Canine Good Neighbours!

Last Saturday I went into Calgary to watch two of my good friends and their dogs, Kathy with Diego

Kathy-and-her-dog-Diego

Kathy & Diego

and Ashleigh with Lola
Ashleigh-and-her-pitbull-Lola

Ashleigh & Lola

attempt to complete the Canine Good Neighbour Program Test. It is a non-competitive program and not formal obedience. It is a test to show that these dogs can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places and around other dogs. They have to pass 12 exercises, some of which include:
– Accepting a Friendly Stranger,
– Walk on a Loose Leash,
– Perform a sit, down, & stay in place,
– Come when Called,
– Calm Down Quickly after Play/Interaction, and
– Supervised Isolation for 3 minutes.
Diego-in-his-3-minute-supervised-isolation-where-kathy-left-the-room

Diego in his 3-minute Supervised Isolation where Kathy left the room.

Lola-doing-her-time-in-supervised-isolation

Lola doing her time in Supervised Isolation


They receive either a ‘Pass’ or ‘Not Ready’. Diego and Lola both received a Not Ready; Diego because he moved from his Sit/Stay and Lay Down and Lola because she didn’t remain in her Down/Stay. Besides that they were super dogs! The testing was conducted by Larry Nielson of Konfident Kanines Inc. There were quite a number of dogs there.
Nuet-a-good-friend-of-Sandy

Nuet, a good friend of Sandy

I am not sure how many dogs passed, but they did fantastic and looked like they made pretty amazing doggie ambassadors too.

I met Sandy and her person Leslie here, they were also doing the test. Sandy was such a sweet dog and I really enjoyed chatting with Leslie. Pop on over to my 100 Pets and the People They Love Project page to meet them and read their story.

Leslie-and-Sandy-very-serious-girl-lol

Leslie & Sandy,very serious girl, LOL

Little Luna

So happy to meet this wonderful little Mexican girl, Luna and her people Susie & Yuki! She has newly immigrated to our country and sure seems to be settling in well. Read more of her story over at my 100 Pets and Their People page! I believe it took a couple of months to get all her testing and paperwork completed in order for her to travel. She was worth the wait!

Tiny Little Luna!

Tiny Little Luna!

Charlie

I daresay this handsome boy Charlie has been Tashi’s favourite pup to meet so far.

Charlie

Charlie

I haven’t seen her play with any dog like this in a long time. She flirted with him, chased him, zoomed around so he’d see how speedy quick she was (obviously making her quite a catch); she just plain loved him! I can see why too, he is completely adorable, with little tufts of hair sticking out his ears and having big, beautiful brown eyes. Jump on over to my 100 Pets and Their People Page to read his story and see more photos. I know you’ll agree with me
Beautiful Eyes To Melt Your Heart!

Beautiful Eyes To Melt Your Heart!

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Meet the Boys, Baker & Lenny

These two beautiful boys are the epitome of what a Labrador Retriever should be like. Smiling happy faces, easy going and comical. Get over to my 100 Pets and Their People page to learn more about them and their person Brett.

Brett, Lenny & Baker

Brett, Lenny & Baker


Well, it was inevitable, I heard my first “no” of the project. Actually it was only half a no…no from the person but yes to their dog, and that’s okay. I can understand, I don’t always like my photo taken, there is a reason I’m behind the lens more than I’m in front of it. I did have a lovely chat with Charlie’s person, she told me he was 14 1/2 and had been coming to the park almost daily since he was a puppy. What a handsome, sweet face he has, a real gentle soul!
Charlie

Charlie

Jack, the Squirrel Saver!

Look at this face and that one floppy ear, Jack just melts your heart! You just have to pop over to meet Jack and his adorable person, Marg on the 100 Pets and Their People page to meet the newest member of our project family. You have to read about Jack’s squirrel antics too! He is such a funny, handsome and oh so smart, boy. _MG_0746 I’m really feeling a family vibe from this project; such great connections! I was back at the Southland Dog Park today in Calgary and met Dulcie (the “Cookie Lady”) and Bella again. My dogs immediately sat down, oh so well behaved (cough, cough) knowing full well who she was and what she was carrying in her bag. Her Bella came up to say hello and get a good pat. A little further along on our walk we saw Honey with Rick and his lovely wife Terry. Honey was happy to see us and we also had a great chat. It’s so nice to go for our walks and see friendly faces and wagging tails along the way.

