Happy Fourth of July!

Posted By on July 4, 2014

Fourth of July

Rico & Blizzie Puppy

Posted By on May 27, 2014

We are overjoyed to have a beautiful male show quality puppy available here at ArticCross.  He will be 12 weeks old the end of May and is a stunning example of the breed.  Email at info@articcross.com for more information.

 

Suck it up, and work with your dog :) Its more fun than complaining, I promise.

Posted By on March 31, 2014

You know, back in the day before everyone was complaining about handlers doing all of the winning, we used to just put our ears to the ground, shut up, learned, studied, and practiced to be better handlers. Maybe its just the old Junior Handler in me that pitted my handling ability against others. Instead of judging the dogs I was judged. That experience taught me that you can have the best dog in the world and due to handling make it look the worst.

I once watched a BIS doberman bought for a young girl look like it was some weird pack mule in the juniors ring. If I were judging the breed ring, it would be no shock that the dog that was on top would easily be looked by for a different dog.

You could have the worst dog in the world and do some pretty spiffy handling to make it look acceptable. I watched a young kid with a beagle who did everything to make the dog look less like it had come from a hunting line- and even though the dog never looked like an impressive beagle, that boy made his dog look impressive for what he was, in his long nosed, long eared, long legged glory. Maybe he wouldn’t have ever won anything in breed, no matter how good his handling was. But we all know that the breed ring is not as obvious as that most of the time. That’s what Juniors taught me.

It is just as hard to show a dog as it is to do any performance sport. I spent years honing my craft. So why is it that people think its normal to spend an hour a day focusing on learning obedience and training their dog, but handling class is done sporadically, once every other week?

Also, why are people so afraid to hear what they are doing wrong? Sure, my mommy made me cry a couple times at shows by pointing things out (its honestly not that hard to make me cry). But I put my big girl panties on and moved forward to show her I could do better and it drove me to continue to improve.

Hell, god knows I couldn’t count on all my fingers and toes the amount of times mom has come out of the ring and I reamed her out for one thing or another. Or I came out of the ring and mom reamed me out (usually for whatever I did in regards to grooming that wasn’t up to par). I hope everyone has a relationship like that. A little reaming between peers keeps us on top of our game.

My point is simply that if people did as much practicing, training and working as they did complaining that maybe they would get somewhere. Where’d the work ethic go?

Now for my newbie friends looking at this, its not to make you feel discouraged, but to give you a hand, any time, to answer your handling questions. Any time you want to talk about handling, grooming, whatever, I’m an open book. I offer my short lifetime of knowledge for free. I love the newbies. But if I feel like you are wasting my time, my knowledge and you start pitying yourself before you have spent the time to learn… Well… you can probably tell by this post that I am not really interested in having a pity party with you. I’ll probably pick you up by your bootstraps (or your shiny show shoes), throw you out the door and tell you to work with your dog.

Struggling with the Concept of Animal Rights

Posted By on February 25, 2014

A thought occurred to me while I was arguing with someone regarding the damage of Blackfish in regards to our fight for the right to have and breed animals.  (Really this post has nothing to do with marine mammals. I’m a dog person and have no real knowledge about marine mammal care. So if you came here to fight with me about it, leave now.) The thought is that in general, the argument against Animals Rights with our fellow breeders, animal fanciers and animal lovers is due to the struggle people have with cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously.”  Although honestly, I find that Wikipedia does a better job at explaining it in layman’s terms:

“In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort[1] experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. This stress and discomfort may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action or reaction.[2] For example, an individual is likely to experience dissonance if he or she is addicted to smoking cigarettes and continues to smoke despite believing it is unhealthy.[3]

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed. His basic hypotheses are listed below:

“The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance”

“When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance” [1]”

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance)

Now what does this cognitive dissonance have to do with argument against Animals Rights with our fellow breeders, animal fanciers and animal lovers?  The answer is EVERYTHING.

Fellow breeders, animal fanciers and animal lovers that we argue with generally love animals. They care for their animals in their life. Some of them see them as children, some see them as an extension of their own being, and some even see them as their entire life. These beliefs and feelings toward other animals cause our fellows to want the best for their own animals, and for other animals to be treated well as well.

The idea of neglect, torture and harm to animals is painful for our fellows, just as it is painful for most of us.  So in walks the concept of Animal Rights.  It is a feel good, one size fits all species, idea supported by propaganda showing torture, inhumane treatment and death of animals.  This movement simply strives to give all animals the rights that humans have.

This idea of Animal Rights feels good at first. We mostly treat our dogs like family, like little furry people. We want the best for other dogs too. So if others are required, by law, to treat animals like little furry people then all would be good.  Right?

In walks someone like me.  I simply say “No, that is not a good idea. I can tell you why, but if you intend to keep your rights as a human to own pets, giving those pets rights as people is a bad idea.  You see, this isn’t about welfare, or proper species appropriate care. This is about literal, basic rights.  When you give the dog rights, it means that you cannot own it.  You can be a guardian, but you cannot be its owner.”

