Dog Show! 4-20-24

The Mason City Kennel Club Dog Show is being held this weekend. It was overwhelming! One of my readers, Barbara Stoffel, was there with her two dogs, Serena and Tribble, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers – they won several classes today.

I am clueless as to the rules, the ribbons and the showing but I loved seeing the different dogs.

And my favorite dog in the show – the bull terrier named


Listen to this – I walked over to take his picture and asked his name. William. Do you call him Will or Billy? No, William. Duh. Stupid question from the crowd. Haha!!

Then Barbara

When I got home, I was treated to my own personal dog show – HANK!!

Hazel wasn’t sure – he’s so big!!!

Reader photos

Her name is Martha Washington!

Barbara came to the car to meet Keeper – look at those ears!

Look at this great chicken coop – very safe! And a chair to sit and enjoy the chickens – love it!!
And this chick from Karen in Florida – it won’t require as much care as these guys:

And this from Helen in Texas!

Such a full busy fun day!

32 thoughts on “Dog Show! 4-20-24

  1. Ginger S

    Wow Mary!!! What a fantastic post today!!! The dog show looks like so much fun. And such a wonderful array of breeds. I loved the picture of Hazel and Hank. I bet you don’t see Hazel unsure of herself very often. Ha ha!!!! Your chicks are growing so fast!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ginger – you said it! Hazel is quite confident usually but Hank is bigger and wants to play and rassle. She’s not sure yet.

  2. Martha W in WY

    Thank you for sharing all the dog photos. Congratulations to Barbara on her wins.
    I thought Hazel was pretty big but…..
    when next to Handsome Hank no way.
    Maybe we should rename him: Huge Hank, Hank the Hunk, Humongous Hank? Just a thought. HAHA!!

  3. Beryl in Owatonna

    WOW! So many dogs! I can’t believe how big Hank has gotten and from the looks of his feet he has a ways to go! He is handsome!
    Enjoy the 60’s tomorrow

  4. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thank you for sharing the dog show pictures and of course my favorite Hank.Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Yes, you had a fun day. All the dogs in one spot. So much variety. I think Hazel could win a prize, Hank a trophy. Loretta would not tolerate being fluffed so much. Your chickens are growing fast too.
    We had snow most all day. Great moisture for the lawns and mud for miss prissy to dig in.

  6. Dee from Shell Rock

    When I was a kid, we always went to the dog show at the Hippodrome in Waterloo. Then life got in the way, it because a game to try and figure out when they were going to be there. I always wanted to take my mom to the show again, but after her dementia got so bad, I didn’t take her because she was sad she couldn’t have a dog of her own. Her choice, she said she couldn’t stand to outlive another dog. I know the feeling. Good pictures as always. Our small stitching group rounded up quilts of our own and our friends, having a quilt show this weekend in Shell Rock. Looks good!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – I’m afraid that will be me – losing my mind except for that one part – still loving dogs!

  7. patti

    wow, what a lot of dogs. glad your friend’s dog won. that hank is gonna be something, isn’t he? so healthy! the flag quilt with the cat is so great. you had dogs, some people had snow, we had temps in the 90s already and the Blue Angels of the navy are here for an air show. such precision flying. i did not go to the coast this year to see them. they are flying out of an airport about 5 miles from me so hear them lots. it is the sound of freedom. i am still resting. hope to be back to quilting soon. patti in florida who always enjoys all the pictures shared

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – thinking of you – keep resting until you’ve recovered.

  8. Marsha from Kansas

    Love your dog show pictures. We enjoy watching the dog shows on tv and wonder how a judge can pick a winner. They all win in our eyes! But we are rather partial to the Shelties. We all have our favorite breed. Keeper could win most alert ears award. You definitely named him correctly, your right hand dog! We see the breed of William and just say, “There’s Spud McKenzie”! Shows our age, doesn’t it? A little bit of everything today, gardens, quilts, pets, Hank, and dog show! Lots of nothing. Ha ha. Marsha from Kansas

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, loved the dog show!The big black one that looked like a bear and William were my favorites, l love looking at British bulldogs and English bull terriers on Facebook, such characters! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  10. Kathy in western NY

    I loved the look on the face of Barbara’s retrievers. Never heard of that breed and I like the white boots. Had to be a fun time going to the show and go back to your car and there sat Keeper waiting for another ride with you, his Keeper.
    You two make a great wandering pair.
    And Hank the hunk! Did he ever grow up overnight. Such a cutie to come visit.
    The pictures are so fun to see this morning from the kitty cats, to yards and looks like an ocean visit to quilts and daffodils. You have wonderful readers who give us all such joy to look at.

