Meet the Breeds

Meet the Breeds at the Oakville & District Kennel Club show was a success.

Despite having an issue with where our booth was located, we had 26 breeds take part and have fun.

On Saturday, we had to be at the International Centre by 8:00am – YAWN!!! Huib and I donated a prize for the golden retriever winner of Best of Breed, so that’s why we had to be there so early.

When we arrived, we parked beside a van with several carriers holding cats. Arizona was freaking riveted!!!

If she had a conversational bubble above her head, I think it would have said something like: “This is fr-eaking AWESOME!!! We are going to a CAT PARTY!!!” LOL!!

Poor Ari did not get her wish. Instead of going to a cat party, we went to a dog gathering, lol!!

It took us a bit to find our club members, who then directed us to where Meet the Breeds would set up. While I waited in the booth space, Huib ran out to the car to begin bringing stuff inside. Before he returned, I had a woman come over to tell me our booth was actually supposed to be on the other side of the hallway, so our club president and I moved stuff over. You would think that would be the end of the discussion, but it was not to be. After we had set everything up, a guy came over to tell us to move our booth to another spot across the hall – OMG!!!

I guess this was the real spot, as we weren’t asked to move again – thank goodness.

To give some of the smaller or less dog-social breeds some space from others, we put a divider up for one section of the booth. In that part, I set up our grooming table, so some of the smaller breeds could sit or lie on it while greeting the public.

Each hour, we had three different breeds come to help out at the booth. I think it ran pretty smoothly.

We brought the goldens out whenever the booth was quiet, such as when a group had to leave before the hour was up. They seemed to enjoy the public attention, and didn’t mind hanging out together in their double-sized canvas crate. Rogue spent a lot of time walking around the booth with me, while I greeted the different volunteers and their dogs. When I paid attention to the dogs, she quietly stood behind or beside me, until I was ready to move on.

I think she was a terrific owner-trained service dog ambassador and demonstration of a great working lab.

I took the time to meet each dog and talk to their human about the breed and the work some of their dogs do. I learned a lot about the structure and purpose of different breeds, as well as the differences between some of the more similar breeds, like the English Setter versus the Irish Setter.

By the end of the day, our crew was pretty tired, so all of us had a good night’s sleep.

On Sunday, we didn’t have to go to the show as early because our booth was already set up.

When we arrived at 9:45am, we noticed that our smaller section was gone. Someone had not only taken away the divider, but also removed the curtains and extra railing that creates a booth. I was a bit worried how some of the smaller breeds would do with the bigger dogs, but overall I think it went okay.

I had a few complaints about lack of space to move around in the booth, but they were pretty rare.

Nothing really different took place from the day before, except that we had a few breeds change. Some volunteers from Saturday were unable to attend Sunday, so their spots were filled by people who could not attend Saturday.

One of the bulldog owners also has one of the newer sporting breeds, so about 30 minutes into her spot, she exchanged dogs. The Lagotto Romagnolo is a small, sturdy dog with a curly, wooly, a sort of poodle-feeling coat.

Unlike on Saturday, we had a few more quiet times, so the goldens got to greet more people. Usually, people seem to be drawn to Canyon, but this weekend, a lot more people asked us about Arizona. We even handed out a couple of my business cards to people interested in a possible puppy.

By 4:00pm, I was glad to be done and we were all ready to head home.

I really think the public likes having an opportunity to touch and ask about the different breeds. I also think the owners like talking about their dogs. Maybe every show should have a booth like this, so that more people will want to attend a dog show.

Hard at Work

Or at least they are trying to seem as though they are hard at work…

Rogue and aiden are lying under a table at Costco. Aiden is wearing his red and black mesh Autism dog Services vest with a black martingale and red leash. rogue is lying behind him in her navy blue harness, light blue collar and black leather braided leash.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had people come up to me and ask if the dogs are no longer on duty at times like this.

even though we are obviously still in a public place, where pets are not welcome, people seem to think that because the dogs are lying quietly while we eat or whatever, that they are no longer working and can be loved.

I am always willing to talk to people about the dogs and often allow people to talk to them while they’re chilling, but I also try to inform the public about the fact that even though it may not look as though they are actively working, the dogs are still on alert and ready to move when asked, so as long as their working gear is on, they are on duty.

On an aside, rogue found it really hard to stay hidden with aiden under the table as well. he’s a big boy, so takes up almost all of the room, but she made a good effort at staying out of the way. Maybe it was having aiden there, but Rogue also did really well at staying down when I asked her to.

