Wednesday, November 13, 2019


I know that everyone is feeling the cold and the wind that makes it even worse. My gates were frozen this morning and had to take a shovel to loosen them. The water bucket was solid ice.
The young ones are out for a few minutes this morning, they seem to handle the cold fine. They run and play which keeps them warm but I feel cold just watching them outside so they will be in soon. Enough time to take care of business and then will be in. They are still blowing coat and it does not seem to matter. I am going to do more brushing this morning, trimming nails and feet so that when we get real snow, the ice and snow will not accumulate between their toes. When the hair gets too long on their feet I call them snowshoes as they really pick up the snow. I guess that this unexpected winter will be with us for awhile. I miss walking on the trail with Rose and Finn. Finn needs the training and Rosie needs the exercise to drop a few pounds.
Maybe by the end of the week the temps will moderate and I can get out there.
I need to get moving now with Walters on line trick class. He does the hi five beautifully and he loves to do it. I think next I will try teaching him to sit pretty and then the touch command. 
I think too that I will work with Finn also. He is so smart and loves to learn. He has just managed going down the stairs and he is so proud of himself. He has been coming up for some time but going down is scary and took him awhile. Now I don't have to carry anyone down and that makes life much easier. Thankfully the sun is out and sure hope that it warms up some.
You would think that with all the brushing I do I would get caught up, but it just keeps coming. It would be nice to have a whole house vacuum that would just suck up all the dust bunnies, which really are sheltie bunnies!!
Out to get the young ones, they will be full of it this morning for sure, but thankfully I have Keeper and he is my discipline helper. Such an awesome boy.He keeps the young ones right in line. Hope you all keep warm and don't leave the dogs out too long.
This is Girly and she is in charge of all the Shelties, they really respect her.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Blowing Coat and It Is Winter!!!

This morning it was 28 degrees and just plain cold. And I still have dogs blowing coat. It has been a strange year for coats, seems like they have been blowing since August. I needed a jacket and gloves to clean the dog yard this morning and boy it was cold. The dogs love it, they run and chase and play, they had a blast. Next spring I am going to enlarge the dog yard so they can run full tilt. It is so much fun watching when they get the zoomies. Last night they were in and out of the dog houses and over the dog houses. I will do some more brushing today to get rid of any loose coat. Then hopefully they will start growing their winter coats. Normally when Shelties are in full coat, under and outer coat they are quite warm and can handle most any weather. Finn has lost all his puppy coat and is pretty naked, it will be awhile before he has any coat to warm him up. He doesn't seem to mind at all, just as full of it as all of them. I think this cold makes them feel good and they just get real frisky. 
I visited my friend Kathleen yesterday to help her with some on line record keeping. She will be going to Florida the end of the month and now Sammy and possibly Woody who is a son of my Walter will be spending the winter with me.Only four months so will not be hard to have two more for those four months. Woody is just a little older than Finn so they should have a great time together.
Walter is going in for his OFA hip x-ray next week and fingers crossed that they are good. His father has excellent hips so hoping for good or better. This is part of the testing we do with our breeding dogs, so that we can guarantee healthy pups. Two of the most important tests are  the eye certification and hip x-ray. Another test that is good for all dogs to have is the MDR1 which is a medical drug resistance test. If it is normal then your dog will likely be able to tolerate most drugs without problems. If it is not normal then there could be medications that you would need to be careful using with your dog. This is an important test for any dog.
Need to get busy since I took yesterday off. Thankfully I am ready for winter except for lots of coats to brush. 


Monday, November 4, 2019


When I went to visit my friend on Friday I took Finn with me. The little stinker would not walk from the car to the house, not far at all. He sat and would not move. Well we have a vet appointment tomorrow and I know he is able to walk from the car to the door. So today we took a nice long walk on the trail. A few little pieces of chopped up roast beef made all the difference in the world. He was not good on staying on my left side but that will come in time. Every so often I would call him front and have  him sit. He did quite well with that. We did meet some people on the trail and he was a little unsure and then decided that they were fine and even wanted to jump on them, he knows the word off and came right off. He was behaving so well. We walked for a good half hour and I really enjoyed the progress he was making. I plan to get him out every day that we have good weather. This little guy is so tuned in to me and has so much potential. I have to find a class this spring for basic obedience and eventually a beginner agility class. I think that he would love it.
Rosie is usually my walking partner and she was pretty upset that I did not take her this time. I had to be sure that Finn walked well enough before I take two of them. Rosie loves to walk with me and gets pretty bent out of shape when I leave her. Tomorrow if the weather is good I will try taking both of them. I am so excited with Finn's attitude and I am really looking forward to training him. He has that spark in his eye and can be very intense. I plan to start him on tricks along with Walter. Pups grow up so fast, you don't want to waste any time and put training off, I am so glad that I started him at 8 weeks and worked him through 16 weeks. That is the time that their little brains are like sponges and they don't forget.
Now to continue on and bring him to his full potential, it is going to be a really fun journey.

