I have a question about GSDs. What do you call a female GSD.... a German Shepherd Dog Bitch? Or a GSB?
You know, I actually have been asked this question before, so it’s not a silly question!
There are I believe only seven breeds of dogs that carry the actual word “Dog” in their breed name. The GSD is one of them. You’d just call her a female GSD, or a GSD bitch! :D (Because she’s of the German Shepherd Dog breed proper. You’d call a GSD male a - well, a GSD male, or a GSD dog!)
… I called my girl the b-word a few times. She totally deserved it and was proud of that, trust me. ;)
fugitivefromthedogstar said: Special request. Would you mind reposting one of Simon’s “OMG Cake!” face? I keep trying to describe it to my hubby but he needs a picture to really capture the moment. Or maybe a linky to a previous post? If you don’t mind of course. ;-)
How's Riley doing? Do you see him and his new human often?
He’s doing really, really well!
He um, broke his new mom’s ribs though. Oh boy. He got under her feet at three AM in the morning and she fell into the kitchen counter. XD;
… she said, no, she’s not giving him back. In fact, she took him out for a beach weekend and they roamed the seaside together. I was like “with your ribs?” and she was like “Eh!” Which is GREAT, she’s out doing things now, she’s taking trips and visiting new places with him.
She adores him and her family does as well. It was a great match. M sees him more than I do, he comes into his work on the weekends to visit sometimes, since M and his new owner work together. Riley doesn’t give him the time of day— which makes us both sad, but incredibly happy. :)
My boyfriend and I are planning on having a corgi and a GSD once we move into a house. Which one did you have first and how well did they get along? BTW, your whole group is just gorgeous. Simon is my absolute favorite (I love the blue Merle and his crazy eyes) just don't tell Tess and Caleb :)
Aw, I had GSD’s for nearly 17 years before I had Cardigans. Honestly, the GSD’s got along great with the Corgis, it was a good combo of dogs. They’re very similar in some regards, and very different in others.
(Shedding being one of those similar moments. Oh boy, they shed!)
Hahaha, aw, thank you! I won’t tell Tess and Caleb, but that’s okay. Simon sez they just have to let him have the limelight sometimes, because that’s how he rolls!”
(Also, he rolls in questionable things on the beach, but hey…)
As many of my followers know I live up in Washington State.
I was at the dog show this weekend, and one of our Cardigan Corgi exhibitors that’s a friend of mine (and all of our Cardigan Show/Agility folks) was there with us.
Coming home from the show, she got the news that her family home was completely destroyed by the mudslide, her father was in the hospital, and her mother and the family’s dogs are missing (and are still missing as of this post.)
Brittany is an awesome person. She always has a smile, a friendly word, she and her two Cardigans are fun to be around. Dag (her male Cardi, is as cheerful, outgoing, and sweet as she is.) They’re a fun team and they always encourage everyone else.
She’s a special part of our local show friends, and a Cardigan person through and through. <3
Please think all the good thoughts you can for her and her family.
I’m putting up a link to the family fund - and I assure you all funds collected will go to the family to help them with expenses.
Edit: They found one of her family’s dogs - “Blue.” (He’s a German Shorthair Pointer.)
Edit2: Blue will require surgery and follow ups for a major wound on his foot. Donations can be made via the gofundme account or directly to chuckanut valley clinic at (360) 757-3722. Specify for Blue.
Here’s to hoping for a miracle for her mom and so many of the other families affected by this.
Going off of the last question, how do you actually get into showing dogs? Is it like, walk into a show as a first timer and try your best and eventually get good with practice, or do you start with a mentor who guides you and shows you the ropes right off of the bat? X)
Honestly, your best start is going and finding a mentor in your breed. Watch and learn all the things like grooming, what equipment to use, what works best for your dog and you. I think walking into a show as a first timer would be utterly intimidating, and would sort of put you off onto conformation showing - it’s not just putting a dog on a leash and walking around a circle. :)
From there? Classes, handling classes. I take one every week from a handler I love and does amazing things with her dogs. I drive over an hour each way, but there’s mirrors at the facility, there’s other people, there’s tips and tricks you learn and then the constant repetition with your dogs makes it sort of flow together. Classes made me a much better handler, they’ve made me more confident, they turn my dog and me into a team because we both understand what the other wants and expects.
