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Introducing our new family member, Zara.

Goldfields
September 4th, 2011, 06:21 PM
I'm sure that if Zara had been an inch or two shorter in height, she wouldn't be with us now. :) A lovely specimen from a (future) show home, impeccable breeding, however she's a big girl for a cattle dog, which is fine by us as we didn't wish to go back showing. She is, regardless of her lovely temperament where people, especially children are concerned, still on trial though, especially after she attacked one of my cats last night. I was sure she had mangled poor Sibi, :eek: but it was dark and I wasn't quick enough with the torch when she found him under the mulberry bush, luckily he came later when we called him and seems to be fine. Phew! What a relief! So far really good with the other dogs, and a gentle effectionate girl. She was delivered yesterday, on my husband's birthday, and there is a mutual liking there, so good present for him I thought.

One thing is for sure, this madam is off to Obedience classes ASAP. :mad:

I only have this photo the owner first sent to me, I'll be taking heaps though seeing she seems very photogenic. She will most likely be our last ACD. Perkins thinks she's wonderful btw. :D

hazelrunpack
September 4th, 2011, 06:43 PM
I can see why Perkins is smitten! She's beautiful!!! :lovestruck: Congrats on the new addition! Lucky hubby with such a girl to greet him on his birthday! :goodvibes: Happy belated birthday to Mr GF!

Perhaps she's better with cats than you think if Sibi survived unscathed! Are you sure it was Sibi that she met up with?

Goldfields
September 4th, 2011, 07:05 PM
It looked like Sibi, Hazel, and either she didn't catch up to him in the dark, or she didn't actually bite him. Ian has bought Sibi in twice for inspection and we can't see a thing wrong. Now he knows there is a strange, and aggro dog on the place, he'll be more careful. The cats do generally keep away from my dogs and usually about half or more of the garden is a no go zone for my dogs anyway.
I'll pass on your birthday wishes to Ian, thank you. He was certainly not expecting to meet or get Zara yesterday, the guy only rang up just before leaving to come here. Maybe it was all meant to be. :)
Bo is totally in love with Zara, he likes his women with long legs and red hair. LOL.

Winston
September 4th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Beautiful addition GF! love her face! :thumbs up

Goldfields
September 4th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Beautiful addition GF! love her face! :thumbs up

Thanks. Her previous owner said that everyone loves her face, Winston. :D Looking at it with the Standard for the breed in mind though, I did think her muzzle could have been a tad longer. Her dentition is great though, no crowding, and she breathes okay. I don't want the longer muzzle for just looks, I have seen one short muzzled cattle dog girl that was panting with her tongue rolled up, like a Pug, on a day when mine weren't panting at all. She'd never have made a working dog and it's things like that that make me angry with breeders.

Winston
September 4th, 2011, 07:45 PM
GF I dont know the first thing about breeding or standards...just that she has a pretty face. I wouldnt know breed standard if it jumped out at me to be honest just have a love for animals. :thumbs up

I havent seen many of this breed here if at all??

marko
September 4th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Congrats Goldfields, she's a beaut!

Goldfields
September 4th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Thanks, Marko. I'm pretty thrilled to have her and will phone her breeder tonight to let him know she's with us, I'm sure he'd like to know what became of her. I can send him up some photo's also.
You are more likely to see blue/black and tan ACDs there, Winston, the reds aren't as popular. My heart bleeds for her, she is fretting for her previous owner. If I sit outside she'll jump up for a snuggle, then after a minute she starts to whine. It's what she'd do with him, and I am not him. Poor girl.

Goldfields
September 5th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Another couple of photo's of her.

hazelrunpack
September 5th, 2011, 10:47 PM
So pretty! How is she doing with the cats?

Melinda
September 6th, 2011, 06:16 AM
oh she is beautiful, congrats on the new member of your family.

Goldfields
September 6th, 2011, 11:08 AM
Thanks, Melinda, I was going to say it's a pity she wasn't an inch smaller so I could show her but who am I kidding. I don't want those extra early rises to get to shows on time anymore.
Hazel, the cats haven't shown themselves when I've had her out. They never do even with the other dogs. They make up for that by following us everywhere if we're out there without any dogs. :)

Longblades
September 6th, 2011, 03:09 PM
Pretty girl and such interesting colour. I don't think I've ever seen a real live ACD.

