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Nelson’s Notes: junior & intermediate class

by Sue Jeavons

Owned by Pic d’Arlee Nelson avec Bergerpicard – aged 18 months

As I mentioned last time, I have no showing experience and we are doing this for fun and to get this wonderful breed seen out and about.  Plus, Nelson loves it!  If he didn’t, as was the case with Logan, we wouldn’t be doing it.  

It’s been a busy first half of 2019, and Nelson has obtained a few more titles along the way.  He has also had his hips and elbows scored and his eyes tested.  

His eyes are all clear, except he has a cute little birth mark on his one eye, which is not hereditary and will not cause any problems in the future.  His hips came back as an overall scoring of 8 (right 3, left 5), and his elbows graded as 0.

12th January 2019 LKV Dog Show, Genk, Belgium

Class: Junior

1st Place, Excellent, Best Junior, Best of Breed

Belgian Junior Champion

The excellent awarded today made Nelson a Belgian Junior Champion.  Alpha Natura Nike avec Picarboo (Vikki), got Best Opposite Sex and also became a Belgian Junior Champion.

27th January 2019 Mouscron Dog Show, Belgium

Class: Intermediate

1st Place, Excellent, Best of Breed, CAC, CACIB

The excellent awarded today made Nelson a Belgian Junior Champion.  Alpha Natura Nike avec Picarboo (Vikki), got Best Opposite Sex and also became a Belgian Junior Champion.

9th February 2019 Douai Dog Show, France

Class: Intermediate

1st Place, Excellent, CACS, Best of Breed

10th February 2019 Douai Dog Show, France

Class: Intermediate

1st Place, Excellent, CACS, Best Opposite Sex

Nelson and his half-sister Norma were competing against each other.  Nelson got BOB on Saturday and Norma on Sunday.  It was a tough call!

1st March 2019 Peerd Van Ome Loeks Show, Groningen, Holland 

Class: Intermediate

Judge: John Bond (Ireland)

1st Place, Excellent, CAC, CACIB, Best of Breed

The replacement judge gave Nelson a brilliant write up.  Vikki got Best Junior and CAC.

3rd March 2019 Martini Dog Show, Groningen, Holland

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Karen Gilliland (Ireland)

1st Place, Excellent, CAC, CACIB, Best of Breed

Benelux Winner NL 2019

Qualified for Crufts 2020

Another great write up for Nelson and he has qualified for Crufts 2020, before he’s even been to Crufts 2019!

8th March 2019 Crufts

Class: Open

Judge: Dr A Rony Doedijns (Holland)

Unplaced (only top 5 from 18 shortlisted and placed)

Wow!  I can now say that I own a dog that has been shown at Crufts, and not only that, but a Picard!  And best of all, he showed his socks off, had a great day and was an absolute star (not that I am biased at all….)  

A brilliant day, with 6 Picards entered in the AV Import Register Pastoral Group.  A special congratulations to the three Picards that were placed.  

Showing in the UK is a little different to showing on the continent, as Picards do not have their own classes in the UK and have to compete against other breeds also on the Import Register, such as White Swiss Shepherds and Pumis. 

Let’s wait and see what happens at Crufts 2020…….

12 May 2019 Luxembourg Dog Show, Luxembourg

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Gerard Jipping (Holland)

Excellent, Best of Breed, CACL & CACIB

This was Nelson’s first show in Luxembourg and a great turn out for UK Picards. Vikki got BOS, CACL and CACIB.  Odin was also there.  

Nelson needs one more CACL to obtain his Luxembourg title.

1st July 2019 Grand Prix de France, Paris, France

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Christian Jouanchicot (France)

Speciality Show

Excellent, Best of Breed, CACS

This time Lynn was not available to show Nelson, so another friend Severino stepped in and did a brilliant job with Nelson winning Best of Breed. There were 5 Picards entered, including his half-sister Norma.

Nelson also got short-listed to the top six in the French Breed Group in the Ring of Honour

28th June 2019 Windsor Championship Show, UK

Class: Open

3rd Place

1st place was awarded to a White Swiss Shepherd and 2nd place to a Pumi.  Vikki came 1st in her Open class and got Reserve Best Bitch.

2nd July 2019 Championnat de France, Paris, France

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Monique Weber Lo Giaco (France)

Excellent, 3rd place

So today wasn’t our day.  Firstly, I ended up trying to show Nelson which meant he wasn’t as alert as normal, plus he was constipated (which I found out later).  So, after the high of the day before, it just wasn’t meant to be today!

However, the day wasn’t a total loss.  We got to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

27th July 2019 Golden Dog Trophy, Liege, Belgium

Class: Open

Judge: Mr Boguslaw Chmiel (Poland)

Excellent, Best of Breed

CAC

CACIB – Golden Winner

Benelux Winner BE 2019

Nelson needs one more CAC in Belgium after 7th December 2019 to become a Belgian Champion.

Vikki got Best Opposite Sex, CAC, CACIB – Golden Winner and Benelux Winner.

Nelson has a few more shows lined up this year, including going to the National Elevage at the end of September 2019 organised by the French Club.  For now, we will keep working towards him hopefully obtaining his Luxembourg, Belgian, Dutch, Benelux and French Champion titles!

Logan’s Log: He’s still here and he got bigger, much bigger!

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

So last time around, I introduced you to Nelson, the newest member of the family, and, although I hate to admit it, my younger brother.

