The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, which according to the American Kennel Club’s website, is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class. By the way, S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity & Responsibility. Karma received in today’s mail her own medal and certificate, recording her completion of the program by the AKC. Thanks, Amaris Hess Garneau of Applause Your Paws, for all your hard work during Karma’s puppy obedience & manners program with you!
SUPERMODEL MOUSE! – 11.29.2011
Today, I received a last minute call from a friend looking for a large dog for a photo shoot. Immediately, I thought Orso would be perfect but when I got around to speaking in detail with the photographer, Joe Montezinos, we realized that Orso was not going to be a good fit for the photo shoot. Instead, Mouse turned out to be a perfect fit! Joe was looking for an elegant, refined dog and Mouse fits that description, so I loaded Mouse into the Jeep and headed out to downtown Miami for a fashion photo shoot with model Anouk Baijings for international fashion magazine, Donna. We were there for a couple of hours working and Mouse did pretty well. He was nervous and skittish, like he usually is around strange people and noisy situations, but he got along great with Anouk, the model, and a few guys on Joe’s team.
Below are the 3 photos that will be run in Donna magazine with Mouse in them! Below that are a couple of photos that I took of Mouse with Anouk, the model. I also included a couple of video clips of Mouse on set. Enjoy!
ORSO TAKES OVER THE A-FRAME! – 11.26.2011
During this morning’s group Rally obedience class at Paws in Motion, I decided to let Orso try out an A-frame that was off to one side of the training facility. For our followers who don’t know what an A-frame is, it’s the largest of the obstacles used in every competitive dog agility level, by all the agility organizations, as well as for K9 police training. It is also called a Scaling Wall.
Orso only has climbed an A-frame once, and it was as a very young pup in an obstacle course at a dog show. It was very small and nothing like this one, which I estimate is about 4 ½ feet tall. He loved it! He wasn’t scared to do it at all! Orso has such an amazing temperament; he is so confident and willing to try new things! Below is a short video compilation of Orso going over the A-frame 5 times, enjoy!
Today’s mail brought Orso’s Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certificate showing that he is free from any inheritable eye disease! With the receipt of this certificate, Orso’s health testing is officially complete and we are proud to announce that Orso is a very healthy Cane Corso with excellent genetics! Below is a list of all of the health testing that Orso has gone through and his CERF certificate!
Additional testing and certificates:
OFA Normal Heart
OFA Normal Patellas
OFA Normal Elbows (Preliminary at 16 Months)
PennHIP 70th Percentile (Top 30% of Cane Corso Breed 0.55/0.55)
I love stumbling on photos! These pictures were taken at the beginning of November, probably on the 4th, when I took Orso to Orlando with me. I never allow Orso on my bed at home, so traveling is always fun for him since he gets his own hotel bed to sleep on! Here are some photos of Orso giving me some Corso love and kisses, enjoy!
At today’s show, Cleo took Best of Opposite in Tucson, Arizona, for her 5th show in a row with her handler, Kathi Wisdom, under Judge Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter! Karma took 1st place in her class in Ocala, Florida with handler Daniel Sanchez, under Judge Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clark! Thank you to Kathi, Danny, Vanessa and of course, Cleo & Karma! Below is a photo of Karma stacking in the ring with Danny, courtesy of our friends, Steel & JoAnne Campbell, enjoy!
This is one lucky duck, enjoy!
Today, Cleo took Best of Opposite in Tucson, Arizona, for her 4th show in a row with her handler, Kathi Wisdom, under Judge Dr. Donald A. Gill. Karma took Best of Breed Puppy in Ocala, Florida with handler Daniel Sanchez, under Judge Mrs. Cindy Meyer! Thank you to Kathi, Danny, Vanessa and of course, Cleo & Karma!
Stanley Pat Nif-Nif aka Ace (top photo) & Impero Russo Cleo di Costa Bel aka Cleo (bottom photo) – I wonder who Cleo gets her outstanding movement from:
More photos of Cleo's daddy, Stanley Pat Nif-Nif aka Ace:
I am so proud of my girls! Today, Cleo took Best of Opposite in Tucson, Arizona, for her 3rd show in a row with her handler, Kathi Wisdom, under Judge Honey Ann Glendinning. Karma took Reserve Winners Bitch in Ocala, Florida for her 2nd show in a row with handler Daniel Sanchez, under Judge Brian Meyer! This has been such a wonderful way for Cleo & Karma to start their show careers! Thank you to Kathi, Danny, Vanessa and of course, Cleo & Karma! By the way, the handsome fawn (light-colored) dog in the last photo is Cleo’s daddy, Stanley Pat Nif-Nif aka Ace! So great to have them in the show ring together!
Below are photos that Kathi was kind enough to have taken of Cleo while she was in the ring, enjoy!
I am very happy with Karma’s show results from today in Ocala, Florida! It is only her 2nd time in the ring and she did great! Karma took 1st place in her age class then went back in for the winner bitch class and took reserve winners bitch with her handler Daniel Sanchez. We are very excited to see how Karma’s show career will develop over the next few months! Many thanks to Daniel, Vanessa, Judge Mr. Frank McCartha and of course, to our baby girl, Karma!
Below are our favorite photos from today, courtesy of our dear friend, JoAnne Campbell of Blue Ridge Cane Corsos, enjoy!