At last, the time had come! Nadia was gripped with nerves, but was excited all the same; she had worked hard with Hael, and was proud to show her off to the world. The pup was pacing at her side as she came in to the registry desk, and she sat there while the woman filled in the required paperwork, looking around at the new environment. How interesting! There were other houluh smells around, but she'd stick close to her human for the time being. Who knew what they were there for? Jerky, she hoped.
"Thank you," Nadia said to the receptionist with a smile as she pushed the completed papers back to them. "I believe that is everything... where should I go now?"
Another member of staff was on hand to help lead her to the correct area. Gosh, it was intimidating! She could feel her fingertips tingle with anticipation. The main thing to remember was that no matter what, she loved Hael and knew she was a wonderful creature.
It was showtime, she supposed. Nadia took a deep breath as they entered the ring; the eyes of the judges, and other owners for that matter, fell upon them instantly. Anxiety rose in her throat. Without Hael there, she surely would have gone to pieces, but the houluh was her entire reason for attending and therefore she could pour the nervous energy into her.
"Lay down, Hael," She said, and Hael was quick to respond, plopping down onto her belly without hesitation. "Crawl."
As the woman walked slowly backwards in a circle around the centre of the ring, Hael followed in her crouched position, body low to the ground and eyes focused. It was an excellent display of her form and intelligence, Nadia believed - it was one of her favourite tricks to show off.
"Good. Now, sit, Hael," She asked next. Hael pushed herself up to stand, and then sat, her wagging tail brushing along the tiled floor. "Excellent."
What is your Houluh's Sex?: Patronne Desired Show Name: Llywelyn's Faithful
Nadia was delighted. The day had come, at last, for Gelert's debutante show, and she couldn't have been prouder - dressed in her own finery, she made her way to the hall with him, instilled with far greater confidence than she had felt with Hael. It wasn't on account of Hael, of course, because she was a wonderful companion and had learned excellently. It was her own insecurity that had troubled her. This time, though, she was certain that she had done a good job. There was no scornful eye to be turned upon Gelert's good qualities.
She gave the receptionist a warm smile (that was awfully out of character for her) and got going with her paperwork. There was less trouble with it this time, with her prior experience and the genealogy papers she had been through at the breeding centre. Everything was slotting into place. It felt wonderful to be sure of herself.
Before she knew it, the time to show Gelert off had arrived. That was the most worrying part. Gelert would be as wonderful as he ever was, but Nadia could be a sack of nerves when she wanted to be. His presence at her side was warm and comforting, however. If they were together, she had nothing to fear.
She tried not to think about the audience, the other houluh owners, or the judges as they made their way into the ring. All that mattered was his comfort and showing the world how wonderful he was. Bolstered by that, she gave him the 'sit' command - he did as he was told quickly, without fuss.
Not wanting to do anything too fancy, she asked him to shake, and he lifted one soft paw to rest in the palm of her hand. After squeezing it, she released it and straightened up.
"Jump!" She said - the puppy leapt into the air, turning a little as he did. The flapping of his ears made her giggle. "Very good boy."
Houluh Image: What is your Houluh's Sex?: Matronne
Desired Show Name: Miraculous Me
A third pup had been trained and was ready for their debutante show. Nadia was thrilled, and was practically vibrating with excitement as she entered the houluh hall; it made her feel awfully accomplished, every time she arrived. The receptionist got a hearty greeting and then she settled to fill in the official paperwork.
Gosh, it was hard to hold the pen still to write with it! She was a bundle of nerves, in the best way. It was time to show off all her hard work with the sweet girl, as well as the hard work of her friend Obsidion. Without him, she wouldn't have had this opportunity in the first place! She felt a surge of happiness as she led the puppy into the show hall, ready to display the pup's skills to the crowd. Nothing could bother her on this day, not even strangers watching her every move!
It was time to go, at last! Nadia gave a polite smile to the judges before she turned to Mabel, ready to initiate the display. Which tricks were they going to show off? Well, nothing too complex - just enough to show her quality and obedience.
"Sit, Mabel," She said, and felt a spike of satisfaction when the houluh did as was asked without hesitation. Perfect. They were off to a wonderful start. The next move was to take out the red rubber ball that she so enjoyed, and toss it across the arena. "Fetch, Mabel!"
Off she went, tail wagging excitedly behind her, to snatch it up. She trotted back with it in tow to sit at Nadia's feet again, alert and prepared for her next command.
