Archive for May 2010

Borzoi 3 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

Here is another breed you don’t see every day.  At least I don’t!

Borzoi 1 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

I looked them up on Wikipedia (my go-to-source for anything I don’t know!) and I wasn’t surprised to see it mentioned that they rarely bark.  Jo and I were stunned at how quiet ALL the dogs were at the Lure Coursing event.  Imagine 40-50 dogs together in one place and there was no barking.  It was wonderful!

Borzoi 2 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

This young pup was wondering what the heck I was doing out in the middle of the field.

Borzoi 4 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

He/She eventually decided that the lure was more interesting.

Borzoi 5 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

And one last picture of another young dog in training.  They can really get some speed when they put their mind to it.

Borzoi 6 Borzoi – Lure Coursing

 Walk for Guide Dogs  Success!
 Walk for Guide Dogs  Success!
 Walk for Guide Dogs  Success!
 Walk for Guide Dogs  Success!
 Walk for Guide Dogs  Success!
The Walk for Guide Dogs was great today- a little rainy but the none of the dogs seemed to care! Despite the cool, rainy weather there was a great turn out and more than 30,000 was raised!

Wendy is away this weekend so I apologize for the less-than-stellar photos, but thought you’d all appreciate an update anyway!

Thanks again for your support!

Best Puddle Ever

May 28, 2010

Jasper thinks that all this rain is the best ever.
Only because it created the best puddle ever. :o)
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Guide Dog Walk

May 27, 2010

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Just a reminder that the Purina Walk for Dog Guides is this Saturday at Nicholas Sharon Park. The walk starts at 11:00 a.m. and there is a BBQ to follow. We invite you all to come walk with us!!

If you’d like to donate, you can donate on-line by clicking below;

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Tiny Dog Kisses

May 26, 2010

Denny the Yorkie, and Maddie the French Bulldog cross are always full of licks and kisses!
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Afghans 2 Afghans – Lure Coursing

An Afghan going at full speed is a sight to see.  Their blowing fur can’t help but look graceful and dramatic.

Afghans 4 Afghans – Lure Coursing

That same fur, can sometimes get them into trouble if they happen to catch up with the lure.  This guy got tangled in the rope – it was just caught in his fur.

Afghans 5 Afghans – Lure Coursing

My favourite feature though is their tail. Look at that little curl on the end!  Too cute.

Afghans 6 Afghans – Lure Coursing

Afghans 7 Afghans – Lure Coursing

Afghans 8 Afghans – Lure Coursing

I think another reason I was so drawn to the Afghans is because there is no mistaking their handsome good looks.  This guy could be on the cover of a romance novel.  Doesn’t he remind you of someone?

Afghans Afghans – Lure Coursing

Fabio perhaps?

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This is Lady. She was the only Irish Wolfhound competing last weekend. Isn’t she gorgeous?   

Wolfhound 3 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

The scenery wasn’t bad either. The event was held out in Balzac so it wasn’t too far of a drive each day.
Wolfhound Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

I got quite a few good photos of her as she was the only dog on course when she was running (due to the lack of competition) and she is so big that I could take pictures from farther away and you could still see what I was photographing.  :)

Wolfhound 2 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

And in case you needed something for scale to figure out how big she really is…

Wolfhound 4 Irish Wolfhound – Lure Coursing

It would have been interesting to see a male and I know they are quite a bit bigger.  With my very inexperienced eye, Lady did a great job.  She stayed focused on the Lure and I don’t think she dipped off course once in the 4 runs I saw.

Okay!

May 25, 2010

We let the dogs into the “big yard” a few times a day. It is a huge area that they can really stretch out and run in. They LOVE it, and are always very excited to get to go out there. We make them work for it though! All the daycare dogs learn and understand gate manners- and the gate to the big yard is no different.

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Patience and Good Manners are the only way to go through the gate.
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Waiting for the release…
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I spent an incredible weekend photographing a Lure Coursing trial hosted by the Foothills Gazehound Club.  I had never seen Lure Coursing before and there were lots of breeds there that I rarely, if ever, see so it was a pretty fascinating weekend. Everyone was so friendly and really made Jo and I feel welcome.

Greyhounds Lure Coursing – Foothills Gazehound Club

So for those of you like me, who aren’t that familiar with the sport, I’ll give you the quick explanation – courtesy of Wikipedia.

Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure. Competition is usually limited to dogs of sighthound breeds. This past weekend there were 8 different breeds competing – Afghans, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizun Hounds, Salukis, Whippets and an Irish Wolfhound.  In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. Sighthounds generally have no need to be trained or enticed to chase the lure since the desire to chase is instinctual. However some breeds may require lure play at a very early age to encourage them to follow an artificial object with enthusiasm. Dogs must be at least one year old to compete; the hard fast turns are tough on a dog’s developing joints and lure coursing before the age of one can cause joint problems later in life.

There are lots of videos to be found on YouTube if you want to see what it is like.  It never even occurred to me to take a video or two and now I’m kicking myself! You’ll really get a sense of the speed if you watch some videos.

The dogs are judged on more than speed. They also take into account: endurance, agility (how well they can corner and turn), enthusiasm and follow (how well they follow the lure).  The first dog to the finish line is not necessarily the winner.

I’m going to blog about the various breeds one at a time as I have a tonne of photos. They aren’t breeds you see everyday, so I thought I could share a few more photos of each one this way. First up tomorrow will be Irish Wolfhounds.  There was a gorgeous girl there named Lady that had some very nice runs.

Bigger Hint

May 23, 2010
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