When I work at the dog show at Reliant Center I have to be at my ring at 7:00 a.m., ready to start setting up for ring opening at 8:00 a.m. Yes, it is an early start, but both years that I've done this I stayed at the hotel next door to the facility and saved myself commute time with just taking a short walk across the rather large parking lot. As a bonus to getting there early I get to walk through the grooming area and witness the pre-show getting the dogs ready routines. I learned not to make eye contact with the dogs, since I can't pet them! But it is fun to see the different breeds getting bathed, dried, trimmed and fluffed up.
The first morning this year I could see up ahead of me a dog that appeared to be walking in the air. What is going on, I wondered. As I got closer I realized that the dog was on a treadmill, a doggie treadmill. I slowed down to take a look. The dog was just trotting along, wagging his tail as if he was on a morning walk outside with his owner. The next two mornings I would pass this same grooming area and there would be a dog on the treadmill, just trotting along. Now, I had seen the dog whisperer guy (Cesar Millan) use a treadmill on one of his shows, but it was a regular human treadmill. This treadmill was smaller and clearly designed for a dog.
After the first day's work I ventured into the vendors' area, and found two different vendors demonstrating and selling dog treadmills.
The background of this picture gives a glimpse into the vendor area of the show. I managed to resist the Laurel Burch bags hanging just behind the dog. The next booth was for the Old English Sheepdog rescue group and that is an OES laying in front of the booth! There is dog stuff and people stuff at a good show, enough to keep you busy looking around for quite a while!