By Demery Paladichuk
This past March, I had the very enjoyable and unique experience of competing in the International Junior Handling Finals in Birmingham, England. The venue of Crufts is easily triple the size of the largest dog show venue in America. Quite simply, it is huge. After spending four days exploring downtown London, my grandmother and I made our way to Birmingham to check out the dog show and attend the junior’s banquet on Friday night. I spent most of the day looking around the show and looking around the hundreds of vendors. The junior’s banquet was really fun, and it was so interesting to discuss the differences and similarities of dog shows and juniors with kids from around the world. We all exchanged little gifts that we brought representing our nation, the Belgian chocolates were my favorite! There were 37 other juniors, so I came home with a whole lot of loot. The next day all of the juniors participated in a rehearsal of the juniors “Parade” that would take place on Sunday night. The announcer called us in one by one, being brought in under a spotlight. It was unreal to hear him announce the United States of America, and know that I was the one representing the whole country!