The VKC has handling classes on Wednesday nights in Goochland, and it is worth the drive! Last night we had Tom Dowell teaching the class, and lots of attendees. (The smaller dogs attend in a separate class at 6:30, with the big dogs at 7:15.) It was great to have a new perspective and a man going over the dogs, just to make sure they are accustomed to both male and female judges.
Here are some videos of Clyde and See See. They are 20 months old today. Liz, a club member, is handling one if them (we switched back and forth). She often teaches the class and has handled many breeds professionally.
On Sunday, I volunteered for the “Big Fluffy Dog” organization, and transported Sawyer, a lab mix puppy (neither big nor fluffy), from Stafford to Richmond. This time I dropped off directly to the new owner!
This past weekend, I did another leg of a transport for rescue dogs. I transported 4 of 13 on Saturday from South Hill to Richmond, where they spent the night in temporary foster homes. Sunday, with many other volunteers, they went in to the following shelters up north, avoiding euthanasia that they faced in the full southern shelters.
Here are the dogs I transported. I did not take these pics; they were taken by other volunteers. When I arrived in South Hill for pick up, it was raining buckets, and by the time I got through traffic heading back to Richmond, it was totally dark. So, thank you to the other drivers for shooting these.
Doris, who coordinates this caravan, has this to say about the efforts and outcomes of dog rescuing:
Every weekend, numerous dedicated volunteers help to save homeless pets from high-kill shelters in the South by driving them on leg-to-leg transports to no-kill rescues in the Northeast. Other volunteers overnight them during their 2-day journey. This actually happens all over the U.S., from and to locations everywhere.
I (Doris) am one of many volunteer transport coordinators, and I organize runs from AL/GA/SC/NC to approved rescues/fosters/adopters in the Northeast, primarily in PA and NJ, but occasionally all the way to NY, CT, MA, and ME. These transports are like relays, with volunteers driving one or more legs, each approx. 50-75 miles distance, 1-1.5 hours long. Each driver takes as many dogs as can safely and comfortably fit in their vehicle (from one passenger to many), picking them up from one location and delivering them to another location along the interstate on a specific route and schedule. A sequence of volunteers thus moves the rescued dogs all the way from their origin to their destination where they will find wonderful furever homes. New drivers are sent our transport guidelines and protocol and are coached and assisted on their first run(s).
My transports are most often set up for Saturdays and Sundays, starting in AL early Saturday morning, overnighting in Richmond, VA on Saturday night, and continuing on Sunday to destinations in the northeast. The route is up I-85 thru the Carolinas to I-95 in VA and north from there. Sometimes volunteers are needed to pick up passengers from their fosters or boarding facilities and bring them to the main transport route. Each leg requires from one to many (5-6) drivers, depending on how many and what size dogs are being moved. It is recommended that the passengers be crated for safety, but one or two adult dogs can be tethered uncrated in a vehicle, if the driver is comfortable with that arrangement, and if the dogs can safely be kept away from each other, unless they are bonded. Drivers with small cars to large SUVs are all welcome to participate. There are 10-25 legs on my large transports for up to 10-20 dogs and puppies. I try to do this at least once a month.
I also arrange smaller local transports to move dogs from shelters to boarding or foster care, or to meet long-distance paid transport. These occur often and have only 1-3 legs and 1-2 dogs. We don’t have as many drivers who are available on weekdays, so this is a very important way to save dogs locally. Another critical need is for local fosters, and an overview of this opportunity to help is in a separate document.
The sweet souls on transport have all been vetted and are up-to-date on vax, spayed/neutered (if old enough and healthy enough), and have been quarantined for 10-14 days or more out of the shelter to help ensure they are not carrying any communicable diseases. Most dogs are very people- and dog-friendly, but some have been traumatized from neglect, abuse, or being dumped by their owners and have to be treated with extra TLC. We alert volunteers to any special transport requirements for any particular passengers.
I send out an email to volunteers in my database at the beginning of the week with the transport route, legs, timing, passengers, and driver/overnighter needs. If you are interested in helping, just respond to that email. On Fridays, after transport has been filled with enough volunteer drivers and overnighters, a “run sheet” is sent by email to all participants with full details on drivers, vehicles, passenger assignments, meet location addresses, etc. I monitor and manage transport throughout the weekend to give everyone timing updates and any other relevant info.
I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t thoroughly enjoy being part of the rescue transport community! This is a hands-on way to save precious lives that would otherwise be euthanized and to send them to wonderful new furever homes. Your hearts will be filled with love and joy and your spirits lifted! Since almost all of the rescues are 501(c)3 organizations, your mileage and tolls are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS.
PLEASE JOIN US by sending me your name, location, email, and phone. I’ll add you to my database for future rescue foster and transport emails. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks. Doris, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE RESCUE TRANSPORTS
Doris also recommends donating to local shelters. Here are two in Virginia she recommends:
I got the professional win pics back from the Doswell shows where See See got her first points!
I was so happy I went to the Fair and rode a camel!
Then of course I had to go to the children’s petting zoo. There were lots of domestic farm animals of unusual breeds. I was pleasantly surprised to note that, like the camel I rode, they all appeared to be clean, healthy, and content. Way to go, Chesterfield County Fair!
My dogs don’t wolf down their food. They also don’t fight over it, or their toys. So, I’m able to feed Winston, Clyde and See See together. This stimulates them all to eat a little better. Sometimes I have to watch it with Winston as he will eat a little too much.
Not many intact adult male German Shepherds will eat calmly together alongside an intact female. Obviously, I don’t do this when See See is in heat!
In addition to See See’s first point on Wednesday, she got an additional point on Thursday, and even went best of opposite sex over another female who was already a champion!
See See was entered Friday, and won her class, but did not win points. Saturday, Johnny was entered in Beginner Novice obedience. This was his first entry ever in obedience, and he is nearly 9 years old.
Johnny got a qualifying score of 190 out of 200, which I thought was generous. That is the first leg towards the Beginner Novice title.
We didn’t enter Sunday, and no more conformation shows until November. At least not close enough for me. I will be working on the next level of obedience with Winston, and taking Clyde and See See to dog class.
I only showed See See today. I’m trying to focus on her because she does so much better with individual attention, and I’m not having to switch back and forth between her and Clyde. She is also entered on Thursday and Friday.
Thank you Kyle, for the videos!
In the next video you first see the two winners go around together. Ahead of me is the winning male. (The female always follows the male.) As we go around together the judge is selecting Best of Winners. All the other dogs in the ring are already Champions and they are competing for Best of Breed. The first four in line are males, and the fifth dog is a female. Cash gets Best of Breed, and See See gets Best of Winners, the champion female gets Best of Opposite Sex, and another male gets Select.
Winston was entered in the Tidelands Poodle Club obedience trials on Saturday and Sunday. There was one show on Saturday and two on Sunday. It was a long, hot weekend, but Winston held up great. I was so proud of him for getting his title in one weekend, and in our first attempt. It has been so hot, we hadn’t been working much on heel off leash. I was worried about that part, and sure enough, that was not his best exercise. But overall he still did quite well and scored in the 180s with each try, out of a possible 200 points.
On Saturday evening I transported some more rescue dogs. I drove them from South Hill, Virginia to Richmond where they were then overnighted in temporary foster homes. The dogs were originally at full shelters in Alabama and Georgia, and several volunteers were organized to transport 13 dogs. On Sunday morning other volunteers took them all the way to New Jersey and Maine. The three I transported were two Australian Shepherd mixes and one basset hound mix. Here’s a few pictures.