That and it’s just fun. I love doing things with the dogs!
The picture of Tempe in the calla lilies makes me so happy because she looks so proud and happy :) When it gets really sunny and warm, do you need to protect her nose with sunscreen? -Susan
Aw, thank you!
Sometimes I need to do that - if we go to the beach or the city I do protect the pink parts with sunscreen. At home, she’s got plenty of places to get into the shade, so nope, never burned her nose here!
… she burned it pretty bad when she went to California and spent hours on a really bright beach! :( I learned from that, that’s for sure. California = not Seattle! XD
How does it feel to be a corggrandmama thru Caleb? Also, you've mentioned Caleb isn't always the brightest of bulbs (though he looks like a sweetie!). Did Tess and the other pups get Kate's brains and Caleb's looks?
Hhahaahha! Aw, actually, it feels pretty good. She’s such a cool dog and such a fun dog and a blast to show. She’s everything I really could have asked for, she’s got her dad’s sweet personality, her mom’s drive, and she’s sort of a mixture of both. Awesome little show dog, and a GREAT companion.
He’s an absolute sweetheart. I shouldn’t say he’s not the brightest cookie in the package - more that he honestly just is mister always happy and sweet, not a mean bone in his body. Sometimes he’s not as quick on the uptake as the rest of the others are, but compared to Simon, no one is! (Well, okay, Tess.)
I think they got a mixture of both brains and looks from their parents. They have Kate’s drive (but she’s sweet as pie) and Caleb’s mellow happy love everyone attitude. Kate is a beautiful girl, and Caleb’s a handsome fellow.
You've mentioned this a couple times in previous posts about some of your dogs being slow maturing. What exactly are the requirements for Maturity in Corgis?
Well, it’s really a subjective thing, so I hope this answer will make sense… :)
What I mean by slow-maturing is a conformation show term - that they really don’t get their full adult build and coat and body until they’re three years old or more. Caleb honestly didn’t look like an adult dog until he was almost three, and then he filled out, got the big chest and neck of an adult male. Ginger is the same way, and so is Tess (because their mom is one of those dogs like Caleb - it took her a long time to mature.)
There are some lines in Cardigans that just mature faster than others. Simon looked far more adult than Caleb at the same age. Some dogs are absolutely amazing with full body and coat by the time they’re a year. Tess doesn’t have that drop of chest and depth - if you see her on the table, she’s very puppyish! (And she should be!) Neither did her dad at her age- and one day I suddenly looked down at him and said, “Whoa, where did you come from, big male dog?” ;)
Hi! I was wondering when and how you got involved with showing dogs? Like, why did you start, what was it that lead you to show dogs? I am really interested in knowing, I like hearing how fellow handlers first got involved with dog shows. (:
I started showing cats when I was four. My mom was a reporter and went to do an article on cat shows… and I was hooked. All I wanted after that was a cat carrier for my birthday. I still have that carrier, it’s burnt orange. It’s so retro it’s awesome. It’s been reconditioned twice and still going after all these years.
I got my first mentor there (and we’re still pretty much family after all these years.) I showed cats all through grade school, then horses, and then my family got an Old English Sheepdog and we started to show him. Dad, if you’re reading this, I still want you to know that five dollars to bathe, groom, and trim your dog was a bit of a child-slave labor bargain! ;)
Gorgeous dog, from a breeder that still has some amazing dogs today. He finished quickly, and we didn’t do much after that. Still showed cats all through High School and college.
Then when I got into college, I got my first German Shepherd dog and did SAR with him. I decided I wanted to take a crack at showing German Shepherds, and — got re-involved in dog shows once again. Then the store and SAR sort of ate most of my time… (still showing cats!)
When my girl finally passed away, I wanted to show dogs again, but wanted to try a different breed. I’d done a lot of research and had two rescue Pembrokes… but had my heart set on a Cardi. ;)