I find it heartening that the standard is observed so strictly for ACD. In my breed, Labrador Retrievers, it seems that the height and weight parts are glossed over and that was a bone of contention for me. I could not find a stud dog within the weight, let alone at the bottom of it. Dogs should be 60 to 75 lbs. Bitches 55 to 70 lbs.

Dog Dancer
September 6th, 2011, 03:59 PM
GF, your new girl is beautiful! I hope she settles in with the cats, and great to hear that Perkins is fond of her :lovestruck:

Goldfields
September 6th, 2011, 09:05 PM
Glad you like her , DD. It is so nice that my dear old boy has the company of his own breed again, can't have him starting to think he's a sheltie, can we? :D
Longblades, she seems to change color depending on the light, or shade, but I love all shades of red. (Sunshine photo below.) Not so the Dog Ranger that I just spoke to, he told me they're more savage than the blues. Not the first person I've heard say that, and the worst attack on a human that I've heard of, I must admit, was by two reds. A friend of mine reckons "it's the 'ding' (dingo) in 'em" . LOL. He's going to love sweet Zara though . :lovestruck: I just let him know she was here in case she escaped, her microchip details would trace back to her previous owner(till I deal with change of ownership forms) but he said if he finds one running loose , I'd be the first person he'd contact. LOL.
The height in our Standard is 17" to 19" for a female, 18" to 20" for a male. I could show her, nothing to stop me. Perkins I think would be just over 20" and was a Ch. more than 3 times over, so judges who loved him would love Zara also, but she's not good on the lead (obedience training should help there), I'd need a handler, or at least a runner, and it all seems a bit 'been there, done that', not sure I want to do it again. Her height might be her best asset seeing cattle dogs, possibly some through inbreeding too much, are getting smaller and smaller. We think it's easier to lose height than to increase it. The old stockmen in the early days wanted ACDs to be up to height, like a small thickset Dingo, and we prefer that as we sometimes put pups into working homes.
Just out of curiosity, why were you after a dog at the bottom end of the weight? Labs have a different purpose in life I know. Was it so there'd be less likelihood of joint problems?

Winston
September 6th, 2011, 09:12 PM
OMG GF she is gorgeous! I just love her sweet face. :thumbs up

Rgeurts
September 6th, 2011, 10:10 PM
GF, what a beautiful girl :flirt: :lovestruck: :cloud9:
I think it's wonderful that you got Perkins some company of his own. Though Perkins thinking he's a Sheltie could be kinda cute too :D :laughing:

I just LOVE her color!

Goldfields
September 6th, 2011, 11:19 PM
She'd lick you all to death, which is great. Wouldn't it be awful to have one with a pretty face but a foul disposition, too deceiving, a recipe for disaster.

Robyn, Perkins does think little Silk is his bestest lady love and can't understand why she is intimidated by him. :) Doesn't matter that in his old age he's clumsy and stands on her long bushy tail. (sigh) LOL. The red of these dogs I think is a very cheery colour.
Now Zara is here I hope he forgets about my (speyed) shelties.

Longblades
September 7th, 2011, 07:53 AM
Just out of curiosity, why were you after a dog at the bottom end of the weight? Labs have a different purpose in life I know. Was it so there'd be less likelihood of joint problems?Our first Lab girl developed back problems which I just described in another thread this very morning. We had to do a lot of lifting, thank heavens she was at the low end of the standard at 56 lbs. We considered a smaller breed, a field bred English Springer Spaniel, like our first dog, but the OH wanted another Lab. I don't know why in Labs we like bench and in ESS we like field but such was the case. We did get a male Lab and at 68 lbs he is smaller than his Pop. I can lift him down from the jeep but I have to boost him up. If he lives at least as long as all my other dogs I wil be in my 70s at his death. He may not get a bad back but you probably end up having to lift and even carry your dog sometime in his life. I'd better start working out weight lifting I guess.

