Archives for December 2012

Elora Gorge Show: Too Small

So the Vaseline worked! Canyon no longer did his little cantering walk, and moved perfectly around the ring.

The judge checked over both boys very thoroughly and in the end it came down to the difference in size between Canyon and the other boy. As I’ve mentioned before, Canyon is slightly smaller than most male golden retrievers, so if a judge has to look to the breed standard for their decision, then canyon always loses.

when Huib came back to where I was sitting, the woman in front of us turned and said she would have totally picked Canyon over the other male. It turns out that this woman is a golden retriever breeder, so we’ll assume she knows what she’s talking about 😉

We’re not sure what show we’ll attend next, but it’ll probably be in February or march since the weather tends to be pretty bad in January.

Elora Gorge Show: Damn Carpets!

As you can see from the title of this post, day two of the show didn’t go any better.

canyon and Huib looked amazing together, but Canyon did his little canter looking thing again on the “down and back”.

We’ve assessed things and observed the other dogs, and have come to the conclusion that it is the carpeting. We’re not sure what is on the carpets, but the dogs are all having trouble with keeping their footing and one of the handlers even got close to taking a tumble.

canyon’s co-breeder came to watch him show today and was giving Huib tons of compliments. She even said that he looked as though he’d been showing for years!

We’ve picked up some Vaseline for Canyon’s paws to hopefully give him a little more grip on the carpets.

Maybe third time’s a charm?

Naughty Or Nice?

Rogue sits between two large Pointsettias wearing her teal Active Dogs vest and Silverfoot collar and leash with various shades of blue on it.  She's looking towards the camera winking.

Elora Gorge Show: No Excuses

Today was the first day of the Elora Gorge Kennel Club’s conformation dog show.

Canyon competed against one other male in the Canadian Bred Dog category and lost.

officially, he received second place, but it really doesn’t count for much when there’s only two dogs in the ring lol!

We’ve got no excuses for the loss, Canyon just wasn’t any good today.

He showed well and did his thing perfectly, but he had a bit of a wobbly gait thing when Huib tried to walk a bit quicker than usual with him – it made it look as though he had a limp. Huib felt it through the leash so tried walking the pattern again at a slower (the normal) pace and Canyon was completely fine – but it was too late, the judge had already seen the weird gait thing. Other dogs seemed to have some oddities to their gaits at times too, which makes us wonder if it had to do with the carpet (usually the ring has a mat).

But, the fact is, Canyon wasn’t good enough today.

Hopefully we’ll have better luck tomorrow though.

Where It All Began

It’s time for the Elora Gorge Kennel Club’s conformation dog show.

Canyon is entered all three days and will be handled by Huib.

This is the show where Canyon and Huib made their debut.

We aren’t sure how many males are entered into the Canadian Bred category, but there are about seven or eight other males entered in addition to Canyon.

our aim is always to just have fun and do our best, but canyon’s co-breeder is coming to watch on Saturday, so it would be cool not to end up dead last again 🙂

I’ll make sure to post updates.

Merry Christmas!!

Hi All, it’s Cessna here. I wanted to take over the laptop to send you all a seasons greetings and also to tell everyone how spoiled we were by Santa Paws.

First things first…

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of our friends and blog followers! We hope Santa Paws was as good to you as he was to us, and also that you were blessed with a white Christmas (if you wanted one).

For Christmas this year, Santa Paws decided to bring us joint presents, instead of individual ones. I think this was a good idea because then Canyon doesn’t have to steal our gifts, he can just hoard them all BOL!

So the first really cool thing, in my opinion anyways, that Santa paws brought us is from Nothing Added. It’s a Christmas Box full of yummy dehydrated treats! Some of the things we got in it are: beef tripe, duck feet, beef liver, anchovies, Alaskan Pollock, chicken feet, beef trachea, and many other things that I cannot remember.

And guess what else?

Some new toys!!!

Santa Paws brought us a corduroy moose that makes a honking noise and has squeakers in each of his limbs, a squeaky donkey, a squeaky frog, a squeaky pig and a red JW Pets ball.

Oh, and before I go, Santa Paws also brought the cats each a large package of Temptations treats. Logan got beef flavour, Laya dairy and Branden (Aunty Brandi’s cat) received turkey flavour.

All of us at ruled by paws, hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.

Kisses and Tail Wags,


Happy Birthday Aiden!

Guess what?

It’s Aiden’s birthday!

Today Aiden is 5 years old!

It’s hard to believe five years have already passed.

