Monday, October 31, 2011

A bit of carbs for Kipling

Kipling has reached that point in his growth (approximately 21" at the withers as of this weekend) where keeping weight on him is difficult. Like most teenagers, he pretty much has the metabolism to eat whatever he has in front of him, then look for more food - and not gain an ounce on double rations.

He's still a baby and I do like the baby dogs to be on the lean and mean side of the spectrum, but I'd like him to gain a little so that he has some reserves for winter and since he's hitting the breed ring a few more times this fall I want him to get some more meat on his bones so he's not so ribby. Not tens of pounds mind you -but 2 pounds would fill him out just a bit around the ribcage.

This week Kipling is eating about 1.5 cups of Honest Kitchen Thrive, 2 duck necks and about 2# of raw mix a day. Then I replace one meal a week with either Tefco Green Tripe or Tefco Performance Dog, and typically one meal a week of a whole sardine or a whole mackerel. That's a lot of food. The big dogs are eating about the same - Teller a little less (4 necks for breakfast and about 1# of raw meat/veggie) and Murphy less than that (2 necks for breakfast and 1/2# to 3/4# raw mix for dinner) and their weekly tripe and fish meals. Is there really any wonder we have to order our food wholesale in 500# orders?
Annie's Mac and Cheese
Our go-to carb loader.

In the summer those numbers change pretty drastically (up) to keep weight on Teller who spends so much time in the pool he's usually up to 5# of food/day by the time August rolls around - in addition to all the training treats he gets when he's working a lot. Even then we'll get to a point when he (and now Kipling) needs some help to keep weight on. Unfortunately for me, when I tried to up Kipling's food a bit I discovered we'd reached the point where adding more food would have some pretty disastrous results (which took us several days to resolve via chicken and rice, then pumpkin, then pepto and finally some flagyl).

In other words, it's time to turn to Annie for some assistance. Annie you ask? But of course. My proven method for adding a bit or keeping weight on an active intact (or growing puppy). Mac and Cheese has helped me stabilize Teller's weight in the summer and it's my first thought now with Kipling too.  I feel a bit better about Annie's Mac and Cheese over the other blue box brand - hey, at least these grains are organic!

I know that it seems somewhat counter-intuitive to feed macaroni and cheese to dogs on a grain-free, gluten free diet - but, since my dogs are grain and gluten limited by my choice, not by allergic restriction,  I find that adding carbs in this situation is a great way to boost them up a little bit somewhat naturally. I also find that the cheese package contributes nicely to the caloric package (one cup adds approximately 280 calories) - I do not prepare the mac and cheese as directed - just the pasta, some water from the pasta pot and the orange packet of theoretical goodness.
Kipling's dinner: Mac and Cheese, Salmon oil and 
Oma's Chicken Mix

I hear lots of weight gain success stories with Satin Balls (recipe here) or grocery store meatballs (we do buy and use Costco's Kirkland meatballs for training treats) but I find mac and cheese to be well tolerated by even sensitive tummies, seems to be very digestible and is so simple to have on demand when I need it. Ten minutes of preparation and I have mac and cheese in the fridge for three to four days - one batch of Satin balls (or 6lbs of costco meatballs) is a lot of commitment!

So for dinner tonight, Kipling had 1 cup of Annie's Mac and Cheese and a little over a pound of his Oma's Pride Chicken Mix (a bit less than normal) - he'll get another cup each meal for the next few meals and I'll evaluate progress on a daily basis. The goal is to add very slowly, keeping the digestive system happy and stable. We really don't want to overload the system again!

For conversion purposes - one pound of Oma's turkey mix is about 544 calories; two cups of Mac and Cheese is about 560 calories. Carb load in the raw mix is 1.65%; carb load in Mac and Cheese is 16%. Oh and yes, Murphy and Teller got a bit of mac and cheese as well. M&C is one of Murphy's very favorite treats.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nutmeg Border Collie Club - October 28-30th, 2011

Neither wind, nor rain nor dark of night shall keep an agility dog from his runs...well - maybe snow. But not for the die-hards. A late October Nor'Easter POUNDED southern New England this weekend - dumping 18" of heavy wet stuff at the hotel this morning. YUCK. Driving home from the hotel was pretty miserable yesterday afternoon too - made significantly better with a stop at Griff's Chicken Shack on the way back.
Friday Morning Kipling's door was frozen shut....so Kipling
had to ride down with Murphy. As you can see one of the
two was not impressed by this new travel arrangement.

