Cropping and docking are going away. Which side of history will your breed be on? | Ruffly Speaking

The veterinary community had a general feeling in the 70s, but science had progressed enough by the 1990s to make researchers certain that dogs did feel pain from both procedures. Again, if you’re taking a breath to say that baby puppies don’t feel pain when they’re docked, you are completely and totally wrong. 6 It’s also false that it’s less painful to dock during puppyhood than amputate in adulthood.7 And if you insist on either one of these things, you are not only perpetuating a falsehood,8 you just make us look even more stupid.9

By 2008, not only was it certain that the procedures caused pain, it was certain that they did not provide anything close to a compensatory benefit. Undocked dogs have very few tail injuries. 10 Cropping does not prevent ear infections.11 The implementation of cropping/docking on “working breeds” is so inconsistent as to be laughable.12 The jig is up; nobody believes you when you say it’s for a working purpose.13

Source: Cropping and docking are going away. Which side of history will your breed be on? | Ruffly Speaking

Yes, yes, and yes!  Thank-you, Joanna, for speaking out on this subject.  Dogs should keep all the parts they are born with!

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Stacy and Pike

I took this video of Stacy showing Pike at the North Shore Kennel Club show — Pike looks great, and she really does a wonderful job with him.

But what I really love is the sweet, smooth flip she does at the end of her down and back.  I am so jealous of how smoothly she can do that!

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Show Report: Trenton, NJ

I’d like to start this show report with a deeply felt “thank-you!” to Amy Preston and Caryl-Rose Pofcher.  They, individually, graciously boarded Clover and Jackson for me, so that we could make the drive down to Trenton and back carrying only two dogs, instead of four.  In a very real way, they made the trip possible.

Sunday’s show in Trenton was a regional specialty show, hosted by the Greater Valley Forge Rhodesian Ridgeback Club.  There was an entry of 72 Ridgebacks for the show.  We elected to drive down Saturday night, and drive home Sunday after the show, staying overnight in Cranbury.

Mercer Park, the show site, is amazing.  It’s gorgeous.  We went to Trenton last year, too, and I loved it even better this year — warm and sunny.  Just like last year, we had ringside parking for the van.

Cutting to the chase, here are the results:

Pike was Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes, netting us a lovely, lovely black leather show lead with black and yellow beads for a trophy, and a small cash prize.  He was also third place in his class in regular judging.


The show lead trophy came from A Bead Above, and is pictured here.

Loki was awarded Reserve Winners Dog (to a five-point major, with 25 class dog entries).  Here he’s pictured with sister Reign, who was from the same litter as Pike.  Reign was awarded Reserve Winners Bitch.  Nathan handled Loki, and breeder Lisa Hoffman showed Reign.

Loki and Reign


Loki and Reign

We went home totally thrilled with our two boys.  I’ll put a link up to the rest of the show results when they become available.

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Long overdue show report: Springfield, MA


Loki: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Pike: Friday | Saturday | Sunday

I have zero excuse for not putting this up earlier, except that I just wasn’t in the mood to write.  Still, the shows are starting to heat up, and I spent some time updating Clover’s page to reflect her major wins better, so I can take a moment to let you know how Springfield went at the beginning of this month.

The Spring Fling cluster was held in Springfield, MA over April 3-5, 2015.  This was Pike’s first “real” show — he was in the non-competitive Beginner Puppy class at the Hartford shows (which were also held in Springfield, so it’s okay to be confused).  We decided I would handle Pike, and Nathan would take Loki again like he had at Hartford.

Nathan and Loki were on fire that weekend.  Loki was Winner’s Dog on Friday under judge John P. Wade, picking up two points toward his championship.  Winner’s Bitch and Best of Winners would go to my friend Ali Gregoire and her bitch Marlo.

Saturday, Loki and Nathan would go Winner’s Dog again for a 4 point major under judge Daniel J. Smyth.  Mr. Smyth would also give Best of Winners to Loki over Ali’s Marlo (who also finished her championship!!).  We showed to Smyth last year in Springfield in one of Nathan’s first times in the ring on Loki, where he took home Reserve Winner’s Dog.  Most importantly, Saturday’s win gave Loki his second major, leaving us in a good spot for finishing Loki’s championship.

Sunday, Winner’s Dog was awarded to Loki’s brother Raylan by judge Raymond Filburn, giving him the last win he needed to finish his championship! We were a little sad it wasn’t Loki, but totally thrilled it went to Ray, who is a really super handsome liver nose.

