Last night the phone rang close to 9pm as I was upstairs with my face under the sink. By the time I got down the stairs my son was greeting me at the bottom rambling so fast I could barely make out the sentence. Something about "Television, Haddie, Tomorrow, Call her back".
Our 4-H Leader quickly picked up my return call to chat about a fantastic opportunity for my son and Haddie. If we were available the next morning (today), they could be on the local television magazine style of show which airs weekdays in our State. We'd have to trek into the big city, have Haddie groomed and ready to go by 9am.
Our local county fair opened today, and my son and Haddie will be participating with his 4-H group this Saturday and Sunday. The television show was featuring a segment about 4-H in general, and the Fair, and wanted kids from different groups to be interviewed with their animal in the studio.
Turning to my son who was literally bouncing from one couch to the next, I asked jokingly, "Do you want to be on television with Haddie?!" Of course his answer was obvious.
By 7:30am this morning we were hitting the road to fight commuter traffic to the city, looking good, and ready for some camera time. Once parked we saw a group of 4-H kiddos walking across the busy street carrying their Live Animal Crates to the television station. We knew we were at the right location even though the building was very scarcely marked.
I think the thing that surprised me the most was that the building was highly guarded by security. You could not get into the building without security, you can not walk through the building without an escort, and you can not leave the building without an escort. It kinda felt like we were in a highly secured Government building than a television station.
Wandering the halls this way and that, we landed in the Green Room (which was painted tan). There we sat, my son, Haddie, and I, for almost two hours before my son and pup hit the stage. In the meantime, my husband and daughter joined the audience for the taping of the entire show. I opted to stay in the Green Room and Backstage to support my son and Haddie that way. It proved to be the perfect fit and combo, because our family got to experience both sides of the industry.
While in the Green Room the 4-H kids chatted about their animals, and the Fair. It was very interesting. In the mix was a Pygmy Goat, a cat, a Sheltie, two Guinea Pigs, and a French Lop Bunny. Haddie was in sensory overload. Oh my goodness!! Fair will be so interesting this weekend.
Back to the Green Room where we waited to finish the taping of the show. We were all so thrilled and excited that all the animals performed so well together - standing in a line side by side - all pros. It really shows how well the animals are socialized, respected, cared for, and handled by their owners. It was fantastic!
Such an exciting day - especially since it "all worked" so wonderfully for my son and Haddie. A memory they will have forever. First television experience together. Can't get much better than that!