Friday, November 26, 2010

My Boo Bear is Four

Princess Zo Zo turned four years old - two days ago. I feel like an absolute horrible dog owner because I didn't even remember. Then I feel even more guilty as Mylee had an entire post dedicated to her Birthday! Life sometimes just gets busy. Either way I'm feeling very guilty. I will make sure my Zoey dog is very spoiled today and make it up to her.

A look back at my crazy, hyper, very athletic girl. She never fails to make life interesting and constantly keeps me on my toes. She has been a wonderful introduction to the cavalier breed, and has yet to meet anyone, or any food she doesn't like....unless you are a cat. When she was very small my sisters big black and white cat was very mean to my Zo. He cornered her and bit her tail so that it was bleeding. She has *never* forgotten or forgiven. She is a challenge of the best kind, and I love my girl to pieces.

First Day home.. I should have guessed I'd be in for a challenge by looking at that face!
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Meeting her Charlie, she loved him from the start.
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Always game for anything anytime!
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All leggy and long at 8 months old.
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We did venture into the show ring a few times to learn the ropes. Zo wasn't a fan of showing. Debbie's Husband David took this picture for me a long time ago of us in the ring.
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She even went to PEI without me to show at the National. Peggy Wallace I believe took this beautiful picture of her on the beach.
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She has loved and adored her sister from the first day I brought her home.


One of my favourite pictures that shows off her sweet face
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This Summer - Zo just loves life everyday.
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A Happy Girl in Belfountain
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We are off to Woofstock this weekend. I think my enthusiastic Birthday Princess will be staying home much to her dismay. I will make sure to bring her home something, and take lots of pictures at the show. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cavaliers in Canada have lost a Supporter, Protector, and Friend of our Breed

We will miss his commitment to research, education, and his dedication to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Our thanks and hearts go out to Dr. Roberto Poma, and his family.

Reposted from the Ontario Veterinary College

OVC community mourns loss of colleague

Published
November 15, 2010

Pet Trust, Clinical Studies, College News

The OVC community is mourning the loss of a beloved colleague and gifted clinician, scientist and teacher.

Dr. Roberto Poma, a faculty member and neurology specialist in the Department of Clinical Studies, died on Nov. 15 of an acute brain hemorrhage at the age of 41.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Becky Valentine, their children and extended family.

Please check the OVC website for updates. As a gesture of respect and condolence, the University of Guelph will lower its flags to half-mast on the day of his funeral.

A graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Turin, Italy, Poma came to OVC for a DVSc in neurology in 1998. After successfully completing his residency, he spent three years as a staff veterinarian in the OVC Teaching Hospital before joining the faculty in 2004.

Poma's research was focused on finding better ways to diagnose and treat canine epilepsy, and improve understanding of the disease in companion animals and humans.

He also worked closely with groups such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club to reduce the incidence of syringomyelia, a very serious neurological disorder that is rare in most breeds but increasingly afflicts King Charles Spaniels.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Royal Winter Fair 2010 and 2 Little Monkeys

Every fall the Royal Winter Fair happens in Toronto. Dubbed as "Country Coming to the City" it is always the final Country Fair of the season and the biggest with the most prestige, and prize money attached. If you made it to the Royal with your calf, pony, sheep, goat, etc, you have done really well for the show season and have a ton to be proud of! Before I became involved with dogs, it was horses, and cattle that I showed competitively.

My biggest win at the Royal was in the Robert Graham Memorial Judging competition for horses. I was 16 or so at the time. It was a judging competition for horses where you were required to judge a class of heavy horses and a class of light horses and place them accordingly. Then you were required to give proper judging reasons regarding structure, type etc and why they were placed the way you decided to the officials judging your judging abilities. There was over 100 people under the age of 29 years of age taking part in that competition. I went with my 4-h horse club just for fun. It is one of my favourite memories of the Royal. Having my name being called out that day as the winner of that huge judging class.

Looking back I suppose things haven't changed that much. Horses and cattle have changed into Cavaliers. Structure, type and movement are still what my eye immediately goes to, and it is not hard for me to "see" the complete picture. Although relearning conformation terms in dogs is still a work in progress. "Elastic" "Floaty" "Flat" movement, with a "large bascule" "scopey jump" and "refined dishy head" are not terms that are used in the dog world. Some day I hope horses and cattle will once again be in the picture. For now Cavaliers are a bit more portable and less expensive!

Since the dates always fall on my Birthday it is a long standing tradition that I make it down for at least one day during the fair. That day almost always includes tickets to the Horse show during the evening to take in International jumping competitions with all the world's top riders.