  11. Donna Jo

    Mary thanks for the dog show pictures! That one poodle looks so silly! Hank is huge. I can’t believe it’s the same dog. Yes I am surprised you have not been to Paducah. We went 10 years ago. Looking forward to seeing all the quilts and shopping at Hancocks and the other pop up fabric stores.

  12. Linda in MI

    Love your blog this morning! The dogs were adorable. I couldn’t go to a dog show because I would be begging everyone to love on those babies! Hank and Hazel could have won the cutest category! And of course Keeper could win something for best bat ears!

    The black and white kitty looks just like my Mammy cat that I had rescued. She was Ferrel with two babies when I got her them out of a ditch, I had to sit on the ground with an open can of cat food for 1 1/2 hours before she would come eat and I could grab her. She jumped out of the closed box when I sat it in the workshop and we didn’t see her for over a week but I knew she was nursing the babies. I kept her against hubby’s wishes and for 16 years she was the sweetest most loving little girl. My secretary took the babies to raise.

    Have a wonderful Sunday. It’s beautiful in Saginaw this morning, quite chilly but the sun is wonderful and not a cloud in the sky yet. The wind is picking up so it’s another winter barn coat day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – it’s been my experience that most husbands’ wishes are not to keep the cat! My personal experience as well.

  13. Vicki Ibarra

    Love the daffodils in the blue vase (and the great small quilt and table top basket). Rita’s flower beds are huge. Can’t wait to see summer pictures of all things growing then. Dog show was very busy: types of dogs, showings, and winners. Happy Sunday everyone.

  14. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Great pictures today. Love the dog show!!! So many different dogs. Harvard’s dogs are beautiful. My Buster looks like he could be a distant cousin. I love the little quilt below the daffodils. Cold today here in Ohio. I’m going to make your sausage soup. 🙂

  15. Linda in Michigan

    Love, love, love all of those dogs! The owners, handlers, judges, etc., certainly have a dedication to bring these dog shows to life. Thank you, Mary, for taking all of these pictures to share with us.

  16. Kim from Wi

    Truly loved seeing all the dogs, what a fun event and Barbaras dogs are gorgeous. My parents raised a litter of Airedale puppies every year and I rather partial to that breed still. Still rather chilly here in middle Wisconsin, so today I shall quilt. I made fresh bread yesterday to go with the husbands chicken soup.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – years ago I kept an Airedale for several months for friends – she was a great dog! I can’t even imagine how cute the puppies are.

  17. Carolyn in GA

    Boy, do I envy you your day although mine consisted of a car show in Snellville, GA. My boyfriend has a 1964 Ford Falcon convertible with a Coyote engine. It is State Farm red with a black leather interior, loud engine and fast. Love it. He does win trophies. The weather was wonderful and today it is raining and turning much cooler. Drats.

    Thanks for all of the pictures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I’m still thinking about the dog show! 1964 – my high school years. I’m trying to remember that car.

  18. Peggy S

    Oh, my!! What a day of great pictures!! My most very favorite is the tri-colored Springer Spaniel!! Having had 4 different springers (not at the same time) & 2 litters of 6 puppies each. Those were the days!!
    At this stage of our lives, no more dogs here. Sure do miss having one, though!! 😥

  19. Peggy S

    Forgot to say that one of our springers was a daughter of the best of Show winner of the 2007 Westminster Dog Show!!

    1. Pat in AZ

      Peggy, Springer Spaniels are my favorite too. We currently have our third, who is now 2 1/2. He’s finally starting to understand that I’m the boss, not him. Lol

      1. Peggy S

        Pat, Springers are definitely in a class if their own!! Good luck with your guy!!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Peggy – that tricolor springer was so gorgeous! Her fur looked like velvet – sounds like you had a winner, too!! I never miss watching Westminster!

  20. Joy in NW Iowa

    Love all the pictures! Handsome hank! Growing rapidly!
    Talking about old cars. We have our 1970 chevell. Hubby bought it the April before w got married. Thus, my mom called it the honeymoon car! We took it to an assisted living even ‘Drive In – Dine in. They served hotdogs, chips, cake and coffee and water. It was a fun aftrnoon visiting with the residents! A chilly cold 40 mph wind but the residents enjoyed the company! So, we are old car lovers! We usually try to go to a few car shows in the summer. It s our family car until about 1987.
    Take care

    1. Pat in AZ

      Joy, we had a 1967 Corvette T-top that we took to the care center several times. It was so fun how many people said that a Corvette was their dream car. We finally sold it when it was too hard to get in and out of it. Fun times

  21. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Loved the dog pictures! Reminded me of the cattle shows we showed at while growing up.
    Spent a lot of time gardening today. Cool and windy but still pleasant.
    Your chickens are growing , Mary! And so is handsome Hank!
    Speaking of old cars, my first car was a 1966 Fastback baby blue Mustang.
    Have a good week, everyone!

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