By Hannah Wolfshohl
My name is Hannah Wolfshohl I'm 17 years old and live in Texas. I have been showing dogs for 7 years now. Showing in Junior Showmanship has really helped build my confidence, and has given me so many opportunities!
When I first started showing dogs I was so nervous just walking into the ring. Now I feel confident walking into the ring! I just ask myself "what's the worse thing that could happen?" I remember that nothing that bad is going to happen. I have even been able to apply this to other aspects of my life too; when I apply for a job I am able to walk in confidently. Anything that is new is often very nerve-wracking, but dog shows have helped me remember that I can make it through a job interview, or a big presentation at school, seriously what's the worst thing that could happen?
I have had the opportunity to show some really awesome dogs. I love the feeling of walking into the ring with a dog you work really well with, when there's that something that clicks, it's a great feeling to know that your showing the dog to the best of its ability! It's almost like you know everything your dog is going to do before he does it, and it feels like you can communicate with your dog just like he was a person. Okay I guess that does sound really weird but hopefully you know what I'm talking about! It'swhen all the times you've gone into the ring and been completely embarrassed finally pay off and you and your dog start to work as a team!
I'm very excited about going to college, and all the opportunities it will bring! I will definitely go to dog shows while I'm in college, unfortunately not as often as I have in the past. I also plan to work at a vet clinic so I can continue to be around dogs. I think eventually I would like to be a Juniors Judge. Juniors has taught me so much about showing dogs and I hope to be able to help other juniors in the future!