This weekend was the Maryland Pet Expo at the Timonium fairgrounds. It was held in the building called the Cow Palace
There were all kinds of vendors there as well as the Chesapeake Dock Dogs. They put a large pool in the middle of the Cow Palace for the dogs to jump into. This link is to last years video to give you an idea of the setup. There were a few that ran all the way to the end and then put on the brakes instead of leaping and diving in. Tonka thought those dogs were very smart because why would you willingly jump into water?
We ran into all kinds of people that we knew including Baltimore's own Joy Freedman. Joy is a dog behaviorist/obedience trainer and AKC certified CGC evaluator. Joy was performing Canine Good Citizen evaluations and gave some seminars throughout the weekend on behavior and the ever important topic of Canine First Aid. Tonka was very happy to "see" her and got lots of love. He also ran into several staff members from his various Doctors and even some of our neighbors.
|Tonka very happy to "see" Joy|
CM had a lady draw a really cool caricature of the Tonka Man. He was very patient and stood and waited for her to finish even though the man at the booth next to us kept saying the word treats.
The awesome folks from Liberty Delight Farm were also there. They have Great Pyrenees on the farm and some are from Tonka's rescue AGPR. They gave him a big tendon to have as a special treat which he devoured as soon as we got home. Liberty Delight is an all natural farm and we love all their stuff.
We had many people stop and ask about his wheels and we directed them to the Eddies Wheels website for more info. I also had a few non educated types that kept saying "poor dog" over and over even though I assured them that there is nothing "poor" about Tonka. He is a happy healthy boy that just can't coordinate his back feet. The question of elimination came up a few times and that seems to be the breaking point for some people. The minute I explained that I had to express him the conversation went downhill. People immediately went back to "poor dog, you should let him go".
I even got a quality of life comment.
Seriously? - quality of life - he sleeps 16 hours a day- is waited on hand and foot -everyone spoils him - he gets two walks a day and most dogs get none - plays with his friends at the park -he travels all over and meets new people and animals - fed the best food -and receives the best medical care - yup that is a horrible quality of life. I think he should realize how bad he has it and immediately stop being so happy.....
I tried very hard not to blow up at those comments but in the end my tone did get nasty and we moved on.
Other than those encounters it was a whole lot of fun.