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Hello friends & fans –
What can I say - I am so very embarrassed. How can I publish a reputable MONTHLY newsletter for my fans, when my PART-TIME assistant can't seem to consistently get it out on time?!?!! I am so sorry we didn't get a June issue out to you all. It's not that I don't have plenty of ideas and info to share with you all - it's just that my assistant, Tracy, insists on devoting considerable time to her 'day job' and lately that means I get her services when she's available. So PLEASE accept my apologies for the delayed and combined edition for June and July.
There has been some big time fun in my life. We had our annual summer vacation and this year was wonderful - we went to my favorite place on earth: St George Island, Florida. See my article below (which is complete with photos, of course!). We also made a quick trip to Iowa, which is always a hoot. I got some ball retrieval practice with my cousin, Nathan. And Wesley and I got to run around the fields, chase Grandpa Harry's cats, and get into a bunch of burrs that were a real hassle to get out (Tracy actually had to comb them out of our coats!).
Please keep your paws crossed and maybe next month, we'll
have The Terrier Tattler out on time!!
Fun in the Sun!
Many of you know how much I love to swim - especially in the ocean! The waves make it such an adventure and although the salt water is a little strange, the movement of the water, the sun and the other critters (birds and sand crabs) make it all one big amusement park.
Tracy and John drove Wesley and me (and our 'sister' Mary) to St. George Island, Florida. It's in the north Gulf of Mexico - off the Florida panhandle. It's a very small community, where there isn't much to do but hang out at the beach. We rented a house right on the beach, so even if I couldn't get one of my assistants to take me down to the beach, I could sit on the deck and look at the waves! It was heaven. Every day we went for walks on the beach and most days I got to go swimming. My assistants would throw my tennis ball into the waves and I'd dive right in to retrieve it. (see videos below).
Mouse over the box to the left to see my
Ball Digging Video.
Mouse over the box on the right to see my Swimming Video.
We will also have vacation DVDs - just let me know if you'd like one!!
Wes didn't really like the water, but he did love hanging out the beach and going for walks with Mary (photo on right).
You can see more vacation photos by clicking on our VACA PHOTOS page. I think you'll see why I love it so much.
Absolutely Fabulous Canine Accomplishments!
Please send your accomplishments to Bianca@2westies.com.
UKC All Stars
For the past two years both Wesley and I went to Kalamazoo, MI for the UKC All Star invitational competition. The top 50 dogs in each of the UKC competition levels are invited to compete in this annual event - so it's the best around the country competing against each other. Both Wes and I were invited to attend in several of the competition levels, but unfortunately we had to attend a family wedding in Iowa (one of my biggest fans, Cousin Ray, got married to Cousin Debbie).
Although we had to miss this special UKC agility event, some of my favorite agility friends competed and did really well. One of my fiercest competitors, Bunny, did awesome. She was the High Winner in Agility Level II - and her 'sister' Audrey was the High in Agility Level I. Big congrats to both Bunny & Audrey (and of course, their assistant Penny!).
Some of my other friends made the placements for their divisions too:
Harley the Keeshond got 4th in Agility I, Division 2.
Fiona the Corgi got 3rd in Agiltiy II, Division 1.
Shadow the Lab got 3rd in Agility II, Division 3.
Elijah the Rottie got 4th in Agility II, Division 3.
Bunny the Jack Russell Terrier also got 2nd in Agility III, Division 1.
Harley the Keeshond got 3rd in Agility III, Division 2.
Elijah the Rottie got 2nd in Agility III, Division 3.
Big congratulations to all the UKC All Star winners. I really missed being there for the competition, but you guys sure represented the midwest very well!
Do What Comes Naturally
Tara (Australian Shepherd) is one of my idols, even though she is still a youngster. She's great at chasing AND CATCHING bunnies - to the point where she makes them STOP! Amazing! She's also a great example of how one can succeed when they lead with their strengths and do what their instincts tell them to do. Since she's an Aussie, one of her natural instincts is to herd and boy oh boy, can she! Her mom Diane took her to a herding instinct test to determine if she had what it takes to herd critters. Here's a photo of her at the test herding the heck out of some sheep. Way to go, Tara. Wow, that looks like even more fun than chasing bunnies!
Rally Around These Rotties!
Many of my agility friends also compete in AKC Rally (which is sort of a combination of obedience and agility). While I'm not known to be very obedient, many agility dogs are. One of my old-time agility buddies, Elijah, has been competing in Rally and he recently accomplished his Rally EXCELLENT Title. Very cool, especially for such a big guy!
Elijah's little brother, Sonny, has been rallying very well too. That same weekend Sonny got his Rally ADVANCED Title. Then went on to beat his big bro Elijah in an Excellent run! Big congrats to both these super Rottweillers!
UACH for Clyde!
June was a great month for my agility classmate, Clyde. He proved he's way more than just a pretty face, when he had perfect runs two days in a row at the Smack-Dab's UKC trial. And these runs were extra special in that they clinched the 100 points Clyde needed to complete his UACH (UKC Agility Champion) title. Congratulations Clyde (and
Melinda). Here's a shot of a very humble Clyde with his new title ribbon!
Westies a Roving!
Tracy took Wes and me to the Westie National 2006 Roving agility competition in June. It was so fun to see so many Westies running agility. And it was extra special that some of my friends were there. My buddy from Iowa, Cricket, did great and was so lucky to get to come to the event. Cricket's mom, Mary Lou, couldn't come with Cricket but another Westie friend of ours, David, brought Cricket with him and David ran Cricket in the Agility competition. They did really well together - who knows maybe some day I'll get to run with David!
My friend Woody, ran with his 'mom' Micky (who also happens to be David's wife). Woody had a lot of fun and look how gosh darn cute he is!! He is definitely a Fashion DO (even if he wasn't an Agility DO that weekend!).
My Newest Fans
Three of newest members of the Bianca Fan Club (ok, yes, they are also family) came to watch me compete at a recent AKC Agility trial in Manhattan, IL. It was a beautiful day and it was so nice to have 'Aunt' Diane and 'Cousins' Kate and Marie come to cheer me on. I didn't have any super runs that day, but I did look good for the girls - and they got the chance to give me some petting! Thanks for support, girls!
Canine Fashion Do’s & Don’ts
The fashion column dedicated to well-dressed canines out there.
This month's column features the importance of a good SUMMER CUT!
Shaggy and scruffy just don't cut it in summer time. Yes, sometimes that long-haired, natural look is attractive but it's just not sensible for the summer months.
A short summer cut is just want Bianca and Wes need to be comfortable and active in this hot season. It means quicker drying after swimming, staying cooler in the hot temps and much easier burr removal.
Here are a couple of my newest friends from New York showcasing their summer cuts. Duffy (left) doesn't look very pleased with the new cut, but it sure looks good.
Sammy on the other hand looks like he loves his new hair do - and doesn't it look so cute!!!
Thanks for sharing these two cool styles from NY, guys!
We love pictures of pups - especially babies! Please send your favorite photos to Bianca@2westies.com.
These pups are truly SWEET
Mom dachshund Godiva had 3 of the cutest puppies I've ever seen! The three little girls are named after candy (just as 'human mom' Jo-An's other pups are too). Pixie, Cherry (Chocolate Covered Cherry) and Ethel M. were born in May and here they are at 5 weeks old. Cherry is red-colored, while sisters Pixie and Ethel M. are black-and-tan.
Almost makes me wish I had a doxie-sister, almost!
You don't have to be the 'natural mother' to raise an animal in need of care. Here's an interesting story of a very special 'adoption', when the MOM was the one in need of an adoption....
In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.
Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only "orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of wiener pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.