Runs from the weekend - Teller ran beautifully all weekend - with one Q each day. An A-Frame contact on Friday (which put me out of position for the next sequence), an honest bar on Saturday's JWW run and a mis-communication on today's standard run on what should have been an easy part - Teller looking back for direction and coming around a jump.

Teller had some great attitude this weekend - I especially liked his GROWLING in the weaves yesterday, which escalated to growling and BARKING in the weaves today. LOVE to see him so into the game right now, especially since we've been out and on the road so much this fall...
Kipling's first snow!

On the good side, this weekend put us well over the required 750 points we need for our MACH - those are out of the way, we just need the last two QQ's, which will come when they come. I'm all for waiting and letting them come when they come. Zen is good!

Saturday afternoon....Clearly impressed.
Funny that this weekend was unexpectedly Kipling's first snow! His first reaction was to eat it - ALL OF IT. His second reaction was a priceless look of WOW, I can catch all of these white things (super fun while he's on leash with the two BIG dogs - all going in different directions. Once he settled down a little (between on-leash zoomies) it was all about not being able to figure out where to pee! By morning though he'd figured out the snow stuff, made his first snow angels and had expertly figured out how to make yellow snow.

We were very lucky not to lose power - so many people in the area did lose power - we were warm and dry at the hotel and we were warm and dry at the trial site. Sure, it sucked to slosh through the parking lot and snow in crocs (aka shoes with holes in them and COLD (nay, FROZEN) feeties. The emergency run to Ocean State Job Lots for a snow scraper (who packs a snow scraper in OCTOBER - Not Erica!). This morning I had to shovel my van out of it's parking space. No snow tires means no off-roading for princess VAN-essa this weekend..

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this chair is SOOOO
delightful....Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.......

On the way home this afternoon, I nearly ran out of gas. Planning to stop in W. Springfield MA for a fill-up I found the area (and the two stations there) to be without power. No worries I think, I'll just go up to Deerfield (40 miles north) only to find that there's no power there. Gas light lit now, let's try Greenfield - strikes four, five, six - at the 7th - there's a HUGE line - BUT there's power! Yay. I wait my turn, dig out cash for the full-service fill-up (beggars cannot be choosers) and BANG! The power goes out. OK, let's try another one...8th one has just lost power too, but there's another station (I'm told) about 10 miles THAT WAY that has gas and power. So I go, hoping that we've got enough to get there. We do, and about 45 minutes later we get to the pump (cash sales only mind you) and finally have a full tank of gas and we're ready to get back on the road. Whew! I was very happy to get home to power and I hope that our friends in MA and CT get their power back soon. We hope you're warm and safe too!

Teller's runs this weekend:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Publisher's Summary

The powerful, unsettling, and beautifully crafted new novel from one of England’s greatest contemporary writers.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.
The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity, and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.


Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending was the 2011 winner of the Man Booker prize - an award for Irish authors. More about the award, other novels on the long and short lists and previous winners here:
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/about

I started The Sense of an Ending fresh at 4am on my way to Springfield, by the time I had traveled about 100 miles I had bookmarked The Sense of an Ending and switched up to some Sirius radio (LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem to be very specific) because I needed something UP and engaging. As an aside, has everyone seen this marching bad do party rock?

The Sense of an Ending started strongly enough, but even in its brevity (a runtime of 4 hours 40 minutes) there were parts that were so...middle-aged (or old age) white guy ramblings - that of Tony Webster. I found myself sympathetic to Veronica and not at all sympathetic to the whiny old man, when the author clearly intended Tony to be the wronged party.

