Sonesta took a chance on me, and let me have Willie to learn with. There is definitely a learning curve, but Willie and I figured it out. I had never shown before I got him (oh, how I wish I knew about Junior Handling when I was a kid!) but managed to finish his CH and GCH completely owner-handled. We've even managed a Group placement and to get a minor ranking status last year.
I'm enjoying the whole experience, especially since Mr. Emryss now likes the show circuit, too. He is ring stewarding when he can and tells me when and where I am showing next. Willie is now my Obedience/Rally dog, and Patty is my up-and-coming conformation dog. (Willie will return to the conformation ring as a veteran next year. I can hardly believe I've had him almost six years already!)
Crazy fun hobby.