Saturday, October 30 was a busy day in Mason, with the Starving Artists’ Show, Santos Winery’s Release Party and The Courthouse’s 100th Anniversary. While these are all noteworthy and well-attended, the most gratifying event for several people in Mason (and their friends and family) was the graduation of Reigning Cats & Dogs’ second class of four-legged superstars from dog obedience school.
"Rowdy" (Great Pyrenees mix) Hoerster, owned by David and Miss Jane Hoerster, and ably handled by Elizabeth Hoerster, and "Case" and "Miguel" Etter (Standard Poodles), owner-handled by Bob & Brenda Etter, put on a superb demonstration at the County Park, in cold weather, on cold cement. Also graduating but unable to attend was "Abby" Chapa, English Bulldog owned by Rick Chapa. All four dogs overcame various behavior issues, including, for the most part, novice handlers, and went from throwing themselves on the ground, barking, pawing, jumping up, etc. to walking at their owners’ sides, staying, coming when called, and much more, all WITHOUT being on a leash.
Instructor Lenore Newsom and assistant instructor Jocelyn Hemphill (ably assisted by ring steward Tommy Newsom) congratulated the graduates on their hard work and skill in overcoming many challenges, including learning how to walk (the people, not the dogs), to turn out dogs that were now so well-behaved family members were commenting to Lenore on their changed behavior.
Reigning Cats & Dogs offers beginning obedience classes for all dogs over 5 months of age. Our classes meet for 8 consecutive Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 AM. Cost is $99, and all graduates can take "refresher" classes at no extra charge. Our next class begins on Saturday, January 8th. Class size is limited, and you may enroll at Reigning Cats & Dogs, 120 Moody St. (next to the Odeon Theater) or by calling 325-347-1700. Let your dogs "unleash" their inner superstar by learning tricks and impressing friends and family!