Finally, some spitz-content….

April 27, 2008

Lizzie is in season, as of yesterday. She’s 6 months and 4 weeks old. (Why is it the dogs you want to spay after their first season wait FOREVER to come in, and the ones you plan to keep intact seem to plan things so they can have the maximum number of seasons possible?) So no park, no class, and no walks on our main walking trail till the end of May. Oh well- we may be able to arrange a couple of playsessions with a friend and her (female) Eskie pup, and she can still play (some) with Indy, at least till she is further in (Indy sired a litter in 2004 and unlike Mal, KNOWS what that enticing smell is.) She was supposed to have a (leashed) playdate this afternoon with J’s eskie puppy and a corgi friend Biscuit (male, but only 3 months old)- but between the icky weather and her being in season, I’m not sure we’re going to manage it.

I was planning to take Mal to an obedience match today, but he hasn’t eaten well since Friday and is turning down cheese even here at home, which is his lowest-distraction environment (usually). So I’m going to wait and see- Novice isn’t till noon, and we can go and just do a PreNovice run (no heel free, SFE onleash.)

I’ve created a new blog, Dogstar Academy, for non-spitz and general dog content, so this will be the last update on Mal.


I’m a bad blogger

April 22, 2008

but in my defense, we’ve been out of town. 😛

Mal, Lizzie and I packed up and headed to Shreveport, Louisiana this weekend with Debbie (Malcolm’s breeder) and her beautiful rough tri collie Stormy for two days of dog shows. Lizzie spent most of the weekend in her crate supervising our neighbors as they groomed and prepped dogs and charming a few pro handlers who were curious as to what the heck she was. 😛 Mal behaved himself very nicely and was sadly unappreciated by the judges both days; Stormy won his class on Saturday and came in second on Sunday. Oh well- them’s the breaks in the whole dog show game. There’s always another weekend of shows. 🙂

It’s totally not Spitz related – but…

March 24, 2008


Katie, who blogs at, adopted Harvey one year ago today. Harv is a little black senior pit bull who, by all the statistics, shouldn’t have made it out of the shelter. Katie is a really wonderful person (and a gifted writer) and I think she and Harv are pretty darn lucky to have each other.

Harvey sounds like SUCH a character in her posts. You should all go read them. 🙂

Lizzie’s Loot

January 29, 2008

It’s not the best part of dog shows but it’s definately in the top 5: SHOPPING. If it’s dog related, SOME dog show vendor will probably carry it. So here’s the list of what made it’s way home with us from the Rose City Classic

  • A pair of undies for Lizzie for when she’s in season (Black with metallic multi-colored butterflies. Much cooler than the ruffly kind they have at the pet supply store.)
  • A pink camo hoodie for Lizzie (because she was REALLY cold in the wind- she’s hitting that hairless 5 month old stage) and it makes her look like a little thug. AWWW. I thought about buying her one of the ‘blanket’ style coats that aren’t so cutesy, but they were $20 more than the cheapy sweatshirt that she really doesn’t need down here- but will make a cute costume.
  • A dumbbell (properly sized- she CAN steal, carry and retrieve Malcolm’s, but it’s the size of her body and she really needs a properly sized one) This one is still a TINY bit big but by the time she’s grown, it shouldn’t be.
  • “Competitive Obedience For Small Dogs” by Barbara Cecil (and someone else) – recommended by Pom person and obedience judge on Front & Finish, Barbara McClausky (whose black and tan UDX Pom made me fall in love with spitz and competitive obedience in a single show)
  • A pink plushie sheep (actually, Lizzie stole this- it was on the floor having fallen out of a bin and she picked it up while I was paying for the dumbbell and tried to carry it off. So it had to come along too.)
  • A purple and black faux-fleece braided tug
  • (Not for Lizzie) a new martingale collar for Malcolm, my smooth collie. It’s black with silver-and-blue pirate emblems (skull and crossbones) on it. It’s VERY dashing. (I also picked up martingales for my friends Lindsay (for her new service dog in training, a dalmatian named Caden) and Martha (whose greyhound Nike is Mal’s best dogpark buddy. Martha’s other dog is a papillon named Monarch who is Lizzie’s dogpark boyfriend.) Caden’s is red with off-white Celtic griffins on it and Nike’s is dark green with tan tribal patterns on it.
  • Purple show slip-lead for Lizzie
  • Pink Pirate collar and leash for Lizzie – okay, so she already had two collars, a solid purple one and a magnta, tan, and rose one- but this one was TOO cute to pass up. It’s pink, with a dog skull w/ eyepatch and crossed bones. Pink is definately her color. (And I am not normally a pink person.)
  • Pink leash for Emily’s dog Traum. (Traum is a boy but he’s kind of feminine. So I bought this leash for her because she was hemming and hawing ovr buying it for herself. It’s hot pink and in black cutesy letters says “One of us is a bitch!”- totally made us giggle. They also had one that said “One of us has no balls!” and “One of us loves big sticks!”)
  • Chews – I bought a couple of different kinds of chews for the dogs to work on while they hung out at the booth

I think that’s everything… 😛 I also bought an ungodly amount of Starbucks while I was there. 🙂

Oregon Trip Report

January 29, 2008

The longer blog post all about my Oregon trip- as promised!

