:Marlena’s Bette…Posted: October 13, 2008
This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for some time. The problem is I don’t know the details of a story that I think represents the best of what competition with purebred dogs embodies on the human level. This past weekend marked another milestone in this story, so I’m going to jump in with what I know of the story and maybe others’ comments will fill in the details. Or correct my mistakes. Or add parts I don’t know about.
Some ?? four years ago, during Minnesota Specialty weekend in August, I met Marlena for the first time. She had recently moved to Minnesota to live with her long time friend Val (current president of TCLAC). Marlena told me one day she was going to have a Lhasa Apso. She would be named Bette after Bette Davis. I politely nodded my head, told her Bette Davis Eyes was one of my favorite songs and went about the weekend thinking no more about the encounter.
The following August there was Bette sitting in Marlena’s lap. I don’t think Bette was old enough to be shown. Maybe… But Marlena couldn’t show her. Marlena had a hard time simply moving, never mind being able to move fast enough to gait Bette in the show ring. Marlena told me she was going to lose weight and show Bette. I again politely nodded my head, told her how pretty Bette was (her head is exquisite!! – no big round Bette Davis eyes!!) and went on with the weekend.
Together Val and Marlena attended Weight Watchers. The next August when I saw Marlena she had lost weight. While the rest of us were chowing down on chocolate and other goodies from the vast spread of food offered both days of the TCLAC Specialties, Marlena and Val ate scrumptious looking salads. I did actually covet their salads!
Val had been showing Bette, accumulating points, but Marlena told me she was determined to show Bette once. And she did. She reached the goal she’d been working on. Then she upped her own ante. She wanted to put at least one point on Bette
Val and Marlena met years ago. I think it was in Utah. Marlena helped Val during a difficult time in her life. After Val moved, they remained friends. Years later, discovering Marlena was going through some difficult times, Val returned Marlena’s generosity, insisting she move and live with Val. Val got her interested in dog shows. And the rest, as they say, is history.
This weekend Marlena did it! She handled Bette to Winner Bitch for Bette’s 12th point and Marlena’s first! These photos aren’t from this past weekend, but here’s Marlena showing Bette…