Bonzer is owned by Jeannie G., in Houston, Texas and is a Timshell Farm Goldendoodle. When Martha Stewart Show producers heard about Bonzer, the Goldendoodle that watches Martha Stewart TV Show, they aired photos of Bonzer watching the program! Below are photos of Bonzer watching Martha, and photos of Bonzer at his Freestyle Dance Class at Happy Hounds Kennel in Houston, Texas.
Hi Linda! It has been a long time since we have written, but I thought I would send you a photo of Bonzer just 4 days before his first birthday-He just got back from the groomer and looked so handsome! We have tried several different types of haircuts on Bonzer and this one is the winner-we left it longer on his legs this time and it suits him!
We get stopped everywhere we go so that people can ask about him and pet him-he really gets a lot of attention and people break into smiles as soon as they see him!
Bonzer took basic training classes, and now we have started him in a Canine Freestyle class-He picks up everything so fast, and the challenge is only to keep his attention on the lesson, and not all the other dogs and people. He is sooooooo friendly and thinks everyone wants to meet him (which is true), so we have had to really work on toning down his exuberance a couple of notches, so that he can concentrate on his school work! Last week he had his second lesson in freestyle and he was a star!! He got everything right and seemed to really be enjoying himself (we are working on a short routine to Little Deuce Coupe) and his cool new dance moves.
We would love to hear from you! Jeannie, Mark and Bonzer G.
"This has been quite a day for Bonzer!!! First, his brief moment on Martha Stewart and then his dance class final! Thought you would enjoy these shots from class! Bonzer looks so great dancing with all that fur bouncing around!!! He added to the choreography by his "sit up" :) move (the choreography was just for him to sit and me walk around him)-everyone loved it (they said he looks like a polar bear)! Our classes are at "Happy Hounds" here in Houston and they have such a nice facility! Bonzer is really enjoying the classes and I am getting a workout in the process!!!
For smart and high energy dogs like Goldendoodles, the Freestyle Dance (Musical Dog Sport Association) is a great activity-it really gets the dogs paying attention and focusing. Bonzer picks up new tricks so fast, but it was the focusing part he needed to work on. It would be a good tip for Doodle owners to find "Canine Freestyle" classes, or to do the online training classes.
All of the classes at the Happy Hounds center are geared to dog and handler together. They have obedience training, flyball, agility and freestyle classes. The facility is beautiful-the big room indoors has rubber mat flooring like an aerobics room, and outdoors there are two fenced in play yards-the big one has agility equipment. We took Bonzer to obedience training at ******** first before we knew about Happy Hounds and then he had a brief obedience training at Happy Hounds before we boarded him there. In 3 lessons at Happy Hounds, he had learned way more than he had in 16 lessons at ********. It was just great! We thought it would be fun for Bonzer to take Emily's class, and it was perfect! I don't think Bonzer has any interest in flyball or agility training, but we are finding out he is quite a dancer! I never would have thought that just regular people and dogs would learn these moves and now that I know, I can really recommend it!
Bonzer did great!!!! He has only had 5 lessons, but he did his routine to Little Deuce Coupe like a star! 2 dogs at a time performed and some of these are from the warm-up exercises before the performance. We were so proud of him!!! This has been a really fun activity for all of us and we signed up for the next set of classes! Love, Jeannie.
To: Linda Rogers
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Subject: Happy Halloween from Bonzer
Bonzer was at two pet events this weekend and wore his pumpkin-doodle costume. One of the booths had this standing pumpkin-head doll in front of it-it is all styrofoam even though it looks like someone is inside! The lady at the booth wanted us to get a photo with the doll and Bonzer together.
The really cute angel costume is my favorite, but Bonzer can't really move around wearing it, and certainly can't dance wearing it! (He danced for some people at the Sunday event) It is great for photos though, and I decided to make the angel photo into a postage stamp for Christmas!