"Shake, Mabel." One paw, squeeze and shake. "Shake. Other paw now, Mabel." A switch of sides, squeeze and shake. "Good girl. Well done."
Nadia was utterly thrilled to be back at the houluh hall, with not one, but two puppies. Their hard work together had paid off, and they were finally ready to be shown - she couldn't wait for everyone to see how much they had learned in the last few months!
First up was Inky. As he was ever impatient, she wanted to get his show over with first, and expend all of that energy. No one in the hall seemed to mind his boisterous behaviour, being used to seeing houluh coming and going. She smiled at the receptionist before filling out the required paperwork - it was a breeze by now, and took her less than a minute to scan through everything and sign on the dotted line. There! His show name had been chosen, his details were on file, and they were ready to go out into the ring and show off.
The show ring was always a bit nervewracking, but now that Nadia had been there a few times, her natural anxiety had been eased. Along with her and Inky, she brought a small cart, that would be utilised in their performance. It was now or never!
"Sit, Inky," She began, and the houluh pup plopped down onto his behind. While he was sitting, she took his harness from inside the cart and began to fasten it onto him, pulling the straps taut. He was an awfully good boy, to sit so still while she did it. God knew if it was her, she would kick up a fuss. Once everything was shipshape and ready to go, she hooked him up to the cart. "Let's go!"
Nadia had placed a few items inside the cart for weight, but it didn't bother Inky, who remembered his training well and followed as she led him around.
[Inky shows Sit, Wear Harness and Pull Buggy! Done?]
Kennel Name: Bloomwood House Houluh Image: What is your Houluh's Sex?: Matronne Desired Show Name: Indulgence
It was Indie's turn next. Her disposition was far calmer than Inky's, and she sat calmly at Nadia's side while the woman filled out the forms, occasionally turning her head to watching a passing houluh. Nadia was arguably more excitable than she was, which certainly made a difference to usual. It was hard not to feel bouncy, when she had gotten such good results from her first pup's performance!
"Are you ready, girl?" She asked the pup, who licked her hand. They had to wait for a little bit because another kennel had gone in in the interim, so she took a seat in the waiting area and petted Indie's head. Her fur was still silky and smooth with the extensive grooming they'd been through that morning. Poor creatures had been near drowned in soap bubbles. "You will do wonderfully, I know it. Do not be afraid. I will be with you."
Their turn came around soon enough, and Nadia smiled at Indie as she stood, pacing towards the door into the show ring. The crowd hadn't been too big, from what she could tell, and she felt more relaxed with one performance already done and dusted. They took their place in the centre of the room, and waited for their cue to begin.
"Heel, Indie," was the first command given. The houluh kept at Nadia's side as they lapped the ring, and then came back to the centre, where Indie's harness and packs were waiting for them. "Good girl."
It was like clockwork, buckling her into her harness and then strapping the packs on top. Indie stood still and was calm while everything was done, and remained that way while Nadia packed things into the bags. Back they went for another lap or two around the ring to show off the houluh's carrying capabilities.
[Indie shows Heel, Wear Harness, and Carry Load! Done?]
Twilight-Claw: *Dances* Yes! Primal Expertise is here! <3 Just now noticed the list with what is updated, thanks Silver! Definitely loving all those tiny updates that where made with the rest as well! <3
Aug 1, 2022 15:20:01 GMT -6
Darky: Yep, they're def 5-fingered, complete with a thumb :3 And danku~
Jul 21, 2022 4:04:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The Dynasty Tat-Lung looks awesome Darky! You made them look really cool! I think I even see a thumb in their design that fits their most likely one to read books in their design. <3
Jul 20, 2022 13:26:25 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like this part "and would like to remind you that lost digit reattachment is a service offered at all Labs-Aligned hospitals within the city." of them a lot for some reason, I don't think many people go to that establishment a lot. x3
Jul 2, 2022 3:42:55 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I didn't even noticed it was double headed until it got mentioned in the cbox (which was really just five seconds after seeing them! XD). :3
Jul 2, 2022 3:41:30 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: I'm glad you like them!! Seeing as they're a retired breed, I wanted the Magestorm to be extra special.
Jul 1, 2022 21:08:53 GMT -6
Morgan: Oh, the Magestorm being double headed is a really neat surprise! What a cute species. c:
Jul 1, 2022 21:02:39 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Afraid I don't have any. :C
Jun 30, 2022 14:16:45 GMT -6
Darky: Btw, still on the lookout for 1 sapling flower if anyone has any spares? (Not picky about colour~)
Jun 30, 2022 4:28:15 GMT -6