Monday, May 1
May Day (Der Erste Mai, Tag der Arbeit) is an ancient festival to welcome the spring weather and to drive away evil spirits. It's a German national holiday. That meant only one thing to Aussie fanciers – hold a show! I had the privilege of judging conformation for the seventh time in Germany. It was a pleasure to see some excellent dogs and note the continuous improvement made by dedicated Aussie breeders.
Tuesday, May 2
There's nothing cuter than Aussie puppies! I played with a litter of adorable six-week old babies, chatted with their breeder, and learned more about her breeding program. This litter was sired by BIS BISS AKC Multi Ch.McMatt Blue Graffiti (Garrett) and out of Dt.Ch (VDH), Dt.JCh (VDH), CASD JCh, Club Jug. Sieg. 2015 Cool-Paws Amazing Shooting Star BH, RO-B, RO-1, OB, O1, DNA-VP, CHR (Lara).
I was impressed by the equipment used to expose these puppies to a variety of stimuli. In Germany, dogs are allowed to travel almost everywhere with their owners, including on trains, in restaurants and stores, and in other public places. Introducing puppies to a wide variety of sights, sounds, and footing builds confidence when they are faced with unusual situations. Watch for my next blog post that will show a video of the fun equipment this litter has to play on. It may spark new ideas on how you can enhance your puppy socialization.
After a bit of time to recover from puppy bliss, I was taken on a quick shopping trip to Bonn. Elke and her lovely daughter, Bianca, assisted me in buying chocolate bars and a new piece of luggage to carry them. We took time to appreciate a monument of the famous composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn in 1770.
Goodbye Germany, Hello Spain!
Wednesday, May 3
It was time to leave Germany and head to Spain. Sandra drove me to the train station, hoisted my luggage onto the train, and we said our farewells. My trip back to the Frankfurt airport was speedy and smooth. Miraculously, my cell phone began to work, and I caught my flight to Spain for the next slice of my adventure.