I can’t say, it was love at first bark, but he is growing on me.  In fact he is growing and growing and growing.  He now weighs more than 23kg and is as big as me, if not bigger and he is strong, boy is he strong!

Gone are the days where I would pretend to let him win at a game of tug, now, he wins and wins and wins all on his own.  He has the staying power, jaw power, agility and determination of a 9 month old puppy.  He might not look like a puppy anymore, well he does still have a puppy like face and coat, but he is a puppy in the body of an adult!

And, I’m afraid that’s the only part of him that’s an adult.  He’s still an annoying puppy!  He’s over playful, naughty, still chews everything, still hogs all the toys, still eats mom out of house and home, and now thinks he can start pushing me around!

Mom fell in love with his mother when she met her at Crufts last year, she loved that she sought attention when she was getting none, and wasn’t exactly aloof with strangers, well………. you get what you wish for……..

Nelson is just like his mother.  He likes attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good chin tickle, back scratch and bum rub, and mom is good at these things, but now Nelson barges in and says, me too!!  Has he never heard of age before beauty (not that I think he’s beautiful, no need to pamper that ego any more than mom already does!!), but come on, mom has two hands, which means we can both get tickles, scratches and rubs, at least until JoJo comes along and starts pawing mom for some attention too.  What was mom thinking, she only has two arms, so how did she think she was going to caress the three of us all at the same time!  And no, the foot rub isn’t the same, and Nelson has a foot and sock fetish, so not a wise move, unless you want to lose a toe or two.

And he is such a creep!  I mean, its JoJo’s job not his to give me a wash, but he insists too (yuk!!),  and it’s only so he can get closer to my toys or chews or sometimes to apologise for being tooooo boisterous.  He can’t even walk down the corridor in a straight line.  Side to side in front of me, turning to give me a lick as he goes and stop me from overtaking him.

I am just very grateful that mom has decided that he should still sleep in his big cage in the bedroom.  I mean, there really isn’t enough room on the king sized bed for mom, me, JoJo and a fidgeting lump, as well, he really has the attention span of a gnat and he can’t lay still for longer than two seconds at a time.  Please, please, please, lets hope the cage stays a while longer.

All I can say, is thank goodness, he has a couple of his own friends, so its not all left to JoJo and I to entertain him.  As well as his good friend Mowgli, a 2 year old Border Terrier, who chases him around and around and around, until we are all giddy, but he now also has a new bestie – Nimbus!  Nimbus is 3 months younger than Nelson and is a Pyrenean Sheepdog, but more about him in Nelson’s Notes.

Anyway, that’s enough about Nelson.  Thanks for asking, but yes, I am much better and have settled down into taking my thyroid medication.  I remind mom at 6am every morning (always best to wake her up 15-20mins before her alarm is due to go off), to give me my tablet.  She just places it on the bedside table, and I lick it straight off there, crunching it slightly on the way down.  That meat flavouring in the tablet does the trick.  Then I insist on pawing her to thank her, until her alarm goes off and she then gets up and lets us all out to do our business in the garden.  I might be persuaded to let her have a 30-60 minute lie in on a Saturday and Sunday, if she has been particularly good the day before.  But then again, one of the other two, normally decide they want to get up instead.  No rest being mom in our house!!

Talking of houses, I should really say thank you to Nelson.  He is still protesting at being left in his run while mom goes out to work, so for now, she has decided to divide the living room up, and we all get to stay indoors and watch daytime TV all day in the warm, and for JoJo and I, we get a sofa each – result!!  And, the lunch time treats are still being distributed, so…. double result!!

It’s not all bad, so maybe he can stay a little while longer, but the probation period is definitely not over yet!

Nelson’s Notes: junior & intermediate class

by Sue Jeavons

Owned by Pic d’arles Nelson avec Bergerpicard – aged 18 months

As I mentioned last time, I have no showing experience and we are doing this for fun and to get this wonderful breed seen out and about.  Plus Nelson loves it!  If he didn’t, as was the case with Logan, we wouldn’t be doing it.  

So, last time around, I told you all about Nelsons first show last December in Brussels, and moving to Junior class and he was just about to go to the  all the way up to going to the Champion of France show in Paris, so let’s see how he got on and what we’ve been up to since…….

2nd June 2018  Champion of France, Paris

Class: Junior

Judge: Daniel Schwartz (France)

Excellent, 2nd Place

Wow, this seems sooooo long ago.  It was a very big show, lots of Picards present, including his father (Lughan de Havre aux Oiseaux).  All I can say, is like father like son.  The two got on with lots of play bows.  As for the showing, it was a thorough examination, with height sticks, checking size and width of his skull, length of tail, bone structure, everything you would expect at a prestigious show.  He got and Excellent and Second Place, as he still had his puppy coat, but he showed really, really well, smiling all the way.  

9th June 2018  Tilbug – Baronie Dog Show, Holland

Class: Junior

Judge: Dr A Rony Doedijns (Holland)

Excellent, Best of Breed, CACS

This was Nelson’s first show in Holland and his first outdoors show.  I was worried that he would want to sniff the grass, but he was well behaved and I was over the moon when he got his first ever CAC. A great write up too – lovely silhouette and standing, lovely expression.  Very well presented.  I’m afraid, I cant take any of the credit there, as my friend Lynn showed him.

30th June 2018  Genk – Limburg, Belgium

Class: Junior

Judge: Gerard Jipping (Holland)

Excellent, Best of Breed, Best Junior

Lynn worked her magic again and Nelson had great fun in Genk.  A long drive, but all good practice and fun.

