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Today we’re going to have the first of the descriptions I asked for about any of your dogs. Today’s is from my daughter Susy (Ford) Warden. I’m disappointed she didn’t tell you the whole truth about her dog though. Stay tuned, and I’ll fill you in after Susy gets finished. (I love to have the last word).
Here’s what Susy wrote:
Rodeo is my current high-drive, energetic cocker spaniel. From the very start he was always trying to run the show. We have raised several puppies and rescue dogs through the years and we’ve always started their lives in our home in a small restricted area… our kitchen. We would contain them in this small area with a baby gate to contain their accidents
and help them learn about our family life and necessary dog routines.
Well, Rodeo would have none of that. If I left the kitchen to go
downstairs to brush my teeth or do laundry he was going to come along with me. He would clamber up to the top of the puppy gate and throw himself over, crash to the floor and then meet me downstairs with a happy grin.
Then, we tried pushing chairs up against the puppy gate to keep him in the kitchen whenever we had to leave for school and work. I’m also threading boards across the tops of the chairs. Again, Rodeo would climb up anything and throw himself over the top to escape separation. Every day when we came home from work he was out of the kitchen waiting for us in the living room.
We finally ordered a puppy gate with a upper extension panel about 5 feet high and vertical bars that he could NOT climb out of. This story demonstrates just one example of how Rodeo has pushed me to become a better dog owner and handler.
He is a challenging and highly emotional dog and I have learned so much from him. He needs what all dogs really need. A confident and quiet leader to help guide them through life.
Rodeo thrives on daily walks and weekly dog agility classes to keep him stimulated and tired. And those things are very good for me, too. I think you get the kind of dog you need, and Rodeo has been a good “best friend” for me. I am more sensitive to his needs now and he is a happier, more well adjusted dog around the house too. But we still use our puppy gate frequently!!”
Well, that’s what Susy had to say about Rodeo. Obviously, Susy is too bashful and modest to tell you the whole truth.
Her energetic cocker spaniel Rodeo is a bona fide, honest-to-goodness born-to-be champion. His potential as a dog agility hero was clear from the start. He has heart, fire and spirit and runs in the dog trials just for the joy of it. When he’s running, he’s the only dog everybody watches, not just for his skill, or for Susy’s sensationally calm, skillful management of him in the arena, but for the simple fun of watching his charismatic joy in the sport.
Sad to say, Rodeo got laid low by a genetic defect a couple of years ago, and the veterinarian said he’d never be able to run in the trials again. Pah! What did HE know? He underestimated Rodeo. Now past his prime, Rodeo won’t fulfill his destiny as an national champion of dog agility, but that’s not stopping him from competing locally — and showing the other dogs (and trainers) how it’s done.
Another living dog in our family that made such a name for himself is our famous Toby — daughter Lisa Ford’s Cairn terrier.
Maybe she’ll give us a blow-by-blow of HIS exploits. And maybe, my nephew Tim Fitzpatrick will give us an update on the latest adventures of his dog Jack.
Or please tell us about YOUR dog! (Or cat, or other non-human friend.)
That’s all for now. Have a nice day, and Bow-Wow and Arf Arf.