Monday, February 12, 2018

The Story of Puff

It's been a while since I updated The Dog Geek, I've been very busy working as a full-time shepherd on a sheep ranch with Zip and Godzilla, and now I've added a third stockdog to my little family. Zip's sister had babies in October, and I helped deliver the litter and raise the pups. This was a big litter, nine puppies, ranging in size from half a pound to a whole pound at birth. When they were a week old, the smallest baby got very dehydrated and required some extra fluids and care to keep her going. We weren't entirely sure that she was going to make it for several days.

Once she was thriving again, little Puff turned out to be quite a scrappy little puppy. As soon as the pups were big enough to play and wrestle, she would tackle the others and steal their toys. Her favorite toy was a tiny squeaky stuffed duck.

Puff is now 16 weeks old, still petite, and unstoppable. She is the first baby puppy I've raised since Brisbane, and she's almost as bitey and wild as a cattledog puppy. So much biting! Godzilla is the only one of the big dogs that will play with her.

I have lots of plans for Puff, she will be introduced to sheep when she is old enough. Someday I hope
to compete in the big herding trial in Meeker, Colorado. For now, I just hope her ears will stand up. They were perfect little tulip ears for a couple of weeks. Just when I fell in love with the tulips, they stood up! Two days later, they tipped over. She's probably going to have flying nun ears like Zip.

I am trying to make more time for blogging in my busy schedule of shepherding and trialing. In the meantime, we are getting plenty of use out of our Kong Binkies, Puppy Kongs, and assorted other chew toys. So many chew toys.

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog and have gotten so much enjoyment out of reading your posts!! I recently got married and I tease my husband that I married him for his dog; she's a sweet Border Collie mix. Sadly for her we moved into the city with much less opportunity for us to take her hiking and on adventures like she's used to, so recently I've been collecting a bunch of puzzle toys for her to keep her mentally active when she has to stay inside. Yesterday I tried to feed her in her bowl but she wouldnt eat until I got her Bob a Lot back out, she's a little creature of habit... It was cute. I switched her over to a grain free food as well, trying to keep her as happy and healthy as I can. She's pretty spry for a 10 year old :)