Let's Talk Dogs

By | posted:October 22, 2010 2:43 p.m.

The main reason I am starting this column is not just to tell you about me and my dogs, and my dog world, but also to get to know you and your dogs. One of my many joys about owning a dog is getting to meet new dogs and dog lovers. So please, I strongly encourage you to join in the conversation, just as if we were meeting on a walking trail or at the local dog park.

While I am the editor of DogChannel.com and DOG FANCY magazine, I am just another dog lover to those I meet, and the first thing all dog people want to know is: What kind of dogs do you have?

I have two permanent dogs, Gordon, 4, and Munchkin, 12, both Cairn Terriers. When people ask what they are I just say "Toto dogs,'' and they know right away. Thank goodness for Toto and "The Wizard of Oz."

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Munchkin

Munchkin, whose color has changed from light red as a puppy to nearly black, is a retired show champion: Ch. Redcoat's Over the Rainbow. My Cairns, past and present, have helped me learn a great deal about proper breeding, grooming, handling and showing dogs. I volunteer as vice president with the Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California, helping put on puppy and dog shows, staffing "meet the breed" and pet fair booths.

 

For 14 years I have also been active in all facets of terrier rescue, for both purebred Cairns and mixed breeds. Seven years ago I also started volunteering with Greyhound rescue and volunteer at a local shelter each week. I work as a "Spoiler,'' helping to socialize and teach basic obedience to these amazingly sweet dogs, so they can be placed in forever homes. My current rescue Greyhounds that I work with each week are A-List, Haven and Cuidado.

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Gordon


Two years ago a dog-walking friend pointed out that my younger terrier, Gordon, was especially mellow and loving. (He thinks every animal or person he meets is his friend, even cats!) So more than a year ago I trained him and gained certification with Therapy Dogs International. Each week I take him to visit Children's Hospital of Orange County, where he brings unconditional love, impish joy and much comfort to ailing children. Then twice a week he visits adult patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.

Working with rescue dogs and doing therapy dog work is the most life-affirming experience I have ever had. No matter how concerned I might be about the state of the world or some everyday trouble, when I spend time at the shelter or visit hospital patients with Gordon I come away feeling so incredibly positive and upbeat.

I would love to hear why your dogs are special to you, so please leave comments and join in this conversation about our best friends in the animal world.

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walter   Atlanta, Georgia

5/6/2015 11:22:56 PM

I have been waiting many years to tell this story... I started selling veterinary ultrasound twelve years ago and traveled the country demoing my equipment on whatever dog/cat/ferret/pig they had at that time at that clinic... After two years I decided I needed a controlled environment and personal "Demo" dog to travel with me that was trained to lay there calm as can be and always be shaved. I ended up finding a month old mini aussie from Dr Dan Meakin in Amelia Heights OH and I had to take the dog to close the deal. Ever since then DemoTheDemoDogg has traveled over 70000 miles a year with me and has gotten to hang out with the Budweiser Clydes dales, three Derby winners and several of the greatest Veterinarians in the world. I have put into every contract when I sold a deal that DemoTheDemoDogg gets free care for life. Dr Mark Dorfman - Medical Director at Georgia Vet Specialist in Atlanta GA has made sure that DTDD gets only the best care for what he has done to help improve the Veterinary Imaging industry... I love my dogg more than I can put into words. I have now retired him to my dad who is suffering from early dementia b/c I now feel like DemoTheDemoDoggies second calling in life is to be there for my father like he was for me.... I dont know if anybody reads this but I just started crying b.c I cant get over how awesome all of the stories before me are too...good people = good doggs

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ROBERTA   AMBLER, Pennsylvania

1/18/2015 8:18:59 AM

ERNIE,
WE CURRENTLY HAVE OUR 7TH CAIRN TERRIER, VINNIE. HE'S A WHEATON AND JUST ONE YEAR OLD YESTERDAY. HE IS A LITTLE LOVE BUG AND CUTE AS A BUTTON. HOWEVER, WE ARE HAVING AN AWFUL TIME WITH THE BARKING. HE BARKS AT EVERYTHING AND ALL THE TIME. WE'VE HAD HIM TO PUPPY CLASS AND TO A BEHAVIORIST, BOTH TO NO AVAIL. OUR OTHER CAIRNS BARKED BUT WOULD STOP WHEN WE TOLD THEM TO. WE DO NOT WANT TO USE A SHOCK COLLAR. AS AN OWNER OF CAIRNS, DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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Janice   Santa Clarita, California

10/18/2014 12:25:16 AM

https://sites.google.com/site/thejanicenetwork/ is the link to my site. I just blogged about my sick dog and thought it might help other dog owners to know they're not alone.

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Diane Daniels Manning   Houston, TX

2/8/2014 8:33:01 AM

My Standard poodles have been special to me over the years because they help out as loving "therapists" at the New School in the Heights in Houston, a therapeutic school I co-founded for bright children with social and emotional issues. They taught me that addressing children's inner world of feelings is as important to successful learning as traditional "academics." That's why I co-founded The New School in the Heights and why I am giving 100% of the profits for my novel, Almost Perfect, to my school and other charities serving dogs and animals. I'm especially psyched about the book today because it tells about an old woman and a boy going to Westminster. I can hardly wait to find out if Agility will be
televised!
Diane Daniels Manning

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