So, many of our readers are what you call, “CPs.” For those of you who are new around here, let me explain. This is not for “cerebral palsy” in this case; it is for “camera peeps.” These are the loyal supporters of SDP who watch the dogs day in and day out on the Explore.org cameras. Casper was in the very first litter to be born live on camera so he has a LOT of wonderful fans. (He was actually not born on camera since he was the last of the litter and unexpectedly born in a van on the way to the vet!)*
This weekend is a big retreat at SDP for all the amazing CPs from all over the country. It has been in the planning for months and months and now it is here!!!!
I have to admit, Dan and I are not wild about being there in the midst of all this chaos. (I mean, we love Momma Chaos, but other chaos not so much.) We are not crowd people. BUT we know that Casper is so loved and pretty much an SDP celeb so if we don’t show up you all might lynch us. Plus, we have had SO MUCH support from you all that we do want to meet you face to face. So, we are willing to brave the gauntlet so that we can reap the rewards.
We do have a few things we want to request of all of you before we get there, though. (We will be there Sunday, probably around 11 ish.) This will just make it easier for us all and much more enjoyable.
1. Because of all the extra people and because who knows what other danes will be there Casper will be on his lead. He is very big now, but still a pup, so he does not always practice the best manners with other dogs. He is TOO friendly and wants to play and hop in other people’s cars, too. For now we are keeping him on lead until he can get over his wild teen stage.
This means that he will be attached to Dan. Normally at SDP we let Casper off duty, and Dan WILL have his cane so that if I want to walk with Casper or someone else does, then we can do that. But, if he is on lead and you call out “CASPER!!!!” he might just pull Dan right down in the excitement.
So we are asking, pretty please, DO NOT CALL OUT TO CASPER WHEN YOU SEE HIM.
Of course, we want you to meet him!! So, please just come up and introduce yourself (we don’t know what any of you look like!!! and even if we have met once we might not remember a name) and then you can give Casper all the loves you want!
2. NO FOOD FOR CASPER. Most of you know we have him on a special diet. This means that most dog treats are even bad for him right now. And even if you think that a bit of hamburger patty is ok… it’s not. We don’t give him any people food. (Unless he steals it but we have that under wraps now.)
We are going to bring special treats he is allowed to have so that if anyone wants to give him one you can.
We don’t want to sound like those obnoxious new parents that make you wear a mask before holding baby, but these 2 things will make our lives much easier.
We really are excited about seeing you all and getting to know you!!!
One more thing: you know Casper is fighting off some systematic yeast. This makes him kind of stinky. Sorry. We will make sure he is all clean, but you might notice the smell. It is not horrible, but just a bit of stank. We are working in that.
*If you don’t know all our abbreviations, places or things we are always referring to please check out our Glossary page.
written by LJS
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