Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cover Dog

Today I got an email from Christopher at BorderWars.  He told me that Pet Connection was looking for a dog to be on the cover of  Dr. Marty Becker & Gina Spadafori's new book “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual”.

Click here to Check out Dr. Marty Becker on Facebook. 

They already had two of three dogs selected.  The criteria for the third dog described Ranger perfectly.
1) Medium-sized (40-50 pounds) herding dog mix, terrier mix or setter-spaniel mix. We’re looking for a dog with “no color” — black-and-white, or black-gray ticking on white. We’re really hoping to find a dog with some “dramatic” facial marking, such as a large black patch.  Kinda looking for a short-haired dog (since the Golden has long hair and Quixote is sort of plush), but that’s not a requirement.
2) Well-mannered, well-trained and well-socialized. Your dog should do a reliable, happy sit-stay and down-stay, under conditions of working around other dogs and in a photo studio, with lights, photographers and other people around. It’s a hard day’s work, but your dog should be happy doing it.
3) Happy, healthy, well-groomed. No long nails. Clean and brushed, not “show groomed” but looking naturally clean and gorgeous. We also won’t be using slip/choke/pinch/prong collars in the photo, so if your dog needs those to behave himself, it won’t work.
4) You should be within easy driving distance of beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which is where this is all taking place. We’ll treat you to the hotel/meals, of course.
5) OK, obvious, but I’ll say it anyway: Don’t bite the veterinarian! (Or the photographers, or the other dogs, or … ) If your dog has any sort of issues that could lead to the deployment of teeth, this is NOT the job for your dog.
So a flurry of comments and emails flew back and forth and....WOOHOO!

Ranger is their choice!

We will be going to Couer d'Alene, Idaho next week for the photo shoot where Ranger gets to show off his amazing posing skills.  Mom will be armed with her clicker and yummy treats. Over the next week we will be going to every public place possible so Ranger can practice his sit/down stays with distractions.  We want to make sure he is fully tuned up for this.  He needs to be on his 'A' game.

Is Ranger happy? 

I don't know, what do you think? 

Oh boy, I hope he can get a grip before next week

"Can I bring my ball?  Huh, huh, huh?"

"Haf ball, will travel" ...mumble, mumble, mumble

Ranger I can't understand you with that ball in your mouth.  
"I am so happy! I love my ball! My ball loves me!"

"Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!  I love my ball my ball loves me!"

  "I love Everybody!"

We love you too Ranger. 


Karen said...

Wow, how exciting, and Ranger will be perfect!

Monique said...

CONGRATS! Have a fun time. Ranger will do great!

Diana said...

WhooHoo! Sounds like fun and Ranger is perfect! Diana

Emma Rose said...

That is awesome! Congrats!!!

Paws on the Run said...

Fun! Congratulations!

heartsong said...

Congratulations! Such a happy, animated face!

Pat A said...

I knew he would be perfect for this type of thing, He wants a Job and is a little unconventional for a BC, He wants to be in the movies.

Ranger, we are so proud of you.
Hugs from Auntie Pat.

4DawgMa said...

I'm so happy for you. I'm a daily Pet Connection reader and I immediately thought of Ranger when I read the call for cover dogs. Imagine my surprise when I saw Ranger mentioned in the comments and then even greater surprise when I saw that Ranger was the one chosen!!!

Actually, no surprise at all really. How could he *not* be chosen once they got a look at his photos.


CyborgSuzy said...


And, hi! Looks like I found yet another blog for my blogroll...

Gina Spadafori said...

We're just delighted! Both Dr. Becker and I yelled "THAT'S HIM! THAT'S OUR DOG!" when we saw Ranger's picture.

This is gonna be GREAT!


Jeanne said...

Congratulations, Ranger!!
A star is born. He's good to go just the way he is. Carolyn, what fun. Keep us filled in on your adventure.

BC Insanity said...

Congratulations! That's super exciting! Let's hope their photographer does him justice.
Cause your pics are AWESOME!
Ranger's personality just screams out to you through the pics, he's so flippin' photogenic.

Let a star be born
Go Kick Tail Ranger!!!


Shep said...

Oh man, awesome opportunity! He'll be perfect for the job! :D

Congrats, can hardly wait to get his pawtograph when he's all famous! ;)

Lynn said...

I've always known Ranger was a STAR!!! Luv luv luv Ranger!!! (Hmmmm. Ranger? Road trip? Hmmmm.)

Sweetpea said...

How absolutely totally fabulowsus is THAT?!?!?! CONGRATS all 'round and have a fantastic time - RANGER ROCKS!!!!!

r4sdhc said...

Congrats ! You must be very proud.
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ooky said...

Wow! He truly is "eye candy". I know he'll be great!

Debra Kay said...

Perfect choice!