Forum Dinner at the Specialty

Hi BF Members,

Carrie (Andrew) and I are sitting having Mexican discussing September and the Specialty in Lexington. First of all Carrie says she misses all of you. She has been without a computer as of late. Her biggest basenji related news is that she is now a proud mom of Lothlorien's Kahlua N Cream by Sundiata's Pi r Squared. Her call name is Callie and she and Lola make the CUTEST pair of basenji girls you have ever seen!!! I will get Carrie to send a pic and I will post it. She plans on showing Callie and we will be sure to keep you updated on her career 🙂

Anyway….We want to organize a dinner for forum members who will be at the Specialty. We need some input on when the best day would be as well as which cuisine people would prefer. We were hoping we could get Alex to set up a poll of sorts to help us out 🙂

We are assuming most people will be in Lexington for Conformation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It looks like there is a BCOA meeting on Friday and people will be heading home on Sunday evening. Since Carrie and I have never been to a Specialty we don't know which night would be ideal. We would love if some Specialty veterans can give us some input on that.

Also, a casual head count on who's going to be there and which nights would be very helpful as we will start making calls and finding out which restaurants can accomodate our group.

Thank you! Looking forward to meeting those of you who will be there 🙂

That would be really cool! I'd like to meet everyone! 🙂

Sweepstakes are on Thursday so I'm guessing people -at least with puppies- will be there for that as well. So far I'm planning to go. Probably drive down on Wednesday, I would guess but I'm flexible.

Sounds like a great idea! For me, the earlier the better. My plan is to at least drive down for Wednesday for my coursers. Things aren't good financially but as time gets closer I can see what will work with my budget. I may try to do wed & thurs, maybe even tues through fri. But chances are I won't be there Sat/Sun unless I get a way better job this summer. lol

I'm up for anything! I can't remember anything I ate except Chinese the last time I went to Lexington. So not sure what's in the area. Maybe Carole Kirk would be a good person to ask?

Congrats to Carrie and her new girl Callie! Can't wait to see pics. 🙂

Oh yay Carole! Did you know she's Zip's breeder? I haven't met her and I'm looking forward to it.
Zipzip went to live at Starfyre Basenjis in CA and that's where she was when she adopted us. I have exchanged e-mails with Carole but haven't met her yet.

Oh also: Carrie's Callie is a light brindle and she is 16 months old, born in the same season as Lola. She's also a smaller female like Lola, they're both about 17 lbs and really do match, it's the cutest thing.

Kelli, what are the conformation entry fees like? Carrie wants to show Callie but we weren't sure where to look for all that kind of stuff.

I would be interested in the dinner but won't know for a while how it fits with everything else that is going on. When you know the specifics, will you please be sure to post it on here…I'm not sure when my specifics will be firmed up. Sorry to be of no help in the planning. 😃

I'm definitely going to the National Specialty. I'm flying (don't have enough vacation time to do the road trip) but Liyah is traveling on the road w/her breeders. I'll be there at least the weekend before it starts and fly home on the Monday after it is over.

Congrats to Carrie on the new girl. How is Booger...and how does he like his new family addition?

Hey mauigirl...what is Zip's registered name?

Hi Mauigirl,

Please email admin@basenjiforums.com with specifics about the poll and anything else you need. We will gladly help as much as we can.

For information about the Nationals and entries or to request a premium list you can find that info at www.basenji.org

Entry fees for conformation are usually 20.00 to 30.00. But since the premium is not out yet, not sure of the cost for sure.

@renaultf1:

Congrats to Carrie on the new girl. How is Booger…and how does he like his new family addition?

Hey mauigirl...what is Zip's registered name?

Carrie and her ex/roommate actually parted ways back in March as they reached a point where they could not live together anymore. So Booger is with Andrew and Lola is with Carrie. They have not remained friends following the split so we really have no idea how Booger is doing 😞
He did make a recovery following his nose issue and hopefully it hasn't come up again.

Zip is Possum Creek ZipNto Starfyre, her mom is Eldorado's Rhiannon and dad is Possum Creek Joker's Wild. Rhea had a litter last season so Zip has a bunch of half sibs somewhere….

That sounds like a great idea. As you mentioned, Friday night is the BCOA meeting, Saturday night will be the banquet and auction, and lots of people leave on Sunday after BOB. Soo….probably earlier is better. My guess is that Thursday night will get the most people in already. We will probably be coming in on Monday or Tuesday...Ethan starts kindergarten that week, so we have to leave as late as we possibly can. I am guessing some sort of American variety food would be best....that way people can find something that pleases them.

