Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Meet Shadow, a ~2 year old Black Labrador Retriever. He is very calm and very friendly, as you can see. He loves to play fetch, and REALLY LOVES to be touched (BEWARE he is a leaner). He walk well on a leash and knows a couple basic commands, like sit and down. He also seems very calm around other dogs, big and small. If interested, please contact the East Haven Animal Shelter at 203-468-3249 or email us Tashmoo5454@comcast.net. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/25974171
|Holly at Westminster - Feb. 2012|
|On the train, coming home from Westminster, 2012|
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|Here I am at the entrance to Wadsworth Falls State Park!|
|Mom wasn't holding the camera straight, but I looked so cute in this one I had to share!|
|Here Mom, aren't the Falls prettier now that I am in front of them?|
It was a nice trip, even though it took an hour to get to the park. What's the longest you have traveled for a hike?
Friday, May 17, 2013
|Abby as a young puppy|
Today’s post is going to be about our smooth collie, Abby. She is a 6 year old, sable and white, smooth collie. Abby is the quietest of all our collies, and she is also the sweetest. She does not demand attention and will not compete with the others for it. Abby is very sensitive, and the slightest reprimand will have this girl acting as if her heart has been broken. Her personality is considered “soft,” and only positive training methods will work. (Personally, I think positive training methods should be used for training all dogs.)
Abby becomes upset when she hears raised voices, and quickly leaves the room. One time a broom tipped over while she was walking by it. The handle landed across her back, startling her. She now leaves the room whenever I use the broom to sweep the floor.
|Abby and Lad|
When Abby was a small puppy, and first came to live with us, we already had a collie named Lad. She became very attached to him, and followed him everywhere. She adored her “big brother,” and she would hold the tip of his tail in her mouth as she followed along behind him. When we lost Lad in 2011, Abby grieved for him just like I did. I think she still misses him, even though we have other collies in our family now. We recently had a large, smooth, sable and white male collie spend the night at our house. The dog, Sam, was staying with us so my daughter could handle him at a dog show the next day. When Abby first saw him coming in the door, she became very excited and happy, and ran up to him with her tail wagging. When she got close to him, and smelled him, she dropped her head and slowly went back to her dog bed. She looked dejected, and I think she believed Sam was our Lad, finally returning home to us.
Abby is special to me for a few reasons. She is my first champion, and her mother was one of the top smooth collies in the country. Abby is also the mother of both of the litters that I bred. Without her, we wouldn’t have Ryder, Kori and Scarlett. And while she loves my daughter, Abby has chosen me as her person. I am the one she runs to when she is in need of comfort or reassurance. If I leave the room, Abby will be right behind me. She will curl up with me on the couch, but if my daughter or anyone else tries to sit next to her, Abby will get up and leave. I don’t know what I did to inspire such devotion, but she will do anything I ask of her. And Abby loved Lad as much as I did.
Abby has a talent for herding sheep, and I was told by people who compete in herding with their collies, that I was “wasting her talent!” Unfortunately, there are no farms or facilities in our area where we could learn how to compete for a herding title. I think Abby is fine with that, as she is prefers the comforts of a couch or bed to running around chasing sheep. She doesn’t like to get dirty. When she was going for her herding instinct test, the person giving the test had a staff. When Abby spotted the staff she immediately stopped herding the sheep. I think it reminded her of a broom, and she didn't want to get too close to that!
|Abby on the banks of Sunnybank|
When we take the collies to the dog park, they all avoid the muddy areas, while watching the other dogs running, splashing and playing in the mud. I think most collies prefer to stay clean, it’s rare to see a collie without four sparkling white paws! But Abby in particular, avoids all mud and rain puddles, it makes me smile watching her navigate around them. While we are at the park, Abby is the one all the young dogs are drawn to, I think it is her calm, friendly manner. She also seems to enjoy playing with the puppies, and will play with them while the rest of our collies run all over the park with the other big dogs.
Abby was a very good mother, and took excellent care of her puppies. But after two weeks or so, she was once again trying to follow me around and I had to stay by the whelping box with her so she would remain with the puppies. (which is where I spent most of my time anyway! Watching puppies grow and develop is a wonderful experience.)
So what has Abby taught me? She has taught me to slow down, and just enjoy watching the world around me. Through Abby, I learned both the joy and heartache involved in breeding a litter. Joy, when the healthy, strong puppies are born, and sadness when one is stillborn. Joy in watching them grow and discover the world around them, and heartache when it’s time to let them go to their new families. And Abby has reminded me that dogs can be more than just companions to each other, they can also be best friends. She is an absolute sweetheart, and one of the most calm and gentle collies I have ever met.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
We have been very determined collies, and made sure Mom took us to a variety of parks, so we could win some more Bingo's! We have now earned another 3 Bingo's, which brings our total to 6! Unfortunately, we will have to wait until after the rain to try and earn more of them.
|Scarlett by the waterfalls|
|Ryder at the beach near our house.|
|Scarlett thinks picnics are the best!|
|Holly leading the way!|
|This is me, with my two collie sisters and my human sister.|
|My collie mom, Abby, and Auntie Holly sure look great in the light of the setting sun!|
This one we won one Bingo.
|Holly and Abby gazing at the sunset!|
Visit a park more than 30 minutes away - done! (see above)
Hike a Woodsy trail - done (see above)
Park Bench - done!
Find a Butterfly - done!
|We had to get a little creative with this one!|
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
|Holly and Abby, enjoying the sunset|
It was a lovely evening, and the water was calm. We even found a statue, for the Parkday 2.0 Bingo game!
Monday, May 6, 2013
By the time we arrived at the park, in the late afternoon, it was already closed. But we didn't let that stop us, because collies are intrepid explorers! We parked at the nearby beach parking lot, and then hiked along the beach to reach the park.
|Here we are, pretending to be on the lookout for British troops!|
|"One if by Land, Two if by sea!"|
It was an interesting park, and we enjoyed exploring all the Bunkers. They reminded us of caves, and had the same damp, earthy smell. We wanted to stay a while longer, and pretend we were actually wolves, and the bunkers were our homes. But the humans didn't want to play, so we had to end our game. After we were done taking our Mom and Sister on a tour of Fort Hale, we decided it would be a nice evening to have a picnic on the beach. Our humans get hungy when we take them hiking! (Plus, we needed a picture of people on a picnic for Parkday 2.0! So two birds, one stone!)
How did you spend your Sunday? Did you take your dogs hiking? Did you get outside and enjoy some sunshine? And we also wanted to let everyone know that today is our 1 year Blogiversary! Thank you for reading our blog!