February 14th 2011

Quovadis Kiss Me Kate

pink

The decision is made and it is Miss Pink who will now be known as Quovadis Kiss Me Kate, ‘Kate’! She is a lovely little puppy, 7 weeks old now and has made her first outside friend, Mate.

pink

Kate shows determination to investigate new things but is not overly silly about it. She has great fun playing and wrestling with her litter mates but is also quite content to play quietly on her own. She has quite an appetite and willing to try anything put before her.

Of all the puppies I picked up the first time, she was the one who kissed me and settled quickly. It took another week to confirm but Miss Pink has won me over and in another week, Kate and I will begin our life together.

January 14th 2011

Caesar Loses the Battle

Caesar

Caesar lost his battle with cancer this evening.  Secondary tumours had apparently developed over the last few weeks and he collapsed at supper time from a bleed.

I had been so hopeful to have at least 9 months with him after his diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma but it wasn’t meant to be.

We got six wonderful, quality months and I would like to thank Animal Medical Centre in Launceston for their care, most especially Dr Jess Finlay who gave Caesar the best opportunity through clinical care for quality of life.  Caesar grew quite close to Jess and gave his all to her in trust and respect.

In three short years Caesar taught me so much about dogs and inspired me to gain every bit of knowledge I can about the wonderful four-legs.  He has given me the confidence to keep going with all things dog and a superb foundation for raising puppies in the future.

A salute to you, Caesar TD.  You will always be in my heart buddy, with many, many cherished memories.

September 12th 2010

Caesar Earns Tracking Dog Title

Five days after his third chemo-therapy treatment, Caesar went out in very windy conditions and slogged through one of the boggier paddocks to pass his Track 3 and earn his Tracking Dog title.  Naturally, the big boy had to do it ‘his’ way and drift a bit at the beginning, as the wind pushed across the first leg.  He insisted on checking out a mound of vegetation before gradually following the scent which had gathered in one of the cow tracks and making a rather wide, loopy first turn.

Of course he then had to check out the tyres on the irrigation system as the wind had obviously pushed scent around.  Caesar finally came back on track and locked on to the article, even picking it up and carrying it for a few paces before dropping it to concentrate on motoring through the mud to find Liz under her tarp.

A very emotional handler and track layer enveloped the big fella in a group hug, as he seemed rather blasé about it all, wondering where his reward was.  Judge Trish had it and Caesar enjoyed a tasty treat.  Having missed the first article and going quite wide on the first turn dropped our rating but we still managed a ‘Good’. Caesar spent the rest of the afternoon, strutting proudly around base camp and hanging out with friends.

Caesar Track 3

Judge Trish, Associate Caesar, Jan and Tracklayer Liz

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