Nicknames: Cutie Cutie, Pretty Girl, Little Doggie, Julie-Jewels, GET OUT OF THE MUD!!
Gotcha Date: July 12th 2010
Likes: Being with people or playing with other small dogs.
Pet-Peeves: Dry food, me leaving and cats that won't play with her or run from her!
Favorite Toy: She's just learning what toys are but so far at work string giraffe and at home squeeky cow.
Favorite Food: Chicken Jerky! I'm thinking about buying stock in this company.
Favorite Walk: To Auntie Holly's to play with her boyfriend Bear. She knows the shortest way there and if I say that's where we're going she'll sometimes stop to pee once on the race to get there.
Best Tricks: My mom was impressed with her "sit-wait" while I openned a door and walked out it. I love her "door" and "stairs" commands.
Arrival Story: I'd been looking for a dog on petfinder for months when Jewel popped up and I raced an hour and half to the shelter to adopted her at the end of May and then ended up waited until July 12th to bring her home because she had a litter of puppies.
Bio: Jewel was turned in at the same time as another female dog the shelter was told was her mother. Both of them were underweight, matted and pregnant! Jewel had four puppies but only three survived and then when the puppies were four weeks old she lost her milk and they had to bottle feed the puppies.
A couple months ago during a conversation my mom told me I was nothing before I got Jewel. Which taken out of context is a harsh comment from anyone let alone your own mother. But I knew what she meant. I was directionless, just "getting by", going through the motions, goalless before Jewel.
It's not many people that I would admit to that a 9lbs dog changed my life but I know dogster people will get it.
Jewel keeps me going, gets me up in the morning, gives me goals. She's aloof to most people but I know it's because she's so connected to me. She got her Pre-Novice CKC OB title this fall and I started crying in the ring. To most of the people in OB Pre-novice is nothing, a chance to take your puppy in the ring. But Jewel and I worked SO hard together.
We also tried to get our Novice A but it didn't work out. I'm hoping to get some Rally-o classes and compete in that with her. I think she'll like it better because I'll get to talk to her more.
Because of all the things I want to do with Jewel I recently (at 28) bought my first car and got my driver's license. As I came out of the dealership office my mom commented to me, "That's one expensive dog."
We've also recently started fostering. I say "we" because I brought home foster dogs and Jewel didn't pack her bags and leave. I thought it would be good for Jewel to pay forward her good fortune. We started with one dog but then got that "urgent foster homes needed" e-mail and ended up with a second. Then #2 left, a week past and #3 came in.
Jewel's a very important part of fostering, she keeps me company in the car to go pick them up, she greets them, plays with them, shows them where to potty, tells them what time supper is, teachs them which dish is HERS and so many other things. How she has time to look after her fosters, come to work with me, be that beautiful and look after me everyday is amazing!
I would say Jewel's come a long way since being dumped at a shelter matted, under-weight and pregnant two years ago. I've come a ways as well.
1st trial - Great judge but I didn't realize that in pre-novice on the recall the dog does not have to come front! Argh! She over-shot me and was a little bit behind me and I thought we failed so I called her to the front so she wouldn't make the same mistake again. Turns out if I hadn't done that we would have passed, she just had to be with-in arm's reach.
2nd trial - Jewel stood up as the judge was walking away from the sit for examination.
3rd trial - Ribbon! Jewel got her PCD title!! Yay! I admit it I started crying in the ring.
4th Trial - What did she even do right in this one?? Oh the long sit she didn't mess up. My friend said she couldn't believe how BAD Jewel was for this one, sniffing during the heeling, following me out during the recall..total bomb.
Both Judges at this show were AWESOME! Lots of advice, little tips and incouragement!! It was a small show so they had time to talk to us all.
On the down side I felt like the other people competiting came to the show knowing just about everyone else and I was odd one out. I did not make any friends, I actually barely talked to anyone because they were all clustered around in groups yakking it up.
Woooweee is Jewel having a good day at the office today! First someone was using the hotplate to make bacon and she managed to beg some off everyone. It was back bacon or "Canadian" bacon as some call it.
Secondly it's fall here which means time to refill the yard with gravel! Jewel's got three rules about new gravel; 1. roll in it. 2. Pee on it. 3. Climb it if it's still in a pile.
Two hours after her noon walk she shook herself off and a big cloud of dust flew into the air. Yessss, gravel season is fun!