Well unfortunately, DTA will not be graced with my presence for a while....lol. Now, I'm sure a lot of you(if not most of you) don't really know much about livestock shows...so, let me explain a little. Stock shows are basically the exhibition of an animal in which they are judged on their "market readiness," or their potential to be a good market animal. Easy, now, don't start bashing me for showing an animal for market. Relax. I'm not even going to go into explaining all of that, but just trust me, my animals are extremely well taken care of and....yeah well, like I said, not explaining. Anywho... So, "stock show season" starts in January. In most places there is a local show, which is your town, then a county show(for your county of course), and then what we call "major shows." These shows are in major cities where people from all over the state can bring their animal to the show. It's a very big deal. I could go into describing all the things that I have to do to prepare my animals, but....geez, the list is so long. To make it short, it's a whole lot of work and it's VERY time consuming. On top of stock showing, I have a lot of other stuff going on, so basically 7 AM to 11 PM or so is busy, busy, busy. Needless to say, this leaves little time for DTA... I will have a week off of stock show stuff in a few weeks, and then a few weeks after that I should have more time on my hands. ^^ So, I won't be around here much for a while, but I'll get on when I can. I hope I don't miss anything too interesting! Lol. Have fun, and hope I get to talk to everyone again soon. :dogsmile: Good luck to everyone with your dogs!