Session 4 Obedience Classes are Cancelled.
The Club’s dancing dogs, led by Judith Perlman joined by Donna Hlavachek and others, have had an active performance calender to the fun and joy of our community’s seniors. They have performed at Gables on the Pond Nursing Home in Random Lake in August; Pine Haven in Sheboygan Falls in July; and Pine Haven in Oostburg in June. Shady Lane in Manitowoc requested our dancing dogs in May for a special celebration of National Nursing Home Week. The Bow Wows also performed at Pine Haven in Sheboygan Falls in May. Scheduled upcoming performances include appearing at a Memory Cafe at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and at River Woods Place in Manitowoc in October. If you have a place that would like the dancing dogs, contact Judith. The Bow Wows are constantly updating their program, which includes a wide range of music including Broadway show tunes, country, rock and roll, Frank Sinatra and movie music. Dancing with your dog is really just obedience to music. It is a different and fun way to interact with your dog. We welcome everyone to try one of our drop-in sessions to see if you enjoy it. The Club has also invested in a 3-DVD set of basic instructions for its Library if you would like to borrow those for at-home learning. Nobody has to perform, although we have found that when you see how much people love seeing you and the dogs, you realize it doesn’t matter how good you are. It’s about showing up!
Jennifer Tollefson, Mary Larson, and Laurale Stern gave a demonstration at the Senior Center on Tuesday, August 13th. The Senior Center had contacted Burl Cavanaugh a couple of months ago requesting a demonstration. Every Tuesday in August the facility hosts a grandparent-grandchild activity. On behalf of MCKC, Jennifer, Mary, and Laurale presented an hour demonstration of rally obedience, obedience, and AKC scent work with their dogs and took questions afterwards. Thank you, ladies, for your service and for representing MCKC!
The Boogie Woogie Bow Wows had its first public appearance since joining the Club on May 3, 2019, at Pine Haven Retirement Community in Sheboygan Falls. From the left are Karen Gordon (her German Shepherd Hershey is not shown), Class Instructor Judith Perlman and her Bouvier des Flandres Natalya, and Leigh Hoftiezer and her Golden Retriever/Collie mix Stormy. The dogs are preparing to do a Texas line dance to Hank Williams Hey Good Lookin’. The Program included rock and roll, a Sousa march, movie music and Frank Sinatra. Contact Judith for dates and details if you may have an interest in trying Obedience to Music. The Sessions are done on a “drop in” basis so no big commitment is required. If you participate, you are not required to perform. But old people and little kids really love seeing the dancing dogs!