DMCWLVSSR
September 7th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Congrats! What a beauty

Goldfields
September 8th, 2011, 12:31 PM
Longblades, my own age was a factor too in whether I opted for a puppy or a young to medium aged adult too, but while I think I can cope with Zara, I also believe she is a potential cat killer and that complicates matters. I have a breeder friend who would probably take her on, because as she said, she has no sheep or cats, but I hate seeing dogs shunted from pillar to post. I'd like this to be her last home BUT she is dynamite where cats are concerned. I don't know what to do. My cats have as much right .... no, more right to live here peacefully.
I agree on that about maybe having to pick the dog up. I always said that if the time came when I couldn't pick up a cattle dog, I wouldn't own one.

I've been out in the cold to lock up a ewe that just lambed - freezing cold it is - so I think I'd better go to bed just to warm up again. It was a little ewe lamb by the way, a real cutie.

Longblades
September 8th, 2011, 12:43 PM
Longblades, my own age was a factor too in whether I opted for a puppy or a young to medium aged adult too, but while I think I can cope with Zara, I also believe she is a potential cat killer and that complicates matters. I have a breeder friend who would probably take her on, because as she said, she has no sheep or cats, but I hate seeing dogs shunted from pillar to post. I'd like this to be her last home BUT she is dynamite where cats are concerned. I don't know what to do. My cats have as much right .... no, more right to live here peacefully.
I agree on that about maybe having to pick the dog up. I always said that if the time came when I couldn't pick up a cattle dog, I wouldn't own one.

I've been out in the cold to lock up a ewe that just lambed - freezing cold it is - so I think I'd better go to bed just to warm up again. It was a little ewe lamb by the way, a real cutie.Hope the wee lambie-pie has warmed up. :)

Our rescue ESS hated our cat. I would never have such a combination again. For 10.5 years the cat got the upstairs and the front yard, the dog the downstairs and the backyard. Fortunately the cat was very smart and the dog was very obedient.

Whisper only hated our cat. When I picked her up from a teeth cleaning at the Vet's one day I was horrified to hear they had her downstairs in a kennel with the two clinic cats. The kennel door was open and they were letting them be cozy together. !!! When they brought Whisper up and one cat came too I went to pet the cat and Whisper turned on it in a flash.

Now do I have it easy? Since Whisper, two dogs that get along with cats, even like cats. Nope. Now I have three cats and one beats another up so badly we have had big Vet bills. You just can't win sometimes. The cats have done more damage to each other than poor little Whisper ever did and it is much, much harder to keep them apart. Sigh. Good luck with Zara, it is a dilemna.

Goldfields
September 8th, 2011, 09:02 PM
We are getting cold Spring weather so that lamb has been left in a stable where the mum can go out into a yard for a pick of grass. It is okay, but one of my earlier singleton lambs has crashed so I had to give it antibiotics this morning. She's very flat so I don't know if she will survive. :( Poor baby but at least I'll be giving her a fighting chance, out in a big flock she'd be a goner for sure.

I'd have been very alarmed to see Whisper with the cats. She sounds like a red ACD I had in the past, Candy, or Dolly Dog as we sometimes called her. Lovely friendly girl, good with all my other dogs, okay if the cat was on the ground right beside her, but if you tried to pick the cat up, she'd go nuts. Ian came in one day with his hands bleeding, he'd made that mistake! The cat was unharmed from memory.
Yes, but what to do with Zara? I guess I could simply take her outside on the lead and check the cats aren't about before I let her loose. Perhaps I shouldn't judge her until we do some obedience training too? She is a sensitive bitch , really takes any chastising to heart so there may be hope for her. I am well aware we can't take any risks.

Goldfields
September 9th, 2011, 01:31 AM
Perkins amused me the other day, he took to licking out and nibbling gently on Zara's ear. Ain't love grand? :lovestruck: :laughing:

Dog Dancer
September 9th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Well GF, you know what they say "blow in my ear and I'll follow you anywhere..." I think Perkins has heard that expression somewhere! :lovestruck: He's so sweet! I hope it works out with Zara, it wuold be a shame to break Perkins' heart...

