Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Busy Week!

Gibbs has had a busy week! On Tuesday, golden-friend Kiaiah came over to get groomed. I'm practicing my grooming on other dogs so that I can get better and eventually not be afraid of butchering my little boy before he goes into the ring. I'm getting much better and practice certainly makes perfect. Kiaiah had a bath, blow dry, and trim. Gibbs was actually jealous that HE wasn't being groomed. He tried to get into the Booster Bath with Kiaiah, pouted when she was being blow dried, and would put his feet up on the table as if to say "MOVE OVER!" Once Kiaiah went home, Gibbs got his wish-- a day at the spa! My, Oh My! He is blowing coat, more and more each day. It is entirely fluffy puppy coat and it is coming back in a nice, rich medium gold color. Hopefully he'll shed the last of the puppy coat soon so we can get back into the ring!

Wednesday, Gibbs got to go to the Sewickley Dog Park with his golden friends Dandie and Cody. We had never been there before but Dandie & Cody's mom has. We hiked with the dogs off-leash in the park for a little over an hour. They were tired by the time we were finished. They would run ahead and just out of sight, I would give 3 whistle blasts, and they would come running back. All of this back and forth business gave them a work out!

Thursday, we did a little conformation practice with Cody & Dandie since there is a show coming up at the end of next month. Cody is just 7 months old and needs some practice as do the "big dogs." We kept it light and fun and then threw the tennis ball in the yard for a little while. Gibbs gives Dandie a run for her money, he loves to fetch and is SOOOOO fast!

Friday, our friend's golden mix, Abby, came for a visit. They played, wrestled, chased, and all around had a good time for about 6 hours. They would stop, rest and recharge, and then do it all over again.

Saturday, ZzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Gibbs caught up on his beauty sleep.

Sunday, off to the park for a long walk! Woof! Bye.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Year and Then Some!

It's been far too long since I've updated the blog or even updated with how Gibbs is doing.

We're having a great time and enjoying life. Gibbs turned a year old n 06-16-11, how time flies when you're having fun! I have a short YouTube video montage of our journey.

I've had Gibbs entered in some conformation shows and he's been doing well. We haven't won any points but he has been getting a good look for WD and RWD. I think it is usually his novice owner than ends up losing it for him... but that's what it's about right now. Learning, practicing, and getting experience. At the end of June he had to move up with the "big dawgs" to the 12-18 mo. class. He looks like such a baby in my eyes compared to the older dogs. However, he held his own. In our club's specialty he was 4th out of 6 competing in a very competitive group of dogs. In July, he was 2nd out of 4 both days in another competitive class in Ohio. We'll get there, I know it.

Earlier in the week we had a visitor, Daisy. She is related to Gibbs through his sire. Gibbs' sire, Lotto is Daisy's grandsire on her dam's side. They had such a great time together but I also realized that having another puppy definitely will dampen my plans with Gibbs right now. It was good to have the visitor but also to give her back. Gibbs is spoiled and I think he liked her but was glad she left. A photo of Gibbs and his Mini-Me are below.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rain, Rain- GO AWAY

The rain is really ruining my exercise. Boo. Today Mom and Dad played with me inside, how boring. I also got a bath and blow-dry. Double-yuck. I wish that the rain would go away and I could play in our backyard or go on a nice walk. This was me just a few days ago, it was sunny and HOT outside. Mom even filled my little pool for me to play in. Last year, I was just a baby and was afraid of the pool. Not anymore. I can't wait for it to come back out again soon!


Monday, April 4, 2011

1st 9-12 month puppy & Reserve Winner's Dog

To say that we had a fun and exciting first show weekend would be an understatement!

Having never owned a show dog, much less attended many conformation shows- to say that I was intimidated would be an understatement! On Saturday, Gibbs was the only puppy in his age group. My legs felt like jello, my hands trembled, and I couldn't set Gibbs up for the life of me. We got to go back in for Winner's so it was a nice opportunity for more ring practice.

On Sunday, again Gibbs was the only 9-12 mont puppy dog. When we went back in for Winners, I had no expectations. I wanted to go into the ring and be less nervous and more able to set Gibbs up. Well, to see the judge keep comparing distant relative Detour to Gibbs made my heart pount when I realized she was really considering us for RWD. Finally the judge said, "And my Reserve Winners Dog will be my puppy" I just about couldn't believe my ears. MY PUPPY? Woo-hooo! For this to be our 2nd show, and very first show weekend this was beyond my expectations. We're definitely hooked on conformation now!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tick Tock- Tick Tock

Show time is drawing near. We're packing our bags and double checking our list. Tonight a fellow golden friend and myself and heading down to the show venue to set up our grooming tables, crates, and all that jazz! It will be exciting. It is the first show for both humans and both puppies. While our puppies aren't littermates, they are related. Gibbs is a Lotto son. Dandie is a Terra daughter, who is a Lotto daughter. Say that 3 times fast! We're crossing our fingers and paws that everyone gets through the shows with no embarrassing stories to post about later!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gibbs from 6-9 months

It has been a long time since we've posted on the blog. It's been busy here and I've mostly forgotten about it. Gibbs finished his 8 week Rally Class and we've begun a new one last week. We're polishing all of our Rally Novice exercises and trying to get ready for our first trial on April 30th. Keep your paws crossed for us! On Sunday, we got to spend some time with Gibbs' 1/2 siblings that are about 7 weeks old. Gibbs' breeder invited us to her puppy party so that we could show off all that Gibbs knows how to do at only 9 months. We did the usual sit, down, stand, heel but also some tricks. Gibbs can get a tissue from a box, roll himself in a blanket, turn on the lights, & put things into a basket. He was a big hit despite being a little sluggish from our 2 hour conformation class. Speaking of conformation, we have our first show this weekend. We're entered both days! Yikes! I am nervous but also pretty excited. There are not many dogs entered, it will be 1 point in dogs and 2 points in bitches. Gibbs goes for his pre-show groom on Thursday at Anne's house. This week we have a visitor, my in-laws's cocker spaniel, Maggie. She is already teaching Gibbs some bad habits like barking as cars or people go past our house. *sigh* This is going to be a long week. Above is Gibbs' 6-9 month video montage!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My first haircut!

Yesterday, I took Gibbs to visit his breeder. He needed a good ear and foot trim. I had just bathed him a few days ago, so we skipped the full spa treatment! Gibbs was such a good boy, he sat on the grooming table like he'd been doing it his whole life. He stayed pretty still. Anne used a dremel on his nails, he wasn't even phased. I had been clipping him with the Miller's Forge scissor action clippers. In Janurary, I quicked his nail and made him bleed. That has been the end of the clippers since then... but I think the dremel is going to work. I just ordered one on for us to add to our grooming supplies! He'll have to get used to this grooming routine if we're going to hit the breed ring in a few months!

Here's Gibbs post groom, what a tired boy!