On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Reigning Cats & Dogs’ fall obedience class graduated five owner/dog teams with a huge sigh of relief heaved by all involved. Graduates (and their support teams) were: Murri Mills (and husband Matt) and chocolate lab Beau, Brent (and mother Julia) Pepper and german shepherd dog Roxie, Angela Gammell and yellow lab mix Sam, Polly McMillan (and husband Hal) with miniature schnauzer Bubba, and Shannon Smith with german shepherd dog Sargeant. Not present but also graduating were April Shaw and dachschund mix Zeke, and Pam Estes and yellow lab mix Molly.
This group of trainers and dogs were the most diverse that trainer Lenore Newsom has seen in the 3-plus years Reigning Cats & Dogs has conducted classes. Two students, April Shaw and Angela Gammell, were training dogs from Old Yellow Rescue (Angela adopted hers in the second week of class), Murri (our “senior citizen trainer”) and Beau (who lost more than 10 pounds over the course of the 8-week class) came from Brady, Shannon, from Menard, will be showing Sargeant in confirmation in a dog show in San Angelo on November 2nd, Pam’s dog Molly is also a rescue, Polly’s dog Bubba’s sister, Sissy, took a previous class from Lenore, and Brent’s Roxie was what Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, used to call a “wild unit.”
Somehow, however, this mixed bag of students/dogs put it all together when it counted, although, like I said earlier, breaths were held, and sighs of relief were heard around the refreshment table after the graduation exercises were completed. All the trainers practiced diligently, and, though the picture doesn’t show it, these dogs proved they were more than just a bunch of pretty faces.
If you want your dog to be more than just a pretty face (or less of a barking, jumping pain in the whatever, for that matter), enroll in our next obedience class, which will begin on Saturday, January 11, 2014. For more information or enrollment, please call 325-347-1700, or come by Reigning Cats & Dogs, 120 Moody St. (next to the Odeon Theater, on the Square). Behavioral consultations are also available free of charge at the store.