Wait, this still sounds good to you? How about this, “The animal rights movement, at it’s core, believes that animals should not be impacted by humans at ALL. First they will target the ability for breeders to keep their animals.  Then they will establish the idea that animals are not owned, and that they are persons.  Then they will establish that because they are persons, humans should not impact their decisions and should not hold them captive.”  You say that is impossible?  Guess what?  ITS ALREADY HAPPENING.

So, I made a point with you, fellow breeder, animal fancier, and animal lover.  You are starting to get it.  In walks cognitive dissonance.  You have spent your entire life trying to make animals’ lives better.  You want to support the idea that animals should be well cared for in species appropriate manners.  You want those that hurt, harm and torture animals to be punished.  The easiest way is to jump on the Animal Rights bandwagon because they are accomplishing this in a backwards way. But you now feel you can’t. It hurts your psyche because you feel you have to go AGAINST Animal Rights, which makes you feel, because of those commercials, movies, and advertisements that you are AGAINST care for animals.

Instead of heeding my advice and turning against Animal Rights.  You decide to bury your head in the sand because of this cognitive dissonance. You decide that you would rather continue watching those commercials, feeling validated that you are at least fighting for something, with someone who has some power.  You argue with me, citing the same old examples, and the same old arguments.  You continue to ignore that your rights as a pet owner are going to be abolished.  But it is easier cognitively, psychologically, and emotionally to ignore it all. “When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance”

I am challenging you, fellow breeder, animal fancier, and animal lover to face that dissonance.  Realize, on the other side of it is something much more powerful.  On the other side is the ability to stand up with all of us and fight for our animals.  We fight to keep them. We fight to have them treated fairly. We fight for their welfare.  We fight for their lives, their futures, and their offspring.  But we also fight for a society where pets, working animals, food, and other animal goods are produced humanely and with care.  We fight for our rights, as humans, to be able to respectfully utilize what animals have to offer.  We fight for those that torture and neglect animals to actually be prosecuted under the laws that currently in effect.

We are against having those that are responsibly caring for their animals targeted and restricted to the point we cannot produce quality animals.  We are against having our pets and animals taken away. We are against the idea that animals do not, and can not, have a good life with humans.  We are against Animal Rights.

And I sincerely hope you will join us.

Food for thought:

http://www.naiaonline.org/about-us/

http://www.humanewatch.org/

http://dogknobit.com/2014/01/11/the-elevator-speech-part-ii/

http://dogknobit.com/2013/11/13/6515/

Learning to Show in Conformation. Why is it important, and why should I have to?

Posted By on March 7, 2013

Here at ArticCross Julie and Drea are known as pretty spiffy handlers. We are people who know the craft. But why do we know it? Well, here is the best explanation I can give you:

Showing a dog is a partnership. It is not just “having a good dog”, which you certainly should need to win, but being able to present that dog properly. The thing is that you can make a great dog look pitiful with poor handling. A lot of people use the excuse that “a judge should be able to see through that”. Well, really, no they shouldn’t. A lot of people say that a dog should win despite handling, well it isn’t that easy.

Think of it this way even in performance sports which are supposedly objective, it is a TEAM EFFORT. Anyone who has ever been in competition whether it be obedience, agility, herding, sledding, IPO, frisbee, dock dog or hunting tests will admit that you can completely screw your dog if you don’t know what you are doing. It is no different with conformation.

Even though conformation is more subjective than most performance sports you are doing a huge disservice to yourself if you don’t learn how to do it correctly. How are judges supposed to be objective when you make your dog look short necked, cow hocked, out at the elbow, pitter pattery and dumpy and the dog who is not as nice doesn’t look any of those things, the judge can just see a slight flip of their pastern on the way back. So then you get done and say “I can’t believe my dog lost to that shitty front!!!” Well, do you know how BAD you made your dog look? Yes, your dog is better if the judge were to see it at it’s best. But the judge can’t see your dog because you are so busy making it look like a dolt. You are the obedience handler with the dog in perfect heel who decides to turn the wrong way on the about turn. Or the agility handler that sends the dog on a wrong course. YOU lost it for your dog. Don’t blame it on the “subjectivity”. Blame it on yourself.

You should learn to present your dog to the best of your ability. This doesn’t mean learn to hide faults, paint colors, trim the dog to death or get the dog surgically altered. What learning to present your dog to the best of your ability means that you are competent enough to show the dog and not make the dog look like it has faults that it doesn’t have. Learn ring procedure, be comfortable, know enough that it can be FUN and your dog can have FUN. And guess what? You will both look and feel better, and probably win more. That’s all.

-Drea Dunkle of ArticCross

In the mean time here is a beautiful Rico x Astrid baby!

New puppies at ArticCross!

