Memorial Day hike

Yesterday, we took Xen, Indy, and Kate to the waterfall to play. We failed to take a camera.

Today, we took Hanna, Kinsey, Jett and Kate (again) to the waterfall to play. We remembered a camera.

Here’s Kate. She’s right at 6 months old now, so I fear this is where we’re at,  in terms of her selected ear-style. I am still hopeful that she will grow into them a bit more, size-wise. Those are some seriously large, goofy ears…



She also managed to get herself into a spot of trouble. Xen has always been a natural swimmer. Kate doesn’t like to get in over her head. She didn’t realize what she was getting into, but, hey, Hanna is RIGHT THERE to save her, so all is well…





I think I’m in real trouble now!


My last resort; hang on in grim determination, and whine until someone comes to rescue me.


As it turned out, she got all brave, let go, and swam the 4 feet to safety and shallowness, just on this side of the rock she’s on…

I am a bad blogger

I am a bad blogger. I get busy, and I do silly things like enroll in a couple classes at the local community college, because, hey, working a real job, plus teaching a couple dog agility classes a week, plus owning border collies…well, I guess I had too much time on my hands? (Not…)

Semester is winding down. And we had a chance to sneak in a sheep lesson on Saturday.

Xen has not seen sheep in two years. Because I am a bad Border Collie Mommy.

Cheryl started us off with, “Let’s see what she’ll do with…” DF0NQ7vyqwY


She did better with more long line and fewer sheep and less space. cOg-K7wvipU

My whole “not so good with the left-right thing” is evident. Cheryl’s patience with us is incredible.

Kate thought the whole sheep things was “it was like it was all tunnels, everywhere…and they were made of BACON”

Well, okay, Kate likes sheep. Nasty wicked rope-burn was involved. Cheryl loaned me some nice gloves, and all was well. Here is as well as it got; she’s really into this whole “sheep” thing, near as I can tell. I wish I weren’t scared of sheep…  watch?v=eYTZqxUSkhM




Yesterday, Cheryl, trainer of awesome Shelties,  had time to work with Kate and I on ducks.
Following are the videos she took:

And one quick one of Xen, also from yesterday…she’s not forgotten
everything she learned about ducks, although it’s been almost 2 years
since she’s worked ducks.

Hiking: The Mother-Daughter Edition

We took Xen and Kate to one of our favorite places around here to let the dogs have some fun. Yes, it’s February. In Cleveberia. Xen still chose to go swimming, and Kate followed her lead.

Both dogs had a fantastic time, and we stayed only a short while, so wet border collies didn’t get too terribly chilled.

Xen and Kate exploring one of our favorite places to play with dogs.Click the photo to view full size

Left ear tipping forward, right ear out to the side.  Charming!

Also, she now has her own piece of PVC pipe, a gift from Grampa Chirpy.  She loves it because it slides so nicely across the floor, so she can chase it.




Xen is a terrific Mom

Although she’s not-so-much on playing with other dogs, she’s always willing to wrestle and play with her daughter!








Catching up

Xen and Kate came home Thursday, January 19.

Kate is very cute.









Saturday, January 21, Kate got to meet some new friends.

Including Emma.

And Linda.

And Hardy.




Party Animals!

Per Joyce Norris:

 I will be attaching pictures of the puppies who will be 5 wks tomorrow. Liz came to visit again with her great camera.  We thought you might like to see how the puppies celebrated the New Year.
  They are growing so fast now and running around doing cute things.  Saturday Yvonne and Terry Harris came to visit,  Sunday my nieces with 3 kids, husbands and my other nephew came to see pups, which overwhelmed them at first. When they all came in the room the pups ran and hid under the wagon. Once everyone got settled slowly they all started to emerge and everything got wild. We had kids and pups running amuck.  Pups loved the attention and having kids to bite on is such fun.  What a great experience they had.
Today Liz came and brought them two new toys. Before we knew it they had her toys carried into their basket in their pen and were chewing on them.  We put collars on them for the first time, got a small tunnel out and then took pictures. They had a fun time.  Liz will have a time deciding which pup to take.  She is hoping to come back next weekend to see them again.  Everyone was in and out of her lap, giving her kisses, untying her shoe laces etc.   She realized she will have to get some slip on shoes or velcro ones. We also gave them a metal article and they took turns chewing on it and finally carrying it back to the bed.  They are also starting to play rough with each other now. Putting each other down, biting on ears and hearing each other cry.  They are working things out and no one yet seems like a bully.  Nate loves to sit in my lap whenever I am on the floor. He allows the others to come visit but after a while he tries to run them off, possessing me for himself.  Only time I see him running around playing is if I am not sitting on the floor. He has claimed my lap.  Everyone is a good kisser except my pup Edge. I have to force a kiss or two out of her.  She is not a get in your face pup I guess.
Hard to believe they are 5 wks already.  In two weeks they will belong to you all.  My plans are to do the structure evaluation on Saturday the 14th. I have friends that have show beagles and have done my litters for years. Have a time set up Sat at 2:00.  On Monday we will be doing the Positive Puppy Preview Temperament test. My fried Diane is coming over to do that for me and Liz and possible Yvonne and Terry will be coming to help and see it.  They will be 7 wks that Tuesday.  I will be leaving on the 18th heading to Monee, IL on my way to MI to do a duck herding Demo.  I am planning to bring Xen and Kate up to Anain MI and will bring Nate for Margaret and Linda and Tara their pups if they can pick them up at Nancy Lindsays on Wed afternoon.  Liz is going to take Edge and her pup to keep for the week for me.  I will be doing duck herding demos at the Oakland KC show in Novi, MI  On Friday, Sat . and Sun then heading home on Monday the 23rd.  Time is flying by. Hope you enjoy the pictures. I will send two at a time.

Four-Week Puppypalooza!

They’re enjoying real food (soaked puppy kibbles with ground chuck) and Xen’s beginning to look annoyed with them. I miss you, Xennie!

3-week Puppy Photos

Cuteness Overload! I’m so proud of Mrs. Xennie!

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