Dogs Do Wellington

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It may be called the Equestrian Winter Circuit, but I am here to tell you that it is also the Canine Winter Circuit. That’s because for every horse owner, rider, trainer, steward, groom, barn manager, judge, organizer, and spectator, there is a dog. I know you humans make a fuss about packing up all the horse stuff: the blankets, buckets, leather goods, grooming boxes, trunks, fans, supplements, feed, hay, wraps, pads, meds, and assorted necessities as if the equines were some sort of first class passengers on a cruise ship. But when you’re traveling with dogs, we canines have to be well packed too.

We need our food, bowls, toys, treats, leashes, collars, brushes, Furminator, beds, supplements, kong toys, Frisbees, and peanut butter. Then there is the cooler with our home-made food, marrow bones, and bone broth. This year Thunderbear is coming too so we have to add all his puppy paraphernalia including his mutant-deformed fox toy (which has been re-stitched about a gazillion times) that no longer resembles any mammal on earth; his favorite sock with Eau de Tigger on it, and his special Thunderbear towel that he drags around the house like some beached carcass.

As a seasoned canine traveler, I know first hand how important probiotics are. Tigger starts about three days before we leave, and increases the dosage. I take Terra Biota once a day for maintenance, but that will be increased. I will also start on Colostrum, and due to all the fungi and bacteria in Florida soils, I will stay on that all through the winter circuit to support my immune system.

With so many humans traveling with dogs in Wellington, it’s like canine paradise. And there are all sorts of dogs there: dogs with floppy ears, dogs with short legs, dogs with long noses, dogs that slobber, dogs that run fast, dogs that chase balls, dogs that dig holes. I meet a lot of them at the Wellington Dog Park. Another good place to see my canine friends is at the showgrounds: WEF and GDF, and White Fences in Loxahatchee. Of course we all have to be on leashes, which is kind of a drag, but I enjoy popping into the vendor booths, and watching the jumpers. Dressage? Not so much … it’s a good time for a nap. But I do like the musical dressage stuff. We dogs can really get into the music, but the best part is all the clapping and cheering — that energy makes me feel zingy!

Kemosabe is a three year old Australian shepherd who, when he’s not on the road with Tigger, likes to hang out at BioStar — taste-testing products and herding the FedEx delivery guys.

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