Goldfields
September 9th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Must say I'm very impressed with her, DD. She has inherited Susie's Weatherbeata dog coat and wasn't at all concerned when I put it on her. I found out tonight she has just been an outdoor dog, so she must be appreciating being inside now on these cold nights. One could wonder if the silly sheep in the second photo is what she was watching( - but it wasn't.:D ) Poor ewe might have been watching me teach Zara to sit :laughing:. They're very uncomfortable this close to lambing. I've got weird animals, this sheltie pair were doing their impression of book ends.

hazelrunpack
September 9th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Zara and Perkins are so cute together! Zara is stunning in her new coat. I do hope it works out for the two lovebugs :D

That ewe looks mighty preggers! :eek: I thought they'd all lambed already. How long is the lambing season?

Goldfields
September 9th, 2011, 07:39 PM
The red kids do make a nice couple, don't they? Zara arrived here on my husband's birthday so both he and Perkins feel like they've had a lovely present given to them. :) I think her previous owner considers it silly to put coats on dogs but I didn't see Zara complaining about it.
The ram was with the ewes for 17 weeks. I have another 6 ewes to lamb, with doubts about only 1 being in lamb and she could just be going to be late. That ewe in the photo is struggling, I think she is carrying twins and is now very close to lambing(I hope). Sitting up like that must move them into a more comfortable position maybe. She came up to within 6 feet of me this morning and sat like that, I felt it was a plea for help. Short of giving her a trip up and down a bumpy road in a trailer though, it's all up to her.

Dee-O-Gee
September 10th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Congratulation GF. She sure is a beautiful girl. Love her markings. :thumbs up:lovestruck:

Goldfields
September 10th, 2011, 11:41 PM
She's the first one I've had with a single eye patch, Dee-O-Gee - and a cheek patch - I like it too. I'm really enjoying that she's not a puppy, wrecking everything. :) No trip to Obedience today, instead I had to keep an eye on an ex bottle fed orphan lamb/now a ewe, and she didn't disappoint, twins again. :)

Dog Dancer
September 12th, 2011, 01:38 PM
How is Zara doing these days? Has she settled at all with the kitties?

Goldfields
September 12th, 2011, 08:06 PM
No, DD, unfortunately Zara will always be one of those dogs that go after anything that moves. Cats, lizards, mice etc.. Haven't been able to start obedience training past recalls and sits yet. We are having to house train her and at times when you hope and pray it'll sink into her brain that all I want is for her to twinkle, she refuses to, like this morning when I urgently needed to go help a ewe in trouble lambing. She's bliss though really, it's always a worry when you take on an adult ACD. Oh, Zara hasn't walked into Pheobe, the Persian cat, in the house yet. I think she's seen her at the end of the passage before Pheobe went to hide in the lounge, fortunately Zara was on lead .

Goldfields
September 14th, 2011, 08:22 PM
How could anyone resist this face?

Winston
September 14th, 2011, 08:23 PM
She is stunning and I love her soulful eyes! Boy does she look content! :thumbs up

Goldfields
September 14th, 2011, 08:31 PM
You'd wonder how her previous owner could bear to part with her, wouldn't you? His mother cried when he told her he was going to sell her. I can sympathise with her.

Dog Dancer
September 14th, 2011, 10:44 PM
See that's something I could never understand. A friend of mine breeds shelties. They are all champion stock and shown and titled. Medically sound before breeding etc. She'll typically keep one that seem like a winner. If it goes oversize or something she'll sell it later on. I could NEVER do that! I'd have like 50 dogs for sure. I can understand why Zara's owners mom would cry. I mean I understand the business end of it all when you're running a kennel of show dogs, but my heart just wouldn't be in that.

Goldfields
September 15th, 2011, 10:34 AM
DD,I've no doubt the reason your friend has so many Ch's is because she rehomes adult dogs that don't make the grade. I don't, which is why only 3 of mine were titled, also it's because I won't play the game either of course. :D My dogs have to do it all on their merits. Dogs are much better in pet homes though, you only need to read stories on a forum like this that show how loved these pets are to know who is the admirable owner, the people really worthy of their dogs' love and loyalty. As long as those people are finding them good pet homes, I think the dog is better off.

