me introduce myself. My name is Peking Tuo Waugh Lee Bowman, C.D.X
(Companion Dog Excellent) and with a name like that there’s a lot of
raised eyebrows when I enter the ring. Besides that long moniker, I’m a
Everything I do
seems to be unusual for a Pekingese...that is, I hear people say that,
you know. I do the high jump, the broad jump, the drop on recall and
retrieve objects on command. All of this is part of my performance. I’m
a show dog. This is all called obedience.
In Obedience a dog is
awarded certificates for different categories. The American Kennel Club
issues a certificate for each registered dog and will permit the use of
the letters, C.D., C.D.X., and U.D. after the name of each dog that has
been certified by three different judges of obedience trials to have
received qualifying scores in different categories (Novice, Open and
Utility) at three licensed or Member Obedience Trials.
started when I was a puppy. One day Mommy said, Peking, we are going to
school tonight. I thought to myself, does she think I can learn to read
and write. “Gee Whiz” I’m just a dog.
My first night at school
was really something. I met all types of dogs: big ones, little ones,
pretty ones, short ones and tall ones. I never met any ugly ones but
some barely did make it. All were very nice.
The first course was called Basic, how to heel, sit, stay, come, pay
attention and obey. It was a struggle at first; however, I came out in
first place and most improved dog in the class. Boy was I glad when I
graduated, I was anxious to get back to being “Just a Dog”. I graduated
first in my class and most improved. Boy was Mommy happy.
guess what? Mommy said, we start Novice next week. Now will someone
please tell me what Novice mean? Well, in a few days I found out just
what Novice meant, that means an inexperienced beginner, boy, did that
classification fit Mommy and me both.
I had to sit straight, lie
down, heel slow, fast and normal and come on command. Then someone said,
“figure eight.” I knew it, not only am I going to have to learn to read
and write but they expect me to learn arithmetic too, all with a leash
around my neck. I don’t think so!
I can’t say I really like this
schooling, but after a few sessions I decided to go along with it to a
point. At least they hadn’t started the reading and writing yet, and
besides that everyone said you can’t do much with a Pekingese in
Obedience, can you imagine that! They seem to forget that we Peke’s
originated from the great Royal Families of China.
and I both struggled through Novice. I could have gotten my C.D.
(Companion Dog) Certificate in three straight shows, but I blew it.
During my first time in the show ring, I was on a down stay and some
very nice kids were over on the edge of the ring and coaxed me over to
them. I decided to go see what they were doing. The judge didn’t like
that and Mommy didn’t either. I received my C.D. title and sure enough
Mommy had more school lined up for me. She didn’t even ask me if I
wanted to attend any more schooling. I’m sure the reading and writing
will be included in the new course called “OPEN”.
thing I knew, Mommy was throwing wooden things that resembled a bone all
over the place and I have to retrieve them. She had me jumping high
jumps and broad jumps. I liked this because I got to show off to people
who enjoyed watching me. I had to hold the wooden dumbbell until Mommy
asked for it. All of this was one off lead, Oh! Excuse me; what I mean
is without a leash.
I wasn’t so anxious to start the reading and
writing so I took my good old time, besides I was getting pretty tired
of school. I decided to quit, I acted as though I had become ring wise,
but it didn’t work. Mommy just tried that much harder, so I settled on
giving her a good scare every once and awhile by hesitating and acting
dumb in the ring. Mommy was really determined, she drug me all over the
creation, show after show. I worked in the pouring rain and tall grass
infested with fleas and burned up in the hot sun, but I made it. It sure
Boy did we celebrate. Mommy gave a party at school
and everyone came, she cooked all kinds of oriental food and dressed up
like my ancestors owners. Yes, I made it!!!! Here I became a CDX
(Companion Dog Excellent. Now maybe I can get some rest. THE GRAND
FINALE at last. Yeah!
But wait! What’s this I hear???????
someone asking Mommy "Is Peking going into Utility?" Do they expect me
to work for the Gas & Electric Company now that I’ve graduated! What
will these humans think of next?
This course is called UTILITY.
What in the word is that? I though utility was gas, electric and water.
Well I still don’t know, but the work, so far, is next to impossible.
They have me scenting articles tied to a board that I couldn’t possible
retrieve, and all this to be done with my flat little nose that don’t
work good in the first place. They throw their white gloves around and
expect me to gather them up. I don’t think I’m doing too well though;
Mommy has quit telling me what to do and just gives me a lot of hand
signals. I think that she is mad at me. She does not speak at all, just
uses hand signals.
Off we went to the show to show people what I
could do in Utility. It took me forever to get Utility. Mommy was
getting aggravated with me and finally the electric light bulb came on
and there I was in the ring acting like I knew what I was doing.
Finally! I could see that Mommy was happy with me and people clapping
and ribbons galore around my neck. I must have finally learned how to
read and write, because Mommy threw the biggest party in the world for
me. There was human food, dog food, and even prizes for all of us. Yea!
I’d better go now Mommy’s calling and by the way, if I’ve made a
few mistakes in typing, please forgive me. The reading and writing
courses are interfering with my typing practice and my nails need
clipping. Mommy is talking something now about TRACKING. What in the
world does she want me to track down now? I am not a drug sniffing dog.
Maybe I am supposed to check and let her know which bitch is in season.
Yippee, I would like that. I might just fall in love and get married.
I will let you know later when I find out about Tracking, but for
now, I’m going to sleep.
Owner: Nancy Bowman
230 Rainbow Ridge
Beckley, WV 25801
Peking died March 16, 1996 at age 17
- my first Pekingese in Obedience. He was followed by Clarissa, died 1/19/2001
Brooke, died 9/9/2006, and Monty, died 3/8/2005.
I have taught
Basic classes, Novice, Open, Utility, and Tracking. I have been in the
Pekingese world with the above dogs since 1980. However, my very first
Pekingese was given as a gift to me in 1967. He was named after the
first Apollo space craft that went into orbit. Peking Apollo. As you can
see I have really been into Pekingese since 1967, but faithfully since