Got Cookies?

Got Cookies?

Jack - B&W

Jack – B&W

A Perfect Match!

I am excited for you to meet Honey and Rick. Even spending just a short amount of time with them, I could tell they have a great friendship. You will have to go to my 100 Pets and The People They Love page to read more of their story and see photos of them together. Here are a couple of Honey, I just loved!:

If I smile at you will you rub my belly??

If I smile at you will you rub my belly??

Honey (sweet girl, so aptly named)

Honey (sweet girl, so aptly named)

The Cookie Lady and Rowdy

On one of my outings this week I had the distinct honour of meeting Dulcie and her Bassett Hound, Bella. Dulcie is fondly known as The Cookie Lady at Southland Off Leash Park. Hop on over to my 100 Pets Project Page to meet them. I must say Bella is a lovely sweet dog and has such a generous nature, sharing her person with all the other dogs at the Park.
Another cute old fella I met was Rowdy a 14 year old Scottish Terrier. _MG_0496He was at the Park with his people and 3 other dog buddies. Although I didn’t get a photo of them all together (the dogs had no real interest in posing) we had a great chat and I was saddened to learn that Rowdy was deaf and was dealing with cancer. Their vet has told them Rowdy is past his expiry date but he’s still plugging along. He is a sweet, friendly guy and I just had to take some photos of him. _MG_0503

_MG_0508It was great seeing him out at the Park meeting new friends and getting lots of pats and scratches. I do hope I get to meet him again.

Connection…

I admit…I have been slacking…not in taking photos for my 100 Pets Project but in sitting down, editing the photos and posting them with their stories to my blog project page. Well, no more procrastination, I poured myself a glass of wine this evening and got down to business adding four new subjects (that’s not really the right word I want to use) on my Project Page. I continue to get great enjoyment meeting all these new pets and their people; I love how people warm up to the idea of my project (usually after a slight hesitation, wondering what I am selling) when I spend a few minutes talking to them and hopefully putting them at ease.

I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with the One Little Word project that Ali Edwards does each year but I attempted to give it a try last year. It can be a very powerful thing choosing and focusing on one word for a year. Last year, my word was “Connect” and for some reason I struggled with my choice. Now this year with my project, I think connect would fit perfectly so I may go back and revisit this project. I am loving how I am making such wonderful connections every time I go out and meet new people and talk to them about their pets. I love how people light up when I ask them questions about their pets and I love the connection I see between the people I meet and the four legged friend they love so much.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy meeting my new connections. Just because its good to have a photo with a post I’ll leave you with this funny girl I met last weekend at the park. I couldn’t figure out who she belonged to but I just loved her smiling face and happy nature. _MG_9889
Now grab yourselves a glass of wine and head on over to my Project Page. Cheers! Sheila

Liberate Your Art 2013 Postcard Swap!

I am very excited to be participating in Kat Eye Studio’s Liberate Your Art 2013 Postcard Swap! I have participated in the Swap since its inception three years ago. The Swap has increased its participant numbers each year and Kat is looking forward to doing the same this year as well. There are 232 Artists signed up already; last year 192 Artists from 12 countries participated. Artists in any medium are welcome…photography, painting, pottery, typography, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, cooking, illustration…you name it! If you can have an image of your art printed on a postcard you are in! Further details can be found on the site linked above. We have a fun Blog Hop after the swap so everyone can see the fabulous art liberated around the world. This is first year for my Blog so I am excited to finally participate in that part of the Swap. We usually do the Swap in August but this year it has been moved up to April, so don’t hesitate too long deciding to join in! In any event, this is a great way to receive Happy Mail and go to the mailbox each day finding something beautiful to make you smile. I have used Moo.com to have my postcards made; they do a fabulous job and the quality is amazing!

I hope you decide to you us!
Cheers! Sheila

PS (More Pets and the People They Love posts coming shortly!)