It’s Carnival Time!

The call for submissions has been posted. It’s time for the 10th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival.

The topic for this round is “Perfect 10”. You can write anything you want as long as it refers to assistance dogs in some way, and as long as it relates to the topic – whether it relates to “perfect”, “10” or “perfect 10”.

If you have an entry you’d like to share, please go on over to After Gadget, and leave a comment with:

1. The name of and link to your blog;
2. The name of and link to your entry; and
3. Your name.

I hope you’ll participate.

Check It Out

L^2 and Jack’s Guide Dog Puppy Sponsorship Auction has begun!

Please check it out when you get a chance. there are some awesome products for dog lovers, cat lovers and others.

Mango Minster 2012

Voting for Mango Minster 2012 has begun!

Please click on over, and vote for your favourites!

So far the voting has begun for the “Too Darn Cute” and “Adventure Animals” categories. Voting will open for the other categories soon so please keep checking Mango’s blog for updates.

For Your Information

Jess and Glacier’s Blogville Pawty began over a week ago. As mentioned here, they are helping to raise funds for a woman who fosters dogs to put up a new privacy fence.

Canyon and Rogue have been entered into the kissing booth, so please give them a KISS!

Canyon and Cessna have been entered into the contest for Valentine’s Day king and queen, so please click and VOTE!

**Just a note, each VOTE and KISS costs $1**

In addition to these two events, they have also set up an online raffle and a chance to buy some tasty treats for your sweetheart, so check them out as well.

On another note, Mango Minster 2012 begins on the 12th.

Cessna is entered into the Cracker Critter category;

Glacier is entered into the Working Stiffs category;

And Ushi is entered into the Bad Sport category.

Please take a look when you get a chance. I’ll let everyone know when the voting begins.

I think that’s all the updates for now. If I’ve missed anyone’s event or you’d like me to announce something, please leave a comment.

Announcements

Our friends, L^2 and Jack, are preparing to do another online fundraiser auction and would appreciate our help.

As mentioned in a previous post, L^2 and Jack are raising money to sponsor a guide dog puppy
through Guide Dogs of America.

If you think you can help, or if you would like to participate when the time comes, go here to learn more.

I’m hoping this time around we’ll be able to help L^2 and Jack meet their goal!

I also wanted to remind you all to come join Jess and Glacier as they prepare to host their first Blogville Pawty.

Blogville Pawty Announcement

Hi Faifoh Weaders!

I, Woagie, would wike to wake a mowent, to wake a wittle announcement!

Ow fwends, Jess and Gwaser, are hoassing a Pawy to help waise money foe a wady who fosters wescue dogs.

If you’d wike to participate (Cessie tol me ta wite dis, so hope it wite), peas check out dare…

Cessie, you take over, dis too ard…

I don’t understand why Mommy let that pesky brat write this for her….obviously, I’m much smarter!

So…what the brat was trying to say, was, that our Auntie Jess and my buddy Jetta’s successor, Glacier, are hosting a Pawty over at At a Glacial Pace, and would appreciate your support in any way.

You can join or kiss, the ruled by paws stud (he’s watching me, so I’ll let him think this is what I think) and the brat in the Kissing Booth…

Orr Join and vote for me and the stud (I sure wish he’d go away, so I can stop pretending) in the contest for Prom Queen and King.

If you can’t participate, but would still like to help out, please help me spread the word about this wonderful fundraising event!

International Day Of Mourning And Memory

Dave Hingsburger of Rolling Around In My Head, would like to start an annual event and has asked his readers to spread the word.

Here is a little quote from his announcement –

“I propose the ‘International Day for Mourning And Memory of the Lives of People With Disabilities’. The day would be one of remembrance of those whose lives were not celebrated or remembered, the lives of those who were slaughtered by care providers or brutalized to death by bullies. It would also be a day to remember the entire disability community – the elders who came before and who made the world different and better. It would be a day where a moment was taken to pause and reflect and remember.”

So, without further a due, I would like the readers of ruled by paws to help me help Dave in his quest to make January 23rd, 2012, the first annual ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING AND MEMORY OF THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES!

Carnival Announcement

It’s that time again.

The 5th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival has been announced!

This round is being hosted by Cyndy and Uschi of Gentle Wit.

And, the topic is “achievement”.

You can find more information here.

I hope you will join me. You don’t have to have a service dog or foster puppy, but can submit a post regarding these special canines. If you’d like to see some of my earlier Carnival entries, you can click here.