Every month we feature one of the club's dog members (because let's be honest, this is all about the dogs!) and his/her owner.
April's dog of the month is....
April's dog of the month is....
Deeta aka 'IMA little miss princess' (yes that's her KC reg name) is a standard COATED Mexican hairless dog (or Xoloitzcuintle), who belongs to club member Jenny.
In her own words, Jenny believes that 'IMA little miss asbo' would have suited her far more, and she found her way into Jenny's life after she lost a young pointer and was exactly what she needed at that point in time - a clown!
As Jenny says, "She makes me smile daily with her antics. She was bred by a dear friend of mine and I was on a mission to get the coated version of the breed promoted."
Deeta was the first coated Xolo to be shown in the UK at open level and, though Jenny admits she is not really into dog showing, Deeta walked into the show without having a bath, surrounded by people backcombing little white pooches on tables, and she proceeded to roll on the dirty floor - attracting some very strange looks.
When it was their turn, and after a quick dust off, Deeta went into the ring and gained 1st place in the A.V. import register puppy class. Jenny was so proud (even though she adds that Deeta was the only entry in that class!) but she achieved what she had set out to do, and after they came out of the ring, lots of people were asking about her.
For the last 3 years Deeta has also attended Crufts on the discover dogs stand, where she delights in meeting all her fans. A German couple even returned to see her again this March after meeting her last year.
Jenny is a keen agility competitor and when Deeta was old enough she started training, becoming a wiz at the dog walk, see saw, 'A' frame and even the weaves but the one thing she didn't enjoy was jumping - and so being that jumping is quite important for an agility dog, it was decided agility really wasn't her thing.
As Jenny continues, "I am a big believer in a dog with a job is a happy dog, so if agility was a no go I had to think what else we could do, this is where canicross entered my life. Now I will admit to everyone, I really don't like running!!!! Shock horror!!!! P.E. was not my forte at school, but we decided to give it a go, Finding a good C25K programme and getting a cheap belt we started. Boy it was hard for me but to my surprise Deeta loved it so I had to push myself to keep going. As I found mine and Deeta stamina increasing I opted to get better gear and that's where we both started to get serious we entered our first race."
"It was just a 2K and I was a bit unsure how she would do, all our training had been on our own and she was such a fussy girl I had images in my head of her saying hello to everyone and every dog as we ran round. At the start watching dog after dog set off in 10 second intervals it was getting closer to our turn...... ........off we went Deeta shot off and I was being dragged up a muddy hill at full tilt, she was on a mission to track down all the dog that had left her behind, we passed 5 people in the first minute of starting, I was totally spent but my girl had found her Job she loved it!!"
Jenny continues to run with her girls now, running a 2 dog team as she claims, "I need all the help I can get to get me round. Without Deeta I wouldn't have started running and without my girls I wouldn't continue."