Father’s Day this year was “celebrated” in a way that couldn’t have been better for Randy than how we spent it: the entire Familia Ladaga with some friends went to a Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI) dog show, where Khaleesi and Khal Drogo joined. This was quite a big deal for us because it was the first time after a long time that Randy’s dogs were gonna join a dog show again. It used to be that Randy and I were a common sight during dog shows.
Vanguard during a dog show, with handler Mario Palicpic
But after Randy’s dobermann Vanguard got his Philippine Champion title; after we sold my winning pug, Whirlwind; and after our weekends became so hectic, we no longer joined dog shows.
But now that Randy renewed his interest in bull mastiffs and took the plunge to import two bull mastiffs from reputable bull mastiff breeders abroad, it was expected of us to be back.
From past experiences, I knew that dog shows not done inside malls mean lagkit and pawis galore. I remember the times when I would even ask our dog handler to talk to the shi-tzu and poodle handlers to give me some of their dogs’ powders (Johnson’s Baby din naman). Moreover, Raviv was coming with us (and would ask to be carried). Thus, I chose to wear something an ensemble that’s cool and frill-free, never mind that it may be dowdy.
Here’s the Nanay on Father’s Day at the PCCI Activity Center in Marikina City:
- cotton denim overalls: ukay
- white cotton blouse: ukay
- ankle boots: ukay
- plaid leather satchel: Ralph Lauren
O ‘di ba? No frills talaga! Very “country mama” ang peg! I think my whole ensemble (sans the bag) cost only a little less than P500! I liked that this outfit did not restrict my movements—no worries about nasisilip na panty at bra, no worries about walking around, etc. Plus, since my clothes were cotton, ang presko!
What I did not like about this though is that it makes my midsection look awfully big! Honestly, our full length mirror—or any mirror I consulted on that day—did not make me see that.
Hay ewan. Cameras really emphasize the bad, no? Although buti na lang din hindi ko napansin ‘yun; otherwise, I’ll be doubly insecure the whole time. See, one would think that dog shows are filled with males, or losyang females. But fact is that there are plenty of beautiful ladies in dog shows. Beautiful ladies carrying beautiful bags!
Me, habol tingin sa bag ng isang dog owner/exhibitor: Ang ganda ng Balenciaga niya!
Randy: Bag nanaman ang napansin mo?
Me: Oo! Andaming magaganda ang bag! Tamo pa ‘yun o ang ganda ng Chanel niya.
After a while…
Me: Babe hindi ka ba naaawa sa akin?
Randy: Ba’t naman ako maaawa sa ‘yo?
Me: E kasi tingnan mo ang bags ng mga asawa ng mga sumasali sa dog shows. Hindi ka ba mahihiya kng ‘yung asawa mo hindi maganda ang bags ‘pag isinama mo sa dog shows?
Randy kept quiet for a few seconds. I thought I got him. And then…
Randy: A alam ko na. ‘Wag ka na lang sumama sa akin sa dog show!
Sabay tawa nang malakas. #HayNaku!
Anyway, like I said there were pretty ladies on that dog show. Proof? Andun si Vanessa Matsunaga, Daniel Matsunaga’s sister. Even if at first I did not know who she was, I definitely took notice of her. As Raviv and I were walking around looking at other exhibitors’ dogs, a pretty, lithe, tanned girl wearing oversized glasses caught my attention. Sobrang tangos at perfect kasi ng ilong! Later, our dog handler told me it’s Vanessa Matsunaga. So tinitigan ko nang matindi pero pasimple. Indeed, she’s like the female version of Daniel Matsunaga. Ang ganda ng ilong at ang cute ng lips! She and her husband were exhibiting their Alaskan malamutes which, in fairness, were winning.
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Team Father and son earlier today at the #FCI all breed championship dog show. Father: Wolfholic's Extraordinary "Mr. Jade" got BIG3 under Judge Mr. Carlos Fernandez Renau of Spain and BIG4 under Judge Mr. Evgeny Kuplyauskas of Russia. Wolfholic's life of a Pacifique Islander "Miles" got best baby puppy in group under both judges. Thank you judges for appreciating this father and son team. So timely. #instamood #instagood #conformation #instashow #instadog #instapuppy #fathersday #father #son #amcpi #alaskanmalamute #js365grateful #jvsunga1130 #jvsunga
Yes, na-stalk ko na siya. Hehe.
Anyway, if you want know what happened to our entries, well, OK lang. As expected, there were not many bull mastiff entries. Actually, aside from Khaleesi and Khal Drogo, there was only one other bull mastiff entry, and it competed with Khaleesi (because Khal Drogo was still in the minor puppy category. ‘Wag na kayong magtanong ano ‘yun, hahaba lang itong blog na ito nang sobra).
In the first ring under a Spaniard judge, Khaleesi lost to her fully-grown competitor. Randy and our handler Hernan Anonuevo could not believe it, because they both think Khaleesi was waay better-looking. The judge gave Khaleesi an “Excellent” rating, though.
But in the second ring with the Russian judge, Khaleesi nailed it!
Victory was sweeter because first, the competitor bull mastiff was already a Philippine Champion. Second, Khaleesi was given an “Excellent” rating while her competitor was only given a “Very Good” rating. And third, the judge was Russian—and bull mastiffs are big in Russia!
As for Khal Drogo, the only competition he really had was the Best Puppy in Group.
We were not expecting him to win especially because there were lots of really good-looking puppies in his group, the Working Group. But we were still happy because both judges judged Drogo as “Very Promising”.
Anyway, Randy and Hernan concluded that Khaleesi and Drogo still need to age for them to win big. Though very promising, they’re still both in awkward stages of their lives (they’re both less than a year old). So ilang buwan muna uli bago kami bumalik sa dog shows…that means may panahon pa para bumili ng mga bags ko si Randy! LOL!
It was a tiring day, alright. Disappointing? Well, just a tad. But the excitement in Randy’s face never disappoints.
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