Hells Hollow Huskies

AKC & CKC Siberian Huskies

Show Dogs
The Newest Chapter for Hells Hollow Huskies
Page added 11/2017

Our experiences with conformation:

When we started our journey with this breed nearly two decades ago (Wow I'm getting old!), dog shows didn't really figure in to the equation.  I was a single parent of 3, working 40+ hours per week, AND going to college.  There was no time for me to do much of anything.  I ultimately wanted a good friendly family dog, but did think that maybe one day it'd be cool if ours would finally get to shine in the show ring.  

Life kept rolling, and now that my kids are mostly grown and out of the house, we saw the need to add a fresh bloodline to our stock. (I can only keep so many Titan and Tacoma progeny) I found Kash and his wonderful breeder up in Michigan.  I looked at his pedigree, saw that he was not related to any of my current babies, AND saw that he was from good show stock.  I told my husband "If we ever wanted to show a dog, this is the one we need to start with." 

That was a looong car trip, and my husband found out the hard way that we couldn't do the drive in 36 hours (because we're getting old!).  A cracked windshield and posing by the Dr. Pol Veterinary Clinic sign later, he was home.  I wasted no time in searching for a place to do conformation classes.  Nobody close to us offered them unless I wanted to drive south of Atlanta.  NOPE - not doing that.  I came across the website for the Tennessee Valley Kennel Club in Knoxville, TN. They were offering classes on one weeknight at 7:30 - I knew I could make those classes - what's a 4 hour round trip drive after a long day at work once a week? 

So we go and meet some super awesome people that were more than willing to share their knowledge of showmanship.  Kash entered his first show in Knoxville as a 4 month old BPUP (beginner pup) in 2016 and we haven't looked back.  We are now proud to be members of the TVKC.  

It hasn't been easy.  Most of the other husky show people we have met remind me a lot of the drama going on in the Siberian Husky groups on facebook (that I do my best to stay out of).  Everyone throws off on everyone else's Siberian.  Compliments are rarely given.  At one show, a handler told an owner "Why did you even bring him? You know he's not going to place." It's a pissing contest. I've been told many times that "Kash is too thin." "Aero is too fat." "Your dog (Kash) is ugly." A judge once told us that our meticulously groomed Aero's ass looked matted! I'm actually surprised I haven't assaulted anyone. 

Are the rewards worth it?  As of November 2017, I can't really answer that, but I CAN tell you that when Aero got his very 1st AKC point towards a title with my daughter handling him, I thought I was going to have a heart attack, fall through the floor, laugh, cry, and do a little happy dance all at the same time.  We commemorated it with an official picture with the judge.  

That experience makes me want to keep going, however, dog shows are ridiculously expensive.

How do the dogs feel about showing? 

Kash and Aero LOVE and look forward to their weekly classes.  They know when I break out the doggie blower and the dremel for their toenails that a show is in the works.  They love getting a cheeseburger when they've done a great job. 

Mostly at this point we only have a lot of ribbons.  Aero has earned his first point at 9 months old. Kash - well - Lord love him he is turning out to be a "working" build and not a conformation build, so he has ribbons and no conformation points. Ribbons are awesome to brag about anyway, so that's cool.  At this time, he is not yet two years old, so he may get back into proportion.  If he does, I think he will clean up the competition. If not, that's okay too.  

We will continue to show and hopefully finish Aero's championship for the time being, but I don't think there's any chance for us to end up at the Eukanuba or Westminster show in the near future.  

FAST CAT - Fast Canine Agility Test

The Fast CAT is a relatively new Agility Test sanctioned by the AKC.  There are no dogs really competing against other dogs, and it is actually a lot of fun.  

Basically, the dog (who must be individually registered with the AKC or have an AKC PAL number) runs for 100 yards following a lure and is timed against a clock.  It's based on using a dog's natural "prey drive."  The time it takes for the dog to complete the run is converted into miles per hour in relation to the size of the dog, and then the dog is awarded points based on that number.  It takes 150 points to earn a BCAT suffix title, while all other suffix's for the FAST CAT is awarded in 500 point increments.  

We like this event.  We like it very much. No one throws off on anyone's dog.  The dogs themselves were loving the opportunity to sprint as fast as they could. Kash was almost halfway to his first suffix after one weekend.  Kash had a blast.  All the dogs that competed had a great time.  Aero will also definitely be competing in this after he turns a year old. He was VERY interested in it when we were cheering on Kash.