Splish Splash…Dogs Having Fun!

My friend Michelle and I are Michigan Regional Directors (RD) for the American Chesapeake Club (ACC), this is our national dog club. As such we coordinate different events and activities in our state for Chessie’s and their owners.

A couple of months ago my friend Deb invited me to go with  her and try dock diving with Titan. She talked with me about putting together a dock diving fun day. We worked out the details with Heather, the trainer and gal who runs the facility.

So Michelle, Deb and myself coordinated our first Dock Diving Fun Day at the TNT Dog Center. Heather was great to work with and the facility is fantastic!

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We made fliers, sent out emails to all the Michigan ACC members, and posted on our Facebook group.

This past Saturday was the day of our event. It is always fun meeting new Chessie enthusiasts. The dogs had so much fun. Deb’s dog Grace has her Dock Senior (DS) title, but the rest of us are newbies to the sport. Michelle’s dog Ronnie took right to jumping, she was a natural. Titan had done it one other time but had a minor injury from that first time so he was hesitant about jumping from the dock but has the ramp mastered. Our new friends Emerald Isle and her parents, Pattie and Jeremy, drove over two hours to join the fun. Emmy was unsure of the ramp at first but she caught on quick.

We had a potluck lunch that was fabulous, so after eating and sharing stories we let the dogs have some more fun in the pool.

This is such a fun sport, so if you are looking for something fun to do with your dog you might want to see if you have a dock diving facility in your area and give it a whirl. If you are in Michigan I highly recommend TNT Dog Center.

Some photos of our fun…

Emerald Isle (3)Emerald Isle’s first time in the pool.Emerald Isle (6)Emerald Isle (7)Emerald Isle (14)Emerald Isle (15)I think they are negotiating with her Winking smile

Gemma (3)This is Gemma, she came to watch her mom Grace do her thing!Grace (3)This is Deb and Grace. They are experienced at this. Deb puts Grace in a sit stay at one end of the dock and then when she is ready she says her name…Grace (7)as Grace nears the end of the dock Deb releases the bumper.Grace (8)Grace (2)Grace (6)

Ronnie (2)This is Michelle and Ronnie!Ronnie (5)She can walk on water Winking smileRonnie (13)Ronnie (15)Ronnie (16)

Titan & Hailee (11)My niece, Hailee with Titan.Titan & Hailee (12)Titan & Hailee (26)Titan & Hailee (6)Titan & Hailee (8)Titan & Hailee (17)Titan & Hailee (33).Titan trying to walk on water Winking smileTitan & Hailee (36)

So what did you do for fun this past weekend?

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Today Misty Shores is going a little Exotic Cajun and reviewing Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits with Alligator and Catfish Grain Free Dog Treats for chewy.com

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A little bit about Blue Buffalo the company

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Reward your pup with the exotic flavors of the bayou with Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits with Alligator & Catfish Grain-Free Dog Treats. The crunchy baked biscuit will satisfy his love of meat and natural chewing instincts with the taste of real alligator, a nutritious high-quality protein that makes snack time even more exciting. For a truly complete bayou blend, it’s also loaded with delicious catfish and shrimp to drive him wild. They’re 100% grain-free and full of protein for a uniquely healthy treat.

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Taste Test

Now that we gave you the details on the product let’s get down to business, the best part according to the dogs, the tasting!

Today’s taste tester is Titan. He was happy to cooperate in order to have some of these very yummy treats!! I was surprised at how big these biscuits were and they have a cute little paw print on them! Titan was very patient as I took over 100 photos so I could capture just the right ones. He thought these treats were lip smacking good!!

Blue Buffalo Treat Review~MistyShoresChesapeakes (5)Blue Buffalo Treat Review~MistyShoresChesapeakes (4)Notice the drool and crumbs on his lips!! You should have seen the pool of drool on the floor Winking smile

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We give them our highest rating…a four paws up!!

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Coat

While the Chesapeake has several areas that are important to the function of the dog, the coat* and texture is one of the most important. On our positive scale of points** it has the highest point value.

