In last week’s Fashion Friday post, I had just received two custom-made Hug-a-Dog harnesses. They looked amazing on Jacoby, and he seemed to like them, too.
It was a rather chilly morning when we took the train to Providence, so Jake wore his coat.
He was warm and stylish.
I love his name on the back of the harness. Such a nice option to even have offered when ordering a harness!
Jake agrees with me!
On Sunday, we had a little downtime between getting to the show hall and the judging starting. Jake was a little antsy (he gets a bit tired of being carried everywhere at shows), so I put his harness on him and let him walk around.
At first, we just sort of puttered around the back of the hall, near our benching area (we were at the back, near an open space). We had wanted to walk in the foyer of the Convention Center, but some guy in the business center told me there were “no animals allowed in the public area.”
The foyer was completely empty; Jake just wanted to look out the floor-to-ceiling windows…but the foyer was carpeted, so I think the “no animals in the public area” thing was really “no animals on the carpet.” Whatever.
It seemed a little petty to me, but we stayed on the cement as commanded.
Then, my friend Laurie (who, with her husband Michael, was showing her little blue-cream and white tortie Sphynx and benched next to us) suggested we go next door to the Pet Expo part of the show. While the cat show started at 9am, the Pet Expo wasn’t open to the public until 11am, so we could go over there and explore before it got too crowded.
There was some sort of child beauty pageant going on, and this girl was in it.
I thought she was super cute, although she has more curlers in her hair than I’ve ever worn in my entire life.
There were also other animals at the Pet Expo. Like llamas…
Jake wasn’t entirely sure about those goats.
But the goats were curious about Jake!
There was even a goat on a leash, who was being introduced to a Basenji.
I would have gone up to them with Jake, but they seemed kind of busy.
The best part of going over to the Pet Expo side, though, was the dog agility course! Jake loved it.
But then, what Aby wouldn’t? It’s high, you can see everything, and it’s fun to climb.
Pretty much an Aby definition of awesome. One thing I really want to do with Jake is feline agility*, but we haven’t been to a show that was doing it yet.
Dog agility course furnishings are a lot bigger than the ones for felines, though.
Didn’t seem to bother Jake at all, though.
There was also a tunnel for the dogs to run through.
Pretty much the polar opposite of the A-frame, but still fun.
All in all, we spent about an hour over there, checking everything out, playing with the agility course, and talking to people and other animals. Jake met more dogs, too: a Papillon, two Golden Retrievers, and a Shar-Pei.
So, Jake’s Hug-a-Harnesses? Two paws up. There is one modification I’m thinking of doing to them for Jake, which is sewing the neck shut and putting the buckle on the belly Velcro©, because I find I tend to slip these over his head and only open and close the belly strap; if I do that, I’ll be sure to post photos…but first I need to outsmart my new sewing machine, which is smarter than I am.
* One note: if you follow that link to the NY Times’ article about feline agility, you’ll see a mention of “Twyla Mooner, a Bengal from Reston, Va., [who] is considered one of the greatest agility champions”. Yeah, we already know all about Twyla Mooner…and she is NOT a Bengal. She is a blue Abyssinian, thank you very much, and she is awesome at agility. So there, New York Times. You are incorrect.