Author Archives: Alxe

New CERF exam

At a show a few weeks ago, Kunga had his CERF exam updated.  Happy to say the big blue boy still has great eyes, and certificate to prove it! We had an interesting talk with the doctor there about eye … Continue reading

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Stud owner’s responsibility

The owner of a stud has it much easier than the owner of the bitch in a breeding: no puppy feedings, no ungodly hours, no poop clean-up.  Of course we miss out on the puppy breath and the joys of … Continue reading

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Picking a pup

A friend posted a question on Facebook: how does she choose a show puppy from a beautiful litter? It’s a given that you start with a responsible breeder that knows the breed and can help with evaluating the puppies.  Presumably … Continue reading

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Baiting

Kunga was never treat-motivated, which posed a problem for us in the ring.  I could bring primo steak as bait to get him to pop those ears and lift his head, but he would ignore it completely in favor of … Continue reading

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Vacation Plans

We are lucky to have friends who pet-sit our dogs right in our house when we leave on trips.  (Good thing, most kennels won’t take Kunga as an intact male.)  But a lot of folks have to make other plans … Continue reading

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Equal Time

To one of the judges from the weekend show: I have had some fairly half-hearted examinations of my dog in the past, but this marks the very first time that I have not even been permitted to stack my dog, … Continue reading

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Puppies/Adults

Last week National Puppy Day resulted in an outbreak of adorableness on Facebook.  People posted photos of their puppies, past and present.  It was a good day, since there is almost nothing cuter than a pup. I must say, it’s … Continue reading

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International Championships

The best known kennel club in the U.S. is the American Kennel Club (AKC), but there are others as well, including the United Kennel Club (UKC), which also holds sanctioned shows for conformation and performance events like rally and obedience. … Continue reading

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Love me like my dog?!?

Maybe you’ve heard that song from Billy Currington called “Like My Dog”?  A guy sings that he wishes his lady loved him in the same way his dog loved him.  Without reservation, without complaint, without cost. Now I have to … Continue reading

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Teeth

I can’t say I was ever interested in dog teeth before I started showing.  Now that I’ve been in the ring with several judges who actually counted teeth to be sure they’re all there, I’ve decided to take a look … Continue reading

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