Jeannine De Palma
Working on website , need to add page for Slovakia trip i took. Pics will be out of order due to computer issues this year
With the passing of Cozemo and Ali the sadness was overwelming. So i needed needed to get back to my life before dogs. Even as i type this i tear up. So i went back to what I did as a young adult when stressed- I danced. Back in brooklyn I taught disco dancing and house. When I found Zumba i was in heaven . For my 45th birthday Vinny sent me to school to be ZIN instructor. After 8 hour class 7 of which was dancing i passed and i am now a certified reg and gold fitness instructor.
Before I took the class I lost 23 pounds with local Zumba classes. But could not keep up with my old injuries made worse by dog showing for 15 years.
Often during the reg Zumba classes i had to hold hard time keeping up with the speed. But the gold classes are more of the Salsa and dancing vs the aerobic side. I also have the Zumba home DVD and Wii ganme but rarely find time to do them with tel ringing and dogs work.
So that is why i went for the Zin class, I must admit i assumed the class would be more on the easy side , nope it was BOTH the reg Zumba + once in while we put our Gold hat on . The only combination I could not modify was the tango leg swing backwards. I had great time. And no pain based on modification to the movement for people with injuries. I kept up with young adults and a older lady out did us all.
I stayed at a local hotel in burlington half off i found on Hotwire Great pool and sauna . I read my Zumba book and relaxed no dogs just me 1st time in over 11 years. ( me and vinny went to Vegas back in 99). The Zin teacher quickly pinned me NEW YORK since my accent of course stuck out .
So in conclusion I spent much less time last few months offlline due to my addiction to dancing. Im sorry for my dog folks wanting more dog stuff .. I did NOT breed any Spring Litters cause i wanted the Spring nd Summer off. . I did one breeding for fall, and for the rest of the summer im judging, showing, and creating my Zumba routine. Living life large this year vs life living me last year. I start teaching in the fall, i have to get a recent CPR cerf before I donate my time to local retirement homes.
Thanks Beto for bringing my 1st love home to Buffalo. Now I have all the things i love in life My hubby, my dogs and dancing..
While I was away at dog show with a dog political stress filled weekend.
I came home to this. Thank guys so much I needed this.
PS FF Bobo got a Grp 1 and Grp 2 New Grand Champion,our 5th. FF Gandy grp 1 and FF Spice grp 3. Great weekend
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Rohana Mayer posted on your Wall.
"Jeannine thank you for the call yesterday, that was a behavioral question I couldn't figure out and you really nailed it, first sentence out of your mouth! Great to have your expertise around to draw from, there may be a lot of self-proclaimed 'experts' out there on the various related breeds, but you have the down-and-dirty reliable advice when it actually comes to problem solving. Thanks and so glad to have you around! ;)
Also, I called Angie, she will help me with the Caucasian in Burbank, so thank you for the referral."
I am a dog trainer in South Carolina. I have worked with dogs in a professional capacity for nearly 14 years. I have also recently begun competing in conformation, lure coursing, and rally obedience with plans to pursue weight pull and agility as well. I am also an avid backpacker and outdoorswoman and I enjoy taking my dogs with me on my adventures. My dogs must be able to live and work together as I do not have kennels, and they must get along with my best friend and backpacking partner and her pack of 4 show/performance/working dogs. I must be able to rely on my dogs and they must be tough and hardy enough to do all these things involved in my lifestyle.
