For the first time in over 45 years I had a dog in The Obedience ring. Winston was entered in beginning novice at the greater Washington Bouvier Club in Glen Allen today. On his first time out he got his first “leg”, or qualifying score, towards his Beginning Novice title (3 legs earn the BN title). It’s the lowest level of obedience. I’m particularly proud that he got this on his first try less than six weeks from when he finished his championship in AKC conformation. After all, dogs are taught not to sit in the confirmation ring and then must sit automatically in the Obedience ring. He wasn’t perfect: he got a a score of 187 out of a possible 200. But he was the only dog out of six in Beginning Novice to qualify today! So we got a first place ribbon in addition to the green qualifying ribbon.
If you are wondering why I took a German Shepherd to a Bouvier Des Flanders club specialty show, most specialty clubs open up their Obedience and other performance events to all breeds. And I got a free Regulations book because I realized how much has changed in 45 years, or maybe I just forgot everything!
We will be at the same show tomorrow and Sunday. So it’s possible he could get his title in one weekend if he gets two more qualifying scores. Hopefully I can get some video of him in the ring.
Every now and then I get an update from one of “my” babies. Bea is two years old, and plays with her housemate, Clara, an Australian Shepherd. They play nicely with toys, like Winston, Clyde, and See See.
The end of an Era. The pink chaise lounge had seen better days, so off to the dump it goes. The arm was about half falling off, and just, yuck. I did save the cushions, which make a nice dog bed, until they don’t. Johnny claimed the futon first, and then I shooed him off to put the pillow and throw on. Jane preferred it with the green throw. No one has tried the cushions on the floor yet.
I like futons because I can change the covers and wash them. I also put a waterproof mattress cover over the futon mattress before putting the cover on, for easier clean up of accidents. Let’s face it, I like futons because it’s easier than a chair to share with a dog.
We went to dog class again with the Virginia Kennel Club in Goochland. Liz, one of the members of the club, handled See See for me while I handled Clyde.
The dogs do not look their best here, but I was pleased that Clyde was focused on me even with See See right behind. And I was very happy that See See let someone else handle her, and stayed focused and relaxed.
Thank you Michael, for taking pics again! Thank you Liz, for doing so much to help See See feel at ease with you! Thank you Ashley, for running the class and running outside with me and the dogs! Thank you Katherine, for watching us run and offering your analysis of the gaits! Thank you Barbara, for making it all happen!
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!