:Musings on a Tuesday morning…Posted: October 21, 2008 Filed under: DRambles on Black Mountain, FFT Lhasa Apsos 5 Comments
Dawn, coming later each morning, is creeping up outside the window. Arriving home from a club meeting late last night, the air smelled earthy, almost fermented. Fall is here, surprising me with its welcoming coziness, its embrace of comfort and quiet, its message to slow down, spend time inside perhaps reading, creating, rather than outside doing, doing, doing the endless things always awaiting attention.
So, I finished it. I had put this book on hold right after Kathy told me she’d spent a weekend reading it. Out of the loop, I hadn’t heard of this book prior to Kathy’s recommendation. Now it’s all over the place. It’s Oprah’s latest featured book. Rick told me I’m a trend setter because I had the book before it seemed to hit the headlines. He’s probably out of the loop too! I replied if anyone was a trend setter it was Kathy. Either the library ordered a bazillion copies or I put it on hold in the nick of time because it didn’t take but several weeks for a copy to become available. Not reading the book jacket, I dove right in. I hadn’t read any reviews. I didn’t know the story. I didn’t have a clue something would go south until Shelley’s comment a week or three ago. Instead, I immersed myself in the descriptions, beautiful descriptions of the daily routine of managing a kennel, grooming the dogs, training the dogs. The author’s poetic words made shoveling $h!t – and all the rest that goes with the care of some-20 dogs less mundane.
The end of the story left me…sad. I wanted more. More words, beautiful words. When I read the…what the heck is the blurb after the story called??? Aftermath is the only word that comes to my mind right now. Of course, that’s not it. Although it describes how I felt, especially when I read author David Wroblewski’s recommended reading list. First on the list, Vickie Hearn’s Adam’s Task. She’s been dead for several years. She was on the late Dr. John Armstrong’s canine genetics list. She wrote of being able to train a dog to follow her off-lead through crowds in New York City. She took my friend Cathy Marley to task about the notion that Apsos are too independent, too stubborn to train. Her words, shared until her demise from (dammitall) breast cancer, would settle in my mind, giving me something to ponder on those fortunate-for-me days she posted. Reading her name was almost like seeing my own ghost, my own welcome ghost.
Yesterday this arrived in the mail, sorta validating the work with our own Sawtelle dogs. Three FFT dogs have been invited to the AKC/Eukanuba Classic this year; quite an achievement actually. Fernando. Dante. And now Thateus. This event and a handful of featured shows throughout the year are televised on Animal Planet. Fernando and Dante invites are a result of their rankings nationally. Thateus’ invite is a result of completing his Championship title from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class. He’s also eligible for a competition at the Classic specifically for dogs handled by their breeders.
First of all, Congratulations for the invites for the “boys” to the Nationals. Please let us know, if you know, when the show will be broadcast on Animal Planet. I am incredibly gratified by the hard work you (Debby,Julie,Kaylee and others) do on behalf of the Apso. Would that all breeders had your goals in their hearts and minds to accomplish.
I have not yet read the Edgar Sawtelle book and also depend on Kathy to recommend and suggest these wonderful books for those of us who are on the far side of being out of the loop. She’s been 100% so far!
But I have read Vickie Hearne’s book, Adam’s Task.
I must admit, I found it a bit overwhelming and took more than a month to read it because I kept re-reading paragraphs and entire chapters, to comprehend, digest and try to understand what, exactly, she was trying to say. Her intellect and use of the English language is way above mine, as is her understanding of the canine mind.
I finished the book with some confusion, and the feeling that I would come back and re-read it at a future date, when I had “learned” enough to comprehend more of what she has to say.
I would welcome a discussion of Adam’s Task, or at least some illucidation, from someone who has more insight and more experience with that of which she so eloquently speaks.
So, where do you think the Sawtelle dogs went? I have a thought, but don’t want to be a spoiler. It is such a good read. As I said, I didn’t realize it was the Hamlet story until about half way through…duh…and I teach English.
If you could write a sequel to the Sawtelle dogs, where would you like to see the story take them?
Any chance of the AKC/Eukanuba Classic being streamed online? We don’t have cable! Cheers for Dante, Fernando and Thateus!
Let’s make it 4 dogs to be invited!! Lily also received an invitation for finishing from the bred-by class. I would of thought Savion also would have received one but he must of received points from the puppy class 1 of the 6 times he entered the ring!!
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