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THE 1997 INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL
FROM A SLOUGHIA'S EYE
published in Field Advisory News 1997
Bouthayna & Balsam Shi'Rayân
© Rick Todd 1997
When Dominique received
the premium list with an invitation for us to participate at the International
Invitational in Pescadero, she thought this was pretty nice. She
was really pleased about the emails from Kathy Kelly that she should send
pictures of us for everyone to see at the I.I. and that people would love
to see us run. But when she had to put us on the airplane she was
worried sick that something might happen, since we had to travel alone
as Bernd had been working in San Francisco. But it all worked out
fine and when I arrived with my sister, Balsam, at the San Francisco airport,
Bernd picked us up.
Yes, many people were
curious to see us at the I.I. and there was a lot of touching and talking.
Finally we were allowed to do what we wanted all along - run
after the lure. The ground was hard and the lure took a few sharp
turns. Balsam tumbled at one turn but was right up again. Still,
it was me who followed the lure closest. Many spectators saw us running
and we heard some nice comments. In the afternoon we had a second
run and the crowd and the judges were pretty happy with us (we got a total
of 311 points for two runs).
On Sunday, we again
had fun running after the lure and I did a fantastic leap down from a small
hill to catch up with the lure. But why am I not allowed to compete
with the others in the finale? I do not run worse than them? That
evening we got our recognition for the weekend and received the trophies
donated by our club, the Sloughi Fanciers Association of America (SFAA).
The next day we had
a terrible trip home. Two connecting flights were canceled in Salt
Lake City. We were rerouted through Denver where we spent the entire
day with Bernd at the airport.
Yes, the Sloughis were
at the I.I. for the first time and participated in everything they could
with good success and in the true competitive spirits of hounds.
May the lure be
PS: Thanks to the improving ghostwriter skills
of Bernd and Dominique you can read my barking and whining.
Bouthayna Shi’Rayân, SFAA Dual Champion
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