Sunday, November 3, 2019


This time of year, actually now and in the spring my Shelties time clocks do not work  like ours do. They are set on one time and that never changes. So at 4:30 this morning they were ready to get up. No wonder I have been so tired today. I gave them their breakfast about 7:30 this morning and of course that was not on schedule. Their inner clocks are pretty amazing. They know when it is time to go out, time to eat and time to go to bed. So for the next week or so everything will be off schedule by about an hour. It takes that much time for them to get back on schedule and it does for me also. I do wish that we could leave the time alone. 
I am hoping to have puppies early winter but my girls are all very late coming in season and I wonder what is going on. Winter is a good time for pups as they will be ready to go come spring. 
I can't say that I am really ready for another winter but everything is done that needs to be. I even had to run my generator on Friday so I know that it is in good working order. 
I really miss going to training classes and I have looked everywhere for day time classes and there is nothing in the area. Guess I will wait for spring when the days a longer and go to an evening class. I have signed up for an on line trick class for Walter and that should be fun. He loves to do a high five so I am sure he will enjoy learning other tricks and he can then be tested and earn his Novice trick title. I had Finn well trained to walk on the leash and now at 5 and 1/2 months he has decided that he does not want to walk. He sits right down and is as stubborn as a donkey, even for treats. Guess I did not do a good job when I trained him as a pup, but he loved it then. I think that I will start tricks with him too, something that will be fun and get him excited about training again. He is still on the large side but a beautiful boy. I am hoping that he will slow down soon or settle back or both. 

We may have a visitor for the four months that my friend Kathleen is in Florida. Sammy used to live here with us but had difficulties house training, I am hoping he will remember the training that we did and have an easier time locating the door. I have missed him as he was a love and still is. I am actually hoping that he does come to visit. 
I am going to take the time this winter and put my book together. I am looking forward to that and to having it published. I think that you will love some of my short stories.
With so much company this past month it is a little hard to get used to being  alone again, but I am getting into it and I am not really alone, Keeper and Brooke are next to me all the time.
Once again I hope to not let the blog go for so long. Hopefully I will have more motivation as I get back to not having company. 
And I know that my granddaughter will remind me.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


I have had so much to do to get ready for my sister and brother in law from California, that I put the blog aside.  Just before they arrived my boy Max, 13 and 1/2 years old had kidney failure and I lost him. He had been my husbands best friend and slept by his hospital bed every night that my husband was fighting his cancer. Max seemed to know and he needed to be in the same room.I was not ready for this loss but I had to put my feelings aside and get ready for my sister's visit. I enjoyed the visit and it was so nice to have others in the house to talk to and get help with so many chores that I have in October to get ready for winter. My brother in law checked out my vehicle and we had some work done on it and that gave me great peace of mind.  Now they are back in California and I am getting ready for another visit from my sister who lives in S.Carolina. My dogs will be able to have their normal  routine as my sister is flying in and not bringing her dog. My sister from California drove their motor home across country and brought their two German Shepherds.My Shelties were not too sure about the Shepherds. Rosie did not get too close, she kept telling me that they were too big and she would roll her eyes. She was too funny.Keeper took it all in stride and often would stay out of the living room, plus two large Shepherds took up most of the floor space.
Grooming is an on going chore and I hope to get everyone into the tub before winter really sets in. My dogs have all been to training classes and have seen many breeds but they have not been in their home and their living room. Rosie has very expressive eyes and she kept looking at me like "ok when do I get my home back?"
Hopefully I will be more faithful to my blog. I do enjoy the writing. Max is the Sheltie on the front page of the blog. He is so missed but I know that he is in heaven with his best friend.