What about Pike, I hear you asking. Well … Pike was in 6-9 month Puppy all three days, against a Spring Valley dog handled by Jack Secrest.  Jack’s dog was more mature than Pike, handled better than Pike (Jack is a professional and I very much am not), and just showed better than Pike.  We were out-shown and out-handled, and that’s okay.  Pike needs time to mature and some more training, which is just the way it goes.  He also started going into a fear period on Saturday, so on Sunday I just focused on making sure he had a good time in the ring and at the show, and I came out of the weekend very, very happy with little Lovernose.  I thought he did as well as could be expected for a six month old baby!

Looking forward, we will be at Trenton in the beginning of May, followed by St. Hubert the following weekend.  Then Pike will be going to the Maine shows with Marsa (without me), and at the end of the month will be Ladies’ Club in Wrentham.  Loki needs a final two points to finish up his title, and then we’ll probably dip our toes into the water and see how a grand championship might go for him.  Who knows?  Right now we’re just having fun showing him, and he is working well for Nathan, so we’re happy to follow this wherever it leads.

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Monthly Raw Food Order – March 2015

I just put the food orders in for my new beef supplier and Blue Ridge Beef for the March orders, so I guess it’s time for another monthly look at the raw food situation.

I deviated a little from the plans I had made in last month’s post.  Instead of ordering the 60 pound case of beef heart, I bought a 50 pound case of pork heart and 35 pounds of turkey hearts (Valentine’s Day sales!).  I also didn’t order any organs from TQDF, because I got a bunch of lamb organs from our CSA.  I also didn’t order the case of duck necks I had planned.

With the way my suppliers have their deliveries spaced out, it no longer makes sense for me to plan my “months” based on TQDF deliveries.  For that reason, I’m going to swap to food ordering and planning based on actual calendar months now, instead of counting the time until the next supplier delivery.  This does mean that my cost/day calculations for January and February can’t be directly compared to March, but going forward for the rest of the year the comparisons will be more equitable.

The Inventory:

1 whole turkey
1 sheep rib cage
37 pounds of turkey hearts
32 pounds of pork hearts
5 pounds of beef mix
1 pound of lamb hearts and tongues
12 pounds of ground chicken backs
7 pounds of lamb liver
6 pounds of beef liver
3 pounds of lamb kidney
2 pounds of pork kidney
4 pounds of beef lung

For the 31 days in March, I will need 135 pounds of raw meaty bones, 77 pounds of muscle meat, and 27 pounds of organs.

I have really got to do something about that last whole turkey and the sheep rib cage.

The Food Order:

30 pounds Blue Ridge Beef Natural Mix
40 pounds of beef mix
60 pounds of beef heart
1 case of duck necks
3 cases of chicken (backs or necks)


We have finally reached the tipping point where I’m ordering all my food by the case, to stretch over several month’s time.  Oh for those halcyon days when I just had Jackson and Clover to plan for.  Hahahaha!

My plan is to feed 20 pounds of beef heart, 12 pounds of Natural Mix, 28 pounds of beef mix, 8 pounds of pork heart, and 8 pounds of turkey heart in March.  That will let the case of beef heart last me through the end of May, the pork hearts last me through the end of June, and the turkey hearts as well.  Additionally, the case of Natural Mix will spread out through the end of April (and into May).

For raw meaty bones, the plan is three full cases of chicken, and 16 pounds of duck necks, which will allow the duck necks to cover two months.  For organs, I don’t need to order any at all this month, but next month I will be ready to pick up another case of pork kidneys, along with a supply of liver and lung.

This, then, gives me beef, pork, turkey, chicken, lamb, and duck, which is a very good spread of variety for March.

The Cost Breakdown:

30 pounds Blue Ridge Beef Natural Mix $60
40 pounds of beef mix $50
60 pounds of beef heart $95
1 case of duck necks $40
3 cases of chicken (backs or necks) $66

Total: $311

Hmm.  This is the third straight month of the food order cresting $300, but it’s also the third straight month of decreases from the previous month.  I’ve managed to shave a full dollar off my cost per day from January — I’m down to a cost of $10 per day to cover all four dogs.  It’s about $2.85/day each for Jackson, Loki, and Pike, and about $1.45/day for Clover.

I had hoped to have my rolling stock in place for this month’s order, but based on my calculations, it will hit in April.  Based on what I have on hand right now, in April I will only need to order a minimal amount of beef mix, the normal amount of raw meaty bones, and organs.  I estimate my cost for April will be closer to $200.

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