Last Friday, I flew out from Eugene to Dallas and Shelly from SoCal to Dallas so I could pick up the new pup from Jamie of Cut'n'Loose Aussies. I know that some folks thought it was odd, Shelly flying all the way out there for one day, but hey - that's what we do.
The next morning, after a massive breakfast at the local IHOP in Sherman, we headed for Whitesboro and the puppy posse. There were two litters, one belonging to Olive by Bull that belonged to an Italian lady that was a week older than Coda's litter by Hondo, parents our new little girl, so it pretty much was puppy pandemonium in the pen. That was okay by us!
We spent as long as we could before we needed to head for the airport for the return flights. Before we left, Rosie got her first bath and was quite the champ there, with no fussing at all. The long car ride was a bit much for her in the beginning, but then she settled in and enjoyed the ride.
Going thru security, it took way longer than it should have, because before and after the screening, I think every TSA agent had to either hold or pet Rosie, as did a few fellow travelers in line. Shelly meanwhile had gone to return the rental car, then came over and waiting with us, as her flight was two hours later than ours.
Dale generously donated his miles so I could get upgraded to first class (don't do it, you'll never go back to coach!). Our seatmate was a really nice guy, and Rosie simply slept the entire flight. In Portland, it was downpouring as usual, and since it was late, Dale let me make the two drive home as it is hard for him to drive in the rain at night. He had thoughtfully stopped at the pet store just before PDX to stock up on toys and treats for the newest member of the pack.
She slept almost the entire way home, and once she got pottied and settled, we let the dogs in one at a time to introduce her, with her in the safety of her big day crate. Everyone but Gem the BC was fine with her; Sybil was ecstatic that we brought a new playmate home just for her. Gem tried her best to get a snap at the pup, but Cricket was having no part of that - she bulldozed Gem to the ground and pinned her more than a few times. Cricket and Sybil both stick up for little Rosie, but Gem is starting to get better, little by little. Gem simply hates strange dogs with typical Border Collie intensity. But when Gem and Rosie are out together, Cricket keeps a close eye on Gem and deftly inserts herself between them as she sees necessary. Eventually Gem will realize this little girl isn't going anywhere and resign herself to still being the low dog on the totem pole.
We thank Jamie of Cut'n'Loose stockdogs for letting this little morsel join our pack!
This was the scene upon arrival at Jamie's
Yes, Aussie pups are quite skilled at levitating
This little girl from Olive's litter looks so much like Jazzee I almost took her home!
Another Olive pup. We nicknamed him 'Big Blue Marble'. He was a MONSTER!
Rosie's sister, sweet and gentle Dot. Dot is available to a low key home
Cricket used to get that same look as a pup
'Hmmmm, this looks like a nice, comfy spot to flop'
Our girl Rosie
Rosie and Nanook of the North. C'mon, it was something like 35 degrees! Heatwave!!
The red bi in the back looked like a feminine version of Ho Dog
Run Rosie run!!
Rosie takes on the rope
However, the rope wins that round
'Yeah, that's what I think of THAT'