It was a three day weekend at Doswell. On Friday, I showed See See and she did ok, but did not win. On Thursday, I showed Johnny and Clyde. Johnny got Select, and Clyde did not win. Sunday, under Judge Sulee Greendale-Paveza, I showed Clyde and See See. Clyde and See See both got major reserves! Even though that is not a win, I was very proud! My friend Kaitlyn showed Clyde for me, and Clyde did great with her! Thank you Kait, and thank you Michael and Ashley for the videos!
These next two pics were taken with the help of Ashley Minter. She did a great job of getting down on the dog’s level and getting great shots just outside the show building.
I will post the video and pic of Johnny getting Major Select when I get the professional pic back from the photographer.
Johnny will be 9 years old in October. I haven’t shown him since he finished his Championship about 2 years ago. I took him to dog class yesterday to make sure he still knows what to do for the show this weekend. The instructor for the class, Liz, made sure he was bulletproof. She did an extremely thorough exam, and even pulled on his tail a little! You never know what a judge might do. Expect the unexpected.
Thank you Michael, for shooting the video and pics!
Since my kitties have passed on, the mice seem to know it, and they come for the dog food. I caught one last year, but it was just a regular house mouse. I’m pretty sure this is a very young deer mouse. I caught him a live trap in my basement, and turned him loose across the road in the woods.
Clyde and See See are 18 months old today. Here are a few videos of them in the back yard. In the first three, See See goes after Clyde. In the last video, Clyde lets her have it. Winston does not care!
Yesterday, we had a tornado warning. The news said we were directly in the path, and it was coming in 15 minutes. So, I got some water jugs and my phone and headed for the basement with all the dogs.
Jane gets upset sometimes during storms. She paws at me, as if I could make it stop. But brushing her really helps. She loves it, and is soothed by it. Then the others lined up to be groomed too. There is something about me sitting on the floor with them that makes them want to snuggle. By the time the storm was over, I had a giant pile of hair and toenail clippings. And I was covered with hair! And oh, the tornado dissipated, and I didn’t even lose power.
My sister and her family live in Oregon. She had trouble finding the perfect dog —Trixie— and she and Rick went to many shelters looking. Apparently, the desire for shelter dogs is so great in Oregon, they bring strays in from California.
Their dog Molly had passed away, and it took them a couple of months to decide what to do.
This evening I drove to South Hill and picked up four dogs out of fourteen and drove them north to Richmond. Three were border collie/blue heeler mix littermates and about 6 months old. The fourth was a year old lab mix. I was one of many volunteer drivers who transported the dogs in 80 mile sections from Cedar Bluff, Alabama, to Mechanic Falls, Maine. Richmond is an overnight point, and the dogs are fostered in the homes of still more volunteers. Some are already going to approved new homes, and some are going to no kill rescue groups. If not for this group of volunteers, these animals would be euthanized at shelters which are full in the south. If you want to volunteer, call Doris at 678-468-2524 who smoothly coordinates this amazing caravan.
You might think that all this traveling and being transfered from car to car would be stressful. But on the other hand, the dogs are handled gently by good people, and they get a good night of affection in someone’s home. The socialization is really good for those dogs that have not been around people much, or have been neglected or abused. They can start to learn to trust.
Here are two of the dogs with their temporary overnight foster volunteers.