Why not try working your showbred dog!
There’s a split in our breed between working and show
We speak of uniting as cracks grow and grow.
Neither side shoulders all of the blame
and deep down inside we are really the same
For we love the breed through the rough and the smooth
And so, to many, there’s nothing to prove
But our breed was bred, alongside its beauty
To hunt and retrieve as its primary duty
And the structure and form for which show folks do strive
Was put there in place to give working dogs drive
There are many reasons and several excuses
Why either side think only of one of its uses
Our show folks may say “Its hardly fair is it?”
“the field side are just breeding skinny black whippets!”
“So what if my dogs drag me over the showground?
At least they don’t stand in the ring with their tails down.
If I work my show dogs they’ll sit in the ring
They’ll lose animation and prize-winning ‘zing!’
“I’m not into Field sports, I hate all that killing
And all day in mud I would hardly find thrilling
I haven’t the time and I haven’t the money
I don’t find you saying I should is that funny”
“I like my labs stocky, I like them with bone
I’m sick of the field trialer’s judgemental tone
Training classes are just not for me
I might miss an open show why don’t you see?”
And to that I say that I do understand
Its hard to find time in our fast modern land
To think about why we picked our beloved breed
And what they were bred for and what they might need….
…to continue in the form that we love and know them
Breeding NOT for just workers and NOT for just showmen
Keeping form for the workers and function for ring dogs
And avoid throwing arrows and judgements and slingshots
To lessen the split only you have the power
So can I suggest that you take just an hour
And to our training classes bring your show-dogs along
They’ll love it, you’ll love it, I’ll eat my hat if I’m wrong!