EWWWWWW ~ he has a TAILLLLLLLLL
Didn't know where else to put this so I put it here. I am venting. My esteem for the show dog world just dropped somewhere around the dog sh*t on the ground.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have been grooming a Bouvie pup and the owner was meeting with a handler and a groomer who is an handstripping expert (referred by the handler ~ handler was referred by the Pres. of the AKC Bouvie club.) They were all impressed with this dog just looking at pictures.
So, owner meets with handler, I don't remember his name but first name is Jim. He has taken other dogs to Westminster, I believe she said mostly Boxers, but hadn't handled a Bouvie in about 10 years. He said the dog is magnificent. A stunning example of his breed. He has a slight wiggle in the back end when he walks but he said he'd grow out of it, it wasn't structural. BUT, he has a TAIL. He tried to convince her to dock this dog's gorgeous tail! She, of course, refused. She, like me, is against mutilation. She is from Europe. They don't do that anymore and she flew over and got this dog from, I think, Finland.
He told her she would have a tough time showing him because of the tail. While the judges would never say it because they would know it's "politically incorrect", they'll just find other faults in him to pin it on. So, this champion handler then tries to look in Olivers mouthg and he fusses. Doesn't get nasty, doesn't growl, just pulls away fussy. He HITS HIM IN THE FACE and tells him that has to stop!!! SO much for positive reinforcement in the handling world.
On to the groomer who was supposed to handstrip him. Turns out he was clueless and ruined the dogs crest. I had put the owner in contact with Lesley Nagle and it was Lesley who told her the groomer ruined the crest. Even "I" know the Bouvie is supposed to have a crest. Someone please tell me why this groomer who grooms for Westminster handlers didn't know that a Bouvie is supposed to have a crest???/!!!!!! So, next month, Lesley is handstipping Oliver for her and teaching her how to do it.
She contacted another handler that she was referred to. Jump ahead....hes magnificent.... can you dock the tail? GRRRRRRR
Someone tell me WTF is so wrong with this country that we are h*ll bent on mutilation? We amputate our cats' feet because we're too lazy to train the cat to not scratch the furniture, we slice up ears and cut off tails because we "like" the way it looks. Someone please tell me what is wrong with a dog the way it's born?
If docking and cropping is such a requirement, then why is dying a dog, using whatever extensions, additions or anything else for that matter to make a dog look better "illegal" in showing? If you can perform surgery to make a dog look better, why is dying the hair and anything else wrong? What a fkt up set of rules.
Why, if all of Europe has stopped declawing, cropping and docking, do we in this country still allow it, no, demand it? Are we really that selfish, self centered and egotistical that we feel it's necessary to do surgery on our animals just because we like it?
This is Oliver a few months ago.
"And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one small creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of vast eternity can fill it up?"...