Saturday, April 11, 2009
Gerritopolis (by: Gerrit)
You're not gonna believe where my puppy raiser took me today! She took me to this place where there were TONS of dogs. I've never seen so many dogs in my entire life! And, check this out... they all smelled... very fresh and clean!
I found out from my puppy raiser that the reason they all smelled so good was cause it was a dog show and the dogs had to look there very best. My puppy raiser told me that the dogs compete against each other and they can win ribbons for looking good. I asked her if I could win a ribbon too! She just laughed and said for me to win a ribbon she'd have to change my name to something like Sir Gerritopolis III. Huh? I asked. She tried to explain how show dogs have long fancy names and are bred specifically to be show dogs... kinda like I was bred specifically to be an assistance dog. But, I still didn't quite get it. All I know is that if I had to change my name to Gerritopolis in order to get a ribbon... I'd pass on the ribbon!
We went to the dog show with Nick's puppy raiser. Nick didn't get to go cause he was with his other puppy raisers today. Boy, oh boy I can't wait to tell him all about the dog show! The reason my puppy raiser took me there was to work on my dog distraction issue. Having this dog distraction issue was the best thing I ever decided to do cause I sure get to go go some neat places because of it! The dog show was way fun! I saw great big giant dogs called Great Danes (who looked as big as horses), fancy funny looking dogs called poodles (who had their butts shaved... seriously!), big shaggy dogs called Bouviers des Flandres (my puppy raiser had to help me spell that!), and sooooo much more! There were dogs EVERYWHERE!
And, you're not gonna believe this, but my puppy raiser told me that I was a REALLY good boy at the dog show! I didn't whine at all and I kept making eye contact with my puppy raiser and Nick's puppy raiser. They both rewarded me big time for this with yummy treats! My puppy raiser said that it was amazing how much better behaved I was at the dog show than I was at the event last week. Not only was I good around all the dogs, I was even a good boy when a bunch of kids came over to pet me!
My puppy raiser took a photo of me in front of a Best of Winners sign (above) cause she said today I was so good that I sure was a winner!!! As soon as I came home, I told Lucky and Carlo all about it! Lucky just shook her head and said, "You poor sap... haven't I taught you anything? If you are too good and you make it look like you no longer have a dog distraction issue, she won't take you to all those fun dog events all the time!"
I smiled, wagged my tail, and responded, "Oh, but I did learn from you Lucky! I may have been good around the dogs, but I was REALLY distracted when we visited the dog toy vendors. Those squeaky toys really got me going! Pet stores here we come!!!" :-)