I'm hoping to be there this year. If I can make it I'll be arriving Wednesday afternoon and leaving Monday morning.

@mauigirl:

Carrie and her ex/roommate actually parted ways back in March as they reached a point where they could not live together anymore. So Booger is with Andrew and Lola is with Carrie. They have not remained friends following the split so we really have no idea how Booger is doing 😞
He did make a recovery following his nose issue and hopefully it hasn't come up again.

Zip is Possum Creek ZipNto Starfyre, her mom is Eldorado's Rhiannon and dad is Possum Creek Joker's Wild. Rhea had a litter last season so Zip has a bunch of half sibs somewhere….

Oh, I'm sorry about Carrie & Andrew…but glad that Booger made a full recovery from his nose issue.

I met a couple of r/w puppies from Rhea's litter in Harrisburg in April, and met Carol as well (she's very sweet & nice)...let's just say those 2 pups were a lot calmer than Liyah, and she was a similar age to them. :D:D

Sounds like a great plan!! I hope you guys have a lot of fun!!

Thanks for the update on Carrie and little Lola and send my congratulation to her for her new B. Callie. Let her know my Katie actually got out her "auntie Carrie" coat the other day and asked for it to be put on.:) That was a first!!

Glad Booger is now doing well. I thought of him last week when my Tyler started to sneeze uncontrollably for about 10 minutes. I flashed back to Boogers thread and panicked, then I relaxed and just did a 24 hr. watch. (Ty's fine, just a drama queen;))

Thanks for the update!!

@mauigirl:

Oh yay Carole! Did you know she's Zip's breeder? I haven't met her and I'm looking forward to it.
Zipzip went to live at Starfyre Basenjis in CA and that's where she was when she adopted us. I have exchanged e-mails with Carole but haven't met her yet.

Kelli, what are the conformation entry fees like? Carrie wants to show Callie but we weren't sure where to look for all that kind of stuff.

Yep, that's why I suggested her. 🙂 I figured you've probably already been in touch with her, and she's done a lot with groups that host events in that area. Hadn't seen her since she moved, but saw her in Cincy though didn't get a chance to talk. I don't think I ever met Zip but I have seen some of her relatives and I do believe I've seen a few pictures or brags from Denise when she was over there. 🙂

The show entries are pretty much the same as other shows, usually around $25 ish. The sweeps and other "extra" classes are a bit higher than usual. What kills you is the performance. lol At normal trials and such they're usually cheaper and have multi-dog discounts. But at the national they're usually the same as the show price and for each dog. But you get some lovely prizes and have to help support the event because of the smaller entry size with only one breed. If you're a BCOA member you should be getting a premium list when they come out. If not then like Pat said you can go to the BCOA website and get in touch with someone who can send you one, although they'll probably be a link to them on the site.

I bet Thursday would be the best night to do dinner, as most likely everyone will be there by then. I wouldn't want to do it Fri because of the meeting, or Sat because of the banquet, and of course Sunday people leave.

How late in the day do the activities usually last? Sweepstakes is the major thing on Thursday I believe.

When we did the National in 07, we tried to schedule everything to be done by 4ish in the afternoon to give people time to feed and walk dogs and a little quiet time. But it all depends on the size of the entry and how fast the judge judges. Some are quick, some are very slow…..

And on Thursday, I believe they added another evening event that is NOT sponsored by BCOA. Top 25 Competition that will be for the dogs in the Top AKC 25 Basenjis in wins (number of defeats).

Yeah, they have sweeps and then the Af match, so I would guess things would finish up in late afternoon?

Pat, I remember them posting about the top 25, but just saw that they're doing a top 20 again too on Wed night. Are they really going to do both? Geesh!

@kiroja:

Yeah, they have sweeps and then the Af match, so I would guess things would finish up in late afternoon?

Pat, I remember them posting about the top 25, but just saw that they're doing a top 20 again too on Wed night. Are they really going to do both? Geesh!

I don't think there will be both, Kelli….that seems a little crazy....

My guess is there is some confusion with the schedule. The top 25 is totally separate as far as planning etc...so I am sure it will be rectified soon.

I'm hoping that I can make it to the National and if I can I definately want to meet up with everyone. 🙂

@kiroja:

Yeah, they have sweeps and then the Af match, so I would guess things would finish up in late afternoon?

Pat, I remember them posting about the top 25, but just saw that they're doing a top 20 again too on Wed night. Are they really going to do both? Geesh!

There will not be both. There is no top 20, it will be known as the top 25 and again, totally separate from the other National events other then the fact that it will be held during the Nationals in the evening.

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