Merry Christmas from the Souza Family!

Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! It seems like the older our dogs get, the more I want to get their photos taken as a family. This was the first time we took our four-legged furkids to see Santa Claus and even though they didn’t sit on his lap (can you imagine!) I just love how this picture turned out. πŸ™‚

This photo was taken at Pet Food Express in Roseville, CA.
A donation was given to Guide Dogs for the Blind for this fund-raising “Pet Photos With Santa” event.

IABCA Dog Show 2002 (Anaheim Hills, CA)

This weekend, we participated in our first all breed dog show, hosted by IABCA (International All Breed Canine Association) in Anaheim Hills, CA. I enteredΒ Romeo & Giulietta in the Brace Class, where two dogs of the same breed are shown together side-by-side in the show ring.

Romeo & Giulietta in Brace Class
8/24/2002 – Brace Class at IABCA Anaheim Hills

Romeo & Giulietta won Best In Show Brace, beating the Dogue de Bordeaux, Portuguese Water Dogs, Huskies and several other breeds all competing in the Brace Class.

Best In Show Brace
8/25/2002 – Romeo & Giulietta won Best In Show Brace

Golden Gate Classic 2002 (Hayward, CA)

This weekend, we participated in our first official dog show, the Golden Gate Classic hosted by ARBA (American Rare Breed Association) in Hayward, CA. Giulietta won Winners Bitch and Best of Winners and earned her first point towards an ARBA Championship! πŸ™‚

Puppy Fun Match (Orangevale, CA)

We brought Romeo and Giulietta to their first informal dog show today, a Puppy Fun Match in Orangevale, CA. When we were at a local pet store, we met a lady in the Canidae dog food section who told us about the Puppy Fun Match and we thought it would be something fun to do with our puppies. Romeo won Best of Breed and Giulietta won Best of Opposite Sex. πŸ™‚

Family Photo – January 2002

Our family of five went to San Jose, CA for our very first family photo session. Poor kitty, her pupils are dilated in the photo because I’m actually holding on to her by her fur so she wouldn’t run away. πŸ˜‰

California Cane Corso Family - January 2002
1/24/2002 – Giulietta, Bob, Chanel, Leilani, Romeo

Obedience Training at Alert K-9

Romeo and Giulietta began their private obedience training lessons today with Ryan Tulchinsky at Alert K-9 Training Center in Brentwood, CA. He also taught Bob and I how to continue their obedience training at home and things to practice before our next training lesson. Romeo and Giulietta are both so easy to train, since they are extremely food motivated! πŸ™‚

Romeo Arrives From Italy!

Today, we picked up Romeo from the San Francisco International Airport! He came to us all the way from Italy and his breeder Morgan said he was a very noisy puppy in his crate during the ride to the airport. When we arrived at airport cargo, he was screaming and biting the kennel door and at first we were worried about his temperament…but we later found out that he was just angry because he hated being dirty. πŸ™‚

Baby Romeo
November 2001 – Baby Boy Romeo

Giulietta Arrives From Italy!

Today, we picked up Giulietta from the San Francisco International Airport! She came to us all the way from Italy and poor baby girl had an overnight layover in Paris, so she was pretty dirty and hungry. Not to worry, she devoured the doggie jerky we brought for her and I gave her a sponge bath in the airport cargo bathroom. πŸ™‚

Baby Giulietta
December 2001 – Baby Girl Giulietta