Dog Dancer
September 15th, 2011, 02:00 PM
GF, I probably make her sound worse than she is. She's a sweet sweet lady. Her dogs are pets, not just show dogs. She is an obedience judge and I think alot of her are obedience champions, etc. But I know she has rehomed a couple dogs that got too large or something. Obviously space limitations come into play as to how many dogs you can keep. She has six or seven right now. She does keep them into old age once their show and breeding days are over, and that said, she rarely breeds. I'd hazard to say that her best bitches have probably only been bred twice. So she's not some crazy nut burger breeder. I've just never understood how she could keep one hoping for a champion shower and then rehome it after it's not quality. She also takes back any dogs of hers that people don't want, so she's definitely not a byber. But I could never rehome one of my dogs like that show stock or not.

Goldfields
September 16th, 2011, 10:55 AM
I believe all that , DD, but would I ever sell a pup to her? Heck no! LOL. I could bore you with a list of reasons most of mine should have been culled but they always come before wanting that next Ch, the next new pup. Showing can be quite an addiction and there is actually a lot of peer pressure I suppose, it can be hard to resist when people around you keep bringing out promising youngsters.

renegaderuby
September 16th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Love the dogs, love the ewe's although she certianly did have a look of "get this out of me" on her face. poor thing. But I imagine she'll be back to froliking and 'motherhood " duties soon. If she goes more than a few more days. I'll be surprised.
Is it possible they sit like that when they are getting the "start" of the laboring contractions. Just curious..I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about lambing. LOL .
Zara looks like she'll make a fine addition to the family. Sans the cat issue anyways.
(maybe she thinks she's suppose to herd, fetch the cat?) just an idea.

Goldfields
September 16th, 2011, 07:57 PM
Well, I'm almost positive it was Sibi and he didn't have a mark on him, so I hope she, meaning Zara, just likes to chase.
That ewe lambed okay but the lambs and some ewes all start to look alike so I can't show you a photo. I don't think she was in labour, just very uncomfortable.
I have a poor lamb now, one from a set of twins, with a badly fractured leg :cry: , which I set before I went shopping yesterday. Haven't a clue how on earth it did it, though all the lambs are jumping up on things now so maybe it fell badly or got caught up in something . That temporary cast is too bulky so we'll redo it today, the way my vet has suggested. I noticed this morning that he was starting to put a tiny bit of weight on it, which may be a good sign.
Speaking of lambs trying to jump up on things. Ian and I had a good laugh at a lamb that was looking up at the roof of the shelter we put in the corner of a yard for a pony(my head height or more) and doing little jumps. :D Talk about being optomistic.

hazelrunpack
September 16th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Aw, poor lil guy. :( I hope the leg sets well and he's able to heal! :goodvibes:

renegaderuby
September 17th, 2011, 12:00 AM
awwww. they are so cute at that age. I'd love to raise some...but not enough space or safety , as the inlaws have mini horses in the pasture, and they are apt to kick the little fellows/gals.
I'm sorry if I asked a stupid guestion about her possibly being in a labor induced sit. like I said..I know ZIPPTY DOODA about lambing. (or lambs for that matter).
TOO CUTE the jumping /roof story.
Have you ever done goats? just curious.

Goldfields
September 17th, 2011, 10:55 AM
I tried goats once. LOL. Found out she was pregnant, and this after her eating every plant I didn't want her to eat, so she was sold on to a goat enthusiast who was very pleased to have her.
It wasn't a stupid question re the ewe that was sitting up, because naturally I wondered about that myself, but no, she did it for a few days before going into labour. I had to help deliver her big ram lamb and he is a little beauty. I looked at the calendar to work out which lamb she had. A real nuggety little fellow that I was told today is worth retaining as a ram.
Worse has happened since the broken leg, Hazel. :( I lost a ewe today. Gained the 5th set of twins but this time I get to bottle feed them. Zara thinks she has gone to Heaven, being able to investigate such interesting little creatures. Because they need feeding 5 times daily for the first week I have them in a puppy pen inside, and she's had a great time slinking laps around it. :) My other dogs are quite used to baby lambs. I feel so sad for the mum who didn't get to see her lambs, and for the lambs as they are much better off with their mothers.

