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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dog Show Day


Meeting and greeting all the wonderful dogs and their proud owners makes a day at the dog show so much fun. This was the first time I'd ever met a Glen of Imaal Terrier in person.
Low to the ground, but sturdy, with an amazing heather gray coat. I so enjoy hearing about the breed characteristics from an friendly owner. This guy was definitely a friend to children.


The agility ring was busy with superb athletes large and small.
 

The dogs have style, speed, and a joie de vivre that delight the audience.
 

We know that the Basset Hound has long ears and a sturdy frame, but there's nothing like seeing one close up to really appreciate a droll dude like this.

Here is a breed that was new to me - The Norrbottenspets. (Sorry for the sideways view - )



This dog is a fabulous hunter from Sweden, lively, noisy when hunting, and a nice medium 20-30 pound size. The coat is somewhat flatter than the other Nordic breeds. Alert and intelligent, these dogs have a natural appearance and seem very fit and alert. A fun breed for dog sports of all kinds.

 
And who is this? The great granddaddy of the modern poodle? In a way, he is. The Lagotto Romagnolo, or Italian Truffle Hunting Dog, has been in the north-eastern part of Italy working as a retriever since Etruscan times. Curly-haired, friendly, attached to his owner, and naturally obedient. Sounds like my Poodle! No shedding to speak of, so just a little trimming for these guys. Unusual and varied coloration and a nice medium size dog that would be fun if you live near the water.


This newcomer has so much going for him, I predict that we'll be seeing lots more of them in the future.

 
Here's a fine-looking fellow enjoying the show. Love that spot on the back. There's nothing like an Old English Bulldog to add gravitas and authority to the day.


And who doesn't recognize this adorable dog, who skipped down the yellow brick road of our childhood. Cairn Terriers excel at agility, and have a friendly, outgoing manner and classic style that explains why their popularity has endured for so many years.


This fellow's mom explained it quite simply, "Melts at high temperatures." Calm in the midst of a roomful of strangers, the Bloodhound has such a marvelous disposition and appearance.


The Chinook is called a "true American breed" as it was developed in Wonalancet, New Hampshire. The foundation dogs were descendents of the Greenland Husky lead dog that Admiral Peary took to Greenland, and a farm mastiff type dog contributed a stable sturdiness. The original Chinook was part of Admiral Richard E Byrd's Antarctic expedition. Strong, stable, trainable, and a great family dog that is particularly devoted to children, the Chinook has a long list of attributes to recommend it. Mellow and intelligent is how they looked to me.


I love seeing dogs beautifully groomed. This Old English Sheepdog certainly was turned out perfectly and had a delightful disposition. That is what I call attentive.


Here's another handsome dog, all shiny and fluffy. A gorgeous Newfie with a calm, intelligent expression.



This Dutch Kooikerhondje is another breed that I found very engaging. Intelligent, smaller (15" at shoulder, about 25 pounds), lovely easy-care coat and simply charming in person.
I can say it,  koi-ker-hon-chuh, but I don't think I could spell it without some practice.

Lively and agile are the words used to describe these clever dogs, who were used to lure ducks into a trap called an Enderkooi. I'm sure that work required some quick thinking and problem solving.

My impression is that these dogs are bright and trainable. Calm, yet alert, very sweet to meet.


So much of a winning dog's presentation is elegant movement. Everyone enjoys watching the dogs in the ring. They are all magnificent in their own way.


Do you love the style with which this elegant Greyhound has casually arranged her paws? I'm sure that a day of dog showing can get rather tiring.


Being a show dog requires a lot from the dogs. Their owners put in considerable effort, too, to share their knowledge and understanding of the different breeds with visitors. Perhaps prospective dog owners can discover what type of dog is perfect for their family and lifestyle at the dog show.
 
It is a fine occasion to celebrate the marvelous variety in the world of dogs.  






All good for positive pet ownership, and a fun day when every dog is truly a winner.



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Puppy Happiness


One of the great joys of having a dog store is getting to know all of our customers and their pets. How about this adorable baby girl? She is the light of her mom's life this summer. There really is no such thing as too cute, fortunately for this precious girl.

A new puppy is so much fun, but certainly work. Those housetraining trips that interrupt your sleep, little needle teeth that need to constantly be working on something, and the scheduling demands that are necessary to develop good habits, it's work all right. But oh, that puppy breath smell! That cheerful, what are we doing today, tail-wagging attitude is such a joy.