15th July 2018  Dunkerque Dog Show, France

Class: Junior

Judge: Boris Chapiro (France)

Excellent, 1st place

Our local show, and a Picard Speciality show.  There were 11 Picards in total, and it was great to catch up with lots of friends.  Another great write up – very good construction, good proportions, pretty head, dentistry correct and expressive.

2018 Munster Circuit, Ireland

Classes: Junior

18th August 2018  Navan Group Dog Show

Judge: Mr D McDonald (Ireland)

19th August 2018  Clonmel Dog Show

Judge: Mr Dirk Spruyt (Belgium)

21st August 2018  Killarney Dog Show

Judge: Mrs A Edoff (Sweden)

23rd August 2018  Limerick Dog Show

Judge: Mr A B Santos (Phillipines)

25th August 2018  Tralee Dog Show

Judge:  Mr T Wall (Ireland)

5 Excellents, 5 Green Stars, 5 Best of Breeds

A total of five dog shows over a week, all in southern Ireland.  A great fortnight aways and Nelson had a brilliant time, winning 5 Excellents, 5 First places, 5 Best of Breeds and 5 Green Stars.

The 5 Excellents in Junior Class made him a Junior Irish Champion, pending confirmation from the Irish Kennel Club.

Hopefully we’ll be back next year to get another couple of Green Stars and make him an Irish Champion.  Watch this space…….

6th October 2018  Douai Dog Show, France

Class: Junior

Judge: Mr Jean-Bernard Moings (France)

Excellent, 2nd Place

Another excellent write up from the judge – excellent structure and head.

4th November 2018 East Kent Dog Show

Nelson was entered in the show, but unfortunately he had a bad reaction to a worming tablet and was unable to show.

18th November 2018  Le Mans, France

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Mrs Jeannine Anjoran (France)

1st Place, Excellent, CACS, Best Opposite Sex

This was Nelsons first Intermediate show and another Picard Speciality show, and unfortunately Lynn was unable to come, so I had to show him (gulp!).  Luckily, all the work Lynn had done with him had paid off, and he stood for me and moved when I asked him too.  There were four Picards entered, and Nelson go an Excellent, 1st Place, his first French CACS and Best Opposite Sex.  A beautiful brindle bitch (Nothing Else du Retable de Fromentieres), deservedly got the Best Of Breed.  Nelson was besotted with her, and couldn’t keep his eyes on her as we ran around the ring together.  Unfortunately, she was behind us, so he kept turning around to get a better look!

Nonetheless, this was a great win for Nelson, as winning a CACS at a Speciality show is needed in order to obtain Championship status in France.

8th December 2018  Brussels Trophy 

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Ozkanal Umit (Turkey)

Excellent, CAC, CACIB, Best of Breed

This was Nelson’s first chance to qualify for Crufts, as long as he got an Excellent. And well…… yes, he did it, Excellent, CAC, CACIB, Best of Breed and Crufts Qualification.  Well done!

9th December 2018  Brussels Dog Show

Class: Intermediate

Judge: Norman Deschuymere (Belgium)

Excellent, 2xCAC, CACIB, Best of Breed, Belgian Winner 2018

This was a double CAC show and the opportunity to be classed Belgian Winner 2018.  His judge today, was the Group 1 Ring of Honour judge on Saturday, who had gone over Nelson three times in pre-judging but didn’t shortlist him.  He commented how he loved the texture of his coat and thought he was a stunning dog.  (Still blushing with pride).

15th december 2018  LKA (Ladies Kennel Association), UK

Class: Import Register – Junior

Judge: changed on the day, so I can’t remember her name

2nd place to a White Swiss Shepherd

Picards don’t have their own classes in the UK, so he had to compete against other breeds such as the White Swiss Shepherd, Toy Russian dogs, Hungarian Pumis, etc.

It was a great show to catch up with friends and make new ones. This also qualified him for Crufts.

Well done also to Lilli-Lu – Second in Open Class, Murray – 3rd in Good Citizen Class & Vicki – 1st in Good Citizen Class.

Can’t wait to see what 2019 has in stall!  Definitely Crufts on Friday 8th March 2019, and who knows what else…….

Logan’s Log: THe three musketeers

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

He’s still here, it’s been over a year now, so I guess he is officially part of the gang, one of the family and definitely one of the Three Musketeers!

The routine is set and the three of us (JoJo the Parson, Nelson and me), all have our roles to play.

It starts 15 minutes before mom’s alarm goes off.  I still don’t quite understand why she sets it or why she thinks she needs to get up 15 minutes later than we tell her to, but she never learns..…  Nelson waits until I am in place, standing next to the bed staring right at mom while she’s asleep, then he starts his wake up call – an exaggerated stretch, shake (to get the collar chain and tag going), and then he starts with the quiet squeaks (the ones he does if needs to go out) until, if she hasn’t quite heard him, develops into a little yelp and then I join in from the edge of the bed with a well placed paw or wet nose, and if that still hasn’t worked and she rolls over, there’s JoJo and her tongue waiting.  It works every time! Paw High Five!!!

Then while she’s still half comatosed, I get my tablet and we all insist on being let out – immediately!  And that’s the next well rehearsed Three Musketeers gig, the wake up the neighbourhood and scare away next doors cats garden dash!  JoJo, the smallest, but definitely the boss, is always first out the door, scooting between our legs, and lets out the first yelp.  Not too loud, as she doesn’t want mom to shout at her first, and then we all join in until we reach the far gate at full pelt.  One of these days our brakes aren’t going to work and we’ll all end up in a heap of legs, fur and tails.  Needless to say, none of the cats ever come into our part of the garden, but they do venture into the other areas, along with the odd pheasant, green woodpecker, collared dove or wood pigeon.  You never know, but as soon as that door is opened, we Three Musketeers are all over it – All for One and One for All, United we Stand, Divided we Fall!