Lizzie and I left on Tuesday evening (1/15/08) for Portland, about a 3.5 hour flight from Dallas. We flew American and it was GREAT- the evening flight (departing at 9:25) was fairly empty and I had a row to myself. Lizzie is small enough to ride in an under-seat carrier (and probably will remain so)- there was a (very oversized) Silky Terrier on the row ahead of us who was 14″ and probably 25 pounds. BIG boy. Lizzie did GREAT getting through the airport and was slept through most of the flight- I woke her up about 2 hours in and gave her some ice cubes to munch on- I knew she was thirsty (and hungry) but we still had a way to go.) She was THRILLED to see the grass when we landed- I headed straight out to the pickup area as soon as we got off the plane, then circled back in to pick up my checked baggage. My friend Emily met me with her daughter, Dea, and Cardigans Traum and Galaxy in tow.

Emily’s been a friend of mine for almost 7 years- my corgi Indy is the same age as her Traum and weEmmy & Galaxy in the ring got involved in the breed at the same time. Galaxy is her 9 month old puppy and was being shown for the second time at the Rose City Classic- one of the specialties is a Supported Entry for the national breed club- so there was TOUGH competition on all the days. The Rose City Classic is a HUGE dog show- 5 days of shows including some 20-odd breed specialties, obedience, agility, and rally competition. It’s filmed to be aired on Animal Planet every year and the group ring is huge and very plush because of that. (Photo to the left is Emmy showing Galaxy on Friday in the v. swanky ring!)

Because Rose City is so big, there are TONS of spectators and it’s a very big deal show to vend at. There are 60-odd vendors selling everything from dog show supplies like leashes and treats to toys, crates, kennel flooring, every manner of grooming tool, and most importantly for us, gifty things for dog lovers. Emily is a fellow artisan and does DARLING dog breed pins sculpted out of polymer clay. When I started making my pendants, we’d talked about vending together at this show, but the waiting list was REALLY long. We got on the waiting list in October of 2006, just after my first art show, and were told it would probably take us 4-5 years to actually make it to the invitation stage. On December 27th, we got a call- they’d had a space open up, were we interested in vending? HECK YEAH! So we scrambled and I painted like a mad thing for 3 weeks to get enough inventory for the show! We recruited two of Emily’s friends- fellow sculptor Amy and general crafty-lady Marion, who makes super-yummy homemade doggy treats, scarves, and checkbook covers. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy holidays! I’m ready for a nap!

December 26, 2007

I’m so glad all the Christmas rush is over!

There was no agility this past week due to the holiday, but we did have a class Christmas party at a local restaurant with outdoor seating. Lots of fun and Lizzie was a big hit. She even got to meet a few people who knew what a mittelspitz was, having seen the breed previously on a trip to Crufts! Cool beans!

Today we did family Christmas and Lizzie did not attend, since we don’t trust her not to eat ornaments or be otherwise naughty when she’s not being supervised. Mal and Indy, however, did attend, and opened her presents for her. They all got new fluffy faux sheepskin crate pads and some new toys.  *I* got a dryer for the dogs, a furminator, and some clothes and money for my trip next month.  Mal also got a bed for my bedroom (he likes to steal my pillows) and Indy got a new hedgie.

Lizzie also got a bag of bones, a tennis ball, and a rope bone from Lindsay! (Mal got a REALLY annoying cow from her that moos when he squeaks it. It needs to die.) All in all, a great haul!

I hope your holidays were happy and bright! Drive safely home, or have a good night’s sleep if you don’t have any traveling to do!

December 11, 2007

Met tonight with Bonnie and was very impressed with her facility, and she was very complimentary about Lizzie. We did a bunch of different stuff- began working on a send-away to a target, calling the dog to ‘heel’ positions to the left and right side of me back from the target, a tiny jump (2″!), and a short tunnel. I was most impressed by Bonnie’s great job of ‘clicking’ people- she was EXCELLENT about telling me when I’d gotten something right. I’m a klutz- I have trouble juggling everything I need to in order to clicker train, and I’ve got a really bad habit of bending from the waist to deliver a treat to a short dog- Bonnie got me working to bend my knees instead.

Lizzie seemed to really enjoy it- she was active and engaged the entire time, and Bonnie did a great job of keeping things moving along so that we didn’t spend too long on any one thing. Our first class is on Thursday and I’m really looking forward to it. Lizzie’s papillon boyfriend Monarch is in that class, and Bonnie is getting a BC pup of her own in a few weeks who will, I think, also be in there.