What I wouldn’t give for Chase and Holmes to continue to be this happy together.
February 28, 2010 by myeye
February 27, 2010 by myeye
Last night at the SDOC meeting, I raised the issue of AKC not requiring proof of spay/neuter when assigning competition numbers to mixed breed dogs. These are the AKC regs for the Canine Partners listing. You will note the owner must certify the dog is spayed or neutered or will be when it is age appropriate, and the owner agrees to send such proof to AKC if requested. This differs from the PAL (formerly ILP) requirement that proof of spay or neuter be submitted with the PAL application.
I have the nagging feeling that this “omission” is to appease the breeders of the “designer dogs”.
Permitting mixed breeds to compete at our trials is a business decision for the Club. However, philosophically I am appalled by AKC’s requirement of spay/neuter proof for PAL (purebreds without registration documentation) and the omission of such requirement for mixed breeds.
I look at what it costs to select the best dogs for breeding, to test for good health, to raise a litter and socialize it properly, and then note AKC, that once was the Champion of the Purebred dog and is now simply the Dog’s Champion, has basically winked and offered the opportunity to mixed breed dogs to be bred, and the puppies sold with bragging rights about their parents’ obedience, rally, and agility titles. I have no confidence whatsoever in the honesty of some who will submit applications for companion numbers, and have no expectation that AKC will require proof of spay or neuter at a later date.
Done with rant for the weekend! HOWEVER, if you feel as I do, please contact the AKC delegate for your parent club or local AKC member clubs, and direct his/her attention to these regs. The mixed breed dog owners should provide proof of spay/neuter at the time the Companion Partners number is sought.
February 26, 2010 by myeye
I was a little late getting home from work. My dogs know 5:00 and they really know 5:30. 6:00 is time for trouble.
They have no idea how bad it really will be. My neighbor (not the hero to the south) trimmed back his apple tree today. This fall, there will be no windfall into the dogs’ yard. Since my peach tree was pruned last week, we will also be short of peaches. Poor little Cardis.
February 24, 2010 by myeye
Warm and dry, being the office dog . . . Holmes has recovered from his great adventure . . . and with a new toy to boot!
February 24, 2010 by myeye
I had two hearings in Metropolitan Court this morning. They were early settings and I forget to call my reception service to tell them I would be out of the office. When I returned at 9:30, the phone was ringing and a frantic receptionist said, “We’ve been trying to find you. Your dog is in the pond and can’t get out. Your neighbor is trying to climb the fence to get it out.” I ran out the door — jacketless and pretty frantic.
I pulled into the drive just as my neighbor came around the back of the house. He had put his ladder up against my 6′ wall and jumped into the yard, gone around the back and pulled Holmes from the pond. He was going to dry him off, but the puppy scampered into the house through the dog door. I gave him the code to my garage and many thanks (same neighbor that complained about the barking a few weeks ago. I’m so glad he didn’t hold that against the baby.) Chase and Inca were running around the pond — apparently wondering why Holmes didn’t just get out.
Although I’ve had the pond all the time I’ve had dogs, this is the first time one has gone swimming. Holmes’ little short legs wouldn’t get him up on the step and then out. It isn’t deep enough for him to drown, but it’s below freezing here. The baby got soaked and was very cold. I wrapped him in big bath towels and got the worst of the water off, then bundled him off to the nearby Petco where he is having a warm bath and being thoroughly dried. It’s another not-at-all-dull day at my place.