Last weekend, Palma disguised herself as a Dachshund and went out for the day with the UK Dachshund Trials Club.
When we came home from Denmark, Erik stayed behind with Kirsten. We are still waiting for Beauty to come into season, but in the meantime Erik has been having some fun.
Last weekend he went to an obedience competition, and came fourth overall – pretty good for just a few week’s practice. Next weekend he will be at the Danish Terrier Club’s show – his first time competing in the champion class!
First there was the World Dog Show, held this year in Paris. Not a wonderful experience, as the one thing the French don’t do is pick up after their dogs! Here in the UK we are pretty good, certainly at Dog Shows, at pooper-scooping, but at the Parc des Expositions it seemed perfectly acceptable to leave everything for others to walk in and spread around. Not at all nice, and by the fourth day of the show the smell was all-pervading!
As a result, they are now both Danish Champions. Erik has stayed behind in Denmark with Kirsten Toftkjaer – and we hope that there might be the patter of tiny paws in a while!
Children who grow up with a dog in the family gain many valuable advantages. Not only do they learn to take responsibility for their pet, they experience unconditional love, gain a confidante with whom they can share their highs and lows, develop a sense of confidence and even eventually learn to cope with grief at the loss of a friend.
People sometimes ask me if Cesky Terriers are good with children. I usually counter with a question of my own “Are the children good with dogs?” It’s not such a daft question. Children need to learn how to behave around dogs, both in their own home and when out and about. The Kennel Club run an excellent scheme called Safe and Sound which teaches children exactly this.
Cesky Terriers are ideal family dogs. They are calmer and more sensible than many other small dogs, but not too big for a child to walk (under supervision of course); they are very tolerant and children can help to groom them, giving the child a sense of responsibility. Lucky is the child who is brought up alongside a loyal Cesky Terrier.
In this era of the internet you can meet people in cyberspace who then become good internet friends. Occasionally you are then lucky enough to meet them in the flesh. Wendy Morrell and I first came into contact on Twitter, but then I was lucky enough to meet her and her Assistance Dog, Caesar, at Crufts last year, when Palma was working with the Press Pack Wendy is an inspiration to everyone she meets – and who could fail to fall in love with such a beautiful Golden Retriever as Caesar.
Having an Assistance Dog has changed Wendy’s life completely. She has travelled around the world, carried the Olympic flame, and been a tireless campaigner for Disabled Rights. You can read about Caesar on Wendy’s website
He was trained by Dogs for the Disabled
Sadly Caesar died yesterday. Our love and thoughts are with Wendy today.
We started doing Good Citizen Training at our dog club in May, and last night was the culmination of our efforts.
During the summer Palma and Gloria, along with their friends Tommy, Frankie and Magic gained their Bronze Awards at various shows, but this was the first test night we had held.
As the trainer I am immensely proud of the fact that we had a 100% pass rate.
Huge congratulations to Graham and Betty (ETT), Chris and Portia (CKCS) and Cherrill and Bertie (CKCS) who passed their Bronze Award, and Marisa and Lidia (CKCS), Helen and Magic (Pug), Cherrill and Frankie (CKCS) as well as Gloria and Palma, who all gained the Silver Award – and thanks to our Examiner, Sue Holroyd who soothed the nerves and made it a very enjoyable evening for everyone.