Chessie’s are a double coated breed with a dense undercoat that is wooly and an outer coat that is harsher and has a tendency to wave on neck shoulders, back and loins. They have a natural oil in their coat that aids in repelling water. Some dogs may have a slight musky odor from this oil.

They retrieve in all kinds of adverse conditions so it is important they have a proper coat. Their coat aids in keeping the dog warm and dry when retrieving in cold icy waters. When a Chessie exits the water and shakes they should be nearly dry only having a damp coat. A soft coat will hinder this and the dogs coat will retain to much water which will penetrate to the skin making the dog cold.

They are not curly all over and in fact we do not consider them to have curls but waves. You may hear terms of endearment about “curly dogs” but know that is not how a proper coat is described when discussing the Chesapeake coat.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~MaiaTendency to wave

Chesapeake’s do shed, they blow coat typically in the spring and fall. At this time there is a tremendous amount of undercoat that comes off; at times I think I have another dog laying on the floor. It makes for great nesting material for the birds! Swimming the dog or giving a bath and brushing will aid in removing the dead coat so the new coat can come in.

This is the second post in the Breed Standard series, you can read the first post “Chesapeake Bay Retriever Color” here

*From the Official Breed Standard COAT– Coat should be thick and short, nowhere over 1 1/2″ long, with a dense fine wooly undercoat. Hair on the face and legs should be very short and straight with a tendency to wave on the shoulders, neck, back and loins only. Moderate feathering on the rear of the hindquarters and tail is permissible.

The texture of the Chesapeake’s coat is very important, as the Chesapeake is used for hunting under all sorts of adverse weather conditions, often working in ice and snow. The oil in the harsh outer coat and wooly undercoat is of extreme value in preventing the cold water from reaching the Chesapeake’s skin and aids in quick drying. A Chesapeake’s coat should resist the water in the same way that a duck’s feathers do. When the Chesapeake leaves the water and shakes, the coat should not hold water at all, being merely moist.

Disqualifications: A coat that is curly or has a tendency to curl all over the body must be disqualified. Feathering on the tail or legs over 1 3/4″ long must be disqualified.

**Positive Scale of Points

Head, including lips, ears and eyes = 16

                                                              Neck =  4

                                Shoulders and Body= 12

                      Hindquarters and Stifles = 12

                          Elbows, Legs and Feet =12

                                                            Color  =  4

                                          Stern and Tail  = 10

                                   Coat and Texture  = 18

                        General Conformation  = 12

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                                                          Total = 100

 

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Color

I thought I would do a series about our breed standard. Instead of going through the whole standard at one time I will break it down into small portions.

Breed Standards give a description of the origin of the breed and describe what the qualities of a particular breed should have in order to perform the job they were originated for, like a blueprint.

Equally proficient on land and in the water, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed along the Chesapeake Bay to hunt waterfowl under the most adverse weather and water conditions, often having to break ice during the course of many strenuous multiple retrieves. Frequently the Chesapeake must face wind, tide and long cold swims in its work. The breed’s characteristics are specifically suited to enable the Chesapeake to function with ease, efficiency and endurance. (ACC Official Breed Standard)

They are written and developed by the National Breed Club for each breed. Our breed club is the American Chesapeake Club (ACC). These standards are then adopted as the official standard through the American Kennel Club (AKC). Chesapeake Bay Retrievers belong to the sporting group. They are considered the powerhouse of the retrievers. You might hear them called by a few  different names, Chessie, brown dog, bay dog, or CBR.

So let’s start with color*. Chessie’s coat color must closely match that of it’s working surroundings as possible. We have three basic colors; brown, sedge, deadgrass. There are variations of these colors and any shade is acceptable.

Self colored is preferred but one color is not to be preferred over another. On our positive scale of points color is only worth 4 points out of 100. While coat texture of a CBR is extremely important the color of the dog does not have any bearing on their working skills. I will talk about texture in another post.

