(Bellingham Herald photo)
My first bulldog opened up a whole new world to me as I began competing in AKC obedience and other dog sports. Each of my dogs have had their own individual personalities and quirks, but all have been very bright and eager learners.
With just a little consistent training, always presented with a good dose of fun and frequent rewards, my pups have “learned to learn” right from the start, and quickly become a cherished member of the family. And there’s nothing so fun and rewarding as having a good, working relationship with your canine friend!
My brother, Allan, comforted me years ago after the loss of my very special little Pug named Wanda. With words of wisdom that have proven themselves many times since, he told me that even though this one special dog was gone, I was sure to have another–as it was my training and influence as a devoted master who helped to make her what she was. As in any other worthwhile endeavor, you get what you put into it. That little flat-faced urchin left her mark on me as well, and my breed of choice nowadays is a sort of “Pug on Steroids”!
I hope you enjoy getting to know The Gang as you read about the antics of each of our dogs and learn about their various accomplishments. If so, the ones who have gone on will continue to bring joy and share smiles for many more years.