The only problem is, that after one short sharp shout from mom, JoJo and I give up and get on with what we need to do, but Nelson, he hasn’t quite got the hand of it yet, and he just keeps on barking and barking.  Maybe he should really be the young enthusiastic D’Artagnan?  Anyway, all this continued noise leads to an irritable mom, in her pyjamas, stomping around the garden after him, shouting in a whispering voice ‘It’s too early, you’ll wake the neighbours, quiet, do your hurry hurries and get inside!’.  After nearly seven years, she really still doesn’t get it does she – that’s the whole point, wake everyone up and let them know we are here – All for One and One for All!!!

So finally, he stops barking, then he decides it’s play time.  He takes a quick look at me, thinks better of it, and then lines himself up to pounce on JoJo.  By this time mom has gone back inside, checking her slippers for you know what on the way in.  A quick zoomies game with JoJo around and around the garden and mom decides it’s time for us all to come in.  But, you guessed it, the good ones, JoJo and I go running in, knowing that it’ll soon be time for breakfast, but Nelson, he decides that he needs one last look over the fence for cats, and then, then he decides that he better do his business.  Now in the summer months when it was light, dry and warm, we all made that excuse to stay outside that little bit longer, but come on it’s now winter – cold, wet and dark!  Get with the program Nelson.  The front door opens: 1. A quick bark and chase for cats; 2. Do your business; &, 3. Get back inside the warm house ASAP.  We might be a rustic breed, but I like my creature comforts!!

At 16 months he still has some serious learning and training ahead of him, that’s for sure, but he’s not bad as our third musketeer, but he’s definitely still on probation!

As for me, I’m keeping well with my tablets, although we had some fun over the summer.  The V. E. T. (not sure why she insists on spelling it out, does she really think we don’t understand what she means when she spells out the letters rather than saying the torturous word VET – Vicious Evil Torturer!!), changed my thyroid medication in the summer as they stopped stocking the other one.  The good thing for mom, was that it was cheaper, but the bad thing was that it didn’t taste of meat anymore, and I wouldn’t lick it off her hand, crunch it and swallow it.  So twice a day for three months, mom had to ram it down the back of my throat.  I didn’t complain at the procedure, although I would spit it out occasionally, but she decided that trying to break up a table half the size of the old ones into 3 pieces, and then get me to swallow it, was just too much hassle, so she went back to the old tablets – you know I’m worth it mom!!

Nelson’s Notes: Baby Puppy, Puppy & now Junior Class

by Sue Jeavons

Owned by Pic d’Arlee Nelson avec Bergerpicard – aged 9 months

First off, I should admit that I don’t really know anything about showing and have never been to any sort of ringcraft lessons.

But, when I first got Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), my first Picard in 2012, I thought I would give it a go.  I have a friend who shows Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (Tollers, for short), and another friend who has shown her Border Collie, Tervurens and now Pyrenean Sheepdog, so basically they helped me.  My friend Lynn agreed to take Logan in the ring for me, and he entered a few shows in Belgium and France, including the National Elevage at Conty in 2012.  The only problem was, Logan hated it, I mean, really hated it.  So, I did not see any point in pursuing showing, when he really didn’t enjoy it, so that was that, until Nelson came along……..

Nelson, is different, he is more outgoing, not very aloof, and loves to give out hugs and kisses.  So, I decided to take him along to a show as a visitor, and once his paperwork came through I entered him at his first competition show to see how he got on.  Here are our notes………

18th November 2017  Kortrijk, Belgium

Visitor only

This was the first time Nelson had ever been to a show, and it was a big one, but he took it all in his stride.  There were four Picards entered and he made sure they all met him, dishing out hugs and kisses to them and their owners.  He walked around the show, investigating the stands, telling me which treats and new toys he wanted, and best of all, he slept all the way home!!

17th December 2017  Brussels Dog Show, Belgium

Class: Baby Puppy

Judge: S. Lazic (Serbia)

Very Promising, Best of Breed Baby Puppy

This was Nelson’s first show and I’m not sure who was more nervous.  Clive was there along with Maya.  Unfortunately Tina had had to stay at home with their other dogs, and my friend Lynn couldn’t come, so it was down to me to show him – gulp!

We had some practise runs in the ring, which I’m glad we did, as this was the first time he had encountered carpet tiles.  And not just carpet tiles, carpet tiles with the smell of lots of other dogs on them, having already had one day of showing the day before.  You try getting a 5 month old puppy to lift their nose off the ground with all those interesting smells around!!  Our time came, and he did really well for his first go, I managed to keep up with him as we trotted up and down the ring, and to keep his nose up from off the ground. The judge was very kind, but a little full on, in my opinion (precious mom moment), for his first time, but although being a little nervous, Nelson took it in his stride.

When it came to the big ring, for Best in Show Baby Puppy, we had a long wait backstage, then the music blared out, the announcer shouted out all the breed details through the loud speakers as we trotted out and the crowd clapped.  Nelson had a slight pause, but when he realised they were clapping for him (I’m sure it was only for him and not all the other cute puppies too), he strutted his stuff like a pro, and I hobbled along trying to keep up.  He almost got shortlisted, but the judge picked the Bouvier des Ardennes, which went on to come third, but to me, it didn’t matter, he was a winner.  He had enjoyed his first show, taken it all in, given out lots of hugs and kisses and almost won around Maya.

