Good Sunday to you all! The other day Lori tagged me. I’m supposed to tell you ten new things about me. Haven’t I already told you everything there is to know about me? I finally decided it would have to be something really old or something really new in my life. So I’ll tell you a few things about me and dogs. That ought to do it.
1. I have loved dogs all my life. And been obsessed about purebred dogs for a very long time. When I was little, me and my sister shared a room. And yes, believe it or not, we are both still alive. Anyways, I used to torture her by making her listen to me list off all 125 of the purebred dogs accepted by the American Kennel Club–I had them memorized. That was in the olden days. Now the AKC accepts 165 purebred dogs!!
2. I made a list of 25 breeds I was going to own when I was grown-up. My plan (I think) was to be independently wealthy and to have a beautiful kennel, and to own a pair of all these dogs AT THE SAME TIME.
3. Breeds of dogs I have owned in my life so far: Miniature Poodle, German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, Standard Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Doberman Pinscher, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Bouvier des Flandres, Dachshunds, Great Pyrenees (mix) and Pug. Some of these breeds weren’t even on my original list. I have a ways to go.
4. If there were sound effects in this blog, there would have been the sound of screeching brakes after the mention of Cocker Spaniel. I got my first Cocker Spaniel for my 13th birthday. And I convinced my mom that we should breed and show cocker spaniels. Until I was about 28 years old, we raised and showed many many cocker spaniels.
5. One of our male cockers was one of the top winning cocker spaniels in 1976. He and another male were two of the top producing studs, producing 36 and 54 champions. Don’t ask how many actual puppies they produced…
6. I was a ‘professional handler’ for a while (charged people to train, groom, and show their dogs. I did all right. The top award I ever won was a Sporting Group First. That was also at the same time I was my ‘skinniest’—I weighed 124 pounds. I love that picture.
7. I owned my own grooming shop for quite a while in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Then when I moved to Wichita Falls, I opened up a pet shop with my brother, and I still had a grooming shop in the back. THAT WAS FUN!
8. Now I think it is immoral to spend so much money on dogs. I think it is a crime what purebred breeders have done by concentrating on the beauty of the dogs, and not paying attention to the health. I know this will make some people mad. But just get on any purebred dog site, and read the long list of hereditary diseases and physical problems that almost every breed has. And yes, I was guilty of this as well, during the years we bred cocker spaniels.
9. But I still love purebred dogs. I still love beautiful dogs. Thus, the adoption/rescue mindset.
10. Dogs are amazing. Their loyalty and unconditional love are an inspiration to me. I LOVE watching dogs work. It is absolutely amazing to watch guide dogs, herding dogs, police dogs, obedience dogs, etc. I always get teary watching them. Last night Mr. Monk and I watched a new movie, Hachi, A Dog’s Tale. Just a sweet story of the extreme loyalty of one dog.
The end….for now.