Sunday, December 30, 2007

Favorite Doggy Gift

A Philippe Clement vest with a Giant Schnauzer outline on the back, isn't it neat?!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas to ME!!!

Look what I got at work today... The box is bigger than Bullet is!

Here it is having some extra-goodies put inside:

Mix this with my new Adobe CS3 Premium Suite and my soon-to-come monitor I'm a very happy girl this holiday. Sure I'll be expected to be even better, cheaper & faster, but I'm used to that.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Shopping with "Krispy Kreme"

AKA Crispin, a National Service Dog in training.

Our job is to take him out to everyday places like the mall, the movies, the library etc.,

While we do everyday things like shop.

People can't help but touch a cute & happy lab, we understand this, therefore we teach the dog to focus on us. This can be a very hard thing for a people-loving lab to do at times, but they CAN do it!

Now, not running over to meet other dogs, that's an even harder thing to ask of Crispin. Here we meet one of his class-mates, a Golden Retriever who's going back for his official training at the same time as Crispin.

National Service Dogs relies on people just like you and I to foster for them. To read more about puppy-raising, visit the link below. If you feel it's something you'd be interested in you can even apply online:

NSD Puppy Program

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A home for the New Year?

Meet Oliver, (ARPH #10242) or Ollie for short. Ollie is the oldest Australian Shepherd to come through ARPH Ontario at 10 and a half years old. Born July 1997 he is CKC registered.

Ollie has been a bit neglected the past few years but is loving the attention, food and love he's getting in his foster home. The vet said he's doing well and has gained 3lbs already with only another 8lbs more to go.

He's housebroken, crate trained and knows his basic manners. He's fine if left loose in the house and is not destructive. He's willing to please and will do what you ask if he knows how. He's great with cats.

Because of his age and his situation they'd prefer to place him in a home where he'd be the only dog and where he wouldn't have to share any of the attention. He is good with other dogs but tends to push them out of the way to get to the people.

Ollie is an easy guy, mellow in the house loving nothing more than to cuddle on the couch. He's a great traveler and likes to ride in the car. On his walks at the dog park he loves to run and is pretty spry for his age!

Ollie's rescuers are worried that people will pass him by because of his age, yet he still has so much to offer.

If ARPH approved and interested in hearing more about Ollie, please contact Nicole.

If you are interested in fostering for ARPH or adopting an Australian Shepherd please visit this link for more information: ARPH Ontario

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Capture the Kong

The goal of this game is to get the Kong from Bullet. Sounds simple eh?



Our time with Crispin the National Service Dog is nearly up. His recall date is mid January. He's a good dog and we hope he passes his training and gets matched with a lucky kid.

Bullet's Great Big Schnauz

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Making new friends

Running with the wolves

...of Haliburton Forest. If you are ever in the Haliburton, Ontario area, be sure to spend a day with the wolves and don't forget to bring your camera.
Haliburton Forest

Monday, October 29, 2007

The story of a dog learning to dock dive

In the photo below Glory shows good dog dock diving form.

Then we've got Bullet.

Now I love my dog very, very much, but there are times he's not very bright. See his back end sticking straight up in the air? He tried to walk on water and ended up going head first. I'm sad to say this wasn't the first time he demonstrated this particular dive, sputtering and thrashing his way back to the surface after he had fallen in.

Good thing for us Bullet has heart. He doesn't give up. Some dogs would have stood back and watched Glory get the ball, but not my Bully. When at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

And try he did, legs flailing wildly. There was no way he was letting his sister have all the fun.

We're very happy to report that by the end of the week he was an old pro, jumping fast, straight and strong. Too bad we had to leave the cottage with the dock just outside, what fun it was!

Take that Glory!

Covenant Run to the Battle HIC, CGN, IPO1

October 6-7, 2007
Southern Ontario Working Dog Group
Judge: Fred Marashi
Helper: Alberto Prata
Score: 85-83-86, 3rd place

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shopping with the labs

Crispin turned one on Wednesday. Here he is with his chocolate friend from Dog Guides, Kringle.

Introducing... Blood Brother the Second.

Blood Brother the First swam on my desk at work for two years. After him came Blue Blood and No Name, but they never lasted as long. I figured it was time to try again.

Giant Schnauzers looking for homes

There are times when we hear of Giant Schnauzers looking for homes. Most often these are in Ontario, but sometimes they are in other provinces or in the USA. If you have an interest in an older dog (usually these dogs range from 6 months to 10+ years), write us with your contact information and we'll put you on a list. We are NOT a rescue group, more like a referral service.

Write Tracy at:
Write Christine at:

Don't be turned off if we ask questions about your lifestyle, dog experience, preferences, etc. We use this information to match the right dog to the right owner. If we hear of a dog that might suit you we'll pass along the information and you can take it from there. If at any time you wish to be taken off of this list just let us know and we'll update the records.

Most often these dogs have nothing wrong with them, they may have been improperly matched with an owner to begin with. The pro's of an adult dog are many, one being that you are past the puppy stage, they are often housebroken and have basic obedience on them. Dogs end up in need of a new home for a number of reasons:

- Too energetic.
- Not good with children.
- Their owners have a new baby.
- Their owners don't have the time.
- Their families move.
- Their families have allergies.
- The dog is too protective.
- The dog's owner dies.
- Health problems.
- They were found as a stray.

Once in their new home they often settle quickly and become loving pets. Here are some happy Ontario successes!




Be sure to visit Christine & Mya's blog for more information.