Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sister Act

This morning, Scout, Sally and I went down to Georgia to see baby-daddy Chase do his herding thing. (BTW - he was Reserve High in Trial for his second Started leg!) Sister Lowri, Kearney and Treasure were all there too.

There was a fenced in pen where we let the girls have a muddy romp before we got back on the road home. Here they are doing what sisters do:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sally's Crown - Round 2

I retaped Sally's ears today - and she is none too happy about it.  This was my first attempt at shooting video on my iPad - looks like I should have turned it landscape-wise.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sally doesn't put up much of a fight

Scout and Sally have tug, and the baby decides her best plan is to let Mama have her way.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

Can you name that one-hit-wonder song?

Anyhow, that's what I've been humming the last few days. David left today with Alex and Allan and cardi brother Tim, headed home to Kentucky:

And tonight I came home and faced my new reality:

No more flying saucer bowl. Just my little pack:

So now we settle into our routines. With the exception of some scary days in December, I can definitely say that my first foray into being a breeder was less work and more fun than I ever could have imagined. It was such a gift to watch my girl Scout be such a good mama after that scary start. I am so happy that seven happy, healthy pups are out there with their wonderful families, and that one sweet girl is chewing on Spencer's head at my feet as I type this.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

David the Fun Police

David heads home tomorrow, and we are all going to miss him. David was the first puppy that Spencer would have anything to do with. David charmed him by snuggling up to him and cleaning his ears. David and Spencer love to wrassle with each other now. Of course, he and Sally are inseparable, being the last two together, and I know she will miss her buddy.

I call David the Fun Police - see how he fusses at Scout and Spencer whenever they start frapping. Warning - this is a noisy video!

I took the tape off Sally's ears tonight - hopefully she can do the rest of the work on her own - we'll give her couple of days to see. Also - look back in the puppy pen and see the work that Sally and David have been doing to remove the vinyl from the floor.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two in One Day!

Lowri and brother Kearney now have their own blog too! Add another to your blogroll!

Big Nick is on the internets

Be sure to add Big Nick to your blogroll!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flashback to 8 weeks old

I had a local photographer come over and take pictures of the Ocho when they were 8 weeks old.  She has just posted a bunch of the pictures on her blog.  If you need a dose of virtual puppy breath, click here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sally's Big Adventure

Today Sally went to her first dog show.  We got up early this morning to head a couple of hours west to the Cardigan supported show in Franklin, TN.  I wanted to go see some of our cardi friends and thought it would be a good chance for Sally to experience the sights and sounds of dog show.  Coincidentally, five years ago I went to this show and brought home a little red girl named Yum-Yum.

As Sally and I were headed out the door this morning, Spencer gave me a look like, "Don't I get to go too??"  I said what the heck, having a friend along for the ride would be good for Sally, so I loaded Spence and Sally in the crate and off we went.

When we got to the showsite, I used a coupler and leash and the two of them marched in like they have been doing this forever.  Sally got to meet lots of new people and loved all the attention.  After judging and lunch, the cardi folks were going to have short educational session (a new requirement for supported shows, apparently) and the topic was very timely for us - "Taping Puppy Ears."  Guess who got to be star of the show??

Sue and Brenda got her all taped up - and I think she is very proud of her new crown.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Puppy Potpourri! - Updated with Abby Video!

News from the Ocho:

First from the over-achievers:
  • Susan reports that Lowri is officially a herding dog.  She says, "I had Kearney out on ducks. After he finished, I got Lowri out and used Kearney to just keep them in her vicinity. She herded ducks. When one split off, she went and got it and brought it back. She followed along behind them and actually herded. I am a happy camper."
  • According to Kathy, Ginger (fka Joanie) is also a working girl.  "She went tracking on Sunday and did a great job, the wind was blowing and she followed the scent but came back to the track.  William’s tracking handler was very impressed."
And from those recently settling into new homes:
  • Betty says, "Just wanted to let you know that Tommy is one smart boy. The first 2 nights I put him in his play-yard in the greatroom. He screamed both nights. I decided that I would go ahead and start crate training. I put him in my room in his crate with his fuzzy blanket and that was it! He sleeps all night. I take him out about 7 a.m. and he takes care of his potty needs. He walked today on a leash all the way to the mailbox. He loves Betsy and wants to chase her all day. This might be why she can now jump on the bed and sofa. They are so cute playing together."
  • Liz reports: "Nick's first day at home - two escapes, and the ingestion of half of a get-well card. On the good side, the underside of our bed is extremely clean from any dust bunnies or cobwebs."
  • Jay and Tiffany sent lots of pics and videos of sweet Abby.  I thought this one was particularly cute - she's getting her big dog ears! 

And back here our house, Sally and David have completely charmed Uncle Grump.  They have him figured out and love to mess with him.  Scout loves playing zoomies with them too.  David has perfect cardi ears now - and Sally has perfect beagle ears.  I think the little princess is set on having her very own duct tape crown.

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Nick has left the building

    Yesterday, Nick got to meet his new boy Joey:

    And new dad, also Joey:

    Liz and her men swept into town yesterday to escort Nick to his new life in Virginia. I hear that there will be a new blog coming to keep us up to date on his adventures. Meanwhile, Sally and David make do with a substitute red pillow.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Is this week over yet??

    This has been a week I will be glad to see in my rearview mirror.  I generally try to keep my blog to the happy things that go on in my life, but this has been one of those weeks that make me want to run away and sell t-shirts on the beach. 

    Early this afternoon, I pulled up the puppy-cam on my phone, and was a little surprised when the picture was of the wall and the bottom of the table where the webcam normally sits.  This meant that the table had been hit and the camera was knocked off and hanging by its cord.  I txt'd Liz to ask her if she knew how long it been like that - she txt'd back that it had been fine at 11:30.  I didn't worry too much about it and forgot about it until I opened the front door and was rushed not just by Spencer and Scout, but also the Three Amigos.

    And then I saw this:

    The scene of the crime:

    Was it a beaver??

    And in the kitchen - which was only accessible to little dogs who could shimmy under the gate. Someone decided to gain access to the used litter I was too lazy to haul to the trash this morning. I think the little puddle of pee on the bag is a nice touch - don't you??

    I brought the pups back in and after dinner they collapsed into this incredibly sweet puppy pile - it is out of exhaustion or a desparate attempt to curry favor??

    So - the great unanswered question - who grew thumbs and got the pen open? Was it Uncle Grump Spencer who has decided he likes playing with the pups and has a history of springing their mother from her crate when she was about their age??

    Or was it a certain pup we know has developed a taste for wood products?? Hmmmm, I guess if it never happens again after a certain someone leaves tomorrow - we'll have our suspicions!

    P.S.  I am secretly happy about the coffee table chewing.  I decided this week I wanted a new, smaller and round coffee table - this behemoth just takes up too much room in my tiny little living room, but I couldn't see getting rid of a perfectly good piece of furniture - problem solved!!

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Liz, Come Get Your Dog

    I was piddling around the house this morning, and I heard a strange sound. My first thought: Do I have rats?

    No, I have Nick. But only for a couple more days.

    Yes - he was eating my house.  And when I scooped him up and put him back in his pen, he peed in the frisbee.  I think he was trying to make a point.