28th January 2018  Mouscron, Belgium

Class: Baby Puppy

Judge: Darko Korosec (Slovenia)

Very Promising, Best of Breed Puppy

This time I also had to show him in the class ring, but my friend Lynn made it in time to run him in the Best in Show Puppy.  He was the only Picard entered.

Again, I made sure he had a few goes in the ring, to get used to the carpet, and the judge was very sweet with him.  Some Belgian friends (showing their Pyrenean Sheepdog), kindly took some photos for me, and he coped really well in the big ring, where he had to run a mile (well almost), all the way around. He also had to cope with a very pushy pooch behind him, but Nelson didn’t flinch, he just soaked it all up and had fun.   Again, he wasn’t shortlisted, but he was definitely my favourite again!

18th February 2018  Gent – 48th Flanders Dog Show, Belgium

Class: Puppy

Judge: Myriam Vermeire (Belgium)

Very Promising, Best of Breed Puppy

Another show in Belgium, and more fun, this time as Lynn was there with Nimbus, and Anneke was their with two of her Picards.  The most important thing for me when showing, is to make it all as much fun as possible.  If Nelson isn’t having fun, then what’s the point, so when he had a little nervous wee on Lynn’s hand when the judge checked that he had a pair of…….(how rude he thought, she hasn’t even introduced herself or told me her name), then Nelson and Lynn had the last laugh when the judge then went to shake Lynn’s hand congratulating them on winning Best of Breed Puppy – oops!!

And to make it even more fun, once Nimbus, a Pyrenean sheepdog had also finished showing and won Best of Breed Baby Puppy, the boys could have some serious play time.  And that caused a stir – just picture the scene, a serious dog show and a Picard, with golden highlights play fighting with a harlequin bundle of fluff pyrenean sheepdog – oh what fun they had and so did Lynn and I stopping their leads getting tangled up every two seconds!!

8-11th March 2018 Crufts, Birmingham NEC, UK

Discover Dogs Stand

At seven and a half months, Nelson was the youngest of all our stars on the Picardy Sheepdog Club Discover Dogs stand, and what stars they all were.  He spent three days at Crufts and dished out so many hugs and kisses, I lost track.  It was impossible to walk anywhere with him without being stopped and his coat had many a woman jealous of his gorgeous highlights.  He made lots of friends, both two and four legged.  Even Mu (Molly), succumbed to his charms – well she didn’t really have much choice, in the end, and Tracey was licked to submission, but she wasn’t really putting up a fight!  I’m going to have to watch her, as she definitely has her eyes on him and would have taken him home with her given half a chance!

21st April 2018  Antwerp, Belgium

Class: Junior

Judge: C Zeniou (Cyprus)

Excellent, Best Junior and Best of Breed

This was Nelson’s first time in Junior class.  Now he is no longer in puppy class, the judges start to expect him to take it serious – good luck with that!!  But, showing your teeth nicely, standing well and trotting, rather than galloping and pulling around the ring, should start to be the norm, but remember it should still be fun!!  And fun it was.  He jumped up to cuddle the judge, smiled to show his teeth and wagged his tail when the judge came back to shake my hand.  And, once the judge had given his verdict: Excellent, Best Junior and Best of Breed, the judge asked me to come back after he had finished judging everyone else.  Why, I wondered, well, it turned out, he wanted a selfie with Nelson, because he loved him that much!!

As part of his prizes, he got a certificate, two trophies and some vet bed, he also had three free professional photos taken.  Plus, we got to go in the big ring twice – once as Best Junior and once as Best of Breed.  He didn’t get shortlisted for either, but as soon as hears the music, tannoy and clapping, he starts smiling and loves showing off!

2nd June 2018  Champion of France, Paris

Class: Junior

Judge: Daniel Schwartz (France)

This will be Nelson’s next show and the biggest yet.  He will also get to meet his father (Lughan de Havre aux Oiseaux).  Fingers crossed that we all have great fun and we’ll let you know how we get on next time………

Logan’s Log: He’s still here and he got bigger, much bigger!

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

So last time around, I introduced you to Nelson, the newest member of the family, and, although I hate to admit it, my younger brother.

I can’t say, it was love at first bark, but he is growing on me.  In fact he is growing and growing and growing.  He now weighs more than 23kg and is as big as me, if not bigger and he is strong, boy is he strong!

Gone are the days where I would pretend to let him win at a game of tug, now, he wins and wins and wins all on his own.  He has the staying power, jaw power, agility and determination of a 9 month old puppy.  He might not look like a puppy anymore, well he does still have a puppy like face and coat, but he is a puppy in the body of an adult!

And, I’m afraid that’s the only part of him that’s an adult.  He’s still an annoying puppy!  He’s over playful, naughty, still chews everything, still hogs all the toys, still eats mom out of house and home, and now thinks he can start pushing me around!

Mom fell in love with his mother when she met her at Crufts last year, she loved that she sought attention when she was getting none, and wasn’t exactly aloof with strangers, well………. you get what you wish for……..