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2011, 11:09 PM
That's so sad, GF! :( Any chance you can get one of the other moms to adopt the orphans? :fingerscr

renegaderuby
September 18th, 2011, 12:51 AM
Well thank you for not thinking me a moron. Awww on the ewe. I know its part of lambing, sometimes you just loose one. But still sad. LOL at zarah. Who knows maybe her working with you on the sheep , may help her calm down about the cats. Good luck with the little fuzzy butts (i've always called sheep that)...and keep us posted , how they are!

Goldfields
September 18th, 2011, 11:15 AM
That's so sad, GF! :( Any chance you can get one of the other moms to adopt the orphans? :fingerscr

I wish, but I find they can be dangerous with orphaned lambs, butting them quite hard. Actually, I did see one of the older twinnies sneak a drink off a mother that was not his own and for all I know it could have tried it once too often and it may be the one with the broken leg. I've seen a ewe butt a big lamb so hard it did a somersault over the feeder and it was actually a Dorper ewe that attacked a friend of my sisters and broke her leg in a couple of places. Great mothers to their lambs but can be a bit feral I feel.

renegaderuby, Zara has now been present for a feeding and the control I have to exercise over her to stop her from nipping the lambs should certainly help with the cat situation. I insist that every animal has equal rights here. She has all our rules to learn though, but so far I haven't regretted buying an older girl. She's a smart kid. :D

renegaderuby
September 18th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I think she'll always have the "urge" to chase the kitties (and whatever else)...but kinda like a unruly toddler that will "listen" to you once it knows its "a no no"...but it has to be "er um...reminded" that its a no no EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME. lol.
Brings me to today in church...a cute little kid..but EVERY sunday I hear "no sweet heart..you should not dig in other people's purses". Remember mommy telling you that.
Kid..ok. Dosent do it again. But sits there with this look on face like.....but it was so fun mom.
She's four. And very smart. But every sunday she just cant resist to see whats in pew mates purses. LOL

Goldfields
September 18th, 2011, 07:31 PM
That sounds just like Zara, LOL. She is inquisitive, very observant, always alert but thankfully, only hyper occassionally. I've had worse, and I'm used to telling the shelties repeatedly not to do whatever. They take it in turns you see, a blanket "No!' means nothing to them.
A good recall is a must for her I think, because when she gets the zoomies I need to change it into a recall and a nice sit in front of me rather than having her arriving flat out and leaping at me. She knocked her previous owner out cold doing that.

hazelrunpack
September 18th, 2011, 07:42 PM
How is the lamb with the broken leg doing, GF? Better, I hope? :goodvibes:

renegaderuby
September 18th, 2011, 08:32 PM
What is a zoomie? (sorry if thats a stupid guestion..but I've wonderd that since I first got on here...lol)

hazelrunpack
September 18th, 2011, 09:11 PM
LOL Zoomies are those wild circuits around the yard or (if you're unlucky) around a room that your dogs take when they've got energy to burn off. You know, the tuck your butt, stiffen those legs, run as fast as you can kind of dealies? :D

renegaderuby
September 18th, 2011, 10:01 PM
OK...now I really feel "stupid". Ruby and saydee are my zoomers. Saydee could beat a grey hound in one of her zoomies. I'd bet money on it. Ruby shouldnt ZOOMIE...but she does. and heck..if she feels good enough ...I'm letting her. DARN IT! :)
Thank you hazel for educating this "idot" :D

hazelrunpack
September 18th, 2011, 10:11 PM
We used to call them 'butt tucks' here, but when I heard the term zoomie...well, it's just so much nicer-sounding! :laughing:

Goldfields
September 19th, 2011, 12:33 AM
In some cases it's the 'crazies'. LOL. I got a great short video on my Mavica camera once of Shady(sheltie) having a crazy fit. By golly she was fast. She arrived back from the first circuit and flew onto my lap, had a tiny rest then did another lap. :)

Dog Dancer
September 19th, 2011, 03:33 PM
GF, so sorry to hear about the ewe and the little lamb with the broken leg. :( Gotta love the zoomies though! Halo still gets them like crazy, Shadow unfortunately doesn't zoom now...:D

Goldfields
September 19th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Yes, always sad to lose a ewe, and especially a young one. A friend up the road has sadly been losing ewes due to toxic weeds that had been washed onto their property during the floods. :( That lamb is tough. Nothing will chuck the towel in quicker than a sheep, yet with a real bad break he is still battling on.
The zoomies are but a dim memory for my old Perkins too, but then he wasn't into zoomies really. Some are and some aren't come to think of it, nice anyway that Zara is settled enough in her new surrounds to want to zoom.

