Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In the blink of an eye...

"True life is lived when tiny changes occur."  Leo Tolstoy

 Born on May 29th. the puppies were perfect.  There were four girls and one boy in the litter.  Four were  smooths and there was one tiny rough girl.  I was completely in love with these babies, and I'm still obsessed!

The tiny rough girl, in the middle

You can see the tiny rough girl, right in the middle of her siblings.

It's amazing how quickly they grow and change, it seems to happen overnight.  But thanks to COVID, I was able to be home for almost every moment.

I already miss the tiny babies they once were.  I wish it lasted a little longer...

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Five little heartbeats...


Right when we needed them most our new puppies were born.  Five puppies, four girls and one boy, came into our lives and with them so much joy and happiness.

Born on May 29th, 2020, they were perfect!  Maizie had a quick and easy delivery, and she proved to be the perfect collie Mama.  She took such good care of her babies, and always kept a close eye on them whenever we picked them up.

and then there were four...

This was what every breeder prays for, an easy delivery, healthy puppies and a happy, healthy Mama.  We couldn't have asked for more!

All five have arrived!

We did have one tiny girl in the litter, she was the only rough puppy.  She is the third puppy in the picture posted above.  My daughter named her Melody, and she was a feisty puppy!  (She still is, judging by the pictures her new family sends us.)

Bridget is all tired out! Being born is hard work!

This was just the beginning of their story, but it was a very happy beginning.  I have so much more to share...

Spring, COVID, and new puppies

Ryder, Spring 2020

With the arrival of Spring our world changed dramatically.  The COVID virus has stolen so much from our lives, and taught us all what living through a global pandemic would entail.  So many people lost their jobs, and tragically so many others lost their lives. We've been lucky so far, but the Nursing home where we did the majority of our therapy visits was hit particularly hard.  They had a huge outbreak of COVID, and 26 of the 70 residents passed away.  So many of our favorite residents, ones we had formed a close bond with over the years, are now gone.  We haven't been permitted to visit since all of this started and I know the collies miss their weekly visits with their friends.  When we finally do get to go back, it won't be the same.

Ryder, Spring 2020

I will admit that I greatly enjoy working from home, it's the one silver lining in all of this.  Being able to stay home with my collie coworkers has benefitted all of us.  They get to go outside whenever they want, they get my constant companionship, lots of walks and we even earned a few new titles.  Ryder, Scarlett and Sophie all earned their Novice Trick Dog titles.

Maizie, Spring 2020

Since I was going to be home so much, we decided to go ahead and breed our Maizie.  It seemed like the perfect time, as we couldn't go to dog shows, they were all cancelled.  And I was home pretty much all day, every day, so the puppies would never be alone.

More to come... 

The world has certainly changed...

So much has happened in our lives, and the lives of our collies.  It will take multiple posts to catch up!  I'll start with Sorsha, a collie we bought from another breeder.  After losing first Holly, then Abby and then our entire dream litter of seven puppies, my daughter and I were feeling pretty low.  Also during this time her then fiance was deployed, so she was facing a year long separation.  We made the decision to buy a puppy from a well known collie breeder, who we had long admired.

She was a tiny puppy, the runt of her litter, but she had the biggest personality.   She was the one my daughter chose, as she was the only tricolor, and she reminded us of our Holly.  She is now 18 months old, smart as a whip, and my daughter's constant companion.  

Sorsha, Autumn 2019

We missed celebrating our favorite season with all of you!  So here are some of our Autumn 2019 pictures...

Ryder, Autumn 2019

Ryder 2019

Kori and Scarlett, Autumn 2019

Scarlett, 2019

Ryder, Autumn 2019

Thinking back to those months, before we knew about COVID and how else 2020 would mess up our lives, it makes me miss those less tumultuous times!  But the world has changed, now we wear masks, and now fear hugging our loved ones.  The one thing that helps me get through it all is the unwavering love and devotion from my collies.  And the collies are definitely loving that I have to work from home, I think the dogs may stage a protest when we all have to go back to work outside the home. 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Love in the time of COVID

When I was in my early twenties I met the one person who would become the focus of my life, my daughter. Even before she was born, I loved her more than I ever believed was possible. Last week, on Halloween, she got married. It was a beautiful, but cold day. And thanks to the global pandemic, the wedding had to be kept small. We were able to livestream the wedding for our family and friends who were unable to attend due to these travel restrictions. 

