1 The day before the Sunday show in Springfield, Sophie's brother Bentley came over to our house to get groomed
2 Caryl Crouse, the breeder, came with her full kit to groom Bentley and Sophie for their big day
3 In the "before" picture, Sophie is not looking too happy as a bedraggled just-bathed pooch
4 Caryl goes to work on Sophie, showing us how to blow her out and get her pre-show ready
5 The "after" picture, and Sophie is looking pretty darned good and quite a bit happier
7 There's always time for kisses!
8 "I'm just happy to be dry, fluffy, and down at ground level"
9 Show day, and first up for grooming is Bentley
10 Getting his part perfectly down the center takes a geometry expert
11 Next up on the grooming table is Sophie. Or should I say, lying down on the grooming table....
12 There are eyes under there somewhere
13 Caryl in the ring with Bentley
14 Putting Bentley up on the judging table is like lifting a big sack of hair
16 Sophie waits ringside for her turn
17 Caryl with Sophie in the ring
18 Unfortunately, Sophie is pacing (front legs together) instead of trotting
19 Down-and-backs are looking a bit better
20 Sophie stacks for the judge. Unfortunately, no wins that day for either Sophie or Bentley.