Sunday, November 24, 2013

"You Gotta Try This!"

Tracking! Here's a link to a nice overview article in Whole Dog Journal. Rowyn and I started tracking training back in August; it is a totally different type of dog/owner activity. I'm enjoying the heck out of this, and it seems like Rowyn is too. He really seems to like this 'work'. Out on the track (scent) he is the expert and gets to lead the way. I'm just there to get him started, offer moral support and dispense treats at the appropriate times. Rowyn seems to have a real knack for this, every session he makes great progress. I'm not off the hook though. I have to watch my dog, read his body language, make sure he keeps focus and I have to learn about how scent behaves in different conditions. Or maybe I'm just all excited about this because it seems easier than learning to herd? We've found a great trainer, and it turns out she's also learned herding with... her Boxers. ??? Yeah, really. She's a member of the local herding club here.

We had a great training session this morning, and Reegan, our trainer, took a little video, so now I can share it with you. I hope this works.

Ice Dogs

Hoke chows down on a 1" chunk of ice from the water tank, while Cricket, who used to try and use a Kong toy to break the ice like she watched me do, has to resort to ice dancing.  Which, even with her 50 pounds on it, wasn't enough.  More pix on the ranch blog

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wisconsin Cody, Crazy Boy

Cody being his usual wild and crazy self in Wisconsin

My Dog's Badder Than Yours

Some of you know that I just got back from Wisconsin yesterday after 5 days there.  My mom passed away last Saturday, so we had a ton of stuff to do.  While I was gone, Sybil apparently felt the need to express how much she missed me.  The eating a hole in the couch was just one of a series of small, spiteful things she did in a 35 minute period when Dale left her in the house, but it was probably the most costly.
At least Stella can play the 'puppy card'.  3 year old Sybil cannot.  Thus, that makes her a badder dog than her little sister

Monday, November 18, 2013

Freya Herding Goats in Ramona

Hi All,

Freya has had three herding lessons.  Last week my kids (Ellen & Robert) were off from school so I took them to watch the herding.  Here are some pictures.  Don't worry, I hadn't started drinking that early in the day, the wonky ones were taken by Robert (age 7).


Friday, November 15, 2013

Quick Timber Update

Dusty got an email from Michaela up in Germany. What a pup Timber has grown into!

"just wanted to share some actual pics from Timber, Ylvie and Annie. Hope you like them!
Timber is our precious. He falls in trance when you look deep into his eyes and gently press his paws..."

With Anni and Ylvie (blue merle)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Today, Correlation = Causation

Alright guys, you might be wondering what a plug and a stand mixer has to do with the Morgan River Puppy Posse.

If you look closely, there is something wrong with each picture.

The culprit?
Guilty as charged. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


  Sawyer discovered the fun of playing with a basketball the other day. It is a hilarious mix of chasing the ball, stopping the ball and trying to pick it up. He makes me laugh everyday.
To cool for school. Haha! This is how he would stop and look at me whenever I said his name.

Some Sawyer

  We moved up to Tacoma, WA back in August. Exploring the new parks and dog parks with Sawyer has been a lot of fun. Tacoma is a very pretty city. And fairly dog friendly. So, here are a few photos from the last 2 1/2 months.


Just cleaning those molars.

Seriously, how cute is this face?
His fur is a perfect fall leaf camo!

This was a fun day. I wish I had more photos. There were 7 aussies at the park. Of course Sawyer wanted nothing to do with them because the ball was out. But the 2 behind him were having a good time trying to catch him and get the ball. If one of them did Sawyer would immediately snatch the ball out of their mouth.

New Trick

This was an easy and fun one to learn. People at the dog park are always impressed by it!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

In Memorium

Morgan Rivers Freya
4 July 2001 - 2 November 2013
Chaps X Catera
Paula wrote me and let me know that their beloved Freya had crossed The Bridge yesterday.  We all grieve with Paula, Tom and the kids for the loss of their wonderful girl

Friday, November 1, 2013

Freya and her friends at the top of Twin Peaks, Poway
Kona (5yrs), Freya and Gypsy (15mths), and Gentoo (3yrs)
Aussie            Aussie sisters                 Border Collie rescue