It honestly wasn't until the last 25-30 minutes of the audiobook that the plotline became interesting (to me) as Tony finally began to put the pieces together, attempt to reconcile his mistakes of the past and the mystery of Mary and Adrian. The ending however, improves my impression of The Sense of an Ending as a two-star marginal novel to a three-star middle of the road fictional offering.

The Sense of an Ending was written by Julian Barnes, narrated by Richard Morant and published by AudioGo Ltd. The Sense of an ending was released on 8/04/2011 and has a runtime of 4 hours 40 minutes.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kipling's First Show - Albany and Troy Kennel Clubs - October 22-23, 2011

At six months and six days Kipling is now eligible for the puppy classes at dog shows (technically according to the AKC rulebook he could participate in obedience and rally too - but that's crazy talk). My goals with him are in the companion event rings, but there is something about hitting the breed rings as a puppy that's just so good for the performance dog - the exposure to a stressful, high activity environment; going into a ring and having a judge touch you (while getting cookies), have people clap for you (while getting cookies), get groomed right smack in the middle of chaos, see every shape and breed of dog while learning to MYOB...the breed ring can be such an unbelievably positive experience - if handled properly with the dog's personality in mind. Kipling has been to agility trials most weekends of his young life so the environment didn't seem to phase him. He did a great job - for his first time out or his 100th time out. He stacked, he stood while he was examined, he let the judge examine his toothies, he didn't put a foot out of place in his gaiting, he went with the handler while I was standing ringside (watching and taking pictures) - as if he knew his job.  Mission accomplished!

In return he got lots of positive attention and experience AND he got a lot of yummy chicken!
Kipling returns victorious from his day at the dog show - with his bag of chicken.
And some pictures from the weekend:
Suspension? Yeah, We've got that.

And Kippie how did you do on your first day of dog shows?

The boy can MOVE!


All smiles!


And for the second day:
Deanna asks Kipling to hold his ribbon.
And because it's too cute not to share, the boys patiently? waiting for their dinner to be ready Saturday night:
Suppers? Yeah, we's wants some....Peaz?
Oh and poor Teller just couldn't understand why we got up at the crack of dawn, drove a long way down and he didn't get to do anything. I thought for sure he'd be WILD Saturday night without getting to work at all, instead (and I do try not to anthropomorphise canine emotions) there was significant moping. Kipling crashed pretty hard after a couple of chewies and Teller - pouted. 

Product Review: Biothane Martingale Slip Lead from Clean Run

Every once in a while a new product catches my eye, when I get my hands on them though I often find that I'm often disappointed by either workmanship, quality or design flaws. Sometimes though I'm wowed. This is one of those times a new product exceeded my expectations and I have to share.

The product I'm talking about is the Biothane Slip-Lead from Clean Run (made exclusively for Clean Run - you won't find this product on the Biothane website). I purchased one this week for Teller (red of course). Hogan Leatherworks makes a similar looking martingale leash out of bridle leather, with a padded throat piece. Hogan's products are works of art - really lovely products with a super high level of craftmanship - my leashes spend way too much time outside on damp grass agility fields though. The martingale leash I'm referring to (they make a beautiful padded bridle leather collar too):
http://www.hoganleather.com/store/products/4______martingales/page/1/15_padded_french_martingale_leash/

Teller usually wears his comfort-flex harness for walks, potty runs and lounging around when we're at hotels, at a show or on the road. The comfortflex harness are perfect for these tasks, pretty comfortable (seemingly) for the boys to wear too - I don't feel bad leaving them on a good portion of the day. In agility, our pre-run routine is to take off the comfortflex and convert his Rocket Dog (of Vermont) leash into a slip lead - it seems to work well, it's a message to Teller that he needs to switch from crazy party-boy to working mode.

However, I anticipate a lot of training time in the barn this winter which will necessitate something that doesn't get so dirty (sandy) or caked with moisture and grit. Both the comfortflex harness and the poly leash get grimy in those conditions, the biothane leash was appealing to me because it's wipe-wash (I always have wipes in the van with me) appeared to have the look and feel of leather and also looked to be stink resistant (for field training) and durable. It helps that its pretty!

