Puppies ready to go March 28!

Puppies will be ready to go on March 28!

Talk about some cuties! Meet the boys, Buster, Spot and Style.The Boys   Buster Spot and StyleAnd here are the girls. Classy, Shine and Blue Eye.Classy Shine and Blue Eye 1And Sapphire, Frost and Glimmer. Sapphire Frost and GlimmerTold you they were cute!

To give you an idea of what these little ones will be capable of when they get a little bigger, check out my older dogs doing their thing here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3OK-kWmvCo

 

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Border Collie Puppies!!!

I am expecting a litter of registered Border Collie puppies from Mirk and Peach on February 2nd!

Peach and Mirk Jan 2013

Haven’t had a litter of puppies around for quite a while. I’m excited!

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Remembering Our Little Snowtime Dog

Clayton and Snowy         Fall 2011

Clayton and Snowy
Fall 2011

This is a a sad entry for such a new blog, but Snowy has been at the heart of our family for such a long time that I felt I owed it to him to share a little bit of his story.

When our son, Clayton, was very small I decided to get him a Jack Russell puppy. I was picky about it. I wanted a pup from stock that would hunt. I wanted a gritty dog that was faithful and smart. One that could play with a child and keep the varmints out of the chicken yard. I found the type of dogs I was searching for in Rocheport, MO and put down a deposit on a pup that was yet to be born. When I told Clayton that he would be getting a puppy soon, he informed me that the pups name was Snowy. The name was a good fit which was fortunate because I am pretty sure he would have been named Snowy even if he had been coal black. Our Snowy was born on April 22, 1996 and 9 weeks later we brought him home.

Playing games with Jessy and Clayton

Playing games with Jessy and Clayton

Snowy napping with his Boy

Snowy napping with his Boy

We had a lot of good years with our little friend. Many a copperhead and opossum met their end at his fierce little teeth. He was a good squirrel dog and always game to help with any chore.

Dead Snake

Dead Snake

Squirrel hunting with his buddies.

Squirrel hunting with his buddies.

He feared nothing, but had a way about him that helped him get along well with other dogs. He possessed a sort of dignified pride that even Gerald’s cranky old hounds seemed to respect. He sired many good pups, but we never kept one for ourselves. More than one Jack Russell running loose on the farm seemed to be detrimental to the chicken population.

Snowy and Thistle

Snowy and Thistle

Snowy and daughter, Thistle

Snowy and daughter, Thistle

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The past 3 years I had noticed him slowing down a lot. His vision was getting really bad and his hearing was nearly gone. This past year he stopped patrolling the farm and rarely left the yard. He still had a good appetite, but could only eat soft food as he only had a couple of teeth left.

On December 3, we took my Dad out for his birthday and when we got home, went down to do some woodwork in the shop. Snowy came with us and stayed right near our feet all evening. I thought it a little strange because he usually wouldn’t stay away from his heated bed on the porch for that long, no matter what we were doing. When we finished up and went to the house, he crawled into his warm bed and we went to ours.

December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

The next morning when I went out to feed him, he was gone. I searched all day on horseback and ended up finding him about a mile from our house. He was just marching along, like he had somewhere to go.  I picked him up and carried him home, but I knew what he was doing. I fed him a good supper and put him to bed. Next day he was gone again. When we found him the next time, he had passed on.

He had decided it was time to go and he went. That is often the way with a faithful old dog if it is given the chance. Do they want to spare us the sorrow of seeing them go? I can’t say for sure, but I can say that Snowy was a one of a kind, great little dog and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I hope you can all be lucky enough to have such a fine dog in your lives at some point. The joy they bring is worth every tear you will shed when they go.

RIP little Snowy. We love you much. moto_0013

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Horse Sense and Dog Tales

               I have been very blessed to have had several really good dogs in my life.

Most have been stock dogs. Some have been purebred, some not. I have also had the privilege to work with some good hounds, terriers and even a chihuahua worth mentioning.

I know lots of folks just want a dog to be a good companion and there is not one thing wrong with that.

I, however, like for my dogs to be more. I have a lot of work to do and I like dogs that want to help me do it. A strong work ethic is a fine quality in both dogs and people and I admire it in both.

I have a trio right now that I am very pleased with. I have had all of these dogs since they were 6 to 8 weeks old and have done all of their training. They each have unique personalities and shine in different areas, but all contribute nicely to helping me get the farm work done with as little hassle as possible.

Peach, Tag and Ember

Peach, Tag and Ember

From left to right are Peach-border collie, Tag-border collie and Ember-australian kelpie. On this blog, I will be sharing their stories, as well as some other animal related stories from both present and past. I hope you all enjoy it and please feel free ask questions and leave feedback. I would love to hear from you.

Crystal

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