Approximately four years ago, I was ready to start looking for a puppy to be my next traildog partner and protector. A backpacking dog who is also a guardian has to have certain qualities, not least of which are a strong body, solid structure, stamina, a bombproof temperament, and a good work ethic. For years I thought I wanted a German Shepherd Dog but when the time came to start looking, none of them gave me the same flavor as my tough old Chow mix, Eve. They were too eager to please (not really a flaw, just not something I particularly enjoy in a personal dog), require too much training to protect, and are too reactive, to say nothing of the vast array of health problems and a structure that does not lend itself to the carrying of a heavy pack. A friend convinced me to cast a wider net and I discovered the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, a breed I had heard of from other friends with rare breeds. I had, in fact, seen them at rare breed shows in Georgia, but the dogs I had seen had been so unimpressive that I never bothered to find out what they were. Those dogs were too big and sloppy with spooky temperaments. Upon further research, I learned that these were not, in fact, good examples of the breed, as real Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are fast, agile, hardy, tough dogs with exceptionally stable temperaments. They are certainly not a good choice for the average dog owner, but I am not the average dog owner and their traits of stamina, agility, strength, distrust of strangers, and fierce, loving loyalty to family were exactly what I was looking for. I began looking closely at aboriginal CAS, both old and new pictures and websites, and I liked those types a lot better. So I began looking for breeders. I discounted the breeder close to me right away as that breeder had produced the show dogs with which I had been so umimpressed previously. What I found was many of the sites on the origins, history, and other information on the breed linked back to one United States breeder: Jeannine de Palma of Foxfire Farms. And her dogs looked like the real aboriginal working dogs, dogs that still to this day protect families and livestock for a living. Plus she had thousands of pictures and video of her dogs doing all kinds of things, not just standing stacked up in a staged photograph. Dogs running, jumping, playing, just being dogs. Dogs with their families, dogs with their livestock, dogs with other dogs. They were happy, healthy family members. There were testimonials from other buyers, many of whom had bought a 2nd and even a 3rd Foxfire CAS. Foxfire Farms clearly emphasized a real, functional dog and show wins were considered the least of a dog's accomplishments.
It was obvious from the start that Jeannine loves her dogs. Even her full-time LGD is a beloved family member. And she is honest and realistic. She doesn't think her dogs are perfect (although some are damn close, whether she admits it or not!), she clearly and logically discusses their faults as well as their strengths, and she publishes her dogs' health and temperament certifications openly. She is also clearly picky about who she sells a puppy to, caring more about the right lifestyle match rather than the ultimate show home, which means she isn't breeding for money or ego. I couldn't just send her $3,000 and have her mail me a puppy. I had to apply, put down a non-refundable deposit to prove I was truly committed, spend hours on the phone getting to know Jeannine and letting her get to know me. And I had to wait. A good breeder doesn't have puppies available all the time. Period. It was months before my puppy was even born and I couldn't take her home until she was 10 weeks old.
>Now my girl, Champion Foxfire's Hell Hath No Fury, aka Astrid, the first U.S. bred Central Asian Shepherd Total Dog, is two years old. She is everything I ever wanted and more. She has proven herself in the ring, but more importantly she has proven herself in real life. She is a loving companion, a willing worker, a stalwart protector, and a loyal friend to me, my other dogs, and my friends. I can take her anywhere, into any situation, without fear of losing control, and at the same time rest easy in the knowledge that she will handle things if someone or something tries to mess with her family or pack. She is calm and laid back, but she is always watching. She is neither too big to be agile nor too small to be tough. She has the body to stand up to any predator and the brains to know how much force is necessary. She never starts anything but never backs down either. She has tough, thick, loose skin, and a hard, dense double coat to protect her from injury and the elements. She has fluid movement that allows her to travel for miles without fatigue, even while wearing a loaded pack, and still always be able to leap to the defense at a moment's notice. She has the correct scissors bite with large, strong, even white teeth. She is, in short, a superb example of a Central Asian Shepherd Dog.
That is why I have and will continue to have a Foxfire dog. Owners like me, who want real dogs, versatile dogs, reliable dogs, dogs who can go out and do, will never buy some big show dog from a big show kennel. We are too picky and expect too much. You want one of us, someone who can take a puppy all the way, in the ring and out of it, you must produce something worthy of our notice. I can get a lot out of a dog, but I can't get what isn't there. Foxfire dogs have got it. The look of eagles. The dog of legends. The best.