So lets's try one eh? My Biothane leash was delivered to me only this weekend (thanks Ann) and this is one of those products that I love already! It feels nice in my hands, it fits Teller beautifully - really the large could be a custom fit for him - the tightest setting is about 1/4" larger than the circumference of his neck - a perfect fit. When ordering these I'd imagine you want to air on the side of too small rather than too big. When I tried the lead on Kipling who has a much smaller neck than Teller, the same limited choke aspect that I loved for Teller meant that Kippie could easily slip out of the leash (or in his case get his mouth into the collar portion.
Teller models Biothane.
No pleathers were harmed in the production of this leash combo set.

I expect that the martingale is going to be a quicker leash-up at the end of a trial run (I seem to spend too much time looking for the loop on my kennel lead and as an added bonus I won't have to worry about him strangling himself as he makes his way back to his hot dogs (chicken, cheese, etc) after a successful run.

The Clean Run Biothane martingales come in red, lime green, rose and lilac. My only suggestion to Clean Run/All Things Biothane is to add some additional colors - pastels are pretty and all - but they aren't for everyone. I'd love to see a darker purple, a royal blue or go dressage queen style and go with a black and white combo that were all the rage back in my horse days (Mouse had a gorgeous black/white bridle)

Lastly a word on pricing - these leads start at $19.95 for a small 10-15" and go up to $21.95 for a large (20-29" - very attractive pricing if this lead holds up as well as I expect it to.

Links:
All Things Biothane:
http://allthingsbiothane.com

Clean Run product page:
http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=2689&ParentCat=174

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Review: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer

The Audible Publisher's Summary:

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.
The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life is never the same.
As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to a question: was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany.
From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes listeners on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life 100 years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the listener nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

Here's another selection off the New York Times Bestseller list a brand new series by British author Jeffery Archer (Paths of Glory, A Prisoner of Birth, The Gospel According to Judas, False Impression, Sons of Fortune, The Eleventh Commandment, etc). It has been a few years since I picked up a Jeffery Archer novel, the premise of Only Time Will Tell and the promise of a new series convinced me to spend the credit.

Only Time Will Tell is broken into seven sections, each section told by one of the main characters - from their perspective. Of Mayzie Clifton, Harry Clifton, Jiles Barrington, Old Jack Tarrant, Hugo Barrington, Emma Barrington and of Sir Walter Barrington. This weave of stories and perspectives contribute strongly to the tapestry of the novel - the result is a compelling story that never lost my attention for a moment. My only criticism is that the novel ends abruptly - with so many open plot threads. I know that's the point of a series - but I also think that if the novel had ended about 25 minutes sooner, the result would have been more satisfying. The novel reaches that point and then starts off again to leave the reader hanging. As a reader (or listener) I don't need all the answers in book one of a series, but I appreciate a good button-up!

Narration by the tag-team duo of Roger Allam and Emelia Fox was superb. I've found as a whole, production  quality on Audible offerings (via individual publishing houses) has improved greatly with the 2011 releases. I think this reflects the shift of so many readers to audible books - busy lives, lots of time to spend with their ipods and not so much time to sit and read.

Two important things to note, first the audible version of this audiobook has an interview with the author - who speaks about his process, boasts about his storytelling ability and throws out a pretty major spoiler for the next book (or even books?) in the series. Secondly, the Publisher's summary is misleading - including the start of the second world war as though chronologically it happens towards the beginning of the book - when the novel takes place (in entirety) in the years between "the great war" and what will become WWII.

Only Time Will Tell was written by Jeffery Archer and published by MacMillan Audio. Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) was released on 8/30/2011, has a runtime of 12 hours 41 minutes and was narrated by Roger Allam and Emelia Fox.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Some random shots...

Some of these are a few weeks old and I forgot to post them - so if the puppy looks a wee bit smaller that would be why!

10/01 - BORED DOGS

10/01 - What's up Kippie Do?

10/02 - Why Kipling has to eat in the bathroom.

10/2 - Hey Puppy! Want to play?

