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   The Terrier Tattler
March 2006

Hello friends & fans –

Spring is close at hand and a bunch of our backyard varmints are getting active again.  The bunnies have returned and my brother Wesley and I almost had one the other night.  We surprised it and had it trapped up by the fence.  It was the closest we've ever been to a bunny and I was really shocked to learn that they make a sound much like my favorite squeaky toy - but it's a continuous sound.  Unfortunately, it wriggled away through the fence and ran off before we could really get to know it well!


February was a ball.  The big IKC show took place at McCormick Place in Chicago.  It's the biggest agility trial we go to - lots of dogs and tons of spectators that come to watch me run agility!  My favorite fan Lynn came with her nieces and John and Mary made it to my run on Saturday.  I had a great couple of agility runs on Saturday and Sunday (Double Q's both days!) but Friday was a tough day for both Wes and I.  We had gotten into the pantry at our house on Thursday while our assistants were at work.  We found a sealed container of Dried Beef Parts - it was a Christmas gift from our classmate Pacey.  Well, Wes and I figured it was about time to open the treats, so we got it off the shelf and worked really hard to get the hard plastic seal and lid off.  We feasted on all the dried beef treats we could stand (which was almost the whole container).  We didn't get really sick, but our bellies were swollen and gave away our secret.  Needless to say we our agility runs were a little sluggish on Friday!  The really sad thing is that Tracy has now moved all the dog treats up to another shelf in the pantry - that I can't reach!! 



Dear Diary....  by the herding Corgi Fiona

I have several friends that are known for their herding prowess.  My friend Fiona is a darling Corgi that is great at agility, but also gets to have fun herding (an activity I really stink at - I just want to chase, not herd).  Big thanks to Fi for sharing her experience with us.



I knew something special would happen Sunday when my lady started putting treats and drinking water in that red bag she always uses.  I figured it was about me then, so I went by the door and hovered around (I didn’t want to be forgotten and left at home.)

I was a little anxious in the “car kennel”, because we kept going on past SmackDabs, and because my man was in the car with us – he doesn’t usually come along.        

When we stopped and got out, there were several other people there,  but they had their own dogs, so I couldn’t make friends with too many of them,  We all stood around outside by a fence, and my lady kept pointing inside and saying “look”, like she does when she wants me to pay attention. I looked, but all I could see was a couple of people and a dog milling around aimlessly in a pen with three smelly, fuzzy, funny-looking animals, so I wisely used my time eating blades of grass to keep my strength up.

After awhile, my man took me in the pen, and let me off lead.  He walked toward the fuzzy animals, so I kind of sniffed around, but he seemed to want me with him.  I just couldn’t figure out why.  My man and the lady in the pen, Kathy, shuffled around after the fuzzy animals, then my man put me on lead again, and we left.

My lady and I stood around some more outside the pen, and she kept trying to get me to watch.  Then my man and I went back in there.  I remembered he wanted me by him, but I kept looking for my lady, because I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do.  I couldn’t resist woofing at the fuzzy animals a couple of times, and BOTH the lady in the pen and my man praised me!  I usually get YELLED at for barking!

Well, my man and I left the pen again, and nothing much happened after that, except I got some treats, and we went home.  I have a feeling my people learned a lot more than I did, but hey!  Any day that includes a ride in the car is a GOOD day!

-         by Fiona Fair of Face, as “told” to her lady Pam Feyereisen

-         We attended a herding instinct clinic 1/22/06 @ Dancing Hearts in Manhattan, IL.



First Aid Training Saves A Life

In last month's Terrier Tattler (February06) my friend Lynn shared a great article about a Pet First Aid training she attended through the American Red Cross.  Shortly after Lynn shared her story with me, I found this article on the internet.... highlighting an animal saved by CPR.  I know Lynn was thinking about her 2 cats Bailey and Greyce when she went to the seminar, but it's good to know it can help ALL KINDS of animals!


Kiss of life makes Boo Boo the chicken better

Wednesday, February 8, 2006; Posted: 7:06 a.m. EST (12:06 GMT)

ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas (AP) -- This chicken had lips, just not her own.

