Age: 10 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
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Leave a bone for Stevie CGC, TDI, CD-H, RL2
Stevie The Wonder Dog, stevels, puppy, sweetie, weavil, weavey, cuddle butt, stoopid puppy and little s&%t (the latter two affectionately given to him by our other Berner, Bob) His registered name is:Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
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November 28th 2004
cow! there's moo cow, cow cow, moose cow, goose cow, duck cow and mouse cow the newest additions are bear cow and ape cow! And NOW....... SNOW cow! (snow cow sings "frosty the snowman" and is a tad annoying at 2:30am LOL)
anything he can get his mouth around
Well you can't really call it a walk , but Stevie takes the trip from the car into the school building on Wednesday nights on two legs. He's THAT excited. In class he's an angel but in the parking lot WATCH OUT!
Spend an hour watching this dog move around and the word "amazing" will take on new meaning. Everything Stevie does is a great trick. BUT his latest phenomenal act is his recall... Stevie does a recall that puts my own sighted dogs to shame!
Stevie is a rescue. He was born with bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia. All this means is that he's blind. His breeder couldn't keep him and she wanted him to go to a home where he would be loved but also given opportunities to be active. We plan on training him in obedience, tracking and drafting. We are so grateful to his breeder for giving us the opportunity to care for him. He's a great puppy.
We found out about Stevie from a post on the berner mailing list. (www.berner.org) The post merely said a home was needed for a 10 week old blind berner puppy. We called the breeder and said "we'll take him". We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We drove 4 hours out to PA expecting to find a scared little blind guy. Instead the breeder opened the kennel and out came Mister Sunshine wagging his tail and happy to meet us. He was bright and very independent but always willing and able to give a kiss and a cuddle.
Stevie bonded to all our dogs but he and Harry became inseparable. Harry appointed himself Stevie's guardian and watched out for him in the yard making sure Stevie stayed well away from anything that could possibly hurt him or trip him up. Inside the house Harry would put himself between Stevie and the stairs to make sure the little guy didn't try anything too advanced for him at the time. As Stevie has grown, Harry and Stevie are still very close and Harry still keeps an eye out for his little brother.
We are continually awed by the things Stevie does. He is an amazing obedience dog with a drive to please and not only to work but to work correctly. Stevie approaches life as if it's one big adventure. He's always waiting for the next thing we are going to do together. He approaches every situation with joy and determination. There's nothing he can't do once he sets his mind to a task.
Stevie not only does obedience at a competetive level, (we hope to put him in his first trial in the spring) he also does drafting; which is typical for his breed but certainly not typical for a blind dog. When he's working, his full and solid attention is on whomever is holding the leash. Stevie performs almost as well for strangers (as long as they know his commands) as he does for his moms.
When he's insecure or in new situations, Stevie has to have his cow, so cow accompanies us wherever Stevie goes. The minute he feels comfortable, though, cows gets spit out and Stevie acts like the mayor, kissing babies and shaking hands. He is everyone's best friend and happy to do his whole body waggle dance for anyone who wants to pet him.
What a gift and a blessing to be able to witness Stevie's life on a daily basis. He has truely enriched the entire family just by being a part of it. We are so glad we were given the opportunity to share our lives with him and he with us.
Anything you can do I can do better!
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Today at the K9 Crazy Play Skool CDSP/APDT Trials held in Kingston NY
Stevie the wonder pup aka Jamar's Sign'd Seal'd Delivered I'm Yours
Earned his CD placing second in his class this morning. He also got
the award for highest scoring physically challenged dog. (Stevie was
"in the ribbons" for all three legs of his CD)
In the afternoon, he ALSO earned his APDT Rally Level 1 title with a
score of 193 and First Place in his class! He is officially Jamar's
Sign'd Seal'd Delivered I'm Yours CDC, TDI, H-CD, RL1
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