Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Rosie!

Tuesday, November 22nd, was Rosie's first birthday.  I'd be remiss in failing to mention that she was lucky to MAKE it that far; at times, it was all I could do to not bung her in a box and ship her butt back to Texas, or down to SoCal!  But, a puppy is a puppy, and I know that, so yeah, she made it to a year.
 
The cake was enjoyed by all (including humans), and the fuzzy bone she got as a present was destroyed in record time.
 
For those of you following such things, she has passed all her DNA testing with flying colours.  Paw Print Genetics did the full Aussie profile (except colour; we know she's a red factored black tri) and she is clear of everything.  That's step 1.
 
Now, she just has to make it to age 2, for her OFA's.  Any more modifications to the back door, and that might prove to be a problem....
 



Timber Daughter Kenzie

Regina in Germany was kind enough to send along some new pictures of their Timber (Hoke X Cricket) daughter Kenzie, STDc OTDsd, 1 leg ATDd.
 
Don't forget to click on the first pix to start the slideshow and enjoy!
 






She Did It!

It was a hard fought battle between Cricket and I leading up to her first trials, at Nationals no less.  The last few weeks before the first trial, I was sure I had made a huge mistake, trying to make a trial dog out of a ranch dog.  All the years of her just doing what she needed to do, with little or no input from me, was proving hard to overcome.
 
In the end, she showed everyone, including me, that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  Not only did she qualify on her first and second runs on sheep, she was within 4 points of 4th at Nationals, out of over 60 dogs, AND got her Started Sheep title!  Not only that, but she managed to beat the little pup on ducks to qualify there too.
 
Guess we'll have to just keep going at it, then.....I don't know if a WTCH is in her future - she's 11, and trials are expensive - but who knows?
 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cuteness Overload


Dogs at a Winery

While Shelly and Bill were here this past week with Rowyn and new puppy Reese, we of course had to go do some wine tasting.  Most Oregon wineries are totally dog friendly, and Airlie out by Dallas/Monmouth is no exception, having Rocky and Riley, two old, senile but absolutely lovely Irish Setters available for guests to greet.  Rowyn was a bit uppity, as expected (thanks, daddy Hoke!) but soon realized these two big ol' goofballs were completely harmless.  Reese the puppy, on the other hand, wouldn't even get out of the truck for quite awhile, until she figured out finally that they didn't want to eat her.
 
 
 Reese (black), in front of Ro, with Rocky and Riley flanking
 Ro's had enough
 'Really mom?  He's got awful breath.  Why should I be friends with him?'
 Winemaker Elizabeth kindly opened the doors for us, as they were closed that particular day (shame on me for not checking first)

Rosie Learns to Skirt a Fleece

Yeah, if you're not a spinner, you have NO idea what that title means.  Basically, it's taking Willa's (or any fleece from any critter by any name/species), laying it out flat, and picking all the icky, nasty, smelly, gooey and non-spinable bits off of it.
 
Shelly, who has taken this fleece of Willa's back to SoCal, is a great fleece thingy teacher, and Rosie is a much better student than I
 

She Jumps, The Missing Pictures

And there they are!  And there she goes!