Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Foxy's graduation

Foxy will be two years old in November, it's hard to believe how fast time flies. My little girl is all grown up! I wish her a good life with her new boy and his family. While the rest of the dogs in her class are hopping on a plane to their new homes in BC, Alberta and Manitoba, Foxy will be moving just down the road to Toronto.

Her graduating class:

Keeping your dog safe at night, the Auroralite safety collar

How about a random product review? This is not a paid advertisement, I'm reviewing this collar because I like it. I'm the type of person who has to try things for myself before I develop an opinion. How to keep your dog safe at night by use of a lit collar was no different.

From cheap little blinking plastic lights that clip on to a dogs collar, to a hunting dog collar and everything in between... I've bought them all. Do a search on any large pet supply store website and you can see your options.

Here is my black beast sitting in a dark ally. Can you see him? :)

Leaps and bounds ahead of the rest is the Auroralites collar, used by SAR, law enforcement as well as people like me as Bullet is demonstrating in the photo above. This isn't the cheapest collar you can buy but I've found it the best:

• It is bright, a vibrant light blue that penetrates the darkness and circles the dogs entire neck (except for a small area on the front where the battery is held). This is a VERY important detail and where all other collars fell short. With other collars, as your dog turns and corners in the dark you often only see them when their light is facing you, and the farther away they get the harder it is to see them. You see this collar from any angle and at a great distance.

• It is water-proofed.

• It is powered by a battery you can buy anywhere.

• It is easy and quick to take on and off the dog.

• Best of all, it's a Canadian company.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Foxy is graduating tomorrow.

When National Service Dogs asked me to take Enzo I still had Foxy. While I was willing to take Enzo I don't have the room or the time for two puppies in training so I asked that they find another foster home for Foxy. As much as I like a puppy I know they aren't mine and I'm able to give them up easily enough because of this. Just don't ask me to give up Bullet. :)

This is what I wrote for her new fosterhome nearly a year ago:

Yellow Lab/Golden X female, born November 2007
Sponsored by the Kingston Civitan Club

Foxy is calm and polite around the house. She’s never been allowed on our furniture so she doesn’t even try. Very rarely if she becomes super overexcited she’ll do a half jump on a person but other than that she’s polite. When people visit our house I have her do a down stay until they have entered. She waits nicely at all doors, including her kennel if you ask her to wait. Never had issues with her stealing food or acting inappropriate at dinner time, she just lies at our feet.

She’s a wonderful loose leash walker.

She has a habit of taking her time eliminating when she’s on leash, she sniffs forever. You can lead a dog to grass but you can’t squeeze the pee out of it unfortunately.

Great with other dogs, all people big and small, cats. She notices cats, squirrels, geese and other dogs on walks but stays self controlled and working.

I’ve had her swimming before which she LOVES, she stays in the water and splashes in circles whining out of pure happiness.

We have kongs scattered everywhere in our house, she loves to carry them. She’s never been destructive except for very recently, we’d put a dog bed on top of her crate to vacuum and forgot to put it back down, she chewed a corner of this through the kennel. It’s probably best to not put blankets in her crate. We’ve left her loose at night in our bedroom and she’s fine with that, for some reason she always ends up sleeping under the bed even though she hardly fits and I’ve had to pull her out!

Her command for the crate is “kennel”. That’s where we feed her, she does a nice stay before she’s released to eat. Actually, her stays are very, very strong, in public, at home, at work she’s consistently good. The one area that I’ve been a little neglectful in is her recalls, she sometimes chooses that she’d rather not come so that could use some finessing.

Her one nasty habit is poo-eating. We don’t allow it and try to keep our yard pretty clean, but she has been known to like it fresh and will nibble as it’s still coming out another dog. Yes, it’s true. Sorry I had to tell you this but I figured you should know. All-in-all there are worse things in life, hopefully she outgrows this soon.

Everybody who meets her loves her, my coworkers are sad to see her go! I’m a little upset and hurt that they don’t love my dog the same way to tell the truth!

Enjoy her, she's grown into a great little dog.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Seven Groups

(excluding your own breeds)

Group 1 - Sporting
Group 2 - Hound
Group 3 - Working
Group 4 - Terrier
Group 5 - Toy
Group 6 - Non Sporting
Group 7 - Herding

Group 1 - Sporting
German Wirehaired Pointer (Deutsche Drahthaar). Chances are I'd never get one simply because I'd want to hunt with it and there is only so much time and money in this life.

Group 2 - Hound
Saluki. This is one beautiful breed that I admire from afar but that doesn't fit my lifestyle.

Group 3 - Working
Rottweiler. Love them.

Group 4 - Terrier
Border Terrier. After spending a year working part time (for fun) at the Lion's Foundation Dog Guide kennel I got to know quite a few of these little characters. One downfall was their piercing yips, but that was amplified by numbers and kennel walls. Earplugs were necessary. I'm sure they can't be that bad on their own in a home.

Group 5 - Toy
This one is hard as I'm not a fan of any of the breeds, but if I had to choose one: Miniature Pinscher.

Group 6 - Non Sporting
Another hard group to chose from as nothing stood out, but I've met a few Schipperkes and they seem to be little funny clowns.

Group 7 - Herding
Belgian Malinois. High probability that I'll end up with one.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Looking for the perfect "E" name

For a German Shepherd female that I will be raising for a friend. She'll be either black & tan or sable.

Her sire Ben:

Her dam Arlie:

Some names I've been kicking around to propose are...
Envy, Eden, Eesa, √Čtoile, Eevee (Pok√©mon character), Element (Call name Fire?), Eiffel

I like these but they are unfortunately too long for a name in my opinion, I prefer two syllables:
Ekati (Canadian Diamond Mine), Elektra

I'm looking forward to raising a GSD puppy as it's a breed I like but can't see myself getting. We should be getting her in the middle of November.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Love, Guilt & Putting Dogs Down.

Patricia McConnell writes an excellent post on a hard topic, it's worth a visit to her blog:

Love, Guilt & Putting Dogs Down.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy ending

Rufus found a home and left us at exactly 6 months old. Here's to him living a long and healthy life.

When he left his National Service Dog vest barely fit around his neck and had long been too small to fit around his rapidly growing chest.

Maybe it's just me, but I like to collect all puppy teeth found, although what ends up happening to them is a mystery. I now have three molars and one canine tooth sitting in a pile on my desk that I forgot to provide for Rufus' new family. They'll more than likely end up in a small box to be found years later, bringing with them nostalgic memories of puppies gone by.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!