Friday, May 14, 2010

Puppy Update

Sierra Dog
First Swim!

Its been about 2 months since Ruger's last update. Life has been just slightly crazy. Ruger is getting big (and BAD) Well the badness is at least calming down a little bit (a very little bit). Over the last few weeks I have seen him starting to shift to wanting to be close to me. He sleeps with me. He lays at my feet. He is almost always touching me with some part of his body. I didn't think there was a sweet dog under that badness. But it is emerging every so slowly. Last weekend we were at Blue Marsh with four other dogs besides my four. Eight dogs all off leash! They were so well behaved. The last section of our walk the dogs were hot and thirsty so the lake was very welcoming. Puppy first wasn't too sure. But before too long was belly deep. No swimming yet but he wasn't afraid to be in this far! Brave little dude.
I finally convinced Brian to come video at Liz's. I have been telling him for months I want updated video of our agility puppy in action. So here he is. 10 months old. This course is designed as an excellent level course. But we only did 15 obstacles (and no weave poles just yet). We have a goal that in the next few months those weave poles need to get a bit straighter. Pay no attention to the goofy looking handler who needs to lose weight to keep up with her pup!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow... and Seven Months

SNow.... On Feb 5/6 we were handed a beautiful coating (15 inches) of snow......... 5 days later we were dealt a second punch. Not sure what our "official" snow fall amount was. It was difficult to measure since we had already had a base of snow. And the second storm came wit Blizzard like conditions. So, there was wind and drifting.. Lets just say that in some spots we measured about 24 inches.... BUT..... when we walk to the barn there are spots where the snow is at my thigh level which is more then 24 inches.... The dogs are split between having a blast, and not knowing what to do with all this snow. we have to watch or we'll lose the little dog, Tressa.. But then again there are spots that she can just walk on top of the snow since she is so light. Ruger.. he looks like he is swimming through it. He is having a blast. Seven months now. He is such a cutie. His fur is as soft as silk. But don't let those good looks fool you. He has put the B in bad and the BAD in Border Collie. One thing he is not Bad at though is his agility. He takes agility very seriously. What an awesome little dude... Maybe agility pictures next time. This time stay warm while you enjoy our snow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Six Months!!!

Well this post is about a month overdue.. We have been quite busy around the dog house and then to top it off I lost the power on my computer for about a week. One week, no computer ugH!!

The end of January was busy.. Hannah, Ruger, and Kasey spent two weekends with me at agility trials. Ryott joined us during week two. Week one we spent at Penn State. The Penn State photos and the Ruger jump photos are compliments of my traveling companion for the first weekend. Heather (the dogs favorite petsitter and photographer) Got to see how NOT to compete in agility. We had a rough weekend. But we ended by touring Penn State and sitting with the Nittany Lion. BTW--- look at that jump height! The bar is set at 12 inches. Which is all a puppy Ruger's age should be jumping. But he is clearing the bar by 8 INCHES!!! He is quite the jumper. And absolutely loves to jump!

Weekend two we took some photos and had a good day on Saturday. Kasey had the best agility run she has ever had and qualified and took 2nd place. Ryott also qualified. Sunday.... Ryott had the best run. Not a qualifying run... but that was the highlight of the day. The rest was just a bummer and will force a change of course for Hannah. Nuff said.

And last take a look at this photo... Quite a resemblance!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Ruger and the Gang wish all their doggie and human friends a very Merry Christmas! These pics were taken back in November so they are out of order timeline wise with growing up puppy. But I was saving them for Christmas.

Hugs and Woofs from Kasey, Sierra, Tressa, Sabyr, Ryott, Hannah, and of course Ruger!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Swapping Outfits!! (or I am in touch with my feminine side

My mom and My Godmom Linda are out of their minds! Mom had a bright idea to take us to George's Christmas party on Thurday night with me dressed in what was supposed to be Tressa's jacket. I guess since i fit into it she thought I looked cute. It was ok I guess and it WAS cold out... so the jacket kind of kept me warm, and it was Red and white so a bit Christmassy. (Ryott on the other hand wore Kasey's Jingle Bell collar!!!) Well... once the party was well underway My mom asked if my new friend Moxie would want my jacket. I certainly won't fit into it for very long so may as well give it to a friend who can wear it. In turn Godmom Linda decided it would be very cute to see if i could fit into Moxie's sweater. Unfortunately it DID fit and then I had to pose for photos wearing IT. Well I know it is a beautiful sweater, and Miss Moxie is a beautiful little Cavalier, but I however AM a boy dog! Here are the photos. Please don't laugh it was not my idea. Doesn't Miss Moxie look great in her new red jacket!!!
"I think you are cute but I am gonna bite my mom for making me wear this sweater!"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow dog!

Little Dude is getting big quick. He is almost 5 months old! I would have to say he is at least 18 pounds! Saturday was his first snow day, but I was at work so all I have are a few really dark mobile phone photos Brian sent to me. He was not fond of the cold billowy stuff between his toes. Well tonight is snow number two for the week. We had a dusting before it changed to sleet. This is Little Dude just standing for a pose in the snow.
We had another agility lesson tonight. Found out tonight our instructor may qualify for the WORLD TEAM next year! How cool is that? She has a little ruby Cavalier who I have just loved since he was a puppy who will be going to Nationals in Oklahoma and then in May hopefully for try outs. Anyway.... Ruger is loving his agility lessons. We moved on to rear crosses tonight. He loves to jump. His initial love of the teeter has slowed down a bit. But he has now seen all the obstacles. His chute is almost fully closed, and he tunnels in a U and under the A-frame too!
He is still all business. Not a big cuddle dog at all. When the collar goes on he is ready to work. Maybe another agilty video before Christmas. Saving his Christmas photo I took a few weeks ago for Christmas Day.