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Two mornings ago I took the dogs out to go potty and get ready to come up for our usual coffee routine. I went back down to get them and they all came running in. Walter was trying to get something away from Glory, I got a hold of her and saw two feet hanging out of her mouth and she was chewing. I made Walter get away and tried to open her mouth, I could not even begin to get her to let go. It was a huge frog that she apparently caught and boy it was hers and she was eating as fast as she could. I made her go outside, I could not get it away from her so I made her go outside so at least I did not have to watch her eat it. This morning when getting the young ones out of their crates, Glory ran to the door and did not make it, she pooped the biggest pile I have ever seen for a dog. I guess the frog did this to her. I am just thankful she did not do this in her crate and was able to wait until she was out of it. She ate her breakfast well so I guess that all is back to normal. I have never had a dog catch something that big and I have always been able to open their mouth and get it out. Something new always with dogs. I believe if I am in dogs longer than 40 years many more new things will pop up.
On a positive note Bonnie's head is perfect, she can look straight ahead, to the right and the left and she can stand and look at me head on. I am thrilled. 
So thankful that it was not something serious like we originally thought. 
One of Topaz's pups came to stay for a week. So things have been busy, she is a go go girl and loves to keep playing. She takes a nap in her crate mid afternoon and she is really ready for a rest. She and Finn had a blast, but even Finn needed a break so I put him in for a nap also.
She is going home today and I know that Finn will miss her but it will be nice to have just one puppy here. Too bad I could not capture some of their energy. 
I plan to show Walter this fall, I worked on his coat all evening and it is looking lovely, now if I can get a few pounds off of him we will be all set to go. I need to get back to our morning walks. He loves going walking and it is good for me also.
My little side yard is finished and now Max who will soon be 14 and Brooke almost 10 no longer have to down the steep flight of steps to the basement to go out. It is a nice little yard and just a couple of steps to a nice grassy area.Perfect for the older dogs. Max has trouble seeing the basement steps and Brooke just is afraid and hates to go down. Now their routine has to change as they will have to get used to eating in the kitchen. 
Need to get some housework done, so all for now. 
Have a wonderful weekend with your fur kids.


Thursday, August 29, 2019


Bonnie has been to the Chiropractor twice and has also had acupuncture and she is much better. She can now look straight on and to the right easily. We have one more session in another week and then she will be done. I have a neck exercise that I do with her every day and it too has helped her to improve. You would never know that she had a head tilt. It is totally gone.
The vet believes there was a trauma and it affected her right shoulder and neck so tilting her head to the left was alleviating the pain on the right. I am thrilled, she can continue with her training and some day have a litter. It pays to seek alternative treatments when an answer cannot be found.
Little Finn is growing like a weed. He is the newest member of the family. He has a fabulous pedigree. If he should go oversize I won't be able to use him for breeding. Right now he is tracking oversize on the charts, I am worried that he may have to have a pet home. But if that happens I will find him a wonderful home where he can do some training. He is fifteen weeks and already knows sit, lie down, here, lets go and of course go potty. He is doing very well with potty training. He is getting used to wearing a collar and formal leash training is next. I have hopes to take him as far as he can go in obedience, time will tell. He is a lovely tri color with the most intelligent eyes.I know that I probably should not have taken on a new pup but he is a gorgeous pup and his grandfather is a very well known show dog, here and internationally.
Sometimes you just can't resist. Raising a pup is a lot of work, especially house training and I know that if Finn makes size or not I will not be growing out another pup. I am ready for all my dogs to be mature adults that are good company and easy to live with. 
My Keeper who will be 10 on his next birthday has decided that he really is my keeper. If one of the dogs, especially young ones, jump on me or get too energetic around me Keeper will curl a lip and tell them to stop. They definitely respect  him. He has been with me about a year and this is a new job for him. I think he has really bonded with me and of course I have with him also. He absolutely loves being a house dog, hates going outside but does when asked to go.
He had been a kennel dog and was getting too old to continue with that life style so he came to live with me and be a full time house dog and he just loves it. He is so sweet and you will find him where ever I am. The senior Shelties are so sweet and such great company.
I need to vacuum the dog room today so best get moving. 
All for now!