But, it showed what I needed to work on with the babies and they've been receiving daily lessons. One mile walks to improve leash manners, time on the grooming table to accept nail filing and whisker trimming and close monitoring of their ear carriage.
Yesterday, it was time to put all the lessons together and try another match. After taking out the braces in Treasure's ears, I decided she needed to stay home as her ears were not in placement yet. Ref's ears are breaking over way too far, but I felt it was more important to have him in the show atmosphere again after his last experience.
Ref was terrific at the match! Everything he did wrong last time, he did right this time. He moved nicely, stood for the judge's exam and even stood confidently enough that I could move to the end of the lead instead of standing next to him. Gemma, however, did not show as well. She was in a headstrong mood and would not gait correctly. She did stand nicely for brief periods, though. Ref won the Variety, then placed third in the Puppy Group!
Even though the forecast had called for cooler temps and the chance of showers, the afternoon was warm and sunny. We decided to celebrate the puppies' improved behavior with relaxing the rest of the day at Casanel Vineyards. We shared our cheese and crackers with Ref and Gemma, who were not content with their snacks. Ref was determined to eat the cigarette butts in the large container and Gemma knocked over a glass of wine, then lapped it up, which caused a sneezing fit. Not even six months old and they've developed vices!
Today was back to work. Ref and Treasure have braces back in their ears and all three puppies took a trip to Buckeystown so Ellen could see their progress. I had a nice visit with Ellen and a good lunch--it was a great day!
|Gemma gets a whisker trim|
|And a bath!|
|Waiting for the match to start|
|Ref relaxes at Casanel|