Shiva had another chance to work on her modeling skills recently. Dr. V. at Pawcurious decided to put together the “12 Days of Petmas”. At the time I must have felt creative so I signed up. Naturally, I procrastinated and had to do a quick photo session at the last-minute. But I am pretty proud of the results.
We were number four. Make sure to check it out! Not only will you see an amazingly well-crafted photo of the Shivster but there also many other adorable animals who have sacrificed themselves in the name of art. I am looking forward to seeing what the poor person came up with for number twelve!
(Com)Passion for Pits linked to a quiz the other day that I thought was really cool. Called Find the Pit Bull, it challenges our often misguided notions of what a real Pit Bull looks like. More times than anyone could count dogs of other breeds are often identified as Pit Bulls which leads to further breed stereotyping. I pride myself on being able to name many different breeds by sight alone but it took me more guesses than I’d like to admit before I found the right dog. It’s humbling and if you haven’t already, you should take the challenge yourself.
In fact, I’ll even issue a second challenge for those Pit Bull-savvy readers out there. Once you find that dog, see if you can spot the Catahoula. I’ll give you a hint – the dog looks a lot like my header image.
One dedicated activist at I Love Rescue Animals will be wearing a different t-shirt every day for the entire year. Each t-shirt will advertise for a different shelter, rescue, awareness organization, business, event, or any other welfare group dedicated to helping animals. Along the way she will be writing posts and promoting each organization in as many ways as possible. I think the idea is absolutely fantastic. If you are interested in helping out it should be pretty easy. Obviously she will need a lot of shirts! For further information, just read this post. Pretty awesome, eh?
This is probably only of any relevance to myself, but I have been thinking of signing Shiva up for some classes with the goal of taking CKC’s Canine Good Neighbour test. The CGN seems to be pretty identical to the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen. The company we train with will be offering a six-week class in the spring with the evaluation to come shortly after.
This is a pretty big deal for me to even be considering going for it. A year ago I laughed at the notion. There was no way we could ever let a judge touch her. Shiva just couldn’t handle the stress. But now, a year later, things have changed. While some parts of the test may be a challenge – such as leaving her alone with a stranger for three minutes – we have conquered so much. It would be a wonderful chance not only to show off her new abilities but to also prove to all the doubters that Shiva is a better dog than they thought. The crazy little rescue that could.
I should probably talk with my trainer before I pursue this any further. For some reason I felt like sharing anyway.
And, because there has been a whole lot of talking going on and not a lot of pictures, here is a video I found while waiting for my butter tarts to cool. For me, it isn’t even about the dogs. There is something about the general goofiness of the handlers that is absolutely hilarious.
Maybe it’s just me.