Posted By on February 11, 2013

ArticCross Samoyeds announces the arrival of a new litter! Rico (GRCH Hawkwind’s ArticCross Emerald) was bred to Astrid (Chatanika’s White Oleander). Rico x Astrid Puppy Pedigree

Astrid is a wonderful mother, always checking in on her new puppies!

There are a total of five puppies, three boys and two girls! Born on February 9th 2013! This breeding will combine beauty, stunning movement, intelligence and working drive.

We are so thankful to Kim Sampson of Chatanika Samoyeds, a long time working Samoyed breeder for allowing us to have a litter with Astrid. Astrid is an incredible part of her sled team. She is intelligent, strong willed, and one of the most superb mothers we have ever seen. Her structure is phenomenal. Combined with Rico we expect these puppies to not only have the drive to work but the structure to do it effortlessly.

Beyond their ability to work we expect these puppies to be wonderful house dogs. All of our dogs are part of our family. Their ability to work never overrides their ability to be great family dogs. This breeding epitomizes our slogan of “Health, Temperament, Grace and Beauty”. Check out the litter page and back here for more updates on these sweet little puppies!

Inquiries for puppies are always welcome at info@articcross.com !

Astrid taking a snooze with her brand new puppies! Welcome to the world little ones!

Spectacular News from ArticCross!

Posted By on December 12, 2012

It has been a while since we updated again, but here is our most recent news!

We pride ourselves with the health of our dogs so lets start off with health updates:

Rico is now CHIC cleared! He passed his Optigen PRA and RD/OSD tests. Visit his page for a link to OFA as well as his other health clearances! 

Rico’s son Mendel had his OFA X-rays done and his Hips are Excellent and Elbows are Normal!

Also, Rico and his progeny at nationals HeliMendel and FISH all CERF’ed clear!

L-R Mendel, FISH, Rico and Heli on their way to the 2012 SCA Nationals in Gettysburg! Rico is PROUD of his kids' accomplishments. Photo by HTM photography 🙂

At the Samoyed Club of America National Specialty we have BIG news! Starting off with Working Sweeps!

Mendel takes 1st in a huge Novice Working Sweepstakes class!

Mendel takes First in Novice Working Sweepstakes on the same day that he gets is first Leg toward his Rally Novice title! Way to go Amanda and Mendel!

Heli and Drea step it up in Obedience going Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes and Highest Scoring Champion of Record their very first time in the Obedience ring together!

All of this led up to the very best accomplishment of the Rico x Allele litter at the SCA National 2012!

Photo by Pete Burkart

FISH, handled by Julie, goes Winners Dog to finish his Championship and First in Novice Working dog!!!!!

What a great national it was in 2012!

More recently Heli took BOB and a Group 4 her very first time out as a special!

We look forward to what these kids have in store for us in the future! And SHHHH! We have a big announcement coming up but we are now taking reservations for Rico puppies!

Alright… So we finally fixed our pages :)

Posted By on August 9, 2012

We had a crash a while back that messed up some things on here. Drea is here to save the day and finally decided it was time to update and fix it! So, in essence we have mostly brand new pages. Here they are!

Rico

And updates on his kids:

Heli

FISH

Mendel

Sookie

Fraggle

Kiska

I could list a thousand different things that we have accomplished with the Rico kids this year. It has been an amazing year and it is really a testament to a great planned breedings with great dogs. I can’t list everything but the things that stick out are: Out of the litter we have 2 champions (Sookie and Heli), Sookie is close to her Grand Championship, Mendel just recently got his first major, FISH is just one point from his championship. FISH is also the youngest Samoyed to ever earn a Rally Novice title at just over 6 months old! They have Multiple Winners and Best of Winners at specialties. Best of Opposite at a specialty, Multiple Reserve winners at specialties and these kids aren’t even 2 yet! For details on their individual accomplishments check out their pages.

L to R: Mendel, Fraggle, Papa Rico, FISH, Heli and Sookie!

Samoyed Standard and Color

Posted By on February 7, 2011

Hello all!

We have been apparently having some confusion on what color a proper Samoyed is. Many are under the impression that pure white is the only color, and anything else it not a show dog.

Just so you all know, Rico, the father of this current litter, is not pure white and he is an AKC Champion.

So, here is what the AKC Standard for Samoyed’s says:

Color – Samoyeds should be pure white, white and biscuit, cream, or all biscuit. Any other colors disqualify

Here is the link for those who want to read it: AKC Samoyed Standard

While looking for prime examples of a Samoyed that is not pure white, I found Bud. Thank you Suntrip Samoyeds (Ann) for giving me permission to use his image.

Take care and be safe!
Jason

Eight Weeks Are Finally Here!

Posted By on January 17, 2011

Sorry these are so late. It was a busy weekend with daddy Rico taking breed on Saturday, the puppy party and brother Mater taking breed on Sunday! Happy week 8! 🙂