Story: It has only been the second time that EVK entered a Warr dog into a show and this time it was Avalanche who took to the ring.
The Warr dog is a rare breed rarely found within the show ring mainly found at home in the services or working with the police but before the show thinking of the breeds we have got in the kennel we decided it was time to show the world what a Warr dog could do.
Avalanche is quite a rare colour we don't have many nearly white dogs and we thought we could see if we could win some ribbons and get the breed better known.
So we traveled the long distance from the United Kingdom to Illinois no easy task for such along trip for a Warr dog but he seemed none the worse for his journey a little desperate to stretch his legs perhaps and somewhat groggy but fascinated to be on strange turf.
We settled into our hotel which dogs were welcome in it was a bit of a trek to get to the show ground it being in the middle of nowhere but e decided to settle in early it being a long flight for us all.
Avalanche circled a little pawing at his blankets before settling down with a big huff he lowered his big head to his paws and was soon snoring his paws twitching in his sleep.
It didn't take us long to settle down either the long flight taking it out of us we all had a big day tomorrow ahead of us so it was imperative that we all got some rest.
The next day we awoke early and began our drive over to the showgrounds on Braemoor Estate and opened the door to let Avalanche out clipping his lead to his collar and exercising him before going to get breakfast consisting of hot doughnuts and coffee which billows of steam twirled into the sky visible to the naked eye due to the cold temperatures.
We kept a coat on Avalanche due to his short coat we did not want him to catch a chill, he seemed to enjoy it meeting the other dogs even snaffling up a bit of doughnut which had fallen on the floor.
At last it was time for the show and our handler Dante Valentino led Avalanche into the ring where the other dogs were starting to line up to be judged.
Avalanche was the only Warr dog in the show which is generally the case he stood there proudly almost regally naturally falling into his stack his tail slightly higher than it should have been because of the interesting sounds and smells around him.
His nostrils quivered and his battle cropped ears twitched as he picked up the slightest trace of sound he was on high alert and his bright eyes had a gleam of vitality to them.
Dante passed me Avalanche coat and I took to the ringside while he waited for the judge to commence the judging, finally it was time and the dogs were put through their paces.
Avalanche had a long flowing gait where his paws almost met when we increased the pace to a trot, his gait easy and free of vice we had kept him in sound fitness.
Next it was time for the stack and Avalanche stood perfectly and with great patience as the judge began to feel over his body from head to tail to see if he conformed to standard, she checked his teeth and he just stood there patiently not withdrawing his head at all.
After she had given him a thorough going over it was time for us to return to our place in the line and await our placement.
Avalanche had performed perfectly acting the true gent we were proud of him he had behaved impeccably and Dante scratched his head and gave him a treat as an award.
Whether we would place today didn't matter we knew Avalanche had shown himself to his best ability and we were proud of him.
Warr dog breed