Friday, August 31, 2012

Best of 6 weeks: Pics

Hey guys! Co-blogger Anna here with a quick blog of some 6 weeks pics I took this wednesday. It's been interesting watching the development of these pups from nearly three weeks, to four weeks to now six weeks old, from size to personality.
Spot being held by Dusty before running off to play. 

Timber, quite the photogenic pup

Gypsy seems to be surveying the yard

Sawyer wondering what exactly I'm putting in his face

Sougan looking regal

Hoedad! The tank of the litter

Sweet little Sweep

Hoedad and Sybil. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Catslayer

One of the Gangsta Girls shows Good Cat who the boss is.  Wait - all the Gangsta Girls show both Good Cat and Bad Cat who the boss is ALL the time.  This was just a great photo op.  Love the look in Good Cats' eyes

Monday, August 27, 2012

CERF 2012

It was a big day for the 6 week old horde.  Baths first, then a 18 mile ride in Really Big Red (Dale had the Jellybean on another appointment), then weird drops in their eyes, a dark room and a scary person with a funny hat thingy and flashing lights, followed by the ride back home.  The baths went very well, and the ride was a dream with not a single peep out of anyone.  Doc Maxwell at Eastgate just gushed over how well behaved they all were, quiet and cooperative.  She even posted some pix of her faves on her Facebook page!  They all slept on the way home and that was that.  Sougan ended up as I suspected with iris colobomas, a minor cosmetic flaw that doesn't affect her vision except in very bright light, where she might squint a bit.  Otherwise, full marks to everyone!

And it sure was nice to have clean, fluffy pups, at least for a little while....

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Out Into The Big Yard

It was getting harder to clean the puppy pen with the residents inside, so this afternoon, Dale suggested it was time to set loose the hounds, release the inmates.  I had Cricket in Kathy and Dave's shirt to smell it up, and I probably should have pulled it off of her before I released the horde, but at least now it REALLY smells.

And the pictures - I'll apologize in advance.  It's happened to me before and it happened again that I somehow moved the dial selector off of 'auto' and onto whatever isn't auto.  So there are some fairly dark pictures; I dumped the worst of them and kept some that were just too cute to give up on, so you may have to squint a bit.

Anyone see  'The Nutcracker' ballet and the part with the woman with the huge hoop skirt with all the little kids dressed as candy underneath?

Yep, that bulge is a coupla kids enjoying the ride and drink
So, they can't wait to get out, and when they're out, they want back in.  Timber scopes out the freshly laundered pen complete with refilled food dish

I know it's dark, but it's cute, like a momma duck and her little ducklings all in a row

Momma Cricket in full on play mode with her kids - magical to watch, hard to shoot.  Especially when your camera settings are incorrect

Spot gets bold

Spot was posed so nicely I had to shoot it

Momma Cricket chases daughter Gypsy

Gypsy gets into the chase by going for mom's nose
This was just too cute - Gypsy, Sawyer and Hoedad face mom

Sawyer goes for the nose while Gypsy and Sweep go for the faucets

Gentle play with Gypsy

Gypsy and Sawyer
That's Sougan's wild looking 'split butt' - merle on the left, solid on the right

Sougan poses pretty with her little nub

Timber, caught with a mouthful of leaves

Mom and Timber playing

Hoedad wants dinner while Sawyer looks on


Pups Go A Puttin'

We try to expose the pups to a lot of things while they are here, and being fortunate enough to live on a working cattle ranch, we are rich in stuff to expose them to.  Yesterday and today, it was riding the fencelines in the putt-putt.  On Friday, Tim, his son Jack, Ho Dog, me and Sougan did the riding.  Today, Dale, Ho Dog, me, Sawyer and Sweep did.  They will also go nose-to-nose with a friendly cow in the next few days and next week, we wil show them ducks in the round pen.  And Monday is a big day for the Horde - their first long car ride, all the way to Corvallis for their CERF exam with Doc Maxwell.  And then, the following weekend, all but one are off to their new homes!  Time really just flies along sometimes.

Dale, Sawyer and Ho Dog at the gate to the pasture


Sweep sticks close to Dale

Pretty relaxed at this point

Not sure but Sawyer might just be asleep here

Tim and Jack Visit The Horde

Our longtime friend Tim and his son Jack came to visit from Las Vegas.  Tim has had three of our dogs in the past - a Morgan daughter, a Cody X Ysabel son and Ho Dog's brother Jake, who sadly crossed The Bridge much too young earlier this year.  So it was just the right timing for Tim to subject himself to yet another puppy raising with one of the Horde.  Tim has a really special bond with dogs, and the pups were no exception.

Jack cuddles Gypsy while Spot, Hoedad and Timber try to climb aboard.  Sougan, as usual, butt to the camera and head down in the food dish

Tim and Sawyer have a conversation

Sweep gets personal

Prison Break!

Unsuccessful - for now

Adventurous Gypsy leads the red merle gang in an escape attempt

Sawyer takes up the challenge

Pup Visitors

Tanya, owned by Taz (Andy) from the 2010 litter, dropped by to see the pups with her son Duncan and his friend.  Duncan and Reese thoughtfully wore high, heavy rubber chore boots.  I'm thinking this is the perfect footwear in piranha infested puppy pens.

Sweet little Sweep poses thoughtfully, just before jumping her brother Hoedad and savagely mauling him

Duncan watches Hoedad and Timber try to gnaw thru his boot

Timber shows off his wonderful personality

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The First Car Ride

It was time for their very first car ride (and crate time), so it being a perfect day for it, not too hot, I loaded them up in the Jellybean two at a time, loaded up Ho Dog and told Cricket to get her butt in there as well.  We did a relatively short loop of about 9 miles, and for the first two, we stopped in to see my buddy Jan at the Resale Shop in Monroe for a moment.  Everyone else just got a ride without any perks other than strange and exciting smells (a field fire added some spicy smokiness).  It was funny that the two I thought would be the best turned out to be the worst, and the last group of three were the best by a mile, with the two in the middle starting out a bit vocal but then settling down quickly.  We will continue to take short trips in the crate for the rest of the time they are here, using both the truck and the Jellybean, and even handheld in the putt-putt one at a time.  Cricket and I moved the sheep to the working arena and Hoke will put the ducks in the round pen for the puppies to work probably next week.

I have been shooting the bull barrel .22 Ruger pistol near the puppy pen for two days now, will continue with that.  They don't take any notice of the shooting.  I also plan to pull the tractor up near the pen and let it idle a bit then run it back and forth some.  And, the cows - yes, they have started to notice the cows!  Of course, doesn't help when sister Sybil and daddy Hoke go charging the fence when the cows stray too close.

Hard to believe next Monday they get their CERF exam and then the next weekend they are almost all leaving!  It's hard for Dale to let go of them.  He was talking to Brandi, who is getting one, and telling her that if it were up to him he'd keep them all.  He tends to forget that whole 'teenage' thing they go thru and how Sybil barely survived it when she went thru it!  Times 7? 

And the slideshow feature is working again!  Click on the first shot to start.

Momma Cricket, great uncle Ho Dog and the two girls Spot and Sougan, the first pair to go.  They whined almost the whole time, but when they came out of the crate (on their own), their tails were wagging madly

Sawyer and Hoedad were pretty darn good, and yes, both tails wagging upon exiting the crate

The final group, Timber and Sweep in the back, Gypsy up front.  Never a peep, not ONE

I literally had to wake them all up when we got home

Sweep and Timber, not concerned at all in the crate with the door open.  I can't believe how much Timber looks like a young Ho Dog here!  It's the eyes I think, so expressive