Thought it would be nice to recap our last shows (apart from the winning, I've blogged about that in the "at the shows" section), behind the scenes. It was pretty cool because I met Caucasian Ovcharkas (they're called Caucasian Shepherds here) for the first time ever! I'd only ever seen them in pictures before. Along with the dogs, we got to make a new friend, too--the owner of these dogs. It was kinda fun since we're both newbies and hence had nobody else to talk to. You know how it is, we are nobodies therefore everyone ignores us, especially the seasoned people, lol.
It so happened that I picked a seat right next to Michelle, and her dogs were very interested in making friends with Lyra! Actually, they could smell her treats so that piqued their interest first, haha. I was actually delighted to find that Caucasian Ovcharkas are actually really friendly! They seem intimidating at first, being guardian dogs and stuff (they're livestock guardian dogs, right? Not herders? My memory fails me!), but in reality they were more like cuddly big bears. Michelle says they're only fierce at home--protecting their territory.
Here are some pictures of them!
Oh, and here's a picture of Lyra on the table (with judge Douglas Bowe), not being iffy! This happened when I used her favourite squeaky tennis ball to get her attention. Finally she stopped being afraid and trying to sit down and stood standing nicely.
I think I'll stop using bait for now and try the tennis ball... it gets her really excited though, she kept jumping instead of walking nicely around the ring after. Oops. I guess it's better than being afraid, though?
In other news, for the first time today, I let the dogs hang out together in the dog room unseparated. Usually, Lyra gets put in her play pen while Cadence has the run of the room because I don't feel comfortable letting them loose together for long hours... it started when I first brought Lyra home. Cadence absolutely HATED her and did not want anything to do with her except to bully her by pulling her ears and biting her legs. They have come a LONG way from that but I'm a huge worrier and would rather be safe than sorry, hence the separation.
Today was great, though! I came home and nobody was bleeding to death. Haha. So I think I'm gonna just start letting them hang out together in their room whenever they're home alone. Here's what the room looks like:
It used to be the guest room but since we barely ever have any guests anyway, it's now turned into the dogs' room! They get to watch squirrels and the neighbour's cats out the window and Cadence enjoys barking at them, much to my parents' dismay. I'd never be comfortable leaving the dogs to their own devices around the house--I don't know how people do it!! There's just SO many things they could get into and hurt themselves with--wires, jumping off high places, eating inedible stuff... so my dogs will ALWAYS be confined to their room whenever nobody's home. It's just safer that way. Peace of mind, ya know?
Anyway the room is plenty big and they get chew toys and treats and each other, so I figure they'll be fine in there. Just another day in the life of my dogs, huh?
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