Friday, February 25, 2011

Our naughty doggy friends

A few posts ago I shared with you a bunch of naaaughty dog pictures. I wanted to know if I was the only one living in a house with a bad girl. After receiving these pictures I can now confidently say that Miss Zo is in wonderful naughty company! It seems that a few doggies have been sharing their secrets!

My good friend Peggy Wallace - Burbrook Cavaliers submitted this picture of her beautiful girl Talia. I think Talia is trying to tell Peggy that she just wanted a mud bath and a day at the spaw!
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This handsome guy some of you may recognize. It is Magnus from Lessons from and for 4 Legs! Look at the devilish wink. He is *so* up to something! Katie you are in for a wonderful training challenge with that boy!
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Our good friend Lori has often told me that her boys Jasper and Rufus are the matching pair to Zo and Mylee. First they are the same colours; Jasper is a tri and Rufus a ruby. Second they came to live with her in the same order, and third her tri is a naughty but adorable boy! Jasper and Zo have met more than once and by the looks of it they have been exchanging stories and trade secrets. Zo definitely approves of your mischief making Jasper! Lori and I are very grateful that Jasper and Zoey do not live together! lol.

The classic toilet paper trick!
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What? Is there a problem here?
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Woof!
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Our last bad girl is someone that we know very well. She is Molly's full sister Becky at Barkn' About and she definitely has her sister beat for mischief! I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this picture of what Becky did to her bed. Pure badness! I knew I had to include it in this post.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Evaluating "show potential"

Have you ever wondered how breeders determine what puppies to keep and what ones should be placed in families?

How do they figure out who is going to love the glamour of the show ring, who is a therapy dog, and who wants to live with kids?

A major reason that reputable breeders do not let people pick their own puppies is so that they can evaluate, and choose the best homes possible.

Responsible breeders are completely devoted to their breeding programs and their puppies’ well beings long before they are even conceived. Breedings are planned carefully. Not all puppies are destined to be champion show dogs, and more importantly not all puppies want to be!

In every breed there are certain characteristics, and a set breed standard that cannot be overlooked for any reason. In the CKCS those characteristics are;

Temperament and health are characteristics that every puppy in a litter should have.

Structure and type are a little more difficult, and can vary a great deal from one another. In this stage, evaluation of a litter can get interesting.

Opinion and help from other breeders is welcomed and encouraged.

Sometimes this evaluation takes place in the form of a great social get together. We ooo and ahh over the cuteness of the new babies, have a few drinks, and get down to business of trying to determine who has the best structure and type.

Many breeders use and refer to Pat Hastings Puppy Puzzle which evaluates puppies at 8 weeks old.

Conformation dogs are judged entirely on temperament, structure, and type.

Without superior examples of all characteristics a dog has no chance in the show ring.

Have you ever wanted to venture into the show ring?

Maybe you are a breeder and already love to show, how did you go about getting your first show potential puppy?

Is everyone watching/enjoying Westminster?

Mini blog series on showing a dog

I wanted to give those of you who have regularly been reading my blog a heads up on something I am going to be completing over the next few weeks.

As part of the requirement for my social media class I am to write a series of blog posts on one subject. When I originally saw this assignment I was really excited and knew exactly what I wanted to write about; evaluating a litter for a show prospect, training a show dog, and competing in the ring. I am not an expert and still have a ton to learn myself, but I do think I can offer something meaningful. I also know that readers here have expressed their interest in learning more, or even the basics.. that I can do.

As my class progressed, I realized that my classmates would be taking part and commenting, but we still had the option of posting it live on our blogs if we had them. From that detail my confidence in my original topic went downhill fast. No one in my class is interested in cavaliers, training them, and participating in dog shows, or wants to read about them. So I abandoned it.

Instead of my original idea, I picked a very broad general topic that most people would be able to relate to and comment on; photography. It is something I love so you think it would be easy to write about, and honestly for you guys it probably would be. I spent all last weekend writing up a post on general photography tips with the plan on posting them to my internal class for blog comments today.

Now on the day before the deadline of my first submission, I have come full circle once again. Why the heck would I do a drab, blah, blog post on photography that will likely not be read, and the only comments/value that is given to the reader is because people have to for marks. Nothing against my wonderful classmates!

But no wonder I was having difficulty writing about it.

This is where you guys come in.

My final decision is back to my original one. I will be writing a mini blog series on picking a show potential puppy from a litter, training your puppy for show, and ending off with entering a show. I still have a lot to learn myself, but I think I can pass on some tips to those who ever wanted to try showing, or just want to know more about it.

I hope that most of my readers here will find engaging and meaningful. Content that will help and educate those who stumble across it, and more importantly content that I hope will be enjoyed. After all anyone could write a blah drab blog post on photography if they wanted.


Feel free to leave lots of questions or comments. Is there anything you wanted to know more about that you'd like to see included in this series? I chose you guys for that reason. I really do love your comments and input. You make this blog fun for me to write.

First installment coming later today.. yikes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Naughty trouble making dogs!

As a follow up to our tp party of last week, I'd love to do a post dedicated to all of our naughty doggy friends out there.

I know my girls *can't* be the only ones getting themselves in to trouble sometimes. I call Zo my challenge in life, she keeps me on my toes trying to figure out what she is going to do next. I love her dearly but ohhhh can she be bad sometimes.

Send me your favourite bad doggy picture and I will post them here next week. I'll even send a snood to those brave enough to participate. embeecav at gmail dot com :)

Don't be shy, I know that there are other bad doggies are out there!

Before I forget... Come check us out on Facebook! I created a page for Embee Cavaliers and would love if you ventured over and clicked "Like".

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Bathroom Obsession

Every dog has bad habits that their owners don't like to talk about.

Some like to chew things they shouldn't. (in my house it is underwear)

Some like to eat things they shouldn't. (Christmas chocolates)

Some like to bark. (squirrel's are evil)

Others like to pee in the house. (occasionally a lazy little red dog will do this if the weather isn't to her liking)

Mine?

Especially my beautiful Zoey, who is always on her best behavior, and never causes any trouble in my house at all.... (HA)

Love nothing more than an open bathroom door.

She has become extremely proficient at taking the lids off the bathroom garbage, and she is especially good at stealing new toilet paper roles out of the package.

Mylee of course isn't innocent, despite being very good at convincing you she is. I'm sure it is a joint effort to notice the opportunity to have a TP party as soon as the house is empty and a bathroom door is left open.

Over the past few years there have been several. The most recent one was when a good friend visited me, and used the bathroom before going out to dinner. She doesn't live with dogs and didn't know that there were doggy rules to follow.

Rule #1 - Bathroom doors must be closed at all times!

This was my first clue that my dogs loved toilet paper. Our first tp mess and boy did they go all out.

She looks so cute but *so* guilty
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An entire new package of mega rolls
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On every inch of my living room floor
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Yep, they went all out and had a blast while no one was home
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This is the latest fun from my friend leaving that door open.
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We weren't gone for that long, the party was just getting underway
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Caught in the act - Thanks for the evening of fun!
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She is over four now, and will forever be in love with tping the house. No opportunity is wasted.

So if you are ever visiting, now you will know... bathroom doors closed please!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zo wants to know what would you choose?

I'm currently working on an assignment and have chosen to do a topic that both Zoey and I love.. dog toys. She loves playing with them, and in turn that makes it fun for me to shop for them. I'm comparing Hartz Mountain Corporation to Westpaw Design and would love it if even a few visitors could fill out this survey for me.

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