Long-Dangerous Tails



Just got back from Mac’s annual visit for updates,

heartworm pills, etc.  His vet thinks he is in

“beautiful shape”–good weight, eyes and ears and

parts all fine, no spleen problems, etc.  Mackie

conned them out of half a jar of biscuits.  And while

we were waiting by the counter to go in, another woman

came in to pick something up.  Mackie went over,

started with putting his front feet up on the counter

beside her, then leaned over so his head was on her

shoulder, kissed her cheek, etc.  It was definitely

the Full Mackie performance.
New Question

New Question

How do I figure out Rafe’s head?  He

works well in training, then gets to a show and loses

focus entirely—sometimes just wanders off to visit

the stewards or look at dogs outside the ring.

Fortunately it was just practice.  Corrections don’t

make a dent, so I don’t bother.  Right now my only

idea is to make him start over every time his

attention strays at all. 
 It is clearly not a “lack of brain” problem, since he learns things quickly and

understands the exercises, just seems to have no sense

of responsibility about working.  Being beautiful

apparently is sufficient.


Sunday they just have the one-hour pick-up and

drop-off time, so it was busy.  I was waiting for the

dogs to come up front when one of the kennel staff

came out and asked which ones I wanted.  When I said

the shepherds, she replied, “Oh, they are the BEST

Well, we knew that.





People who don’t know him think he looks

dangerous–and that is good, since he is a big

pushover.  When we walk, those afraid of dogs cross

the street.  I like having a big, dark shape beside me

at night.
On the other hand, the DSM shepherd people had him in

their laps in two seconds.
Re the figure 8, the judge was just shaking her head.

She said something like “he certainly is pulling

everything he can think of today.”
Now that it is all over, I am re-thinking.  For all my

previous dogs the solution to heeling problems was to

go back on leash and correct.  And that is what I did

with Rafe, but now I think it was a mistake.  His head

seems to see heeling on leash as something totally

different from heeling off leash, so when I took the

leash off in the ring he was not sure what to do.  We

are now back to trying a bit of off leash work, just

to see.  I am correcting him by walking into him, etc.
Another New Title!

Another New Title!

Mr. Rafe is now UCDX Mr. Rafe.  I will try to do a new

picture for you, after we get back to d-ville and the

Onward to Utility!

We can brag about the title, but the performance was

not pretty.  Don’t know what happened—in August he

was respectable, but then he turned into a fruitcake.

We are not supposed to end the figure 8 exercise by

standing up on the back legs, kissing the handler, and

then sitting sideways in front asking if that is cute

My friend Sherry, who saw him at a fun match, says

that watching him herd me around the ring is adorable.

 Is this by any chance hereditary?