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Dogs at Ekka 
11th-Aug-2009 09:21 am

Given we spent about 1.5 hours at the dog pavilion, there really should be one entry dedicated to man's best friend.

Unfortunately, we discovered quickly that many of the breeds we saw last year seemed to be missing. Or we've missed them and the kennels have gone home after their showing on the weekend. Which is a pity, cuz nowhere else can you find as many breeds as you can at Ekka. We couldn't find a single minature daschund in the entire pavilion.

What we did see were:
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Dalmatian
  • Collie (Rough and smooth)
  • German sheperd
  • Basenji
  • Bergamasco Shepherd
  • Chow chow
  • French Bulldog
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Maremma Sheepdog
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback

After seeing them for the very first time at last year's Ekka, we were stoked to arrive just before the competition showing for the Finnish lapphund.

As a gentleman from Townsville was grooming his 18 month boy on a bench in preparation, we got to chatting with him about the breed and learnt so much about this gorgeous dog - how the dark fur turns reddish if they get sunburnt (which his has, as he's also a working dog on a ranch).

And watching the dogs in motion, it's so easy to see how eager to please they are and how they really are beautiful animals.

And without the crowds, we also got the chance to speak with Melissa Waters from Watersedge Kennels. She was so lovely to chat with us about everything, despite having an obviously tiring day. I took her CH Watersedge Sno Lily's photo last year and it was fantastic to see her grown and mature, but it is her CH Watersedge Tiger Lily who has totally stolen my heart. I wondered if it would be prudent of me to ask if she planned to breed from her, since she's still rather young, but Melissa did say yes, so - fingers crossed - when that day comes, we will have a home big enough to welcome one of these pups into our lives.

We also did grab a closer peek at Janoby Kennel's Aslann, and yes, his name is very appropriate. He has the biggest mane and was stunning to watch in movement.

But what can I say? We're also suckers for puppies. PUPPIES!

Oh, and cool cats too. (^_^)
11th-Aug-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE* The Japanese Spitz is~<3333333333333333333
11th-Aug-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
So cute, right?! XD
11th-Aug-2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Those are some very pretty dogs.
12th-Aug-2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
And all from local breeders who just love the breeds they have made a part of their families. We saw a teenage girl who was curled up with her headphones on, with a German Sheperd as her pillow and another as her body pillow. Both dogs were just lovin' it.
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12th-Aug-2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
You went on Monday too? I didn't see a single daschund! *pout*
12th-Aug-2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
The eyes on that gorgeous corgi are just begging for a pat. Come on! Just a little pat!
12th-Aug-2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Couldn't. His owners were away and he was tied to his booth. Which is probably a good thing, seeing as he's only a puppy.
24th-May-2010 04:53 pm (UTC)

Looks like you met some absolutely gorgeous breeds, especially the finnish lappund.. Though I'm probably a bit biased on that one as I recently got a finnish lapphund puppy.
14th-Jun-2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Ekka is a fantastic opportunity for the 'city folk' to get a taste of the country, including the variety of dog and cat breeds in the country.

Your puppy Teddie is gorgeous! And in the exact colour I'd love us to have too. I'm hoping whenever Watersedge Kennels here in Queensland decides to breed Tiger Lily and has tan pups, we'll be ready to welcome one into our family.
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