• Kathleen Kiefer, CPDT-KA

Holiday Crazies - Well Life too

I haven't really been much for contributing to my blog. In May I started the journey of bringing home Zark. He's my new puppy. Who doesn't love puppies? Well he didn't stay little for long. Zark is a Beauceron, a breed you probably haven't heard of, in fact, most of the time when people ask about him I just say, "He's a French Shepherd". Everyone knows what a German shepherd dog is, but unless you're in certain nerdy dog circles, it's unlikely I'll meet anyone who knows about the Beauceron breed. I'll have to do a full post on the breed at some point. If you're impatient just use google.

3 month old beauceron puppy
Goodness he was little and cute!

Getting a purebred dog was a long story in the making, and deciding the Beauceron was 'right for me' was a difficult choice too. Again, I'll probably save some of those topics for a later post. I started working with this litter of puppies at 6 weeks of age, oh what adorable balls of fur and teeth! I wanted to be sure that my puppy (who could be any one of the 8) would have the most rock-solid temperament for the work I'd ask of him in the future. Needless to say I've been studying puppies in the last year, puppy development, socialization, exposure and learning about Jane Messineo Lindquist's Puppy Culture program. 7 Months later I've got a giant ball of puppy with an amazing temperament- something not all Beaucerons are lucky enough to boast about.

It's been 7 months since Zark was born and it's been busy! My brother moved in, there's a toddler in my house, and the dog is a breed meant to trot for hours a day. Fun times! It really has been fun times, sometimes patience testing times, but fun in general. We've already competed in our first conformation show, and brought home our first ribbons, and a major! A sport that is new to me.

The weekend after conformation, we managed to have our photo taken with Santa, and he showed off his most awkwardest, adolescent dog derpyness pose, and was kind of a hellion in chief that day. That's all par for the course for an adolescent shepherd puppy. At least he's smiling!

I wish you a Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday, and I'll be reaching out to new clients in the new year.

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