By TIM FRANZEN
VIENNA—Marina Meyer, an eighth grader at Crisp County Middle School, joined the Macon Kennel Club about a year ago and decided to become a junior AKC all breed handler, according to her mother, Marcy Greer.
Marina said, “Lola (a bullmastiff) won first prize in her class, (12 to18 months) in her first ever competition September 1, 2006 at an AKC dog show at the Ga. National Fairground in Perry. We also participated in a show in Albany, Ga. Oct. 21 and she won first as well as the reserve winner ribbon (which is between first and second place) the next day. I also won first in junior showmanship during the event.”
Marina has been competing for less than a year, but Lola and she have won numerous first and second prizes, including a first place finish for Lola the weekend of March 31 through April 1 in Newnan and a junior showmanship first place finish for Marina.
They are competing at another AKC dog show at the Agri-Center in Perry this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The family also travels with another dog who may not have won any shows, but has won the hearts of many according to Marcy Greer.
Marcy said, “Mattie, (a boxer,) is one of our four year old females and is licensed and insured as a therapy dog. I travel with her to Cordelia Manor, Crisp Regional Nursing and Rehab, VA Hospital in Dublin amd Lillian Carter Nursing Home in Plains. The residents enjoy stroking and loving on her.”
The family also likes to breed and adopt dogs among the community. To adopt a puppy from Greer Boxers Playground on Campers Haven Road in Dooly County, a potential owner must fill out paperwork, have a fenced in yard, and the puppy must receive a medical evaluation within three days of purchase by an established vet. There is also an in-house inspection before the adoption and those who adopt must be willing to allow Marina, Anthony, her brother, Marcy or Ronnie, Marcy’s husband, to come and view the dog for the enire life of that animal.
Marcy Greer commented, “We are state licensed which means you are AKC sanctioned and that entails periodic inspections. Marina is involved in all aspects of breeding, showing and also does medical shots, except rabies. Currently there are 24 adults dogs and six one week old puppies in our boxer playground.”
Among the breeds they offer are English and Bull Mastiffs as well as Boxers. If you would like more information, you can visit them at their website www.greerboxersplayground.com.