Free Shipping USA | Free Priority Shipping Over $50 USA | As of September 14, 2021 we are not shipping to Australia due to USPS lockdown. Our apologies to our Aussie friends!


Your Cart is Empty



Judging at the Great Lakes French Bulldog Club Specialty Dog Show 

How would YOU like to pick which French Bulldog was the best out of a group of 100 or so Frenchie puppies? It may sound like it would be an easy (and FUN) job, but I promise you, it is NOT as easy as it sounds.

I'm honored to be judging at the upcoming Great Lakes French Bulldog Club Sweepstakes very first speciality dog show. And yes, it is just like it sounds - only French Bulldogs will be judged at this part pf the show. It is held in conjunction with what we call all-breed shows, but the Frenchie part of it is limited to just Frenchies.

I'll be judging Sweepstakes...PUPPIES! To be eligible to be shown in sweepstakes they Frenchie puppies must be at least six months old, but not over 18 months old and NOT have their champion title yet. This is a great opportunity for breeders to showcase their up and coming superstars and get the little wigglebutts used to dog shows.

The classes are divided by boys and girls and by age. So, there are 6-9 months old boys, 9-12 month boys and 12-18 month old boys. Same for the girls, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-18. I will place them 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th for boys and then girls. Then the winners of each class all come back in together and I pick ONE PUPPY to be the Best Puppy in Sweepstakes. Then, if that puppy is a boy I choose a girl to be the Best of Opposite Sex and if my best puppy is a girl I choose a boy for the Best of Opposite Sex Puppy.

As a judge I have to check their structure, their gait (how they trot around) and most importantly how they compare to the standard or blueprint all Frenchies are held to. The trick is to judge them on that day. A puppy that may normally be a superstar could have an off day and not show well and vice versa, one who has never won a ribbon could be SIZZLING HOT that day and win it all!

french bulldog club of america sweepstakes judging

Ands yes, SPARKLE and CHARISMA does come into play. When I read judge's critiques they often say, "He (or she) ASKED for it." Which means the dog was ON and seemed to be begging to get the ribbon. 

Frenchies can be an all or nothing breed when it comes to showmanship. They are either superstars screaming LOOK AT ME or they ooze utter and complete boredom and contempt for the whole shebang. 

I am so grateful to the Great Lakes French Bulldog Club for inviting me to judge at this specialty. And I look forward to seeing lots of old friends and making some new ones!

Great Lakes French Bulldog Club Speciality Judging

Also in The Blissful Dog News

tot aka Larkan and me in tornado
Be Prepared - Keeping Calm & Carrying On

by Kathy Dannel Vitcak 3 min read

Surviving Natural Disasters With Our Pets as Calmly As Possible

Every time we glance at the news it seems there is another weather-related emergency. From fires to droughts to recent hurricanes, it seems it never ends. As we watch people on video abandon their homes with their dogs clutched in their arms, most of us think, “What would I do?”



Read More
Philosophical Poo Ponderings | The Solipsistic Dog
Philosophical Poo Ponderings | The Solipsistic Dog

by Kathy Dannel Vitcak 1 min read

Ah, the philosophy of the Solipsistic dog can be debated for hours, as Solipsistic followers are ever-so prone to do. It is one of those "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" type mindsets. 
Read More
rotor-rooter pet rescue
Roto-Rooter Saving Lives! Yes, Really!

by Kathy Dannel Vitcak 1 min read

Did You Know Roto-Rooter Has A Division Devoted To Pet Rescues???

As a business owner, I get a LOT of requests for guest blog posts. As I rule I don't do them for lots of reasons, but this one caught me eye. Maria, from Roto-Rooter, emailed and shared some info on their Pet Rescue program and I was all in!

Read More