Well of course we could. Everything was like clockwork, which was brilliant and nothing was delayed at all. Fleur now bathed, and looking fab as normal for a show
Well at midnight we set off for our weekend away in France. We got to the Euro Tunnel just after 1am Saturday morning had a little sleep as our train was at 02.10 Fleur was enjoying watching people arriving and making sure they didnt get too close.
We boarded the train, a little late as there was delays, but didnt matter as we had time to get there as it was just over an hour past Calais.
We arrived in France at just before 4am and headed straight to Douai, couldnt really see much as was dark and the roads were good.
We arrived at the venue and slept in the car till 7am when they opened the car park we parked right up by the hall so was easy to get in and out.
We unloaded the car, and made the short walk into the hall, was a different kind of hall then expected but there was space for grooming by the rings.
We set up knowing we wasnt going to be judged till lunch time, groomed Fleur through just to make sure then sat and chilled watching the breeds in front of us being judged as well as watching the Pomeranians as well.
The time came for Fleur to go into the ring, there was 3 other dogs in the class with us, We each had our individual assessment, and shame the ring wasnt bigger as then the dogs could have moved a bit more. Fleur was placed EX2 & RCACS (res CC) so was really pleased and over the moon with her. What a lovely way to start the new year in France with this. Was now looking forward to tomorrow and how Fleur was as i knew the same dogs would be there and another one.
We headed to the hotel, which was across the road from the venue, after we stopped and grabbed a McD's as we were both so tired, and didnt fancy going to the restaurant to eat. We checked in and had a super room loads of room, Fleur investigated every part of the room even watching outside to make sure it was ok.
The following day we went back to the show, and we were in a different part of the building and this was a little more closed in and not much room at the ring side the ring was slightly bigger but not much. We were in the ring at 11am so had time to relax and groom through Fleur and let her chill before going into the ring. The entry was bigger then yesterday and there was some dogs that we hadnt seen before so was interesting to watch the judging.
Fleur was in the ring and there was 5 in the class, and she moved beautifully once again, and couldnt ask anymore of her. Fleur was placed EX1 and then had to challenge for the CAC, which we didnt win, this didnt matter at all to us as she is still young, and needs time to mature, it was just super to win the class.
We left the venue packed up the car, and headed to Calais to catch the train home, we arrived earlier then our departure so had to pay extra but was nice to get home earlier as well.
On our way home from Folkestone we stopped to see Fleur's breeders Avril & Stan who were at the travel lodge as they were leaving to go back home to France on the monday. They were so pleased with Fleur and her great wins at the weekend.
Here's looking to our next trip to France!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!