Dogs and Dogs and Dogs…Oh My!

Last weekend I got the chance to take in the Alberta Kennel Club winter classic held at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. This was a Conformation, Obedience and Rally competition and the perfect place to find myself some wonderful pets and their people. (Psst…go check out my Pets and the People They Love project page for new additions!) I saw lot of preening and primping going on as I walked around

Old English Sheepdog Puppy

Old English Sheepdog Puppy

Polish Lowland Sheepdog (PON)

Polish Lowland Sheepdog (PON)

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Rough Collie

Rough Collie

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Tibetan Terriers (Adult and Pup). These are what my dogs would look like if they weren't wild wood running dogs :)

Tibetan Terriers (Adult and Pup). These are what my dogs would look like if they weren’t wild wood running dogs 🙂

I truly feel that if you want to buy a purebred dog this is the place to find caring, reputable breeders who are interested in finding good homes for their dogs. I loved watching the obedience and rally competitions here as well. There were competitors at every level, novice to expert. Formal Obedience is very detail and precise with dumbbell, glove and jumps incorporated. Rally (or Rally-O) is more relaxed and about relationship, the handler can talk to the dog more during the course. Here are some of the teams hard at work at Obedience with dumbbell work and then two teams doing the Rally course:
The handler puts her scent on a dumbbell by rubbing it in her hands then the Judge places it amongst the other dumbbells,

The handler puts her scent on a dumbbell by rubbing it in her hands then the Judge places it amongst the other dumbbells,

The dog is then given the one word command to find it sniffing each one,

The dog is then given the one word command to find it sniffing each one,

The dog then returns to the handler and sits in front of them with the dumbbell in its mouth.  Amazing!

The dog then returns to the handler and sits in front of them with the dumbbell in its mouth. Amazing!

Two and a Half minute sit stay with handles out of the ring and room! They also did this in a down stay too!

2 1/2 minute sit stay with handlers out of the ring and room! They also did this in a ‘down stay’ too!

Rally competitor during the course

Rally competitor during the course

These two made a great team in Rally.

These two made a great team in Rally.

This little dog was SO focused on his owner.

This little dog was SO focused on his owner.


Here are some of the Junior Handlers working with their dogs in the show ring. What a confidence builder for the kids and a bond builder between the kids and their dogs.
Cutest little girl with her Pug

Cutest little girl with her Pug

This little girl and her dog were perfectly matched!

This little girl and her dog were perfectly matched!

All lined up for judging...the dog in #3 spot kept laying down :)

All lined up for judging…the dog in #3 spot kept laying down 🙂


There was lots of waiting around time for the dogs and you were able to walk around and interact with the dogs and their owners or handlers. I met some really nice people who loved talking about their pets. The show had a Sheltie and Collie Specialty which meant there were a great number of entries of those breeds at the show (I think there were 35 Shelties!) so a win at a big show like that is quite prestigious.
Mom and Pup, they were playing together when I walked up.

Mom and Pup, they were playing together when I walked up.

Gorgeous Aussie pup

Gorgeous Aussie pup

Papillon pup

Papillon pup

This guy had the funniest expressions and his ears just wouldn't stay still!

This guy had the funniest expressions and his ears just wouldn’t stay still!

Lounging Great Danes

Lounging Great Danes

Now this is how to relax!

Now this is how to relax!

Pretty Pomeranian

Pretty Pomeranian

Doberman Pincher pup wouldn't look at the camera, just at his mom.

Doberman Pincher pup wouldn’t look at the camera, just at his mom.

Rhodesian Ridgeback in focus on his mom

Rhodesian Ridgeback in focus on his mom

Sheltie pup

Sheltie pup


It was a fun couple of days; I got to meet a Tibetan Terrier breeder that was great to talk to and had adorable dogs. I love this breed (or combinations thereof like Tashi) they are such a cool dog. I learned lots about the different dog sports and got to get out and shoot with my camera. So for me…dogs and camera equal a perfect day! Cheers!
8 month old Tibetan Terrier beauty

8 month old Tibetan Terrier beauty