And here's a favorite - and a classic example of bad dog-mom. I'm on the phone, bag of chewies (big bag of chewies) on the floor. Kipling is in the bag I see that he's starting chewies and then going and getting others. The BIG dogs are half-heartedly chewing on the ones he's started. I get off the phone, turn around and here's what I see. BIG dogs seem vaguely aware that Kipling has crossed some kind of line, but are mostly waiting for their evening walk around the hotel grounds...Nevertheless....

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

The Publisher's Summary:
Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school ("I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved"), but he's a detective through and through.
In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. A well-behaved, gifted student, she didn't arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case -- something about a cash flow problem that Chet's not all that clear about -- and he's relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesn't add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet aren't taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, they're not convinced it's a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing: something smells funny.
Their search for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locals, with Chet's highly trained nose leading the way. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts each of them in peril. But even as the bad guys try to turn the tables, this duo is nothing if not resourceful, and the result is an uncommonly satisfying adventure.
With his doggy ways and his endearingly hardboiled voice, Chet is full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief. He is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding -- like divorce, child custody, and other peculiar human concerns -- is enormously likable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way.



I found Dog On It via the New York Times Bestseller list. Not THIS particular novel, but one of the follow-up novels in the "Chet and Bernie Mystery" series. Not wanting to start yet another series in the middle (a'la Baldacci's Camel Club) I went back to the first Chet and Bernie Mystery "Dog On It".

Reviews on GoodReads** were generally positive and my failure to plan meant that I had about 4 hours to get a couple of novels downloaded before I headed off to Syracuse. When I departed, I decided to start with Dog On It.

**My GoodReads profile is HERE - note that I don't have any content, but you can see what I'm currently reading and what I've read recently. I haven't gone back through history and entered a lot of novels I've read over time, but I have found that GoodReads offers me better "you might like" suggestions than Amazon, Audible or Kirkus.

One of the things I like about spending so much time on the road is that I really get to get into novels. The first chunk of Dog On It was consumed in a constant 3.5 hour listen - some books don't work well in this format, particularly ones that require intensely active listening or mediocre novels that struggle to start (and often struggle to end). That Dog On It kept my attention for the six hour ride to Syracuse (and then back and forth to grounds) is a testament to the quality of the story.

Now for the review...Is Dog On It un-put-down-able? No. Is there suspense when you fear for the survival of Chet (or Bernie)? No. Is the novel unique? Not really, in my opinion Garth Stein really knocked the whole narration by dog genre out of the park. By the way, if you haven't read/listened to The Art of Racing in the Rain, you absolutely must. MUST!

So what is Dog On It? It's the perfect two hour Saturday Afternoon kind of novel - it'd make a great made for TV movie - staring Teller as Chet, Tony Shalub as Bernie and Geena Davis as Suzy. Wouldn't that be a cast made for TV? Of course as narrator, Chet figures out the mystery WAY before Bernie and then the readers wait while the bipeds get their act together and figure out what the dog knew 200 pages ago. In general this type of story can be frustrating, but I didn't have that frustration with Dog On It, perhaps because the lines were not straight from A to B. Along the way to the ending there were various plot twists that maintained the entertainment factor.

I'll probably come back to another Chet and Bernie Mystery - maybe not this year, but there are four more 'episodes' to go back to if the mood strikes. I'll give Dog On It a solid 3 stars, good entertainment,  not so much suspense. Stephen King called it "enchanting", I'm not sure I agree there - but I don't regret spending the credit - nor the nearly 10 hours of listening.

Dog On it was written by Spencer Quinn and narrated by Jim Frangione. Dog On It was published by Recorded books with a release date of 2/10/2009 and a runtime of 9 hours 4 minutes.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall in Vermont - Part Two

OK, not TECHNICALLY all in Vermont - but nevertheless....

