Canis Woofus Family

February 3, 2008

AKC Allows Longer Names

New York, NY – Highlights from the January 2008 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:


Effective February 1, 2008, a pilot program will be put in
place to enable an owner to register a dog with a name of 37 to 50
spaces, rather than being held to the usual 36 space limit. The fee for
names exceeding 36 spaces will be $10.00.

 Three new breeds Became eligible for the Foundation Stock Service.
  •  Jindo;
  • Wirehaired Vizsla;
  •  Eurasier 

February 3, 2008

Mac Classic?

This one may be a classic.  We were heading home from

Mac's practice track, where he did find the glove

despite a couple of corners with big running circles,

and he was carrying his tug toy.  Suddenly he stopped

dead on the sidewalk next to a crabapple tree and

stared straight up--to the place where someone had

left in the branches a pair of gloves some kid

evidently dropped on the way home from school.

He may divide his attention between fieldmice and the

track, but he certainly notices everything.


January 28, 2008

Bear Watch

From Lee on first night at puppy class:

There were three children that seat in the ring during the

part Bear was very good with the children also was good with everyone

and other pups. In the subordinate part he was pushy and was a demo dog

instructor fixed that and I have homework. Overall he did very good.

January 28, 2008


Mariah is in her third week of a
basic agility class.  She loves it and is very vocal while she waits her turn. 
She gets bored with doing the same thing again and again and when they are given
the go ahead to string several obstacles together she goes as fast as she can. 
She’s one happy and tired girl when class is over.  Stu has set up a tunnel,
small vertical jump, broad jump, and pause table in the basement.  This has kept
Mariah happy in the below zero weather when the walks get shorter and

January 28, 2008

Two Proud Accomplisments

From Charlene Wiglesworth:

You’ll be so proud --- Ostara finally
pottied away from home over the weekend! I loaded her up with water and she
finally let go late on Saturday. There was much rejoicing.

and finished his NADAC versatility NATCH. This one may be his biggest title yet
and was certainly the toughest to earn. It has taken years to finish. The
versatility NATCH requires a gazillion qualifiers in Regular (the usual standard
stuff but with distance challenges and tight times), Chances (3 tests in one-
distance, directionals at distance and discriminations at distance), Jumpers
(the usual, but fast), Tunnelers (just tunnels, and fast), touch N Go (contacts
and tunnels- hard to hit the contact zones at speed), and Weavers (three sets of
12 poles with tunnels in between, also done wicked fast). “gazillion” is
actually 13 in all the classes except regular, where you need 23. Not a cheap

January 28, 2008


Maddie is good about emailing me updates on her darling little Susie, but never any pictures...FINALLY pictures have arrived of Susie.  They look like they are about a year old...but I am not happy to finally see pictures  and check these out...already doing articles!!!!
January 28, 2008

Police Puppy Makes Online Debut

Police puppy makes online debut

Fri Jan 25, 9:16 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) -
Police in Scotland have set up a Web
site to allow the public to meet their newest, and cutest,
recruit as he learns how to sniff out criminals.

A six-week-old jet-black puppy with no name has been given
his own online diary as he prepares to begin his new career
with Tayside Police.

Officers said the puppy, one of a litter of seven, has
attracted huge interest since he was unveiled as the force's
latest crime-fighting weapon.

The dog's new handler, Constable Mike Keenan, said: "The
benefits of using German Shepherds are that they are generally
very loyal and hard working, as well as being intelligent."

Keenan's wife Jennifer has asked pupils from St Ninian's
Primary School in Dundee to come up with a name for the puppy.

You can follow his progress online at: