Our Judges Study Group provided the dogs and handling talent (!) for Animal Planet's rehearsal, the first afternoon of the Invitational. We made the grand entrance into the arena as a group, three different times, so the film crew could get it right, with several minutes wait backstage between takes.
Once that was set, we were "judged" by Peggy Hauck, who was microphoned and taking directions from the staff.. Since they needed 10 dogs for the timing of the "group", the Borzoi, Poupon and Zorro, were not only dogs 1 and 2, but also were dogs 9 and 10. They, and their handlers got quite a workout in that big ring. Poupon is nearly 11 years old, and showed no sign of tiring as she made her go rounds. Hot dog treats restored her youth for the day!
The judge was instructed to pull out two dogs, and then choose one winner. Zorro and I were one pair, and Terry was the other with a Boxer. Zorro was chosen the "winner", and then we all hammed it up for the cameras, celebrating and congratulating.
Great fun and great to see the behind-scenes preparation for television.