Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
My reasoning in keeping him is I kinda sorta wanted to see what type of a trial dog he'd make. He's so tuned into people and so quick to learn that I hoped he might be able to become a superstar. And who knows - maybe he still will be.
Either way I will ask that if he runs into trouble, can't keep the dog or the dog just isn't working for him to let me know and I WILL buy him back.
Tough for me to say goodbye though...
Sunday, September 19, 2010
In birth order:
- Rocky (There was quite some objection over leaving poor Tank to be called that for the rest of his life!) Thanks Lynn for the name ideas!
On October 13, the puppies plus Reba all go into the vet clinic for their shots. I needed to have names for microchips and registration papers because as soon as the pups have their chips I'll send away the paperwork to CBCA. In addition, Reba's Optigen blood work will be done and sent down to the states for her DNA testing. Reba is currently registered with the American Border Collie Association and I plan to have her registered with the Canadian registry making her eligible to compete in the Canadian Finals. (We likely won't ever make it because of my work schedule - but just in case!) I figured if I was paying for and doing paperwork I might as well do it all!
Friday, September 17, 2010
The front runner right now is Tank. Which is strange for me because I'm not a male dog fan. But I have a feeling. I have a feeling this dog will have star quality. And for that reason I'm wanting to keep him. I like how drawn to people and I like how his personality is developing.
The second dog I'm loving is Runt. (Thinking Diva or ?.) She's a regal little girl. I love the look of her. Feminine, and mostly black. I also quite like how she's been dealing with the world around her. She's curious, playful and brave.
But then again the other girls are lovely as well. And wide blaze face is outstanding! For that reason alone I think I have to sell him because I can see him being such an amazing dog for someone wanting to trial or work and have a nice family dog. He just has a stellar personality. I'm thinking he's going to be Luke. It seems to fit him.
Puppy two is going to be an outstanding working dog. She has so much drive and energy. Puppy's one and four are top notch. They are both so nice that I want them to go to people who will appreciate them. I can't keep all the great ones!
Ah! It's just sooooo hard to choose! I love and appreciate them all. It just makes finding the "just right" home all the more important to me!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
With time ticking away I've started thinking about names for my little puppy family. With one puppy sold to a wonderful couple who passed my quality controls, I've been trying to fit names with the personalities of the pups left.
Girl puppy number one, who is on the couple's short list, I like to think of as Lucy. She's kind of spunky, gives great eye contact, is people oriented and brave. Also high energy.
Girl puppy number two, I still have no ideas for names. She's mostly black and is spunky, likes to bark, and while small tries to play with the big boys. She's also a bit of an explorer and has no problems wandering off by herself. I've toyed with Dora and Stella but am not sold on either name.
Boy puppy number three is a rolly polly short backed big boy. He has stunning markings with a wide blaze going into his collar. He's also the quietest, most easy going pup who stays out of the pecking order fray. I"m thinking Luke but am not sure it fits.
Girl puppy number five, who was the runt but is now about the same size as sister number two is the most black and adorable. Tonight while I held her she spent her time licking my hand. She's also pretty spunky and brave. She's the one I'm having the most trouble finding a name "fit". She's also the one who I (and my family) thinks will make an awesome dog. She's got a nice medium temperament.
Boy puppy number six, who has the spotted head and seems to be the lowest on the pecking order got his name idea from one of my students. Today, while discussing writing ideas one of my students blurted out that I should name a puppy Chico. I think Chico just may suit this guy. I still want to see what Chico means, but it may be a fit.
Boy puppy number seven has had his name almost from day one. Tank, is still Tank and will always be Tank. This is one solid large puppy. But he also seems to be mellowing. He's also the undefeated boss of the puppy pen. I'm pretty sure his size helps him out on that one!
Ah, name dilemma's...
Any good ideas??
Poor Reba had to stay home and take care of her babies, but Tessa was loaded into the truck for the trip. Once there I touched base with some of my concerns and had Tessa show him. This is where the value of a great coach, that extra set of eyes, and another brain to provide training strategies is invaluable. He even stepped in and worked Tessa so I could watch him complete the exercise he thought would help us. He also validated my concerns and thoughts and gave me some feedback on her condition. (Which is awful!)
Tessa and I have until the beginning of November to get ready. So out to the field we go - every day. I'll also be making a pit stop at the vet clinic to toss some ideas around her body condition and medical issues - and how best to deal with them to help her get into shape.
On the plus side we worked last night and had a GREAT work! We've been working on short flanks and outruns. Because the trial is an arena trial we aren't looking at huge distances. Instead we're working on cleaning up her fetch - hitting the sheep dead middle and not slicing corners off. The slicing of corners is also our short flank issue. She really likes to run a straight line rather than rounding the edges. So now I work the sheep along a fence and use my body pressure to bump her out when I give the flank.
The game plan is to be nit picky and work in close until she's responsive and correct once more. Here's hoping it works - Northlands will likely be the last trial of her career.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Tomorrow is the day the puppies turn three weeks! Reba is doing much better and I'm only feeding the pups around three times a day to help her (and them) out. They had become rather adept at escaping from their whelping bed to chase Reba down for food this week that I had to get creative and develop a new pen. Ideally, the pups would have been moved outside this weekend but with daytime temperatures hovering around 13 degrees Celsius, and night time temps hitting the freezing mark, the pups remain inside until developmentally they are able to regulate their internal temperatures.