It’s a bit early to get excited about the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialty Show, but hotel reservations should be solidified by March 1st which is Sunday, and entries close the following Saturday. If you want shirts or embroidered bags or to go to one of the dinners, that all must be ordered by the 7th as well, so . . . it IS time to get excited. My “in-between gots-to-do-something” is to keep a large manilla envelope on the bookcase by my desk. It contains a copy of my Consolidated Order Form, my flight confirmation, my hotel confirmation, my shuttle confirmation. It will contain the “door hangers” (we’re making duplicates for our reserved grooming area), information on what Chase eats, his supplements, all his registration and shot information, and anything else I think of that should go to Topeka. Each time I put something in my envelope, I check the number of days left until I leave — it’s a reverse advent calendar. I still must ship items for the Rescue Silent Auction and Raffle.
I have a row of outfits in the end of the closet. It’s stuff that matches (how about that?), is comfortable, and has pockets. I’ll only be in the ring for stud dog and brood bitch classes, but I still want to look respectable with Chase. . . . and the pockets — well, you never know when you might need to hand out a treat or two.
This is my first Cardigan National. I’ve attended many a German Shepherd National, but this is the first time I’ll make it to the Cardis’ Really Big Shew (and may be the last for a while — Pennsylvania is a very long way from Albuquerque). Having Chase shown is a huge plus because it makes me feel a part of the festivities.
It IS time to get excited!