My friend Josh got a new puppy in August. She is almost 6 months old. One of her ears is really floppy. So today we taped them up. Here are the before and after pictures.
When the tape comes off I will take more pictures. Fingers crossed they stand up! Taping is not a guarantee, but it certainly helps. I have had real good luck with this method. I have made other blog posts with detailed information on ear taping. So scroll back well over a year in this blog if you’re interested in details.
Again this weekend, I was a small cog in a big wheel. Drivers and overnight fosters transported and cared for a mixed breed mother dog and her 9 8-week old puppies from an overcrowded shelter in Georgia. Utilizing a long chain of drivers, with an overnight stay in Richmond, all of them ended up at The Rescue Express in Pennsylvania ( https://therescueexpress.org/ ) where they will find homes. All of us pitched in to keep these dogs from being euthanized.
Here are a few pics of the puppies in crates in my van:
Momma Daisy and the puppies got lots of petting and love at each transport point from us volunteers.
Last weekend, I showed for 4 out of 5 days at Doswell. I got one win, Clyde’s first point! Thank you Judge Albert Bianchi! Clyde is starting to look good. Filling out nicely as he approaches age 2.
After the shows, I transported 3 rescues with Whole Lotta Love dog transport out of a group of 15 dogs saved from euthanasia at overcrowded southern shelters. It was dark throughout the trip, as arriving in Richmond is the last leg of the journey. The two people in these pics are fostering overnight. They went north the next day, some going as far as Maine.
Yesterday was a long day! We went to Hampton, Virginia and participated in two dog obedience trials in one day. This was towards the last two legs to get the Beginner Novice title for Johnny. It was also his 9th birthday along with his sister Jane.
Between the two shows, Johnny and I went to Virginia Beach.
The Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club (PCOTC) gives prizes for first place, so I got $20 and a nice new 6 ft leather lead in addition to the ribbons. Thank you, PCOTC!
I was gone for 11 hours. I am happy to report that the five dogs i left at home were able to hold it! I was very surprised that even See See (females take longer to develop those “holding it” muscles) did not make a mess! Needless to say, I don’t make a habit of leaving them that long without being able to go outside. I only fed them half rations that morning.
See See saw a sheep! She was on a leash though, and then there is that whole fence thing, but I think I saw a spark of herding instinct!
In case anyone can’t spell German shepherd, remember that they are sheep herders. So it’s not Shephard, Shepard or Sheperd, it’s shepherd. Shephard, Shepard, or Sheperd can be someone’s last name though, which is why this text auto-corrects to capitalize. German is always capitalized because it is a nationality but shepherd need not be capitalized. Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?
Just another day in dog class. Thank you Michael, for the pics! Today we “rotated” dogs, “judges”, and handlers, so that after each dog was examined, that “judge” then took the dog as the handler to the end of the line, and so on. So I got a fresh perspective as a “judge”. The first thing I noticed was that when the handler brought the dog back on the down and back, if I couldn’t see it’s face, it was a detraction from the overall quality of the dog. So, I learned the importance of teaching the dog to look at the judge after the down and back.
The second thing I noticed is, I am dressed like Tiger Woods on a Sunday. And when I think of Tiger Woods, I think about my dad. He loved Tiger. He really wanted him to succeed. He felt the same way about Barack Obama, and lived to see them both become very successful. He was so happy, he cried when Obama was elected, both times. My dad died 9 years ago yesterday at the age of 94, and I still miss him very much.
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.