CH La Chanson's Moonraker PT CAX2 THDA RATN MDD CGC
Born: June 30, 2013
Mal retired from the show dog life in 2015 after earning his AKC Championship. His time is now dedicated to pursuing the less polished things in life, including chores on the working farm he calls home, carting, herding, coursing, and therapy dog volunteer work. Each of these endeavors are discussed in more detail on their respective pages.
You'll notice that Mal has a lot of jobs, and that's because most Bouviers love to work. They're not a dog for everyone, and I hope you'll take a bit of time to read more about [THE BOUVIER].
Mal was the first Bouvier to earn a CAX and CAX2 title in the AKC Coursing Ability Test event. Fifty+ runs later, it's still one of his favorite activities.
Rewarded for chasing things? Uh, yes please. Looking for an activity that lets your dog run free? The AKC Coursing Ability Test (CAT) might be for you! This event is fashioned after the sport of lure coursing. It tests a dogs ability to maintain engagement with a "running" artificial lure. This is a non-competitive, pass/fail event where dogs run one at a time. If your dog likes to chase toys, admires wildlife, or just likes a good run you should check the AKC website for a CAT near you! Aside from letting the dogs have fun, this event provides owners with a great opportunity to get to know other dog owners in the area, meet new breeds, and otherwise spend the day admiring dogs as they have a blast.
They grow up so fast...
It's hard to believe that the hundred-pound hunk of fur that takes up most of the bed used to be carried around in my arms. Few things compare to the joy of watching a puppy grow up.
Interested in owning or, rather, being owned by a Bouvier? Here are some great places to start:
Registered Therapy Dog
Available for: Children, Elderly, Hospital, and Education volunteer visits in Northern California.
Who doesn't love a big, wet nose?
Mal has been volunteering as a therapy dog since 2016. With over 100 visits in 2016, he has brought a smile to the faces of so many. Mal makes regular visits to [WORDPLAY SPEECH THERAPY] in Brentwood, California and can be made available, by request, for any student who might benefit from a friendly, furry face.
Volunteer appointments are also available for classrooms and education, school reading programs, hospice and hospital needs. Please CONTACT us for details.
Learn more about Mal's therapy work: [BLOG]
Bred By: [LA CHANSON BOUVIERS]
Dog shows aren't all glitz and glam (although there can be quite a bit of that), they are events designed to help breeders evaluate their breeding stock and prove that is "worthy" of being bred. A Champion dog has proven its conformation in the show ring.
A Championship title isn't the end of the breeder's work. Breeding stock must also be health tested and, in our opinion, should prove themselves able to perform the traditional duties of the breed. For Bouviers, this might include herding, carting, and working dog sports. Responsible, preservation breeding is vital to ensuring the predictable traits of beloved breeds are maintained for future generations.
Mal is an ABdFC Master Draft Dog.
Carting, or draft work, involves a dog working with a handler and a cart to maneuver obstacles, haul loads, and demonstrate the ability to work as a team. The Bouvier is powerfully built, and as multi-purpose farm dogs their responsibilities extended from herding livestock to hauling loads such as milk or cheese carts, livestock feed, and lending their strength to other farm chores. Today, Bouviers can demonstrate their natural ability to perform draft work by working with their owners in daily chores and even entering in Carting Tests. There are many breeds of dogs who have a history of draft work, and breed clubs, such as the American Bouvier des Flandres Club or Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America can be great resources for getting started in carting.
Need a cart? Visit [WILCZEK WOODWORKS]
The Bouvier is an upright, loose-eyed herder. It doesn't typically "stalk" or stare at livestock while herding the way that some breeds do. Herding with a Bouvier can be a challenge for a variety of reasons, but particularly when sheep are not used to the presence of a Bouvier. When spectating a herding event, you might think a working Bouvier looks like a wolf or bear moving sheep. The sheep tend to feel the same way, and might overreact to a Bouvier's presence if they are not used to the breed. With solid training, a Bouvier can be taught to harness its instincts and herd sheep, cattle, and anything else that groups up and can be moved.
Find a herding fun day or test in your area to see amazing herding dogs doing what their breed is meant to do!
All work and no play...
Mal does a lot of work. We're often asked if he has a chance to "just be a dog." While we do spend a few days a week practicing or actively working, Mal enjoys a pretty "normal" dog life. His favorite activities include napping, hiking, travelling, and more napping. Two years of travelling the country with Mal has made for some incredible memories and some great pictures.
We're always in search of the greatest Dog Friendly areas in the places we visit.
[CONTACT] us to let us know about your dog friendly business or to let us know about your favorite place to visit with your dog.
[BLOG] posts with reviews of dog friendly businesses and parks.
Mal's therapy visits have inspired some pretty awesome costumes. Most notably, the 2016 Halloween Panda! Fantastic things can be created with a little chalk and imagination.