I took some time to travel to Chengdu in China and judge a show. My Mom, who had always wanted to travel to China came along - which considering she just had her 89th birthday was quite a trip.
The Li's the organizers of the dog show were wonderful, and my translator/agent Dan Li did everything in the power to make it a trip to remember both for Mom and I.
The show was very well organized with some nice dogs from several countries. I had great stewards who worked with Dan to make sure language wasn't a problem.
Here is the trophy table, Dan is standing behind, and my mom was with a translator the club provided for her for the day.
After the show we went to the old city of Li Chang for a few days - this is a very old and beautiful city well worth the trip.
We stayed at the Snow Drop Inn, which was very nice and an old Naxi house - here is Mom in the garden.
I can't say enough about how kind everyone was to Mom who had always wanted to travel to China and at 89 took on the challenge. She had a great time and says it was a trip of a lifetime for her - jet lag and all.
I have been fortunate to travel to many areas to. judge dogs. Judging is a fun part of my life, and seemed like a natural evolution after showing dogs for many years.
I have traveled across Canada, judged in many parts of the United States and done a variety of International Assignments. I have judged in New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia, and Thailand. Unfortunately, I am not a great photographer, but did capture a few shots on my travels.
Taipei, Taiwan was very interesting. We did find some American Fast food - but most meals were traditional Chinese.
Here is the memorial - where we found one other person who spoke English:
The tour of Snake alley was different - and the traffic - the picture speaks for itself.
In Bangkok, I visited one of the temples:
Had some incredible meals:
And spent a morning at a floating market:
When I was in Bangkok, I had a chance to visit some Tailors
My latest trip to New Zealand was a chance to make new friends and visit old ones. This trip was a little different for me. My 85 year old mother came along - on her first international travel.
We visited friends in Dunedin and spent time with Allison Eckhold. Here is Allison and my Mom:
I can't thank the friends, both old and new who made Mom's trip very enjoyable and a lifetime memory.
We also went to look at the New Zealand Kennel Club grounds in Dunedin:
We even took time to travel by Mom's favorite form of transportation - the train:
Canadian Dog Judges Association