Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Season's Greetings

I just wanted to wish all my students and clients a wonderful holiday season, and new year!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I have really enjoyed using this blog as a place to let people tell the world about their wonderful dogs! Here is Cruise another dog who is called a once in a lifetime by owner Pam.

Cruise was born in Stouffville, Ontario and is one of six puppies in a litter of Longhaired Whippets. He was born March 9th, 2004. His registered name is Renaissance Mystic Cruise. Funny how he got his name; Pam wanted a second dog, her husband said "No" but he wanted a boat, so a deal was struck and together they got a boat cruise!

He has earned his Rare Breed Championship and is only 1 point away from getting his Rare Breed Grand Championship with the Rare Breed Club of South Western Ontario. He is a Multiple Best in Specialty winner and only needs two more points to get his LWA (Longhaired Whippet Association) Championship. He also has his TT (Temperament Test), HIC (Herding Instinct Certificate), and his CGN (Canine Good Neighbour).

Cruise also has a few racing titles to his name. He runs tracks in 200 yrd. Straight and 350 yrd. Oval races and enjoys this very much!
Cruise is an intact male and has 8 puppies on the ground. Five are longhaired whippets,and 3 were from an oops with a friends standard poodle!!

Pam and Cruise have been doing agility for 2 years but just started with me this summer. They are hoping to trial next year, and I will be rooting for them!! They are a great team!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Here Comes Tumbleweed!!

I have to start this post by saying that it's true that you should never judge a book by it's cover. Meet Tumbleweed or when he wants to get technical Amonvhar's Yosemite Sam, a Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen or better known as PBGV. They are a variation of the Bassett Hound, bred to be more agile and with a dense coat for working in the underbrush.

Tumbleweed has come up to do some agility even though he and his three housemates (Bentley, Whimzee and Sass) are all members of the Superdog performance team. Tumbleweed has also done obedience and trick classes, but agility is his favorite!
He came to live with his owner Shannon when he was 8 weeks old back in March 2007. He flew in from his breeders in Calgary on the red eye. His father was a Finnish and American Champion.

Well I have to admit I had my preconceived ideas about Tumbleweed being an agility dog as he is a very long bodied, short legged hound. Serves me right because you should see him fly!! He has tons of drive, is remarkably athletic for his build and is so happy working!! Look for him at the Superdog shows!!
Youu should also check out Shannon's website!! She is a local artist, well known in the dog world for her custom portraits, logos and book illustrations!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Agility Fun Day

Yesterday was the Art of Dog Agility Fun Day for the agility students!! A fair number were able to make it out for a great day to play!! Thank you all for coming out this season and soon we start the indoor winter classes!! Unfortunately I only managed to get a few photos!!! Sorry! Send me pics of your dogs and I will add them!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Say Hello to Ranger

Meet Ranger, and Jocelyn. Ranger is a 2 year old Brittany Spaniel from a litter of 10 puppies. He is an extremely happy, spirited dog full of personality.
He is also a very athletic dog that will soon make a great agility dog! Ranger is also training in field work and completed many different obedience and clicker courses as a younger dog. He also loves to go hiking, canoeing and swimming. Chasing deer and small game is also something Ranger likes to get the chance to do!!
Jocelyn has taught Ranger how to ring a bell with his nose to go outside, as well how to play Nintendo wii!!!
What else does Jocelyn say about Ranger? Apparently he is a great fly catcher and rids the house of any unwanted insects. He is also the fastest dog at the dog park, coaxing other dogs to chase him and then leaving them in the dust. It is my guess that he will one day be able to leave the other dogs at the trials in his dust as well!! Hope to see them out there soon!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Meet Lance

And of course to meet Lance is to meet his owner Stephanie!! I know them from teaching them at Scholars in Collars and now they are doing agility classes with me at my house. They are a great pair!
Lance is a four year old, fearless German Shepherd that is keen to work and has been doing some sort of training with Stephanie since she got him as a puppy. He also enjoys hiking, swimming, learning tricks and playing with his dog friends. He was apparently the lowest drive puppy in his litter (of twelve!) but I certainly can not imagine that!! He wants to work and loudly lets us all know about it when he shows up for class!

Lance is also a blood donor, a "universal" donor. Lance is allergic to cats, but it doesn't stop him from chasing them. He also has other allergies that he receives shots for.

According to Stephanie, Lance has been very trustworthy and quiet, uncrated in the house from a young age. The only thing he will get into is removing (but not breaking) dirty dishes from the sink and "washing" them until they sparkle. He has taught Stephanie to do all the dishes before going to work!

Lance is a fun dog with a very devoted owner that I enjoy teaching. I think he and Stephanie could have a lot of fun on the trial field as well. Hopefully we see them out there soon!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Shout out!

So everyone seems to be a bit shy about telling the world how wonderful their dogs are, so I'm going to start the ball rolling. I normally wouldn't advertise so to speak for a specific breeder, but I have to give a shout out to one whose dog I had the great pleasure of grooming recently. I don't claim to know about the particulars of Scottish Terriers, but I do know a good tempered dog when I meet one, or meet the whole clan! Wow how nice it is to meet a whole group of dogs all with great temperment, and personality!

Iris comes from Mucklewags Scottish Terriers here in Ontario. Big dogs in little dog packages she calls them! All of her dogs are just fantastic!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I want to hear from YOU!!

Okay, so for the students that are checking in here, just to let you know, next week I would like to take some agility photos before or after your class for the website.I hope you don't mind!

Also I would love to do some student bios (this would apply to grooming clients as well), for this blog. Email me a bio and some photos!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Have fun Suzie!!

Okay time to get this blog started!!
I just wanted to say "Have fun" to Suzie and her owner as they head off to Tennessee to a weekend get together of fellow Logotto Romagnolo enthusiasts.
Suzie is a rare Italian breed, called the Logotto Romagnolo. She has been my first introduction to the breed. Suzie is a shy dog, but due to all the great socialization and work her owners have done with her she is a treat to groom and I feel she is quite comfortable with me now!
I hope they have a great time!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Blog-Welcome

Welcome to the new Art of Dog Blog. With the new website, I thought a blog to go with it was a must! Here new work, agility lesson info or clients dogs pictures will be posted. Check out the website!! Art of Dog!