APRIL 2006

HI THERE,

The newsletter looks a bit different this month, mainly due to the editor's stupidity and the fact that the editor doesn't have an E-mail address. Don't ask who the editor is - that's embarrassing.

As promised, Anne (Celduin's Mom), wrote an input about their December holiday on motorbike through Africa. This is featured on page 2. Wish I could do something similar and never return to this so-called civilization.

CLUB NEWS
The dates for the Boxer Club's activities this year: 15 April, 27 May, 5 August and 30 September 2006 as well as 7 April 2007 (they do plan ahead, don't they?).

As 15 April is the Saturday in the middle of the Easter weekend, we will in any case not have agility or puppy classes on that day - usually most people are away for this weekend. We will organize a dog walk for the next time the Boxer Club utilizes the field. However, we will have normal dog training on Easter Monday, 17 April.

Maureen again had surgery. This time she told us about it and received her bunch of flowers. She is up and about again. She and Ivone even spent a week on holiday in Cape Town.

Some bad news: Magnum (Sassy's partner) had to be put to sleep during February because of kidney failure. Albert was also put to sleep on 6 March because the cancer had spread to his throat and inside his mouth - within 24 hours he couldn't eat anymore. Val (Adam's Mom) told me a story that Dr Platzhund had told on a radio broadcast a while ago. He said that a couple with a young boy (about 5 years old) came to his surgery to have their sick dog put to sleep. The couple also remarked that they could not understand why dogs cannot live as long as humans and we humans have to say goodbye to them so soon. The little boy then said he could explain why: Dogs are born good, they don't need as much time on earth as humans, who need a lifetime to learn to be good. That's why dogs may go to heaven sooner than humans. (Maybe the little boy is right.) Anyway, we all know that we will love our next dog just as much as the one we lost.
Lewis finally returned to school - you could see by his antics that he missed his classmates. Most likely he was just very pleased to be away from the new family addition for a change. Mom and Dad, congratulations on the birth of Mia - hope she is just one huge package of pleasure!

Welcome to Chester, who joined the agility group. Hope to see you around for a long time. Orpa promised to join us during May. She must just remind her owner of this promise!

MISS ME

When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set on me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.

Miss me but let me go.

TIP FOR NEW PUPPY OWNERS
When you want to get a new puppy, please insist that the breeders keep the puppy until it is at least eight weeks old. Many breeders want to get rid of puppies at the age of 5 - 6 weeks, as soon as the pup can eat by himself. The period between 6 - 8 weeks is actually the most important; this is when the puppy learns from his mother and litter mates about doggy life skills and pack structure and hierarchy. This is the time when play-fighting with littermates takes place to establish rank and the mother will growl (or even nip) at the pup if he misbehaves, and through this “motherly punishment” your puppy learns about his social status.