Nelson is just like his mother.  He likes attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good chin tickle, back scratch and bum rub, and mom is good at these things, but now Nelson barges in and says, me too!!  Has he never heard of age before beauty (not that I think he’s beautiful, no need to pamper that ego any more than mom already does!!), but come on, mom has two hands, which means we can both get tickles, scratches and rubs, at least until JoJo comes along and starts pawing mom for some attention too.  What was mom thinking, she only has two arms, so how did she think she was going to caress the three of us all at the same time!  And no, the foot rub isn’t the same, and Nelson has a foot and sock fetish, so not a wise move, unless you want to lose a toe or two.

And he is such a creep!  I mean, its JoJo’s job not his to give me a wash, but he insists too (yuk!!),  and it’s only so he can get closer to my toys or chews or sometimes to apologise for being tooooo boisterous.  He can’t even walk down the corridor in a straight line.  Side to side in front of me, turning to give me a lick as he goes and stop me from overtaking him.

I am just very grateful that mom has decided that he should still sleep in his big cage in the bedroom.  I mean, there really isn’t enough room on the king sized bed for mom, me, JoJo and a fidgeting lump, as well, he really has the attention span of a gnat and he can’t lay still for longer than two seconds at a time.  Please, please, please, lets hope the cage stays a while longer.

All I can say, is thank goodness, he has a couple of his own friends, so its not all left to JoJo and I to entertain him.  As well as his good friend Mowgli, a 2 year old Border Terrier, who chases him around and around and around, until we are all giddy, but he now also has a new bestie – Nimbus!  Nimbus is 3 months younger than Nelson and is a Pyrenean Sheepdog, but more about him in Nelson’s Notes.

Anyway, that’s enough about Nelson.  Thanks for asking, but yes, I am much better and have settled down into taking my thyroid medication.  I remind mom at 6am every morning (always best to wake her up 15-20mins before her alarm is due to go off), to give me my tablet.  She just places it on the bedside table, and I lick it straight off there, crunching it slightly on the way down.  That meat flavouring in the tablet does the trick.  Then I insist on pawing her to thank her, until her alarm goes off and she then gets up and lets us all out to do our business in the garden.  I might be persuaded to let her have a 30-60 minute lie in on a Saturday and Sunday, if she has been particularly good the day before.  But then again, one of the other two, normally decide they want to get up instead.  No rest being mom in our house!!

Talking of houses, I should really say thank you to Nelson.  He is still protesting at being left in his run while mom goes out to work, so for now, she has decided to divide the living room up, and we all get to stay indoors and watch daytime TV all day in the warm, and for JoJo and I, we get a sofa each – result!!  And, the lunch time treats are still being distributed, so…. double result!!

It’s not all bad, so maybe he can stay a little while longer, but the probation period is definitely not over yet!

Logan’s Log: Introducing a new addition to the family!

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

So she had been threatening us for a while, but neither JoJo or I thought she really meant it, but she did……………

We have a new brother and he’s called Nelson!  Well, that’s one of his names, along with, Little Man, Grommit, Monster, Napoleon (mom’s French friends refuse to call him Nelson), Stop it, Oi!, No! and a few others which I’m not allowed to say and don’t know how to spell.

Our lives have changed!  Mom has promised that it’s for the better and that he will help give me more confidence to overcome some of my fears, and that he will be a great brother and playmate, but I’m not convinced (or at least that is what I’m currently telling her).

Pic d’arles Nelson avec Bergerpicard, was born on 18th July 2017 to CH. Jacass de Luciwan (mom), and CH. Lughan du Havre aux Oiseaux (dad).  The first time I saw him, he was only 6.5kg, with floppy ears and although a Picard like me, he’s not brindle, he’s fawn with a dark underlay (fauve charbonne), and he looks nothing like me – I’m much more handsome!

As I’ve mentioned before, I hate change and I hate strangers, but well, he’s cute, annoying, but cute.  He cries a lot, steals my toys, my bed, has sharp needle teeth, but all this is compensated for by the fact that my mom has bought lots of new toys (when he doesn’t hoard them all, I get to play with them too), and as he gets fed three times a day, mom has decided that JoJo and I should get a tasty treat a lunch time when he gets fed.  I know its only a healthy dental treat, but it is a treat and makes up for the diet my mom has me on due to my HYPOthyroidism (but that’s another story).

Like me, he is learning Franglais.  He knows how to sit, touch, stay and couche!  He goes to puppy classes at our local dog club where his best friend, Mowgli, an 18 month old, Border Terrier, also goes.  Mowgli also speaks Franglais, as his owners are also British.  But he only gets to play with Mowgli after class, as Mowgli is learning Agility. They play fight and play fight and play fight until they are both too tired to play fight anymore.  That’s just not my thing!

Now mom says that JoJo and I aren’t allowed to teach him any of our bad ways.  She’s trying her best to give him some good socialising experiences, but I’m sure JoJo will teach him all about cats and I’m sure I’ll teach him how to ‘sing’ in the car, among other things.

Finally he is allowed to go on walks with us.  Moms arms were getting very long carrying him, especially as he now weighs over 10kgs.  He’s still got a way to go to catch up with me at 30kg, but those legs are growing fast and those ears are standing up already, although mom says they’ll go floppy again when he loses his puppy teeth.  Personally, I can’t wait.  Not for the floppy ears but the end of those needle teeth and all that chewing.

Now I’m a really sensitive boy, and if my mom is telling someone off, I think she is shouting at me.  So you can imagine how I feel when those needle teeth are chewing on everything – the ottoman, sofa, cages, stones, sticks, shoes, beds, well absolutely everything except for his special toys designed for teething puppies, and mom is running around losing her rag with a puppy who thinks everything is a game.  I might be exaggerating a little bit, but not that much!  She does run around after all of us, but rarely loses her rag!

