand the wealthy people who vote Republican - it's in their best interests to do so, unless they actually have a conscience, but I sure can't understand the lower and middle class people who do.
Hmmm, that did NOT help with the gloominess either. Guess I will go play with Letty.
And Good Luck to the Argus kids who WILL be showing at Eukanuba!