Dog Dancer
September 19th, 2011, 10:34 PM
Good lord, Shadow used to zoom like the wind! It frustrated Halo to no end that she could not keep up withShadow no matter how she hustled her chubby lab butt!:laughing: Shadow always had speed going for her. When we'd go to the park (when she was younger and not aggressive with others) she was always at the head of the pack racing through the fields. Everyone would stop and watch her run - seriously cars driving down the road would stop. Now they watch her tawdle across the road while they're stopped at a crosswalk waiting for us to cross. If I'm lucky she doesn't decide to poop in the middle of the road when there's traffic - it has happened though! I love zoomies!! Shadow will zoom again I am sure... in another place.

Goldfields
September 20th, 2011, 12:33 AM
That's lovely, that people would stop to watch your girl running. It is a beautiful sight, maybe one day Shadow and my Shady will be racing each other. (Longer legs should win that race.) :) How did you come to giver Halo that name, DD? It's nice.

Dog Dancer
September 20th, 2011, 10:28 AM
GF, would be nice to have Shadow and Shady zooming together one day. As for Halo's name, I wish I could take ownership. When Shadow was in agility classes we had a Berner in the class called Halo and I always loved the name. AThat Berner was so funny, she would run (sorta) up to the fences and stop dead and then just bounce over the fence. Straight up and over. You would never have thought a dog that size could go that high up without running at it first. Anyhow, when we got Halo, in an effort to save Shadow from her S/A, she got the name, she was to be Shadow's saviour. Turns out Satan may have better suited her....:D

Goldfields
October 10th, 2011, 10:47 AM
Back to this thread, with the reminder that I changed Zara's name to Jarrah. I think Jarrah is going to give us plenty to laugh at. I asked her to get up on the bench beside me out in the garden and she couldn't leave it at that, she had to stand up with her feet on the back and take a look in the window behind us. :D Well, she saw her reflection, didn't she? And mine, so then she had to look under the house, try to check out the bathroom window too, she just knew there was a dog in there somewhere. She still goes up onto the bench to study her reflection occassionally. :D

The other thing she has learnt is that ripe mulberries off our weeping mulberry are delish! Yummmm! But, she keeps plucking ones off that aren't ripe, giving them a taste test, biting them in half and dropping them, and now Ian is worried he'll miss out on his mulberries and cream desserts. So, new job for me, I have to intervene and find the ripe ones for Jarrah. (sigh) :D Jarrah, last seen lurking in the mulberry bush.

Winston
October 10th, 2011, 11:18 AM
Oh I dont know! there must be some other pests in those trees cause sweet jarrah wouldnt do that....no she is just making sure they are scared away!! ya ya thats it! :laughing:

hazelrunpack
October 10th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Winston is correct! Jarrah is just keeping the mulberry-stealing birds from eating all the mulberries. :D Ian should be encouraging her vigilance! :laughing:

She's s good girl! :angel:

Goldfields
October 10th, 2011, 10:51 PM
Geuss what? You both might be right. :) She nearly got a magpie that flew down into her tree this morning. LOL. As long as she leaves the blue tongued lizards alone when they come looking for fruit - but she won't! :( She's a hunter.

Goldfields
October 19th, 2011, 02:19 AM
Hooray for Jarrah!!! She found a big Blue Tongue lizard at her mulberry tree today and only crept close to look and sniff, and was easily called off. Susie(R.I.P.) would have instantly grabbed and started crunching it up, ditto for Perkins. I tell her "Leave it!" when she creeps up the passage to look at our Persian cat and that's one order that must be enforced, for the cat's sake, and in case she ever comes accross one of our deadly Brown snakes. At least it worked with the lizard. :) She's such a good girl.

Dog Dancer
October 19th, 2011, 02:03 PM
GF, Jarrah sure looks sweet snacking on her berries - oh yeah, chasing away intruders.