 But there are no restrictions on how many dogs can gather together, and since my daughter and I are dedicated dog lovers, the guests were invited to bring their dogs to the wedding. They were also encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, which just made the day more fun. 

 My daughter’s collie, Sorsha, was the ring bearer. She was a very good girl, and did a great job. 

 As exciting as the wedding was, we are all eagerly anticipating what comes next. In May of 2022, my daughter is going to make me a Grandmother! Sorsha got to make the announcement on social media. 

While we are all living through this difficult year, isolated and worried about our families and friends, it’s wonderful to have something positive to focus on…

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Return...

It took a while, but I'm finally blogging again! Look for new posts tonight!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Saying Goodbye...

I know it's been a while since my last post, but I just didn't have the heart to update. We suffered two great losses, and I just couldn't bring myself to write about it. The most recent loss was of my beautiful girl, Abby. I won't go into details, but at 12 1/2 years old, she just couldn't stand or walk. Those of you reading my blog last October know that she wasn't doing well, and we almost lost her then. But she rallied, and the same thing happened the week of Thanksgiving. This time, nothing helped her, she started to refuse to eat and the medications, acupuncture and laser therapy stopped working. So we had to let our sweet, perfect girl go. I knew at her age we could lose her soon, but I still wasn't ready. So I'm sorry for not updating, but I'm sure those who have lost their best friend will understand our heartbreak.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

9th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge

Ever year Amy Burkert of the Go Pet Friendly blog hosts the Annual Pet Blogger Challenge.  It's a Blog hop, where all kinds of pet blogs link together, to help people discover more about the blogs they already read, or to discover completely new blogs.  We missed the last couple years, but we are excited to once again join the Annual Pet Blogger Challenge!  So let's get started -

1. For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?

We have been blogging for 7 years this coming May.  Our blog is about collies, but also includes product reviews, book reviews and dog treat recipes.  (plus, a little of this and that!)

2. What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018?

I think my proudest moment of 2018 was when I continued our new "Versatile Collies" series.  I'm very excited to showcase this amazing breed, and grateful to our friends who wrote these posts.

3. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, and how did/will you tackle it?

My biggest challenge, which has been a challenge throughout all the years we have been blogging, is carving out time each week to create new posts.  I have been working 60 hour work weeks for years, and competing at dog shows with my collies on weekends, so free time is hard to come by.

4. Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? (Please include a link.)

I think one of my favorites was the post that I wrote about one our collies from our 2016 litter, Doing What He Loves.  It shows how collies are more than capable of performing the tasks they were originally bred for, and how much they love it!

5. Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?

I shared an older post, that has always been popular, and that was the most viewed post in 2018.  I think people are naturally curious about all the different coat colors the collies come in, so when they search online, my post pops up.  A Coat Of a Different Color  But my next popular post would have to be Herding With Your collie, which was written by Michael Vorkapich, of the Agile Dog Blog.

6. Did you implemented a new series, feature, or practice on your blog in 2018 that you’re enjoying?

I started the Versatile Collie series in June of 2017, and then restarted it in 2018.  I really love this series, and I am in the process of choosing the next post.

7. As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers?

I do not promote my blog enough, but I do utilize Twitter and Instagram, and I'm starting to use Pinterest as well.

8. Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is?

I want to go back to making my posts a little more personal, so our readers get to know our collies better and learn more about the breed.

9. What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal?

I'm looking for more guest bloggers, and creating a list of interesting topics to share.  Plus, we hope to have some very exciting news to share in about a week or so!

10. Where I could use some help …

I would love suggestions for topics our readers would like covered.