This past weekend, the AKC held its national championship practically in our backyard. The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando was converted, temporarily, into a massive dog show – conformation events, dock diving, obedience, agility, vendors, demos, a huge RV camping/parking area where serious travelers could camp out for the weekend. I've been to plenty of smaller dog shows – regional UKC and AKC shows, ADBA shows, AADR shows – but nothing quite as massive as this one.
I'm a pit bull person, and since the AKC doesn't recognize the American pit bull terrier as a breed, I immediately went looking for the closest thing the AKC does recognize: the American Staffordshire terriers and the Staffordshire bull terriers. There was no booth for Amstaffs in the (huge) showcase of breeds, but we quickly found the SBTCA booth and met this cool little guy:
We also got to see some salukis lounging ...
Setters wandering the halls ...
The last dog in the video above is the adorable and sweet and super-sleek Mr. Peabody, owned by Emily Sieger. I've been acquainted with emily via internet forums and blogs and whatnot for a while, and I finally got a chance to meet her and her lovely dogs, Lulu and Mr. P, in person.
Here's a nice shot of Mr. P:
You heard me, Doc. No more laying around in the sun. Time to get back to work.