But how dare he.  Just because he is cute and the youngest, he thinks that all the toys belong to him!  I’m the cute handsome one.  I’m moms favourite (although JoJo thinks she is the favourite too), but I’m the one mom buys all the toys from and I’m not used to sharing my toys.  JoJo is not bothered by cuddly toys, the only thing she is interested in is her tennis ball, and I love teasing her with it.  Bouncing it in front of her nose and catching it again, wandering off and repeating it again and again and again until mom can no longer bear the annoying piercing constant bark emitted from a frustrated JoJo.

But now, now there is a puppy.  A puppy who also likes toys, who also likes teasing JoJo.  A puppy who JoJo also loves, and finds annoying, but now she also likes to play with him, and she doesn’t bark that annoying bark when she plays with him.  She chases after him.  He loves teasing her and she loves chasing him.  And mom loves it because he can’t pick up and swallow stones when he has a tennis ball in his mouth, plus he will sleep after they have finished their game and best of all JoJo isn’t barking.  A win – win for everyone, including me, as I get to have Picard hugs with mom while all this is happening, or I get to play with a toy without it being taken off me by an annoying puppy!

Don’t tell my mom, but I might be pretending to hate him, as I do love playing with him too.  I might bark at him to make him run away, but its nice having someone other than my mom to play tug of war with.  Don’t get me wrong, I like playing tug with mom, but she wins sometimes.  But, when I play with the annoying puppy, I win all the time, unless I let him win!  But he does keep running off with my toys. Whatever I want to play with, he also wants to play with it.  Its a good job mom has bought so many toys!  Plenty to go around, plenty to entertain everyone and plenty for the annoying puppy to chew on along with the rest of the furniture.

For now, I let him win sometimes, for now I try and remember to not play too rough with him, but mom keeps warning me that before long he will be as big as me and she has promised me that when he is, that he and I can be best friends and soon enough I won’t be letting him win, he will win on his own!

Until then, I will continue to find him annoying, tell him off, pretend to hate him, learn to share my toys, remind my mom that I am still her favourite, be gentle (when I remember), and when mom is watching make sure I don’t show him any bad habits!!

Welcome to the family Nelson!

Logan’s Log: Unwelcome friends, moving house and HYPOthyroidism

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

My last article was all about Picard Time, the art of having to think about something before actually doing it.  Well, back in January my mom realised that there was something up with me and she wasn’t just taking about Picard Time to do things.  I’d stopped playing and chasing the ball with JoJo. I plodded along on walks, disinterested and hanging back all the time.  We’d moved house, so some of these things took a while to be noticed, but I had no energy!  Then mom spotted the bald spots.  There were two on my head, on the side of my neck, towards the rear of my back and a great big bald patch on my tail.  I was also licking my chest a lot more and I had terrible dandruff!

Now I hate change, I hate strangers and I most definitely hate going to the vet.  I’ve even started singing ‘mom, mom, mom!’ in the waiting area every time she makes me go there, but she still makes me go.  So at the end of January, I found myself at the dreaded vets.

Now, mom will hate me for telling you this, but we had a real problem with fleas last summer and autumn, before we moved, mainly due to a friendly hedgehog who shared our garden with us.  Now I wasn’t silly enough to touch it (unlike JoJo who got all the spikes stuck all over her face), but I did bark at it a lot but it wasn’t as much fun as playing with my giant tennis ball.

Anyway, due to the unwelcome friends of the hedgehog, we tried lots of different products – shampoos, sprays, powders until finally finding a monthly tablet which seemed to cure the problem.  So when the hair loss started, the first thing the vet thought, was that I had some more unwelcome friends. My mom tried to explain, that it wasn’t just the hair loss, I was lethargic too, and that I wasn’t scratching, that the bald patches weren’t red, but he took a scrapping anyway and inspected it.  Now, I don’t like to tell you so, but I told you so!  There were no fleas or mites present, but now I had another bald and sore spot, which I added to my already long list or reasons why I hate the vet!

So the vet concluded that I was stressed and that some shampoo would solve all my problems.  My mom (and I), weren’t convinced but agreed to give it a go.  Surprise, surprise, it didn’t work.  So, when my mom took us all to the vets prior to a family trip over to the UK, she tried again.  Unfortunately it was a different vet and she was young (and scared of me), so wouldn’t help and suggested we saw the original vet another day.

My mom was not impressed, firstly, she was a vet and should have examined me and secondly she wasn’t going to pay for another consultation fee at a vets she wasn’t happy with! So my mom decided to go to a vet she had used in the past, who was now about an hour away.  They are still on my hate list, but no where near as high on the list as the vet who took the scraping!

As soon as mom explained my symptoms, the vet straight away thought that I had a problem with my thyroid.  I’d gained weight, was lethargic, bald patches, dandruff, etc, etc.  He took a blood sample (which earned him some extra hate points!), but within 24hours we had the results – I had HYPOthyroidism.  The good news was that it is treatable, but I will be on tablets for the rest of my life.

I will have to go back for check ups and more blood tests every now and again, to make sure the amount I am taking is correct, but for now, I am feeling so much better.

It took 2-3 months for the dandruff to disappear and my coat to grow back.  And boy, has it grown back.  I now have a beautiful bushy tail, think coat and undercoat.  I’ve stopped licking, have lots more energy, enjoy my walks, and mom has me on a diet.  I don’t agree with the last one, but then again, I’m getting a lot more treats at the moment, but that’s a different story!

