National Pet Week is just about our favorite time of year; we get to dedicate a whole week to our furry family members and celebrate how special they are. Whether companion, comedian, confidant or protector, our pets are always there for us and don’t ask much in return. Like our page on Facebook and follow us this week as we highlight the paws, claws, hooves, and feathers behind our team here at Goldorado. Follow our Facebook page and be the first to hear about upcoming specials, exclusive events, and health alerts. To kick things off, we wanted to highlight one of our star athletes and a real ladies man: Manny the Dalmation, who takes care of Chrissy (our master groomer).

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Recently our groomer, Chrissy Geisel, and Manny, aka Hallmark’s Ladies Man Of Rosepark, attended the Sacramento Kennel Club dog show, where he was awarded Winners Dog and Best Of Winners for a 3 point major towards his Championship. To obtain an AKC Championship a dog must earn a total of 15 points, including 2 majors under different judges. This win takes Manny almost half way there, with his total now at 6 points and one major! Being a well rounded dog, Manny has also been accumulating legs towards other titles as well. He is 2/3 of the way to his Coursing Ability (CA) title. Lure coursing, originally a sport reserved only for sight hounds, now offers the CA title for dogs of other breeds. This is something Dalmatians seem to excel at. It involves chasing a plastic lure on a string around a 600 yard course in an open field. Dogs are judged on speed, agility, and the drive to “course” or chase the “plastic bunnies”.

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Manny is also competing in Rally obedience. Rally is a fun way to introduce your dog to obedience in a slightly less formal setting. The dog and handler follow a course, designed by the judge, of 12-15 stations. At each station the dog and handler must perform the excersise on that sign. You must score 70 out of 100 to get a qualifying “leg” and it takes 3 legs to receive the rally novice (RN) title, and Manny currently has 2 of the 3 required legs there too. But the future holds more excitement for Chrissy and Manny. This week they are heading to Portland Oregon for the Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty. There Manny will compete against some of the top Dalmatians in the country in the breed ring. Manny will compete in two regional specialties, and well as the Nationals, in the hopes of completing his Championship. He will also compete in Rally Novice, hoping to finish that title as well. Next he will move into the formal obedience ring for the first time, competing in Beginner Novice Obedience.

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But before all of this, he will compete in his first road trial. A road trial is a Dalmatian only event, designed to show that the dog is capable of doing what this breed was designed for. Dalmatians were originally barn dogs, and traveled along with carriages and horseback riders. It is instinctual for them to naturally follow a horse, but not to herd or nip. In a road trial, the dog must perform several obedience exercises while the handler rides a horse or in a carriage. Following the obedience portion, the dog follows the rider on a 12.5 mile course, which they must complete in 3 hours. The purpose of the road trial is to show the dogs natural instinct to “coach”, his obedience to commands while off lead in a natural setting, and his soundness and endurance. Chrissy will be updating us daily with Manny’s progress at the Nationals, which will be held from May 7-13. Best of luck to them, we are so proud to see all their hard work and dedication on display!