A retired nurse saved her brother's chicken, Boo Boo, by administering mouth-to-beak resuscitation last week after the fowl was found floating face down in the family's pond.

Marian Morris said she hadn't had any practice with CPR in years, but she was interested to see if she "still had it."

"I breathed into its beak, and its dadgum eyes popped open," Morris said. "I breathed into its beak again, and its eyes popped open again. I said, 'I think this chicken's alive now. Keep it warm."'

She said she did not know how to find a pulse on a chicken.

Boo Boo's owners, Jackie and Becky Calhoun, put her in a large cardboard box containing a grain feeder and water. They also placed a heater nearby.

The chicken is called Boo Boo because she is easily frightened. The Calhouns thought Boo Boo was startled and flopped into the pond.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Doggie Duds
Canine Fashion Do’s & Don’ts

'Mother/Puppy Fashion'




















Honestly, anyone over 25 needs to be very careful when dressing in matching outfits with their dog.  I know I look really cute in my fleece flower pup-jacket, but Tracy wearing a matching hat/scarf and mittens is just a little too much flower action.  On the other hand, Wesley and Mary scream DO in their matching outfits.  Wes' fluffy blue jacket is so cozy and Mary's matching scarf is very pretty and tasteful.  Just enough coordinating between them, without going overboard.  Then again, Mary's age is much more appropriate for 'Mother/Puppy Fashion'.





Pup Pics!




I have never been outside the USA, but I have a new friend that I would love to visit sometime.  Cindy is a pretty, fun poodle-girl that lives in Brazil.  She speaks the Portugese dialect of dog-talk, so I don't know that I would understand everything she says, but somehow I think we'd get along just great.  Here are a couple of photos of my new friend.  You will notice she's not very modest (you know how discreet we can be in the States - but Cindy is a very 'open' pup!).  I just love a girl that's comfortable just being herself!













My favorite lab friends (after my Aunt Bonnie) are the Riccelli labs.  And now they have a new addition to there family. I know what a challenge it is to bring a youngster into your household, but boy is Bella ever a cutie.  She sure lives up to her name!




Ab Fabs!!
Absolutely Fabulous Accomplishments - submit your Ab Fabs to 


Pacey keeps on pace! 

Recently at the Paw Power Blues UKC trials at their Cedar Lake Indiana club location my  Sheltie buddy Pacey (the one that gave Wes and I those great dried beef treats for Xmas) picked up 37 more points towards his UACH (We managed to obtain 2: 200 AG1 and 1:200, 1:199, 1:196 in AG2.). They even placed twice in 4th position in the very competitive Division 3B .  He's only 13 points from his UACH!!! 


The Riccelli Girls Still on A Roll! 

Yes, I frequently have good news to report about the lab's girls great agility and obedience activity.  Well, the IKC in Chicago was good for the Riccelli Labs. On Friday Shadow and DB both titled out in JWW under the same Judge. Shadow is now in EXB JWW,finished 1st with a perfect 100,Shadow also "Qed" in EXB Standard with a perfect 100 &10 seconds under time for the course.DB went fom Open JWW to title into EXA JWW,finished 4th. On Saturday DB also got her first leg in EXA JWW 100/3rd pl.Shadow also ran well on Saturday,no "Q's",but good runs. They had a good time and will be training to do better for their AKC trail in April.
        They also did well in the UKC trial Paw Powers had 2-19-06 - Shadow took 1st with a perfect 200 in the 2nd trail in AG2...DB took 2nd, also with a 200 in the same trail,DB also "Q'ed" in trail 1 with a 198.

Go Brittanys! 

Marie Starsiak's brittanys Ch. Dogwood Hollow C Me Fly RN CD (Delta) earned her her CD title at the Scott County K.C. Dog Show Feb. 4, 2006 with a first place
finish score of 194.5 Ch. Fiodi's Sir Windy Rock JH CD OA OAJ RA (Rocky) earned his Rally Advanced title at the Scott County K.C. Dog Show Feb. 4, 2006