a October 17th, 2008

  1. A Dog With Heart

    October 17, 2008 by MyEye

    The Bouviers Club also offered cardiac testing by Larry Tilley who is a cardiac specialist.  I made an appointment so I could find out if Chase had a heart or if I would always have to wind him up.  Watching Dr. Tilley find Chase’s heart beat was a hoot because he thought he could do it without help.  You do not bend over Chase unless your face needs washing — Chase joyfully and thoroughly cleaned the good doctor up.  We finally added a couple more hands and — sure enough — he found a strong, normal heartbeat.  I did not expect it to be otherwise, but I’ve learned that what we can see is sometimes not the whole story.  So, we will check off that medical issue.

  2. Kip at the Bouviers National Specialty

    October 17, 2008 by MyEye

    Albuquerque is hosting the Bouviers des Flandres National Specialty Show.  The Bouviers Club opened herding, agility, obedience, and rally to other breeds (Bouviers having priority of course).  Lots of us took advantage of an indoor site for these events.

    You may recall that Kip had earned one Rally Advanced B leg over Labor Day at the SDOC trial.  He earned a second leg today.  Today’s judge was a former obedience instructor in Albuquerque* — Kip was in her competitive class for a year.  He was SO glad to see her (groan!).  Even though he was off lead, he stayed with me, and just sparkled and wagged at her.  I was really shocked that we did not receive the Mr. Congenialty award — I’m sort of new to this Rally stuff and didn’t realize there are no cute points.  We did, however, receive a big green rosette.

    * Janice and her husband live in Albuquerque, but he was offered the “position of a lifetime” on a two-year contract in Washington, DC.  So, they will be there until May, 2009 when Janice will return and we can get back to our competitive classes.  We really miss her here.