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Friday, December 26 2014

Trying to add a new puppy during the holidays is a lesson in chaos. Although we weren't ready for a puppy yet, Lily's breeder had pups that were of her line and since his place was just an hour from our ranch in north Texas, we made the decision to pick up a pup when we were up there last week. We picked up two female pups and took them back to the ranch for the week. The other female was destined for a longhorn breeder in south Texas and she was hitching a ride with us. Her name is Jingle.

 I completely fell in love with this pup! I told the lady if she ever decides she doesn't want a Border Collie anymore, this puppy always has a home with us. I've got a feeling she isn't letting go of this little treasure.

 They spent the week wrestling with each other. I am really thankful for stained concrete floors. Yes, they're sandy at the moment, but accident clean-up is a breeze!

Jingle went to her new home on Christmas Eve, and I missed her immediately. Mesa seems to be doing just fine without her sister. We have a pack of dogs, so she has plenty of canine family members. Dillon the Labrador is her self-appointed babysitter.

Mesa went outside to do chores yesterday. She was happy to watch the world from my arms. Nothing bothered her.  This kid was born on a working cattle ranch. It's a cow feed lot with horses, cattle, and 18 wheeler trucks coming and going, so the sounds and smells of the barnyard are familiar.

The adult Border Collies are fine with her, and Dillon simply adores her. I keep her away from the patrol dog and Briar because they are so big and she's still pretty small. Right now she thinks she's 'king of the world' and I don't want to change her opinion of herself.   She may think she's a big bad cowdog, but she's still living life in a bubble.

 Protecting a baby Border Collie from herself is a full-time job!

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:51 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
I've been checking in every day, waiting for this announcement. What a little cutie pie! I can't wait to start reading stories about new puppy antics.
Posted by Patty on 12/26/2014 - 08:26 PM
Me too, Patty, what a darling!
Posted by Rochelle on 12/26/2014 - 11:19 PM
Cute! What does Lily think about the mini-me and how are they related? Our youngest BC is five and I'm sure ready for a pup too.
Posted by Peg H. in Wisconsin on 12/27/2014 - 04:06 PM
Lily tolerates her as much as she tolerates any other dogs. She isn't a big fan of puppies but she lets her tag along. Lily's father is Mesa's grandfather. I thought Lily was five but looking at my records she is almost 6. In another three or four years I won't let her work cattle anymore.
Posted by Forensicfarmgirl on 12/27/2014 - 04:21 PM

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