Arbee was badly
affected by a parasite called neospora caninum that afflicted the
For some time we could not predict whether he would survive and combined with
suffering from muscle wastage in his rear legs I consequently felt that I couldn't place him in a home. Especially as there was no way of knowing whether
he would be able to get around normally.
Well I don't know about 'normal' as he
hocks in atrociously compensating for his muscle lack but otherwise nothing
holds him back and he can chase down his mother Mtarni with no trouble at
all (see picture below of Arbee and Mtarni 'lurecoursing').
I have shown Arbee for socialisation rather than competing but he
nevertheless frequently won his Baby class (yes, with competition) and
pulled off a Minor in Group and a Res CC beating some top winning dogs.
He is a gentle sweet boy and a true pleasure to have around the house. It
would be nice to think that he could improve but it seems unlikely at this
point - he'll do some Specialty shows now and then for the fun of it as he
loves running around the ring with his mate Mark.
Since neospora can not be
passed from a male Arbee has become part of the breeding program having
now sired two litters both by natural matings. Pups from these litters have been
shown with some success. I
know his babies have continued in the tradition of Starridge. Without the neospora I know
Arbs would have been a top
winning dog and even with it he is a top winner as my mate.