I spent part of Sunday at the local dog show, talking myself out of spending a fortune at the different vendor booths and taking pictures of all the pretty dogs walking around.
This little guy is Wilbur. He is a six month old Ibizan Hound (wire coated) who was at his first show. Doesn't he look all sweet and innocent in this picture?
This is Wilbur deciding that my shoes needed to be untied, and working on that.
Though slightly out of focus, this is Wilbur pulling solidly on each shoe lace in turn, making sure my shoes were really truly untied and loose.
And no, that isn't a trained behavior. It is adorable though, just like the rest of him.
You can tell in this last picture that he really is a sight hound. His play buddy, a poodle boy, was walking down the aisle a bit farther down, and was getting the eye the entire time.
Have to say, after spending time with Wilbur and with a few other Ibizan Hounds at the show, they have definitely made it onto my list of dog breeds to consider when looking for my next dog in the future. I have no doubt that working with the right dog could produce a wonderful flyball competitor. I would also be able to do serious lure coursing with him. And, the fact that they have such expressive and easy to photograph faces would just be an awesome little bonus!