Wednesday night Ike and I made our weekly visit to the rehab in Canton. Unfortunately one of our favorite/special patients died that morning. Dr. Barce was a vet in Randolph for many years. Every week we would spend time with him and his wife Erma. This is my first loss as a volunteer. The ironic thing is that Dr. Barce seemed to be doing much better when we saw him last week.
We did meet a resident we had not met before who LOVES dogs - she gave Ike a big hug and kiss. He is such a good boy - very stoic.
I sent off the Premium for Katrin's trial. I signed up for both days - the Regular classes, Jumpers, and Tunneler class. I held off on Chances - I am afraid of it at the moment! I did decide to jump at the Specialist level (12") which is 4" shorter than the required height for Ike's size. Michelle also mentioned at the Act-Up meeting that they give you 5 seconds more. Hmmmm. We could certainly use that!
I am also going to take part in a Pairs Relay to raise money for Maplewood Assistance Partners, Inc.. I asked my class mate Sandy if she'd like to do it with us. You can dress up and have team names if you so desire. She has an Aussie, Sadie, who is very fast so we are going to be called The Tortoise and The Hare. Obviously Ike is the tortoise!
Anna and Harry left for the European Open yesterday. Send them lots of good luck; They have a nearly all Schnauzer team (one Sheltie, I believe)! Webb and Leslie Anderson are both competing with their dogs (Nigel and Zoom). Unfortunately Anna and Harry were not able to compete in the FCI World Agility Championships in Norway. Since 1997 Norway has not allowed the showing of docked tailed dogs; As a result no dogs with docked tails may can compete at this year’s Agility World Championships. Hence, Anna and Harry's attendance at the European Open.
This is an interesting issue - a lot of European countries do not allow dogs with docked tails to compete in events. However, the AMSC requires Schnauzer tails to be docked for the breed standard. And I have to admit a personal preference for cropped ears on Schnauzers that is hard to reconcile with the animal rights aspect of my beliefs.
I almost forgot to mention that I finally got Ike's registration papers - he is finally, officially Silvermist Icebreaker!
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