Wednesday, January 24, 2007

4-H Dog Clinic:

January 24th - Open House, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dog Clinic, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (1st year ONLY, parent mandatory)

Hannah was eager to learn about what types of dog projects 4-H offers as this is the first year she has had a dog! The woman that coordinates the program seems nice enough on the surface, but a few things she said didn't seem to sit right with Hannah. Hannah is going to do some more research and see if she really wants to do any of the projects with Louie.

The thing that struck us a the most odd, was her saying Louie was overweight. According to our vet, he still has about 10 lbs to gain, before he will reach full size. Yes, he isn't the typical scrawny American Boxer, he is from a German bloodline and BIG, but solid muscle, not an ounce of fat. For this woman to tell Hannah that he needed to loss 10 lbs, at least, because he was "too big" for a boxer makes us wonder if she knows what she is talking about. Her comment that he was "bigger than her golden retriver" makes about as much sense as her saying "your apple is bigger than my orange"...comparing two dogs of different breeds, with different builds doesn't make any sense.

Since she is the one who does all the training, that didn't start things off on a good foot. She was hard on Hannah the entire night (but not anyone else, including the people whose dogs were walking them or whose dogs pooped all over the floor) but I suspect it is because she realizes that Hannah is the most likely the win the category because with minimal training Louie does so well.

Who knows...we have 3 weeks until the next meeting.....

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