Author Archives: Alxe

Nails

I didn’t intend my Dane to be a show dog until he was about 8 months old, and until that time never clipped his toenails to the stubby show length that’s considered preferable.  In fact I’d never clipped dog nails … Continue reading

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Nationals without a dog

I spent the end of last week at Great Dane Club of America Nationals in Topeka, KS.  It’s where many of the best Danes in the country  gather to show themselves off, where you take your dog to be seen. … Continue reading

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More on end of life

Last week I mentioned a “pet ethics” specialist, Jessica Pierce,  in a piece about hard decisions on the end of your dog’s life.  Now I hear that she has published her book on the subject, called “The Last Walk: Reflections … Continue reading

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The Hard Decision

All pet owners have faced it: the decision about when the time is right to euthanize your animal.  I have never yet heard of an instance when this decision was easy.  How do you know when the right time comes? … Continue reading

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Pet dog/show dog

While we were walking last week, a gentleman stopped to admire Kunga and began asking questions about him.  Of course I had to brag a bit and tell him that Kunga’s my champion show dog boy. “Really?” he said.  “What’s … Continue reading

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Bailey and the breeder

Before I could bring Kunga home, I had to sign a contract with my breeder.  In it, I promised that if ever I wanted to or were forced to get rid of him, I had to bring him back to … Continue reading

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Win Pictures

Everyone likes to have a photo of their dog with the judge after winning a ribbon.  There’s always a show photographer at every AKC show I’ve been to who memorializes every moment.  These folks can do literally hundreds of dog … Continue reading

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The Hidden Dog

Generally I think I know my dogs.  I think behavior follows from motivation, and there are only a few motivators for them: food, sex (well, for Kunga anyway), protection, play, and companionship.  As long as I can understand what’s motivating … Continue reading

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Remind me about the fun

Though I was working on Saturday, I had the chance to enter Kunga to show on Sunday this past weekend.  I wasn’t sure of the judge (though she’d liked Kunga as a youngster and gave him Best in Sweeps back … Continue reading

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Dangerous dogs…or people?

My husband was out walking our Bloodhound, Lucy, when two dogs from a home near a public trail charged off their property and attacked Lucy.  He managed to get hold of one, and Lucy was holding off the other, when … Continue reading

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