I unfortunately had to return the puppy as she became gravely ill just three days after I got her. After bad experiences with a sick puppy last year that I had to put down at the age of 5 months due to kidney failure and tumours, and many sick rescue cats and kittens this year, I just didn't want to take my chances. Especially not with what is supposed to be a show prospect, and what one pays for such quality.

And so, I am officially on the look out for a new puppy. I guess it's not too bad, I just got the mandatory liability insurance to participate in dog sports and so Ashra and I went to a club this week to check out the Schutzhund scene. It's all quite exciting and even though we haven't done any bitework, we've dabbled in obedience and Turniersport... Ashra was very much enjoying herself.

There's only one thing that has come up which I'm wary about, and that is the use of harnesses vs collars. Pretty much everyone at the club is against the use of a harness, even in bitework and going so far as saying that it damages the dogs' nerves around their chest... um what? Anyway, I was thinking perhaps this isn't the club for me. If there's one thing I won't compromise on, it's my dog's well-being.
 

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    I originally hail from Australia, although I can be found in different parts of the world.  I stumbled upon my first accidental show dog (Ashra) and pedigree Dobermann this year and I am currently in the process of looking for the second addition to our team.  I'm a lostie trying to make it in the show/sport world without a clue. Learning as I go, as newbies do. I aim to document my experiences as accurately, and truthfully as I can, because I myself have found that such information (from the point of view of the "nobody"), is lacking and elusive.

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