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Friends & Pets
and sisters I bid you beware
your heart to a dog to tear. ~ Kipling
with Holly & Ash - and our Chloe - April (mother of Chloe & Ash)
& Ash are the TRUE champions, while the others are "our" champions.
is ASH, AKA; Ch. Snowy River 'N Shomberg Ambler New Champion, Dec. 2001
brother to Chloe).
(above) Ch. Snowy River 'N Shomberg Ambler JH
in the family @ SNOWY RIVER GSPs
- Frederick, MD
on Logo for more information & photos.
First visit with Dr.
DeLorenzo for Chloe & Leesy with Dr. Mosson (Parkway Vets)
is Leesy & her Longhorn heifer Rosie taken at the Frederick, MD Fair.
is 4 months old and 390 pounds. Isn't she precious? She is at my friend
with their other 31 Longhorns. Actually I own half interest,
- Having a pet is the only opportunity a human has to choose a relative.
photo by Nicole Martyn )
Motel antics land
Buddy on TV show
"HOLLY ON THE RIDGE"
Sloviko (above) of Thurmont, MD
won Honorable Mention at the annual photo contest, sponsored by
the AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB Gazette,
magazine in the June 2000 issue. Proud to say she is a friend!
Gardner Assistant Family Editor
a German shorthaired pointer, was adopted by Emily Sloviko and her husband,
Fred, when Buddy was a year and a half. He had been abandoned and was tied
to a building for several days when he was reported to Animal Control.
Buddy is a natural at doing tricks, and will be featured on Animal Planet's
"Breed All About It" on Monday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. THURMONT — Buddy
needed a job and Emily Sloviko had a talent for training dogs. The two
came together nearly four years ago and now Buddy helps out at the motel
operated by Ms. Sloviko and her husband, Fred. Buddy is a 5-year-old German
Shorthaired Pointer. Buddy will flirt with fame later this month
as the cable network Animal Planet features him on one of its programs.
Animal Planet's "Breed All About It" spotlights a different breed each
show, and on Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at 2 PM. Buddy will be one of
three German Shorthaired Pointers on the program. Buddy was a year and
a half when the Slovikos adopted him. He had been abandoned and was found
tied to a building in Frederick. He remained tied for several days before
he was taken to the animal shelter. Shelter workers called a representative
from the Mason Dixon German Shorthaired Pointer Club's rescue organization.
The Slovikos were searching for a dog that needed a home. "He was just
what we were looking for," Ms. Sloviko said. The Slovikos have had German
shorthaired pointers for 26 years, ever since they bought the Rambler Inn
in Thurmont. Buddy is their fourth dog. "He was healthy and well-adjusted.
He fit in like an old shoe. Whoever had him loved him." Ms. Sloviko took
Buddy to obedience school and he learned a few basic tricks. She also took
him to dog agility class where he learned to navigate obstacle courses.
"You could just tell he wanted me to teach him something more," she said.
"There was something in his eyes." She signed up for a four-week course
on dog tricks at Wonder Pup Academy in Frederick. "He picked it up so quickly,"
Ms. Sloviko said. Buddy learned to shake, to beg, to play dead, to roll
over, all the usual dog tricks. Ms. Sloviko decided to continue the training
after the course ended and Buddy has been an eager student. Now Buddy is
her assistant at the motel. "He feels like he's contributing," Ms. Sloviko
said. Buddy puts his paws up on the counter to greet customers. For those
who like dogs, Buddy will hand them a pen and put the keys before them.
When Ms. Sloviko rings the bell and calls out "Bellboy," Buddy will scurry
out into the lobby and pick up a bag and walk down the hall with the patron.
When the patron enters the room, Buddy carries in the bag and deposits
it on the floor. "This helps out our customer relations," Ms. Sloviko said.
"It puts the customer at ease. Especially if they're animal lovers, it
makes them feel more at home." Animal Planet learned of Buddy through the
Mason Dixon German Shorthaired Pointer Club. The TV network puts out requests
for dogs to be featured to breed organizations. "Animal Planet called me
and asked if I knew of any dogs who would make good human interest stories
and Buddy was the first one I thought about," said Carol White of Jefferson.
She shows and trains German Shorthaired dogs, and also helps with the breed
rescue. She was instrumental in getting the Slovikos to adopt Buddy
when he was in the Frederick County animal shelter. "He's a pretty neat
dog," Ms. White said. "They've taken the time to train him and acclimate
him to their situation." Buddy's story captured Animal Planet's producers.
In March, a film crew came to the motel and spent nine hours recording
Buddy's antics. "He was awesome that day," Ms. Sloviko said. Like other
dogs, and most people, Buddy has his lapses. "Some days he's just brain
dead. But other days he's perfect. I feel like anything I want him to do
he would do. He's that responsive. Buddy is a silky-smooth, liver-colored
dog with white spots flecking his body. Lithe and agile, he loves to run.
Ms. Sloviko takes him to a nearby camp where he can run through the woods
and cool off in a pond She chose her first German Shorthaired dogs because
of their characteristics. "They're very intelligent and active," she said.
"I wanted something to keep me active. They're very adaptable, and we just
love the way they look." She has considered getting a dog of another breed,
but added, "I just keep coming back to them. They seem to suit our lifestyle."
German Shorthaired Pointers are about the size of Labrador retrievers,
but leaner. They usually weigh 55 to 70 pounds. Their short coat makes
grooming easy. The American Kennel Club's breed standard says the shorthaired
"is friendly, intelligent and willing to please." The dogs have a keen
enthusiasm. The dogs are hardy and need a lot of exercise. When home, however,
they love to be inside with their family. Buddy does more than register
guests and take their bags to their room. He will deliver the newspaper
to those waiting outside their door. He will also help "tuck" in willing
guests and bow his head in prayer. "Bless my mom, bless my dad," recited
Ms. Sloviko, as Buddy placed his head on a guest bed. "Thanks to them I'm
not so sad. Now I know I'm walked and fed, and will have walks and a nice
warm bed." Ms. Sloviko has also taught Buddy to retrieve a handkerchief
if she sneezes. There's something Buddy would rather do more than anything,
however, and that's chase a ball. Tennis balls are ever-present in the
motel's lobby. "He will play ball forever," Ms. Sloviko said.
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