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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    You know...Sumo has never been a "good looking" Staffy if you get my drift. He is cute and has a gorgeous nature, but he doesn't have that extra factor which is needed as a show dog. I wouldn't swap him for anything...I am just talking purely aesthetic.

    Ruby however is a bit "special". We know her breeding lines mature fairly late for the bitches, so only time will tell. She has definitely matured since her first season in November. Her head is getting broader, her jaws stronger and her body seems to be in proportion. If I had to say anything...I think her muzzle might be a tad long, but that could change over the next 6-12 months. She is a very distinct "Terrier" type staffy. Some judges love that...other hate it. She is not as much of a show pony as Sumo, but this might also change as she matures and become more confident.

    Some dogs love to be shown...others hate it. I think for now...Ruby tolerates it, but doesn't "like" it much. She will be up against some really good 9 - 12 month old Staffies in April, so it will be interesting to see how she goes. Judge might love her or might hate her.

    Our fear of course is that her movements are no good due to fracturing her left hind leg at 5 months old (she is 8 months now) and needed pins inserted. She seems to be ok, but is still a bit apprehensive when I stack her, so I don't know if it just feels uncomfortable or if it actually hurts. She seems to still "guard" that leg, so we'll just have to see
    The appearance of her being uncomfortable when you stack her, does she swim a lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    nope...she hates pools and oceans

    She is quite happy running around like a mad chook...so I don't know...it might just be me reading too much into it
    Oh bugger - that's a shame.
    Knew a dog once who had similar op and ended up heavily pinned. Dog was an English Bulldog. problem was, he was truly a stunning specimen for that breed, so owner wanted to continue showing him. he had other ideas, and was having trouble being manipulated back into that position. They took him swimming every day for hydrotherapy exercises, and before leaving would stack him in about a foot of water.
    I have to say the difference with the water exercises was massive Dorte.
    Doesn't sound like Ruby is anything like the stage this Bulldog was though, so just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Nah...she is not that bad

    She has a couple of shows before out Nationals in Sydney, so it will be interesting to see how she goes
    Have fun at the others, but extra good luck in Sydney!

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    They are gorgeous!

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    Good luck with her, she looks lovely. Really sweet.

    I've just realised in all the rush of puppies etc that I've missed the entries to Sydney Royal. Not a happy camper.

    You can never tell what the judges are looking for. I tend to go under them 3 times and if I don't get anywhere strike them off my list.

    My boy didn't used to enjoy the show ring. This is what I tried;
    Only practice for about 3 mins about 3 times/week.
    Started to have more fun at the shows, got him out and let him run and jump all over me, wave his squeaky toy around, throw it. But generally again no practice.
    Because we stack on a table I put one of the others up on the table and made a real fuss of the other dog.
    Liver - microwaved, keep only for show days and got one of those velcro food pouches on elastic belt, the velcro sound becoming a cue for a liver treat.
    Unlike obedience training make the food pcs large and for those judges looking for expression toss the large chunk a foot out from the dog, you can then find the large chunk in the grass and pick it up.

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    Your dogs are just too adorable!! I want them!!

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    Beautiful pups Clea

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    Jesus! Look at the head size difference!
    Ruby has grown so much, I love the tongue photo
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    Oh they're adorable. I love the big grins.

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    Clea, do you intend to breed Ruby????? If so you will keep me in mind, yes? Maybe a male, although I assume you are thinking 12-18 months off which would give me approx 5 yrs between Bella and another girl. What are your thoughts on same sex given that sort of age difference? Oh I would just love a Ruby baby!!!!
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