Self color is defined as “of one color all over, with or without lighter or darker shadings of the same color.” Brown takes in all shades of brown including tan which is a light brown with golden tones. Sedge takes in reddish tones, red-brown or red-gold. Deadgrass takes in any color of deadgrass, from a dull straw color to a faded tan with sometimes the whole range on the same dog. (An Illustrated Guide To The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Color pg. 48)

The disqualifications for color are black color and white on any part of the body except breast, belly, toes or back of feet.

No matter the color Chessie’s do a good job blending into their surroundings. Here are some photos of several different colors and shades of Chessie’s in various types of terrain and foliage.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Cheyenne.Chesapeake Bay Retriever CheyenneBoth of these are Cheyenne, even a brown dog blends in the green grasses.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~Misty Shores Chesapeakes (8)This is Maia, she is considered light brown and you can see how well she blends in with the dead weeds and grasses.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~TitanTitan is considered light deadgrass and he also blends very well.

Woody (3)This is Woody coming out of cover but you can still see even though he is brown he is well camouflaged in the cover.

Aretha~Michlelle KeehnPhoto courtesy of Michelle Keehn of  Dusty Rose Chesapeakes. This is Aretha a dark deadgrass.

Nova~ Michelle Keehn.Photo courtesy of Michelle Keehn of  Dusty Rose Chesapeakes. This is Nova, he is dark brown.

Sia~Michelle KeehnPhoto courtesy of Michelle Keehn of  Dusty Rose Chesapeakes. This is Sia, he is considered ash which is a diluted shade of brown.

Bear~Gail EvansPhoto courtesy of Gail Evans of  Moonlight Bay Chesapeakes This is Bear a light sedge color. According to Gail his color would change depending on the season. Sadly Bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge this past November. Our hearts go out to the Evan’s family.

Rio~Julie ReardonPhoto courtesy of Julie Reardon of Hope Springs Farm This is Rio another sedge dog. As you can see he is a darker shade. He was bred by Dyane Baldwin of Pond Hollow Chesapeakes. If you look at the background across the water you can see how he would blend right in.

Jessie~Kerrie TatarkaPhoto courtesy of Kerrie Tatarka of Coolwater Chesapeakes. This is Jessie who is sedge and even on this terrain you can still see the tendency to blend in. Sadly Jessie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February of this year. Our hearts go out to Kerrie.

Purl~Thora EichblattPhoto courtesy of Thora Eichblatt. This is CoolWater’s Purling Oakleaf “Purl” another shade of sedge.

Training Shiawassee River July 11, 2013 (15)Even in water Chessie’s blend in.

We also have other colors and markings that aren’t addressed in the standard, these include masking, tan points and brindle markings. These do not make a Chesapeake any less of a dog and does not affect their retrieving abilities. They still blend well in their surroundings. These are acceptable colors, although as stated before self colored is preferred.

Hailee and DutchThis is Dutch with my niece Hailee, Dutch was her favorite. Her owners are David and Michelle Keehn of  Dusty Rose Chesapeakes. She is a masked color dog and has what we call a widows peak. The area around her eyes and top of head comes to a point.Sadly Dutch crossed the Rainbow Bridge last year. Our hearts go out to David and Michelle Keehn.

Chesapeake Bay Retirever~BunsyThis is Bunsy, his owners are George and Jan Treglown of Deepwoods Chesapeakes. He has what we call tan points.

While color does not affect the working ability of this breed I think many of us have a favorite color. I love all the colors but my favorite is the light deadgrass, to me it is so striking. However I do not choose my dogs by color, I choose based on temperament, trainability and conformation, my favorite color would just be the icing on the cake or maybe that’s on the dog Winking smile

So do you have a favorite color?

*From the Official Breed Standard “COLOR- The color of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever must be nearly that of its working surroundings as possible. Any color of brown, sedge, or deadgrass is acceptable, selfcolored Chesapeakes being preferred. One color is not to be preferred over another. A white spot on the breast, belly, toes or back of feet (immediately above the large pad) is permissible, but the smaller the spot the better, solid colored preferred. The color of the coat and its texture must be given every consideration when judging on the bench or in the ring. Honorable scars are not to be penalized.

Disqualifications: Black colored; white on any part of the body except breast, belly, toes or back of feet must be disqualified.”

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