The future……. Well, all I can say, is I’m happier, I look even more handsome than ever and I now compete with JoJo for the ball. And as for the tablets, well they make them meat flavoured, so I just lick them out of my moms hand, an hour or so before I eat to allow time for them to have affect.

What is the thyroid?

Its a gland in my neck.  It makes a hormone called thyroxine that controls metabolism (turning food in to fuel).

What is HYPOthyroidism?

Its an underactive thyroid, which means mine wasn’t producing enough thyroid hormone.  The thyroid gland regulates my metabolism, but mine was slower than it should have been.  Apparently it’s common in dogs, with neutered males, like me, and spayed females at higher risk

What are the symptoms?

  • hair loss
  • dull and thin coat
  • flaky skin (not itchy or red)
  • black patches of skin
  • weight gain
  • muscle loss
  • sluggishness
  • slowed heart rate
  • toenail and ear infections
  • intolerance to cold

What is the treatment?

I get half a tablet (of a synthetic thyroid medication), twice a day for the rest of my life.  The amount is based on my weight and I had to have a second blood test after I had been taking it for a while to check if the levels were right.  The good thing is the tablets are meat flavoured – yummy!

What are the side effects?

  • not eating
  • skin problems, such as dermatitis and itchiness
  • decreased or increased activity level (make your mind up!)
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • increased drinking and associated urinating

But these can be caused by incorrect levels being taken which is why I have to go for regular blood tests!

Now where’s my ball?

Logan’s Log: Picard Time

by Logan (Happy de Hagan Ava), owned by Sue Jeavons

Have you ever noticed how we Picards like to think things through before actually doing something?  My mom calls this Picard Time.  The simple things like, bed time.  You have to think about getting off the settee before actually doing it, by which time, she’s already said ‘come on, it’s time for bed, any time now, phew – Picard time!’  Now up until recently, this also applied to food.  I’d be given a treat, but you don’t just wolf down a treat, you have to sniff it first, nudge it around with your nose, look to make sure your mom hasn’t tricked you, and then finally eat it, very slowly, in very small pieces, without JoJo (my other mom aka play mate- a Parsons Russell Terrier), grabbing it for herself.

This is especially true with agility.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love going to agility – all those other dogs and strangers to bark at, fresh smells, the chance to misbehave and make my mom look silly – its great fun, but it’s got to take place in Picard Time.  I mean, Schuck (a border collie), and my mate Darwin (a Pyrenean Sheepdog), just wiz through that slalom bending their bodies and poles as they go.  I get it, I mean, I really get it (unlike JoJo, who just looks at it and says – but WHY??), but there’s a lot to think about – big Picard nose to the left, big Picard nose to the right, big Picard nose to the left, and getting those great big ‘glump’ feet weaving in and out, well that needs careful Picard Time to work out.

Oh yes, the other famous saying by my mom – GLUMP!  It’s abbreviated from the words Great Big Lump, which is what she calls me.  Sometimes, I just don’t seem to remember, or maybe, due to my fringe, see those big human legs sticking out from the sofa, or the table on the patio, and I sort of, walk or ‘glump’ in to them.  Now living in France, this has serious consequences, because inevitably, in the arms of my mom or dad, or resting on the patio table, is a nice chilled glass of wine or beer.  Now, I wouldn’t mind licking up the dripping liquids but I just don’t get the alcohol thing.  I know, shock horror, a french man, who doesn’t like wine or beer (or coffee for that matter), but cheese, well that’s a different matter.  But again, it has to be inspected and then eaten in Picard Time, the smellier the better and the longer the Picard Time.

Our neighbour has goats and I’m hatching my plan as to where I can start making my goats cheese – well you know how smelly and tasty goats cheese is, after all!  That spread on one of the same neighbours cats, would go down as a special treat!  Now I wasn’t really interested in cats before.  For that you can blame my other mom, JoJo.  She teaches me all the bad tricks – so I’m told!  Our neighbour rescues cats, and they seem to think that my garden is their great big toilet!  Like, my mom doesn’t have enough to pick up after us two!  Especially as I specialise in the walking around in circles poop trick – it takes a lot of skill you know and happens, yes you guessed it, in Picard Time too!

So, moving on, my mom likes to do this trick called ‘touch’.  I like it because every time she says touch, I touch her left hand and a treat appears out of her right hand.  My mom is such a clever magician.  I’ve started thinking that if this Picard Time didn’t take so long, I could probably get more treats out of my mom in the same amount of time, but left me ponder on that thought a little longer to weigh up the pros and cons and I’ll get back to you in……… Picard Time.

This leads me on nicely to my three trick wonder…….  Now I’m clever, well my mom thinks I’m clever, but everything works around threes.  The first time my mom shows me how to do a new trick, I just look at her blankly.  The second time, I do just the same, but she shows me again a third time, and hey presto, what do you know, I can do it.  Try a fourth time, and the question is asked – what’s in it for me?  I know how to do it, so why do I need to do it again?  Maybe this links in to my Picard Time too, I mean, a border collie would have got it on the first go, but us Picards, we just need a little Picard Time to work it out.

Talking of Picard Time, my mom has just announced that it’s time for dinner.  Now let me think about this.. No sorry, since finally maturing at 4 years old (there’s that Picard Time again), I’ve finally worked out that I like my food and I like it now.  In fact breakfast and dinner are the only times in my day without Picard Time!