A 10 week old Aiden sleeps. The picture is taken from close up so Aiden's face fills the shot and you can see all of his puppy wrinkles.

Monkey Man, it’s been a while since we last saw you, but I hope you have an awesome day and continue to make us proud with the work you do for Kam.

Aiden watches Kam come down a blue plastic slide.


Cessna and Rogue lie on the couch together. Cessna is curled up in a ball and Rogue is curled next to her with her head along her hind end.

So Much Randomness

Grab a coffee or your favourite beverage because this one may be long…

Are you ready for some randomness?

here we go…

I just finished reading “11/22/63” by Stephen King. I’ve read some of his books before, but this one is so different from “Carrie” and “Pet Cemetery”.


I finished my current online course. It was a very intense class. Not only was there a ton of reading, but the instructor was not very good at explaining herself in the assignment guidelines so I found the course frustrating. I did quite well in the class. I received one really poor mark, due to the vague assignment instructions, but I was able to make up for this in the other course components.

For the winter semester, I have signed up to take “environment and History”. I’ll be learning about: “the causes and impact of human-induced modification of the natural world in selected areas of the globe, the evolution of attitudes and ideas about the natural world over time and the growth of conservation/environmental issues and movements” (University of Guelph, 2012).

Sounds interesting eh?


I’m sure I’ve written about it here before, Rogue has an issue with putting her head into things. It doesn’t matter what it is; a collar, the neck hole of her winter coat, the chest strap of her training vest, she hates it all!

I’ve been trying to work with her on this for over a year now. She still gets all weird about it…

So, Huib and I have decided to just deal with it and work on finding collars, working gear and winter coats that she doesn’t have to put her head into. It’s going to be a bit of a struggle at times, but so far we’ve found martingales that fully open with a plastic buckle, we’re making sure to completely undo her winter coat to put it on and take it off, and we’re turning an Outward Hound back pack into a guide harness.

On Wednesday, rogue wore the back pack for the first time. She didn’t try to duck, when I reached for her. She just patiently stood and waited while I placed the back pack onto her back and then did up each of the three plastic buckles.

For now, Rogue is going to wear the back pack without the guide handle attached. I want her to get used to the feel of the pack before I add another element.

It took a couple days of Google searches, but we’ve located a company in canada that supplies service dog patches and other equipment. We’ve ordered three different patches for Rogue’s pack – “Guide Dog”, “Service Dog, Please Ask To Pet” and “In Training”. I’m going to sew the guide dog patches onto the side pockets and place the “Service Dog, Please Ask To Pet” onto the back panel. The “in Training” patch will also be placed onto the side pocket, but we’re going to make it removable, since she won’t always be in training 🙂

While we wait for the patches to arrive, Huib is going to clip Rogue’s old training vest to his belt while we’re in public, so that strangers don’t think we’re bringing our pet dog into stores and restaurants.


We’re pretty certain Rogue has at least a mildly soft trachea. If she puts any pressure at all on her neck, she begins coughing and gagging. After a bit of trial and error, we’ve found that using a martingale collar with her works well. In addition to working on keeping a loose leash, it seems as though the equalized pressure of the martingale prevents the coughing and gagging.

We’ve also stopped using kibble during her training because it was causing some coughing, and instead, use some homemade apple and cinnamon treats. Some dogs with soft tracheas cannot eat hard treats at all, but so far with Rogue it seems as though using slightly larger treats is going to work out.


My little sister is engaged! She’s been talking about this for a couple of weeks now, but it finally happened.

Her fiance’s name is Mark. They dated a while back, but broke up because of personal differences. Brandi has always wondered if things could have been different, but she tried to move on. In June though, they reconnected and have never looked back.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this right now. Mark is a really nice guy, but there are a few unknowns in my mind. I’m glad to know they’ve reunited after some time apart, so know what they are getting into and know what they missed, but I am not totally certain they are truly ready for the commitment of marriage.

As of right now, they are talking about a small ceremony in Niagara Falls in June, but my sister is always changing her mind, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

I think that’s everything for now. Sorry for the long-winded and random post, but I had a lot of news.


Reece’s family sent us some new pictures of our chocolate boy!

Front view of Reece. He has his typical dopey look on his face.

Reece wears his mom's light blue baseball cap

Kim says that Reece is still a cuddle bear and continues to be a positive influence on their former foster puppy, Urban, who they also adopted.

he has had no real issues with his elbow either, which is awesome!

we will be getting together with him and his family on the 29th, so stay tuned for new pictures.