Life has been busy. I've been going into work getting ready for the upcoming year. I realize I haven't posted much lately so I thought I'd update on the animals today.
Guinness: Is awesome. He's growing like mad, very bum high right now. He's been having a few freak outs while tied. This is a stage. I keep telling myself that over and over again. Looking at his conformation I don't think he'll make it as a cutter. (No whither, high hocks, not as wide stance on hind as ideal for cutting. I've begun to contemplate other activities for him. He'll need to be started in the spring at the latest. I'm not worrying about it overly. It'll be what it'll be.
Ryder: What a lovely little man. He came through his neuter with flying colors. He's been doing fabulous on stock. Really gaining confidence. He's becoming more comfortable greeting unfamiliar people - particularly men. He still needs some help when meeting new dog friends but he's coming along nicely. (He does far better with no Diva around.) No worries there.
Diva: Is Diva. She continues to be work. On stock she may eventually outshine Ryder. She's very confident and smart. She picks up things soooooo quickly. She's become more affectionate with me. (As in she wants to be near me and is less independent.) She remains sassy when meeting any one or thing that is unfamiliar. I don't know if I'll ever trust her but I'll certainly keep working with her. She definitely isn't as extreme as she once was.
Tessa: Is living the good life with my parents. She's much happier there. I miss her every day. She isn't having as many issues with "crazy" but her body is letting her down. Her feet look all gnarly now. I'm sure she has arthritis. She occasionally gets to work the sheep. Too much exercise makes her hurt and lame so that needs to be done so very carefully.