Wednesday happened to be that day last week. It was also a very special day as I was accepting a big award that my family's farm had won for Champion Seed Potato. My Father was unable to attend due to being at a meeting. I went to the fancy awards ceremony, picked up his Championship ribbon, and very nice silver plate on the Farm's behalf. My Dad works incredibly hard to produce the best product he can for Potato Growers and to get some awesome well deserved recognition at the Royal is incredible for our Farm. He had beautfiul Yukon Gold seed potatoes entered. It was a wonderful luncheon and I was very fortunate to make some great contacts that I hope to use at a later date. It is my career goal to mix my post graduate program in public relations with my agricultural background. Maybe someday it will be me helping to organize the fair! I also did some shopping, and attended the horse show. It was a great day and I look forward to next years Royal!

My best find of the day for shopping was handmade Chilly Dog Sweaters in "Monkey" that I have been looking for. They are made by Quechua Indian Artisans and follow fair trade guidelines. My girls will now be toasty warm for the winter and look adorable in their sock monkey sweaters.

I tested out the camera on my new Iphone. Not the best but not bad either!

Champion Seed Potatoes!
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Itty Bitty Apple Pie for desert at the Awards Ceremony
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Sculptures Carved out of Butter - A Royal Winter Fair Tradition
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Semex Dairy Cattle
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A Peeved Puffed out Turkey
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An RCMP Officer and his gorgeous Hanoverian Mare
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Sock Monkey Chilly Dog Sweater - Love them!
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My 2 Little Monkeys
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"Down and Stay" Very intent on getting their treat!
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Zo Zo Monkey
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and the Chunky Monkey
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thank you to Muttlife in Milton ON

For Halloween a wonderful local doggy store was hosting a Halloween photo competition. Of course right up my alley! Dogs and photography.. the ultimate combination. I decided to enter Miss Zo in her Caterpillar suit for the competition. One of my all time favourite pictures of her. It turns out that the judges thought she was wonderful too and today we went home with a wonderful gift bag from Muttlife.

This was the photo we entered;
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I really should have brought Zoey into the store to collect her prize but she is feeling a bit hormonal at the moment and it was better for her to stay home this afternoon. Mylee gladly stepped in and accompanied me to Muttlife. We were on the hunt for a Winter sweater but unfortunately the ones we really wanted were sold out. Fingers still crossed that Stacey will be able to find some in the sizes we need!

Zo's Wonderful Prize Bag
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It even had her name on it. :)
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I tried to get a picture of Zo with her prizes but she was way more interested in chewing on the bully stick aka 'stinky stick' that Mylee and I brought her home from the store.

Miss Zoey says Thank you to Muttlife and hopes to come visit soon! Your bully sticks are wonderful.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bath and Groom fit for a Royal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Step One: Place dirty little red dog in the laundry tub.
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Step Two: Drench completely with water as little red dog starts to get very unhappy with her owner.
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Step Three: Shampoo with your favourite doggy grooming products. For us around here it is Vellus! Everything works best when diluted so use an empty bottle and dilute per the product instructions. Watch as little red dog's face becomes progressively more PISSED at you.
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Step Four: Rinse shampoo really well out of the coat. Pay extra attention to soap in the ears. When fully rinsed apply your favourite conditioner. Allow a few minutes for it to soak into the the coat. Try to not laugh at the little face glaring at you impatiently.
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Step Five: Take the Princess's freshly warmed towel out of the dryer.
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Step Six: Wrap said red Princess in her warm towel.
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Step Seven: Complete a pedicure on the spoiled red princess.
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Step Eight: Brush her beautiful white teeth, while trying to avoid the big tongue trying to eat all the toothpaste off of the toothbrush.
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Step Nine: Carefully brush out the little red dog's coat so that it is laying flat. Our favourite brush is Chris Christensen's wooden pin brush. It was first recommended to us by my good friend Sara. I then heard about it from a Bernese breeder who was selling IOD and CC shampoo with accessories at our CAvalier National Show. They were all out of purple so I bought a pink one! Perfect for spoiled girls. They are really soft and do not pull, tug or damage the coat. Mylee is very sensitive and she has no problems at all with it. I really like this brush.
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Step Ten: Apply your favourite finishing product. Vellus Satin Cream. It protects the fur, conditions it, and helps the coat lay flat when it drys under the drying coat.
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Step Eleven: Check to make sure the ears are dry and clean. Apply a mild cleaner with alcohol if needed to assist in the drying of the inside of the ear.
Wet inner ears can quickly become a wonderful place for bacteria to grow and reproduce. A healthy ear should be clean of brown spots/fluid, wax and have no smell.
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Step Twelve: Dress the little red dog in her drying coat and blow dry her ears. Provide the Princess with her favourite type of cookie while the drying is happening. Drying coats encourage the fur to lay flat when dried. If you start using them after each bath when your dog is little it also trains the fur to grow down and lay flat as well.

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Step Thirteen: Give the other spoiled girl (who miraculously turns up after the bathing part is over) a cookie, so that she does not become upset when she figures out it isn't *HER* on the table getting teeth brushed and fed cookies.
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Step Fourteen: Receive the best clean doggy cuddles after, and know that all has been forgiven until next time.
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