July 31, 2008
It's a very comfortable relationship.
I have never seen either dog so much as raise a lip at the other. They share toys, couch space and their entire world with each other.
When one or the other dog is finished eating first, the other will sit politely and wait for the other dog to finish eating and check to see if their bowl is empty. What is very interesting, is that if the bowl is not empty, the other dog would never think of touching the food left in the bowl that is not theirs. The food will sit untouched in that bowl, all day.
Every stick or toy thrown for them is brought back in tandem no matter who retrieved it first.
People ask me who the "boss" is, and to be honest, I have no idea. One never tries to boss the other into anything. I'm sure Darbi is Queen Bee around here, but you'd never know by watching them interact. It is a relationship built on mutual respect.
It is heart-warming to see such a bond formed between my two favorite doggies.
We are hopefully bringing a new "pal" into the pack this fall. I'm sure the girls will let her join in with no fuss.
This pic was taken last week by my friend Liz. Thanks Liz!
July 30, 2008
July 29, 2008
Esprit's Out Of The Woods...
passed away this week. He is the sire of Darbi's one and only litter, born in 2006.
Tiger gave us 8 wonderful puppies, who are now spread across North America and giving much joy to their owner's lives. These puppies are all incredibly personable, super talented and exceptionally healthy.
He was a great match for Darbi and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to breed to him.
Rest in peace old man...you were one of a kind.
July 28, 2008
He looks EXACTLY like his mother.
July 25, 2008
July 23, 2008
July 19, 2008
I was hoping because we hunt the dogs a lot every fall they would not look too stupid.
This picture is of the first test on the first day. I had to sit inside the big goose decoy while the triple was being thrown. My girls were curious as to why I was sitting inside a giant goose for any reason whatsoever, but they went along with it.
Of course, this picture was taken by my friend Wendy with my iPhone...can't leave the iPhone out of the story.
Darbi got a Senior pass the first day, and Miikka was having a GREAT day until the last test, which is the trailing portion. She had never trailed in her life until 3 days before the test, so I expected her not to be successful. It was too bad, as she had near perfect work all day.
Neither of the girls got a pass the second day. The whole process was a little overwhelming for them, and the shorter marks threw them off. Miikka was just hitting 2nd gear about 100 yards deep of a mark on one test.
We had a great time though, the dogs had a hoot and I met some very nice people!
July 18, 2008
After some field training at Liz and Andy's place, we walked down to the river and had some fun with the dogs. They live on my dream acreage.
Pretty much all of these dogs have a CD or are close to getting one, so we only had to say "stay" 14,562 times.
July 15, 2008
Curciate Injuries are becoming more and more common it seems. I don't know if it's just me, or coincidence, but I'm noticing a lot more. With Labrador Retrievers, it can be a genetic cause or a straight traumatic cause. I know that cruciate injuries are definitely on my list of considerations when planning a breeding.
On the bright side though, TPLO offers the dogs suffering the injury the possibility of a full recovery. There are many, many instances of dogs returning to full activity, and competing again on the field trial circuit after surgery and re-hab.
Radar will be 100% before we know it.
July 13, 2008
Wow, even I can't believe it. All Miikka's babies that I have met sure take after her, but Lili takes the cake. Lili is going to be bigger than her mother, but I can't get over how similar they are.