The first blog of many, I am sure. I am not new to blogging, but I am new to blogging about dogs. Dogs are my life, and have been for a little over a year now. Every day I strive to learn something new about them. I feel like I hold a wealth of knowledge, and I kindly share with others who ask, but will keep it to myself if you don’t.
My dalmatian, Honda, began my love for dalmatians. I received her when she was three years old, and I had to put her down when she was only nine years young. She had an osteosarcoma and a giant cyst on the side of her face that was causing many infections in her eyes and ears. It was terrible to see her go, but the day it happened, I knew it was time. I still have her ashes and paw print. I knew about dogs then, but definitely not close to the extent I know now-a-days.
My next dalmatian is, Delta Force. She came from a breeder in Brook Park, OH. The breeder was sad to see her spayed because she was hoping I would show her. But I wasn’t ready. Delta has taken many classes in obedience and only needs one more Q towards her Rally Novice title. She will hopefully be getting this Sept. 25/26 in Dayton, OH. She is currently taking agility classes. Delta is very well behaved and my first dog that I have clicker trained. Clickers are an amazing tool for training and I am sure you will hear much about them here. Delta is also my first dog to be RAW fed. Since dalmatians cannot break down Uric Acid, they cannot have a diet high in purines. This does not mean they can’t have high protein. Basically, this means not a lot of red meats, and NO organs. So instead of doing the organs in the prey model, I must substitute with vegetables and fruits. I have decided that I trust the company The Honest Kitchen enough, to use their Preference line. This is a mix of veggies and vitamins/minerals, and you add your own meat. I will definitely have more posts on nutrition, so look forward to those.
On September 2nd, our newest addition was born. We do not know if we will be picking a boy or girl. There were three boys and two girls born. This dog will be our first conformation dog. I hope all goes well. I also plan on doing obedience with this one, along with rally and agility later on. I am so excited to completely clicker train a dog, and to start my pup off on a RAW diet. It’s going to be an exciting adventure and I hope to produce an even greater dog than, Delta. This will be a hard task. 🙂 She’s awesome. We have come down to, if it is a girl, it will be Echo or Zulu. If it is a boy, it will be Doc. The girl’s registered name will be Pokatalica Roger That Delta. We don’t have one for the boy yet.
I have lots of plans for this blog and am excited to share all my information with others who want to read. A little information about me, I am 21 and married to a combat medic in the Army. I am Monica, and he is Zac. We live in Ohio, where I attend The University of Findlay. I graduate in May with degrees in Pre-vet, biology, and animal science. I would really love to learn everything I can about training and eventually help others as trainers have helped me. We want children… eventually, but I love having my dogs as my children. 🙂
Look forward to many informational blogs…