Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Say Cheese!

Christmas Antlers

There are some people who might consider the following petty, degrading and silly. Yes, you can view it like that I suppose. Personally, I prefer to see it as an excellent proofing opportunity when working on stays :)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cyder - First down

Cyder had her very last group class with her litter today. She was great as always, and it's nice to see how they are all progressing and the similarities/differences in look and characteristics.

Afterwards we all took a 10 minute drive to see an opthamologist where they had their first health test. Cyder's eyes passed! Whew! She was very calm on the table so the opthamologist used her to give a 4 year University of Guelph vet student a look with a lesson.

Her hips/elbows will be tested in the next couple of weeks. Even if the dogs pass this they can still be disqualified for health reasons - if they have chronic ear or eye infections for example.

Other than that, once her health testing is done they'll look at how well she handles kennel life and training.

Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback is a dog not often seen outside it's country of origin, Thailand. They are used primarily for guarding homes and livestock. It is a primitive breed that has been kept pure in Thailand due to poor transportation systems.

Males average 22-24 inches and weigh 50-60 pounds. Females average 20-22 inches and weigh approximately 35-55 pounds as an adult.

Their short coat should have a ridge of hair growing up along their back. A lack of the ridge or a plush coat is considered a fault. Coat colours are black, blue, red and fawn. A black mask is acceptable on the red and fawn only, and there should be no white markings. Ears are pricked. Their tongues are spotted and some are even solid black/blue like a chow.

Life expectancy is from 12-15 years.

They are naturaly protective of their family and territory. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, even with lots of socialization at a young age. Females tend to be more aggressive with each other.

The Thai Ridgeback is fully recognized by the UKC and the FCI.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Ceilidh - 2 more points

Sunday November 13, 2005 at the Georgina Kennel Club under Judge Charles Trotter.

Afterwards Ceilidh and Bullet got to play in lake Simcoe :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cyder's going to school

I spoke too soon. Last night I got the word that Cyder is being recalled, I can drop her off anytime between the 20th to the 27th of this month. Then she'll have her health tests, they will evaluate her too see which program she'll go into, and she'll start her official training.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Another hard day at work

Cyder is 10 months old now. I predict she'll be recalled by Dog Guides in December since she's not on the November list.

Everyone loves her at my work, she's got her routine down pat. First she says hi to everyone, tail cracking off the corner of desks, walls and people's legs. I'm surprised she hasn't split it open yet, it's like a whip and causes pain to those who get in it's way.

Next on her list is to find her rope toys so she can destroy them.

After I pick up all the pieces and take the toys away she rolls over trying to entice someone to give her a belly rub:

On this day I was called into a meeting and forgot I'd even brought her until I got back to my desk 45 minutes later. She stayed the whole time. Not bad for a 10 month old puppy.