Clyde and See See meet a Gang

A gang of kids that is. We walked down by the church near my house, and there were a bunch of kids playing in the parking lot. They all ran up to Clyde and See See and asked if they could pet them, and if they would bite. I launched into my spiel of how they shouldn’t run up on a dog that they don’t know, and to stand quietly and let the dog approach. Clyde and See See were fine, but I always like to coach kids about how to approach a strange dog. Their parents came up too and petted the dogs. Clyde and See See had a great time. Because I don’t know the kids, their faces are blurred. But they were all smiles!

Virginia Kennel Club dog handling class, featuring Clyde and See See

Thank you Michael, for taking these pics at class tonight. Michael has a German Shepherd too, so he knows how to get the right pose, picture, and video.

Keith worked with Clyde to get him accustomed to being stacked
Clyde is leaning forward just a tad. You can tell because his front legs are not perfectly straight. But really this is pretty darn good.
Clyde moved out as much as possible in the small room with no mats for traction. The club should be getting some mats for this room soon, and we may get a bigger room!
Ideally, See See would have her ears up and her left rear leg extended a little more, to where the leg between foot and hock is perpendicular to the ground.
Show dogs have to tolerate a lot. Here is See See letting me place her leg just so. Then she will have to hold it while a judge touches her all over.
At the end of class, the dogs all go around together, and everyone claps, just like in a real show. In this video Clyde kept turning around to look at See See, which is not great. That’s why we go to class, practice!

Having fun stacking and moving Clyde and See See

My friend Keith is learning to move and stack my GSDs, and he took some of these pics too.

Clyde at 14 months
See See at 14 months

In the next two videos, you can sort of compare the gaiting of Clyde and See See. I’m planning on getting better video tomorrow at dog class.

Check out my vanity plates on my van and car!
Keith is a way better runner than I am!

Winston and the turtles

Winston went to Three Lakes Park today. There were a bunch of turtles basking in the sun on a log in the big lake. I tried to get a pic of Winston and turtles together, but they’re hard to see.

The biggest turtle is above the bridge of Winston’s nose.
Two big turtles.
Turtles always remind me of my mom. She passed away 15 years ago this month. Her mother found a turtle the day my mother was born. My mother always liked them, and she collected little turtles made of ceramic, glass, or just about anything.

Cause for Celebration

Sir Winston Churchill Out of Sight is a new champion! Winston won Winners Dog at the Virginia Beach Kennel Club dog show today in Doswell, VA under AKC Judge John Schoeneman! It was major points today in dogs (the word ”dog” means male dog here), which was what he needed to finish his championship! (He got Winners Dog yesterday too, but because it was not a major, he did not finish then.) Many thanks to all my friends at the show who manage to be supportive and competitive at the same time. And special thanks to Sharon who came with me to help, hold dogs, and just be a friend! Sometimes I get a little crazy at shows. Me? YES.

Winston was my husband’s pick from Jane’s first litter in February 2019. Chuck named him Winston Churchill because when he was little, he had a big round head. Chuck was with me and Winston when he got his first major as a puppy from the 6-9m class.

Chuck died suddenly in July of 2020, and somehow I know he was watching Winston today. Yes, Chuck, you picked a Champion!

This evening, I sat on the floor with Winston and told him what a good boy he was today
I told Clyde he was good too. He won his class today!
And See See. She won her class today too!

At the dog show

First of all, we did not win. Winston got reserve, and See See won her class, but we did not win points toward championship. When I’m in the ring with one dog, someone has to hold the other dog, or it’s waiting in a crate. So after I’m done showing, the dogs are very glad to be back with me and each other. This first picture captures the moment that Winston and See See were both back with me.

Then they get a little talking to
Calming down
And settling
This is See See from yesterday. She loves hugs.

Two more chances to win this weekend!