God Made Dads
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it... "DAD"
~ author unknown ~
This year, June 20th is Father's Day,
when Dad is "King for a Day!"
Enjoy your day Sire!
Dear Springer Enthusiasts:
And this month I must start out the bulletin with best wishes to all of the "Dads" -- both canine and human. Happy Father's Day!
It has been quiet this past month here at Nanjay, added to by the fact that I have not attended any shows or trials. I have been busy outside, as most of us are at this time of year, constructing a new, larger dog run and replacing some fencing around the perimeter of the three acres here where the Springers love to run and play. I am just SO thankful that MOST of the mud has disappeared now. Mind you, it has been such a rainy spring and early summer, I am sure that if the weather doesn't take a turn in general, my little Springers will be referred to as the "Mud Muffins" again.
I am so happy to receive all the e-mails and calls recently giving me updates on many of the Nanjay "youngsters". It is so good to hear that the puppies born last year are doing so well. Almost all of the new families attended puppy kindergarten and I am now getting reports that both families and Springers have enjoyed the obedience classes so much that they are continuing on with advanced classes. There is nothing better than a Springer who is not only a cherished companion, but a trained one and a good canine citizen. Keep up the good work guys -- four paws up to you all!
We were thrilled to hear that Samantha Ingram is a star student (human). Samantha, who is Gilmore Delmar's sister (Delmar is also known as Ch. Nanjay's No Doubts) did a great job on her latest assignment at school. The assignment was writing and delivering a speech, and the title of Sam's speech was "How My Life Has Changed since Getting a Springer". I can't think of a better subject to write about -- way to go Samantha!! Congratulations.
As summer approaches, I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone about some summer "rules" for your Springers Many of my clients spend their summers, or at least weekends, at the family cottage. No one enjoys this time up north more than the family Springer. I am happy to know that a lot of families have purchased a life jacket for their companion. Yes, it is true that Springers are wonderful, strong swimmers, but it is good to see that the safety given to adults and children is also extended to the family pet. Dogs can easily fall out of (or jump out of) a boat, canoe or kayak, and I have had reports of how easy it is to get a dog back in IF they are wearing a life vest. The better canine life jackets have a loop, or a handle, at the top of the jacket and this allows you to pick the dog up by the handle and assist him/her back into the boat with ease. It has stopped a few kayaks from tipping over as that 50 pound Springer tries to climb aboard!
Also remember that if your Springer is spending a large part of the day in the water (and if you live lakeside I am sure that they are!) their coats need some special care. Make sure that your dog still has a regular bath and shampoo. Yes, I know he is in the water every day, but the lake is not the cleanest place to be, and they can become rather smelly! Also be sure to dry off your springer every day and make sure that those ears are kept extra clean and dry.
Mosquitoes have become quite a concern in our area. I have been trying some different products on my Springers to repel the mosquitoes and so far everything is working. Best thing you can do is to avoid having your Springers outside at dusk and dawn; the time that the mosquito population is at its heaviest. I have two families who have also reported that the purchase of a "Mosquito Magnet" has stopped the problem completely -- these are great machines, especially if you live out in the country or are near a pond or some other mosquito breeding ground. It's true that our dogs are not bothered as badly as we are by these "bugs", but you will notice them gathering on any area of your Springer that is clippered -- so much easier for these hungry devils to get through the hair!
I know it goes without saying, but remember the rules about safety in the car when traveling with your dog -- making sure that the windows are down, or the air conditioner on. Lots of water when traveling. Make sure your Springer has some shade when in the car as it is surprising how hot it can be for him/her when driving. And, of course, under NO circumstances should a dog be left in the car in the summer -- the car heats up very quickly inside and it is not safe.
Well, that's the news for this month. I wish everyone a great summer with their Springers. The weather is great for those long days of ball and Frisbee throwing; frog catching; bubble chasing and tag -- all of the things that a Springer thinks make the summer the best time of the year!
Till next month, take care and have fun with your Springers.