Instead of taking busy I-10 to the Empire Polo Club grounds where the dog show was being held, we opted for the quiet but "exciting" Dillon Road route. We chose this route for two reasons. First, it would take us past my favorite date farm, Sam Cobb's Date Farm, and second, Dave loves to drive on it! One must keep the driver happy.
|my driver gets a crazed smile on his face when faced with this roller coaster road|
"Hang on", says he!
Sam's farm stand is only open on the weekends and we're only going to be here one more of those so a stop was mandatory. He has been a farmer since he was 15 years old (he has a picture of himself on the wall at that age) and says he'll never retire, he loves what he does too much!
|Sam's big smile says it all!|
|he shows us the suckers as he explains|
After we made our purchase we wandered a bit in his beautiful date orchard before continuing on to the dog show.
|paper bags and sacks shelter the fragile, ripening fruit|
|I couldn't resist a peek under the skirt|
So, back to the dog show. It was held at the incredible Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. There were 36 rings, with a different breed of dog being judged in each one. I understand that this show attracts 10,000 contestants and spectators each day of the three day show.
|Pointers wait their turn|
|one of our favorites, a ring full of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels|
Tents and tents and tents full of dogs being groomed and washed and rested before their turn in one of the judging rings were placed on the perimeter of the field.
|Dandie Dinmont on the table|
An enormous fixed building held vendors of all things dog. Spectators and anxious owners stood ringside to watch their dog or favorite compete. We walked and walked, trying to take in everything from the conformation classes (think - beauty pageant) to the agility (think - dogs on a prescribed course at a playground) and obedience classes (think - perfectly trained dogs walking alongside their owners, doing whatever is asked of them, immediately).
(while the judge looks on)
Here are some highlights, dogs that caught my eye.
|a miniature wirehaired Dachshund|
|a beautiful blonde Saluki|
|Who could resist that face!|
|A Chinese Crested being silly|
|a Borzoi on a sit-stay in the obedience ring|
Some were serious and were dedicated to doing their jobs, some couldn't care less where they were and snoozed quietly amid all the hub bub, and some had a really good time!
|sometimes a guy needs a little reassurance|
|A Great Dane waits|
(no, not you Nina)
|its tiring to be a champion|
|This Doberman brought his own fun|
|a game of tug as a reward for doing a good job|
|playtime with a passing friend|
|these two Italian Greyhounds got hopelessly tangled|
while playing together
Some were bored.
Some just did what dogs do.
|a white Bull Terrier reads the paper|
|Beagles doing what Beagles do best|
Some were groomed within an inch of their lives and some were left au natural.
|the ridge on a Rhodesian Ridgeback|
|a Pointer peeks|
|Mom, can't you put the phone down and play with me awhile?|
The little guys in this pen were very anxious for a friend (out of the picture) to notice them.....they erupted like popcorn kernels every time she looked over at them!
|Look at me, look at me!|
|Yea! Here she comes!|
Today was a very good day!