Friday, August 27, 2010

Teflon Coat

Tango has an incredible coat - he's a VERY rough-coated Brussels Griffon. This is the coat that most griff breeders dream of. It's very hard and coarse. As you may be able to see in the picture, Tango loves to get into stuff. Outside he loves checking out dead (and living) leaves and grass, dead bugs, dirt, sand, mulch - you name it! And as a consequence it all ends up in his beard. You might think that he'd be filthy until we wash his face with soap and water, but Tango has a teflon coat. Nothing sticks to it. One drink of water and it's in the water bowl, not in his beard. We change the water a lot ... - Fran
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Tough to shoot

It's pretty difficult to get a good picture of Teddy's face; upright with his eyes open and mouth shut. He's a puppy - always in motion, always playing, always talking, then fast asleep. Typical boy (to perpetuate a stereotype), loves to roll in the dirt and ignore mom when she tells him to "get up!" He's the only light-colored dog I've ever had, so I'm not used to a dog that "shows the dirt." On him it looks pretty cute, though!
Still rolling around being cute!
There's the Ted face! Hi, cutie boy!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Agility and Monkey (Puppy) in the Middle

Still summer, still hot. Last night was Agility class for Tango. The air conditioner wasn't working, and the ceiling fans were anemic. It was warm, I was dripping but Tango didn't mind. He loves doing stuff! But he'd never seen a broad jump or a double jump, so it was interesting seeing what he'd do with those obstacles. The broad jump he just walked over - no surprise there. But he jumped between the bars on the double and then jumped out - without knocking the bars down! We all had a good laugh about that. At least now I know what obstacles need extra work.

Since Tango still has issues about being near other dogs (people too), after our 6:00 class I put his wire crate next to the big post in the middle of the room where he'd be out of the way but still able to see everything going on during the next class. Other dogs with issues were on other sides of the post, so it was even good that he could see them as well. I sat next to his crate and when he was good I gave him treats. When he started barking I covered his crate until he had been quiet for a couple of minutes. Other people tossed treats to him as well. I was very happy that Tango's crate was uncovered for the second half of the 7:00 class! - Fran
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Getting to be a big boy!

This was Teddy's first try at standing on the grooming table back in May, right after he came home. It's a thing show dogs have to do. And he wouldn't, without me shoving food in his face.
This is Teddy yesterday. Getting better, but still looking for food!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Hot Summer, hot dogs

Heat, and more heat. Chicago's under an excessive heat warning today for combined temperature and humidity reaching a heat index of 100 degrees or more. And we're not alone. All over the country the news has been the heat. So, take care of your pups! Make sure they have plenty of water if you're outside in the heat, and be sure to monitor your dog's condition in the heat. Some dogs just can't take hot weather as well as others. If you drive anywhere with your dog, be sure not to leave her in the car alone. I hate reading about pups dying in hot cars. There's no reason for it! If you have to go somewhere you can't bring your dog, just leave her at home in the air conditioning. Be safe this summer! (By the way, the picture is of Golly, years ago. Her tongue always curled up when she was panting.) - Fran
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Friday, August 06, 2010


So now the Golly Gear gals have gone into the carpentry biz. Not professionally, but for our Dogs in the Ring training equipment. We made a wobble board last week - good for getting dogs used to unstable surfaces, like the teeter-totter. And since Dee said it would be nice to have SIX dogwalk ramp trainers, we're building those. Hope's a whiz with the tools but she's not allowed to paint. Emily and I make good assistants, and I wield the paintbrush. Hope is sanding one of the dogwalk trainers even as I'm typing this, on her day off! (I'll be in tomorrow, on my day off, painting.) - Fran
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