A change of course for the older dog
Dawn Davies' dog Clyde (Cannonball Clyde) was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago and has been living on borrowed time. Every minute of it is special to his mum. She is so proud of him and what he has achieved that she wanted to remind people that just because a dog is old or has a terminal illness, it should not be thrown onto the scrap heap. Clyde would like to tell you a bit about himself...
My owner was told that an operation would buy me about six months as it did with her dog. Ha ha ha! I showed them. Itís been two years this February 2005 since the operation.
About 12 weeks after the vet's all clear, I took part in a show. It may have been a bit too soon but I think it was okay as I got a clear round. It was hard work. Although dawn had paid for another run, she wouldn't let me do it a second time, saying the money didn't matter. It was only for fun and I needed a bit more time so we went home.
Dawn had the idea that we give the clear round rosette to the vet as a thank you. I took it in to her and handed it to her myself and, although it was a bit soggy after sitting in the waiting room with it in my mouth, she was over the moon. It's now on her wall at home.
I am now retired. I will be ten years this March and we no longer go to shows or training. Dawn has got herself a new agility dog called Willow who is all legs 'cuz she's a Lurcher. I've seen her run and she's not half as good as I was.
Okay... okay... okay. So I never won out of Elementary. Being a Lab/Doberman X, Iím not exactly built for speed but Dawn and I had many a fun weekend at the shows. Considering my size and speed - or lack of it - I never put a paw wrong on a course and, even though the highest placing I ever got was eighth, I never went home without a clear round rosette for every run I did. Dawn always says I won them not her, and I was allowed to take them off the judge and carry them home. We only did it for the fun anyway, so it didn't matter how well or bad I did.
We have another 4-way match coming up, hosted by Soldern this year, and I am considering coming out of retirement and having a go. I'll show this new pup of Dawns how it should be done!
P.S. Willow - remember the one with all the legs - says she would like that. She totally loves with the 'sighthound course' but she would like to add a chair on top of the aframe because once she gets up there in a single bound (show off), there is nowhere for her to sit and enjoy the view. The hours I have watched and laughed at Dawn trying to get Willow to come down the other side is terrible. All she does is take in the view or look for Thai, her best mate It must be uncomfortable to stand up there for long periods. I think thatís why Dawn named her Will-She-Won't-She-Willow. Dawn never knows if she is going to do something, anything or not bother doing it at all.
Anyway Iíve got to go now. Thank you for listening to my story. It just goes to show that there is hope for us veterans. Still got to go. Itís past my bedtime.
Dawn insists that she was quite a shy person up until she started agility. Having a hearing problem made mixing with others hard, but at agility she made many agility friends. Thanks to them she even got herself a caravan so she could travel further and mix a lot more. She believes it is a great sport to get into if you have a disability 'cuz they don't care!
Dawn Davies is Chairperson of Bretford DTC.