March 2019
HERBIE'S HINTS (named after my dad!)

Years ago I had two half Great Dane - half Mastiff litter mates. One, Tommi, looked alittle more like a Dane. Taasi looked more like a Mastiff. Tommi was named after the tomatoes she loved to steal from my dad’s garden. When Tommi was an unnamed puppy my dad and I were outside in the “ring” the space I rode my horses. In the middle of the ring my dad had a garden where he grew his beloved corn that he was so proud of when it was knee high by July 4, and he grew tomatoes. One day this unnamed puppy started taking a tomato and running away, taking a tomato and running away. My dad and I looked at each other and said, Tomato! Taasi was named after a well-known horse trainer. They both died fairly young.

Anyone that knows big dogs knows that they do not live as long as smaller dogs. Their hearts just have to work too hard, or you could say they just have big hearts. They are still worth having.

My dad taught me early in life that it is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. Some employees may not stay a lifetime, they are still worth having. A relationship may not last forever, it is still worth having. A dress, a couch, a pair of shoes may not be designed to last a lifetime, we may still love them, they are still worth having. Can you value something that may not live “forever”?
Stay on Your Cutting Edge
In communication and in life there are three things we can “control”, have influence over: ourselves, what we say, and our environment to a degree. We often can have more influence over our environment than we exercise.

Nicole Schumacher, Ph.D was the keynote speaker at the JRC luncheon at the Canton Museum of Arts earlier this month. The museum had the traditional wood podium. She had seen a Lucite podium and realized it would not “swallow her up” like a big wooden podium would do to her petite size.

She ordered the podium and the crew at the museum used their audio with it. It is a great example of not accepting the status quo, taking control and influencing the parts of your environment that you can influence. You Rock Nicole.
This month’s Mishmash of Value are all lessons learned at a Canine Competition one Sunday morning.
1. Massage Pillows for Pooches
Manicured poodles have been made fun of as the divas of the dog world. It’s easy to point them out, literally and figuratively, as the Dolly Partons of the canine world. When I walked by this standard poodle, long nose nuzzled in the crevice of the massage pillow, I had to stop and ask: how do you teach the dog to put its nose in the right spot?

Lesson learned: The dog she said, organically knows to get in the right position to be groomed. How? Is it in the genes? Is it a result of years of grooming on the family tree? Is it by observation? Show puppies are introduced to competition from when they are months old . How can you indoctrinate someone from a young age for the good?
2. Dolly the Diva
The conversation about grooming led to the reasons for the specific grooming that is customized so specifically to this breed. The funny pom-poms on the hips keep the kidneys warm; the pom-pom on the tail allows handlers to see the dog in a body of water, the shaving of the hind quarters over non-essential areas makes the dog less heavy in the water.

Lesson Learned:  What at first glance seems silly is actually lifesaving. The grooming of the Standard Poodle is very purposeful. What seems superficial is actually strategic. What can you be purposeful and strategic about that may look less serious?
3. A Big Hairy Dog Tale
This is a photo of the least popular breed in the entire AKC: the Otterhound. I asked the breeder WHY? Why was this breed unpopular? In 1980 Cocker Spaniels and Poodles were the two most popular breeds. In 2018 it was Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Did all of the sudden Cocker Spaniels become terrible?

Lessons Learned: The breeder said he didn’t know why Otterhounds were the least popular. He guessed that people didn’t want a big, hairy dog. I tend to look it another way. In any group, there has to be a best and a least, the most popular and least popular. It doesn’t really mean the most popular is the best or that the least popular is the worst. Is the movie that wins an Oscar really the best movie? How seriously do you take lists?
4. "Bear" Hug
I think the Cane Corso is an amazing specimen. They do set off at the least a healthy respect if not a fear by just their size, stature and stare. They are part of the Mastiff family, averaging 28“at the shoulder and they say 110 pounds but I think today there are bigger or seem bigger.

Lesson Learned:  When you look at this picture you don’t see fear. You don’t see intimidation, meanness, vicious-you see none of that. A dog, like a person, is so much about how you treat it. What preconceptions about people or pets can you re-visit?
5. Convention of the Silver Backs
I walked past this photo opp and took a double take. Upon second glance it looked like a convention of Weimaraners. Weimaraners were talking only to other Weimaraners The moment was funny to me because there were probably 50 different breeds. Yet among all these different breeds they still found each other and hung out together.
Lesson Learned:  Maybe it was the owners of the dogs and maybe it was the dogs that chose to hang out together. Yet among all these different breeds they still found each other and hung out together. Do you choose to hang out with Chihuahuas or Greyhounds?
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Benji gave his dog time to the dogs for Mishmash of Value above.

Now he is pouting!

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