About 350 people and their labradoodles (there were a few goldendoodles) gathered in a grove of oak trees to watch the dogs romp, tell dog stories with other doodle lovers, and enjoy a delicious lunch.
There were a lot of water bowls around,but the ice bucket with soft drinks was a favorite drinking spot.
As you might have guessed, the scarves in many colors were party favors.
The dog with Matilda and me is an official service dog. She's been certified by DELTA dogs for the READ program. Her "mom" takes her to libraries so children can read to her. Matilda worked unofficially at my school and at the library last summer. I think Matilda will be coming to school again with me this year.
This Rutland Manor Australian Labradoodle is just 10 weeks old.
This is Beverly Manners, owner of Rutland Manor and one of the originators of ASD(Australian Service Dog)Labradoodles. Labradoodles are basically Lab poodle crosses. The ASD labrdoodles also have several other breeds that have been added to the mix and they're multigeneration labradoodles. Beverly Manners is trying to get these dogs registered as a breed.
As part of the process to get a breed registered you need to hold a certain number of breed conformation shows. This year's was the second ASD Labradoodle conformation show.
They also had several fun contests. The first was a timed obstacle course. I thought Matilda and I could try that. She had to start sitting in a hoola hoop. At "go" we weaved in and out of a series of poles and back to a sit in the hoola hoop. Then we started weaving in and out a second set of poles and back to a down in the hoola hoop. Finally, we ran down the center of the poles and crossed a small jump. Matilda came in first!! Here she is with her prize.
There was also a best trick contest with dancing dogs, rolling over dogs, jumping through hoops dogs, and twirling dogs. There was a prize for the owner who looked most like his or her dog. These red heads were the winners.
This was the best kisser contest.
Actress Barbara Eden of "I Dream of Jeanie" fame was the judge of the tricks, look alike, and kisses contests.
Matilda and I are looking forward to romping with the labradoodles again in 2008.