We left home at midnight on Friday, catching our regular shuttle train at 2.20am. The weather was pretty bad, but the roads had improved so the drive from Calais to Amiens didn't take long and we then began searching for the venue. We parked up and the doors did not open until 8.00am by which time the rain had left off a little so we were able to get in realtively dry and make our way to ring 22. Today was Hussy's day. Pomeranians were the last breed to be judged in the ring, so we made ourselves comfortable at ringside. Some shopping saw a new lead for Hussy and a new fabric puppy pen. It seemed a long day and Hussy was struggling to stay awake. Eventually, it was time for our class. There were four entries and Hussy was the last in the lineup so we were able to watch the others and see how it was to be done. Twice round the ring altogether then each dog moved up and down individually and was examined on the table. Hussy moved well on her individual and the Judge, Boris Chapiro indiicated to put her on the table. He then proceeded to examine her whilst telling his critique of her to the steward. I managed to pick up a few French words, "tres jolie" and "excellent" and then he said to put her on the floor. We were all sent round the ring again and he proceeded to place in reverse order. Soon it was only Hussy and one other walking round the ring. Hussy was pulled into 2nd place and I was so proud of her. We were graded "Excellent" and collected a trophy. As we left the show there was still time to buy a new toy for Hussy and one also for Fleur.
It was then a short journey to the hotel where Hussy and Fleur played madly (don't know where all the energy came from), we had something to eat and then it was time to crash for the night. Our friends Glynis and Dudley Chadwick and Liz and Claire Millward were also staying at the hotel, though arrived late.
The following morning, we all left to return to the show. Afghans were first in the ring under Laurent Heineshe. Fleur showed beautifully as usual and won the Intermediate Bitch class.
By now, the sun had come out and we took the opportunity for some photos and catchup chats. We were able to move the cars round to the back of the hall to load up and ensure we could leave promptly at 4.30pm. The drive back to Calais took only 1 hour 25