Friday, December 31, 2010

About the Menagerie

Ahh, the meat'n'potatoes of this blog.... THE ANIMALS! There are seven beautiful pets in this house, so this will be a big entry.

"RONIN"
6xBAIMBS ALCH Bruda Sense of Duty CGC TDI












Ronin is an 8 year old gem of a Doberman from Bruda Dobermans in Illinois. He was my first show dog, and though ultimately not overly successful in the AKC ring he taught me a lot about the show world and how to be a good handler. He's very sweet, but turns in to a monster when it comes to real-life situations that require him to protect. Even though he's officially a veteran, he is still shown in UKC as an altered dog. He was the first Doberman to earn the ALCH (Altered Champion) title and currently has 6 Best Altered in Show wins. He also has his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certification and his TDI (Therapy Dogs Inc) certification.


"KAYLEE"
BIS/RBIS U-CH Bruda Whip Up A Dream Debut


Kaylee is nearly 3 years old, and my first successful show dog. She has 8 AKC points, owner handled, including two Best of Breed wins over specials. She is also a UKC Best in Show winning champion and a consistent Group Winner. We enjoy showing in UKC, it's a more relaxed atmosphere and the people are great! All showing aside, Kaylee has a great personality and temperament. She's very sweet and intuitive, but I would not call her a "friendly" dog. She is aloof around strangers and generally takes awhile to warm up to new people. If Kaylee likes you, you should feel honored and blessed!



"REVY"
Foxshire Jewel Heist (unofficial WAC!)


Revy is a 1 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi... with a blue eye! While considered a serious fault, we love her eye and think she's more beautiful because of it - after all, it's completely cosmetic and does not affect her health or vision at all. Revy came from a great conformation/performance breeder in northern Illinois, and both her parents are Champions with performance titles. Revy is a talkative, bold, fearless, hilarious clown with a great work ethic and strong performance drives. She even "passed" the Doberman Working Aptitude Evaluation, including the last portion of the test where she had to square off with an angry human attacker! Revy is a joy to live with and train, she makes every day an adventure!



"ADA"
Ilsa's If It Makes You Happy


Ada is mostly my husband's dog. We got her from a working breeder so her temperament is a bit different than Revy's. She loves people, but isn't always happy to be around other dogs. She is our first corgi, and the beginning of a lifelong "love affair" with the breed!



"JACQUES"


Jacques Louis David - a.k.a Jacques - and his brother Pierre (below) were adopted from PALS in December 2009. Jacques was named after a famous painter - both cats have "art names," which is my way of paying homage to the long hours I spent studying for my Art History classes in college. Jacques is the sweet one, very tolerant of the dogs - he even lets Revy chew on his ears! Jacques and his brother eat a raw diet out of necessity, processed kibble and canned food wreak havoc on their digestive systems.



"Pierre"


Pierre is named after the famous artist and Illuminati member Pierre Eugene du Simitiere, and is the more devilish cat in the house. Pierre is fearless and bold, and the dogs give him a wide berth! He is also the only cat in the house that is crafty enough to figure out how to eat prey model raw.



"Sekai"


Sekai is a Zimbabwe name that means "laughter" - odd name for a snake, but we like it! Sekai was a rescue, his previous owner had no idea how to care for this beautiful African species and as a result he was in horrible shape when I got him. After several proper meals, a much-needed shed and a few months of living in a well maintained habitat, he started looking much better. Sekai is a Ball Python, a shy yet docile species of constrictor that is a popular exotic pet. He poses no threat to the other animals in the house - he may be more than 4 ft long, but the largest creature he can eat is a small rat.

And that's it, that's the whole menagerie! For now, at least... ;)

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