I've always thought that dogs teach us so much. And they start their lessons early, even in puppyhood. While we're trying to convey to them the basics of walking on a leash and making timely visits to that rest room in the great outdoors, puppies are showing us just how fascinating something as simple as a leaf can be. They remind us that if you're tired, the best thing to do is just curl up and nap for awhile.

Their innocent trust and unconditional affection are gifts that are freely bestowed on us as dog owners, or as we sometimes consider ourselves, dog parents. What an amazing and simple joy it is to interact with these precious furries who embrace the present, yet are so untainted by all that is shallow and disappointing in the world around us. How rich we are to share our lives with these little beings who renew us with their simple goodness.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cloudy with a car ride

Today it finally cooled off here in Seattle. We are so glad to have our fresh, slightly overcast, native weather back. Decided to take a trip out to Ikea for some storage cubes. I do know that really organized people don't shop chronically for storage systems, etc. However, I did need something to contain my 3-ring binders which keep all my projects sorted, so there you go.

Arlo on his first Halloween. Little did I know that the monkey outfit
would match his personality. Note the abandoned banana toy in favor
of doing a little pumpkin carving of his own.

Arlo loves any outing, and being the gifted and spoiled little poodle that he is, I brought him along, if only for some people watching in the parking garage, and of course a little bite of lunch leftovers. My husband leaned over to him in the car and said, "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs," and the little guy looked pleased. He's always delighted just to be going along.



For a cross-town road trip, or a longer journey with your pet(s), today I ordered some very nice car harnesses for the store. These will work in the car for safe riding, and also function as walking harnesses when you reach your destination. Required in many states, car harnesses keep your dog safe on the seat and allow freedom of movement and good visibility. Look for these early next week.

Now to get those binders all lined up in their places...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Keep Calm, Chill Out, and Go Swimming

This summer we have coats to help your dog learn to swim, stay cool, and keep calm.


The Guardian Gear Deluxe Pillow Pet Preserver is an innovative flotation jacket designed to help your dog learn to swim and gain confidence in the water. All dogs can swim, but they just don't know that. If you've ever introduced a dog to water  you know that it can be stressful for them and for you. This jacket has a removable flotation pillow that keeps your dog's head up, minimizing water into the face, avoiding that splash-in-the-face panic that the new dog paddler fears.

I just wish I'd had this for my dear German Shepherd Danny, who learned to swim in the ocean off Santa Barbara, California. I got pretty scratched up teaching that boy how to navigate the water, and he would have been so comfortable with a flotation jacket. His response to splashing water was to rear his head back, thereby increasing the water-in-the-nose panic, and he tried to land on me since it looked like I was standing securely in the water,  not treading it. We both almost capsized before he learned to calmly enjoy the ocean.



This Anxiety-Reducing Shirt by Kong is like a firm hug to calm your anxious pet. Gentle compression helps dogs deal with the stress of thunder, fireworks, and other stressful sounds and events. Reflective trim, and flexible Velcro closures enable you to fit this to your dog for comforting sense of safety.


 
 
 
 
As you get ready for the hot days ahead, prepare to keep your dog chill with the
Guardian Gear Cool Pup Coat
These were so popular with our customers last  year! Your dog will love you for providing this amazing comfort during the heat waves to come. An innovative design that will help your pet chill out this summer.

Our mission is to help you enjoy your dog. It's not time for winter coats right now, but we have what your dog needs to enjoy a terrific summer right here.



Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Reading

Here is an upbeat dog story to enjoy with your morning coffee.

And here are some pictures of our customers - charmers all.

 


 












 
 

 
 
 
 
 

We always enjoy sharing our customers' photos on the blog. What a wonderful group!
 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Easter Dog Toys


It's going to be that time of year before you know it. Our Easter bunnies are all set to go to their forever homes. We're listing them today, so stop by and select your dog's bunny buddy today.






 

 
 

 
This duck wants you to adopt him first.


Pick up a few of our sturdy, high-bouncer balls with funny fortunes printed on them.



Or maybe a pretty new collar or two...



 
All our Easter collars are made in the  USA.



They're kinda like Jelly Beans. You can't have just one.


 
Shop now for your best selection.
 

 

These bunnies are priced to hop on out of here before you know it.
 
 
 
And don't forget the ducks - they are ready to fly off to meet
their new dog best friend.