Ever since Storm was a puppy, she has been fascinated by coffee. She has never had it, but you have to be careful where you leave your mug or Storm is sure to try to sneak a taste.
And now a break from the mischief…
Kirby’s Dawg Blog is running a fun little contest where you enter your dog’s breed in the comments, (or a breed you know your dog is mixed with). If you win, Kirby’s mom will write a post on Thursday about the beginnings of that breed. Cats can enter too! If is fun because even if you don’t win, you can learn about different breeds.
The brown dawgs got lucky and last week and were picked to be featured. (Well, they weren’t featured, their breed, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was.) Kirby’s mom wrote a great post on the beginnings of the breed. We even won a cool badge!
So head on over to Kirby’s Dawg Blog to check it out and learn more about the Chessie’s early beginnings. While you are there, make sure to enter a breed of dog or cat. Thanks so much to Kirby’s Dawg Blog for doing such a great job for the CBR’s and for the cool button!
Storm is over her false preganancy. She has even been out training a few times. She doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. Unfortunately the shorter days limit training time in the evening and my ability to go along and take pictures. Here is a picture from February 2011.
Thunder is still limping. The orthopedic vet told us it would be at least two weeks so we are trying to be patient. He has been spending part of his day outside in his “run”. As you see, he spends most of his time sleeping.
There were a couple of question/comments on yesterday’s post about Stacking.
Doggy’s Style asked if Freighter is going to be a year soon. Yep he will be one year on November 21. I think that is the same day Doggy will turn a year old.
Jen@MyBrownNewfies wanted to know if the tail has to be out or relaxed when a Chessie is stacked. I am no expert, but I don’t think it matters for our breed. Many of the breeds present the dogs in a certain way for a stack that just isn’t done with Chessies. I have seen dogs with tails tucked under win. For our breed a lot of emphasis is put on movement and correct coat. As long as the tail does not curl over the back (gay tail), you are OK.
In the two pictures I posted, I think Freighter looks like he is ready to jump in the first and just looks over all more relaxed in the second. My preference is for his tail to look like it does in this picture.
Many people commented that they don’t think they could get their dogs to stand still. It is like anything else, you just have to train it. I have heard of people putting out blocks of wood and having the dog practice standing on them so it gets the idea of where to place its feet. That is similar to when we have used a box during hunt test training to help the dog be steady.
One thing we have done with our dogs is to attend conformation classes. The training facility where we take obedience classes offers a drop in conformation class. Not only will the instructors watch and give tips to help you show the dog at its best, but the dogs can practice having strangers “go over” or touch them like a judge would in the ring. There are other dogs in the ring so the dog really gets an idea of what will happen at a show. It can help a dog become more comfortable and understand what is expected in the ring. Of course we bring lots and lots of treats!
Its The Weekend
The brown dawgs are overjoyed to hear that their trainer is out of the hospital and on the mend. They hope he takes all the time he needs to recover. They miss training, but want him to be well.
In the mean time hunting is on tap for this weekend. I think Storm is getting the call. Unfortunately we are supposed to have beautiful weather so I am not sure how many ducks will be around. I hope she gets a retrieve. Poor thing always seems to get out when the weather is nice and the ducks are scarce.
Have a nice weekend!
Thunder is a daddy again! Congratulations to Red, Mike and Nancy on their beautiful litter. Five pups total, four girls and one boy. Mommy Red and her owners live in Canada, so unfortunately we won’t be able to see these cuties in person. We did meet Red when she came to “visit” Thunder. She is a nice looking girl, with a sweet temperament. I bet these pups will turn out nice too.
Thanks Mike and Nancy for these pictures of the pups at 3 days old.