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Sunday, December 28 2014

This post is for all the folks who've written asking for puppy pictures - disgustingly cute sugar in the morning - not Sweet & Low, not saccharin, but full-bodied, all the calories - SUGAR!

 This picture so clearly illustrates the relationship between Lily and Mesa.  "Can't I even take a piss in peace?!"

Mesa adores Lily and follows her everywhere. As of yesterday The Great One soften her No Annoying Sidekick Puppies Rule and began playing with Mesa - at Mesa's expense. She is not actually playing with Mesa, she is toying with Mesa.

 "Want it? Huh? Want it? HAH! You can't have it! YOU'RE TOO SHORT! Short people suck! LOSER!"

Fortunately for Mesa's ego, there are other members of the family who see her as a contributing member of the family and not the butt of jokes.  Dillon adores her and has adopted the role of full-time babysitter.

  He is quite patient with her and although she gets hurt when their play gets too rough, he apologizes for stepping on her, slinging toys into her, and accidentally dumping her off the couch. When either of them gets too excited, I have to call time out.

She's a tough little booger, and always comes back for more though.

 Ranger thinks she's cute but has taken a back seat to Dillon as Primary Babysitter. Raising this much energy is a full-time job and I appreciate their help.

 She is young, younger than I really like to bring a puppy home, but she's doing fine and the rest of the pack helps with her social skills. Mesa adapts easily to everything. She has 4wheel drive and motors over strange surfaces with ease - concrete, tile, gravel, rock, boards, tin, carpet, and stairs. She isn't gun shy, but the train whistle in the distance does bother her.  Barking dogs in kennels do frighten her but she's beginning to realize the barking isn't directed at her. The sights and sounds of the barnyard don't faze her a bit. Because this is so important to her career, we just carry her around, not taking the chance that she'll get hurt or scared by the livestock.

Lessons she has learned thus far:

1) Sheep know you're a Border Collie even if you're tiny and being held. If you stare hard enough at them, they will move away because they are weakminded and The Force is strong in you.

2) Don't walk underneath male dogs who are peeing on a tractor tire.


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 08:49 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Remind me.. how old was she when you got her home? Sure is a cutie
Posted by Linda Nightsky Farm on 12/28/2014 - 10:15 AM
I have an adult BC that hasn't learned number 2 yet. What a smart little girl.
Posted by Patty on 12/28/2014 - 07:56 PM
Linda, Mesa's breeder sends pups out at 6 weeks old. He is in the cow business not the dog business and doesn't have time play a lot with them. Dillon's breeder did the same thing. I don't like taking a pup before 7 weeks because they need the social development in the pack. Because I have a large pack of dogs it wasn't a problem with Lily or Dillon but I wouldn't want to take a pup that young to a home with no other dogs. Important life skills would be lost.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 12/29/2014 - 09:52 AM
I do agree with you about those important life skills. Unless you bring a pup home to a dog family, they should stay with their littermates until they're 8 weeks old, imo. Luckily for your baby, she has all kinds of dogs to learn from.
Posted by Terri's Pal on 12/31/2014 - 06:24 PM

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