10/13 - Monkton Ridge - Ferrisburgh, VT - Froot Loops Style

10/13 - Ferrisburgh, VT

10/13 - Addison Wildlife Refuge, Addison, VT

10/13 - MOOOOOOO! Addison, VT

10/13 - Addison, VT

10/13 - Chimney Point - Addison, VT

10/13 - Chimney Point - Addison, VT

10/13 - The Lighthouse Memorial on Windmill Point, Crown Point, NY
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=672

10/13 - The shores of Champlain - Crown Point, NY

10/13 - Eagle Lake, NY

10/13 - Eagle Lake, NY

10/13 - Paradox Lake, NY

10/14 - Moonset over Syracuse

10/14 - Moonset over Syracuse

10/15 - The same ridgeline - 24 hours later!
Syracuse, NY

Monday, October 17, 2011

SOTC - October 14-16th, 2011

We're back from Syracuse - alas, no QQ's. But some really nice runs - I'm relatively pleased with even our bad ones and I had my speedy Woo this weekend - who is very clearly happy to have the 50 degree fall weather rain or no rain - it's all good as long as it's COLD.

The net result was two FAST Q's (one 80 point run and one 77 point run) and two JWW legs.  Standard Q's were elusive this weekend with one mistake each run - Friday was a dogwalk contact, Saturday a wrong course/wrong end of the tunnel and Sunday's standard run went down the tubes with a wrong course jump instead of the #19 (last obstacle) tunnel.

And speedy Woo - who ran Sunday with a belly ache - not sure what disrupted his GI tract, we had to stopped twice on the way home but he didn't complain when he was served greek yogurt and rice for dinner instead of the raw mix the other boys got...He'll go on tripe for a couple of meals and I think that ought to do the trick.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kipling CGC

I have been driving around with a CGC test form (AKC Canine Good Citizen) for the last month - just waiting to have the opportunity to have Kipling take the CGC test. I'm a CGC evaluator and I'm a huge advocate of training ALL dogs to the level of Canine Good Citizen - it's not just for show dogs, or purebred dogs - CGC is a basic standard to which all dogs should be trained to - imagine the world in which every dog owner took the time to teach their dog to sit and stay!

All of my dogs are (or have been) Canine Good Citizens - Kasei, Murphy, Teller and now Kipling. Kasei passed his CGC when he was about 4 years old, shortly before taking his therapy dog test - Kasei for all of his faults (temperament, structure, size, etc) was a brilliant therapy dog - easily passing both tests on the first try.

Murphy passed his CGC on the second try when he was about a year old - failing the first test by chewing on his leash and barking during the supervised separation. Oh Murphy! He was button-pusher even back then!

Teller passed his CGC test at 16 weeks. Teller the boy genius then promptly FLUNKED a second test at 14 months by bouncing off the evaluator within the first five minutes of the test. No worries sports fans - he passed his CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) CGN (Canine Good Neighbor) a few weeks later :-)

So now it was Kipling's turn - a few days short of six months, we're in Syracuse. A friend is out there with a day 'off' in the middle of the trial and I've got a willing puppy - AND a form :-) The most amusing part of the test came after the "wait" and during the recall. I left him in a sit, walked out 15', turned around to call him and some random guy grabs his folding chair and saunters (and I do mean saunters) through the recall line and around the back of Kipling. Kippie looked at the dude (only briefly) and then looked back at me - I called him and he came bounding over like it was any other proofing exercise. Good little monkey Kippie! You passed!

More information on AKC's CGC (Canine Good Citizen) program:
What is the CGC? http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
List of CGC Evaluators by State: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/cgc_bystate.cfm
CGC Brochure: http://www.akc.org/pdfs/cgc/GK9GC1.pdf

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Orvis Cover Dog

Every year the Orvis Company (Vermont based source of fishing and hunting gear, AWESOME dog beds, clothing and homegoods) holds a contest to find their next cover dog. The best part of the contest is that all the money raised goes to canine cancer research - a cause near and dear to the hearts of WAY too many pet owners.

So here are our submissions for the 2012 cover dog contest:

Kipling
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Teller
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Teller
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Murphy
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Here's the official Orvis Cover Dog Contest page:
https://coverdog.orviscontests.com/contest.html?contestId=5