French Bulldog Schutzhund Demo

French Bulldog Schutzhund Demo

Something to remember, the next time people giggle at how silly looking your Frenchies are –

That’s Wyatt Earp, aka Golden Hat Eney. He was also HIT at the 2009 French Bulldog National Specialty, in Boxborough, Maine. Wyatt is owned by Karen Carlin.

In Europe, one of Tessa’s grandsons has his Schutzhund I title, which I find not at all surprising. Years back, I was dating a Schutzhund enthusiast, and idly thinking of trying it with my American Bulldog, Jack. Jack was a total washout at Schutzhund – he didn’t have a protective bone is adorable body.

Tessa, on the other, almost launched herself through the windshield of the car the first time she saw the ‘suspicious stranger’. For fun (isn’t there always one, at any training facility?), someone suggested we see how she’d hit a sleeve. Hit it she did, with the velocity of a small freight train, and hung on with grim determination. All those sessions of playing “swing the Frenchie” with her rope toy paid off… I think she felt she’d finally found her perfect calling as a dog.

It might be fun to try Schutzhund with Dexter, once his show career is over. He has that perfect blend of drive and agility, plus he really like swinging from things.

Moscow Cat Circus

I’m going to bear this film in mind, the next time I think of cats as ‘impossible to train’.

At the moment, I can’t even handle one six month old French Bulldog puppy. Pickle is driving me insane, mainly because she’s smart. A smart Frenchie can be a dangerous thing, because she won’t let me get away with suff like spending four hours watching videos on Funny or Die, when she feels we should be doing something more rewarding like going for a walk or doing some table training. She expresses her disapproval by knocking over the water dish, and stomping through it with her fat little feet. She then sits in the water and glares at me.

I knew keeping one of Delilah’s daughters was a bad idea. That makes four generations of smart, impatient Bullmarket girls all in one household. I’m doomed. Maybe I should just get more cats.

A Tessa Update:

As some of you know, Tessa had a turn for the worse over the weekend. As of now, however, she’s still here, hanging in.

We’ve set up a small space for her with carpeting covered with wee wee pads, with a nice cozy bed and her water dish. It’s right in front of the fireplace, too. She seems to be doing fine, now that she’s not trying to negotiate the hard wood while also fending off Pickle, who thinks Tessa’s face is a secret goldmine of uneaten food particles.

She’s eating again, and last night she picked a fight with Sailor (that’s a really good sign, around our place).

So long as she is comfortable, and not in any pain, I’m going to keep the smelly old girl around for a while longer 🙂 I know full well that she is, indeed, slowing down, but there’s still some fight in her yet (just ask Sailor).

Have a Very Frenchie Christmas…

Tessa, Pammy, Dexter, Rebel and Solo wish you a Merry Christmas, in a very French Bulldog specific way.

If you own a French Bulldog, you’ll instantly know why this is the most ACCURATE holiday greeting ever.

Friday Moment of Zen – the Jack Black Jig

The spec-freakin’-tastically awesome Mr. Jack Black dances a jig, on the kids show “Yo Gabba Gabba“.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Yo Gabba Gabba is to today’s generation of 4:20iers what “Hammy Hamster” was for my generation.

update: someone narc’d on the poster of the original video, and it was taken down. Damn you, Nickelodeon! I however, will NOT be denied my jig dancing Jack Black, so here you go. Sorry about all the commercials.

Happy Hanukkah!

Hey kids – let’s all dance the Menorah Hora!

Happy Hanukkah, from the Bullmarket Frenchies!