Chou Chou loves to go running with her Lucky Buddy dog walker. She is wearing her raincoat so she doesn't come home too soggy! When I go out with her for potty time in the rain, she wants to come right back in the house. But for a wet run around the park, she's ready!
Chou Chou's handler was going to the Dixon, CA dog show and invited Chou to be part of it. So I entered her. Dixon is close to my home, so I could go for a few hours, go home, then go back the next day.
When people enter their dogs in shows, they don't know until later how many dogs of their breed are entered.
The last day of the show, I asked one of the briard friends if he would mind using my phone to take videos of Chou Chou in the ring. He was willing. So I gave him my phone and went back behind my tree.
What do people do on the Fourth of July? We go to Ventura to see our briard friends at the dog show! There are more than 2100 dogs entered. Last time, my Mini Cooper had trouble getting over the mountain. So 3 days ago, I bought a new car, a 2012 Prius C. I don't know how to operate all of it yet -- the manual is 560 pages! But, off we went.
Chou Chou is back to her weekly physical therapy visits at U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital. She is doing underwater treadmill and laser therapy.
Integrative Medicine has expanded its patient load, but the space is small, so dog owners are no longer allowed to watch the dogs do their therapy. I have to sit in the waiting room now. And I talk to other dog owners.
Chou Chou has been in dog shows and won some beautiful ribbons, but I wouldn't call her a show dog. We don't enter very often.
The Sacramento Kennel Club Dog Show is held just a few miles from my home. Chou Chou has been shown there.But it's more fun to hang out with the handlers, breeders, owners and dogs without the stress of competition. Oh, and the shopping at dog shows is great!
My friend invited me (and 7 others) to a Passover Seder -- a symbolic meal to retell the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. Seders can last for hours; I asked if he would mind if I left early, to take care of my dog. He responded, "Why don't you bring her."