Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I'm sporty!

Can you believe Dot is my very first Sporting Breed dog ever?  I went almost 32 years without owning a Golden Retriever.  Or a Lab or a Spaniel or a Pointer or a Setter.  I (or my family) have had dogs from every other group. 
We had, at separate times, a Bichon Frise and a Dalmation (Non-Sporting group). 
I have, of course, had Corgis and my very first dog was a Shetland Sheepdog .  As well as several German Shepherd mixes and an Australian Cattle Dog (Herding group).
I had a Jack Russel Terrier in 4-H (Terrier group).
My family owned a wonderful Doberman named Chelsea (Working group).
My very first competition Obedience dog was a Rat Terrier (Miscellaneous group)
My dad was rather fond of Beagles (Hound group).
My mom has owned/fostered several Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes (toy group).
But somehow we managed to completely avoid two breeds that have remained in the top 5 AKC registered breeds for years (labs and goldens).  Last night at our dog training club meeting I was told that I now have an instant athlete and believe it!  She is super speedy and moves non-stop with no input from me, just for the shear joy of moving and running and being free.  Does this mean I have to learn about agility?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!  We are starting off 2013 with a new member of the family.  Meet Dot!  She is a 4 year old Brittany that we adopted through the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network.  Dot is completely loving, trusting and carefree and has impeccable manners.  More than we ever could have hoped for, it feels like she has brought me back into the land of the living after a few months of feeling adrift and depressed.  Many more pictures to come, I'm sure. And stories of her training progress and hopefully weight loss for both of us!