Sunday, July 24, 2011

The girls went herding...

We are members of a local ASCA club and they had a play day yesterday. Both Zoe and Minne got to take turns working the sheep. Glenn handled them both. He loves herding and knows what he's doing. His first Cardi was a Herding Intermediate.

The girls had a blast! It's interesting to see their styles. Right now they are like night and day. Minnie is gung-ho and intense, while Zoe is more laid back and soft. It will be interesting to see they both progress in their working styles.

Minnie hadn't worked sheep since last fall when she tested for her first HCT leg. Her are videos of her first go.

Zoe was next. This was Glenn and Zoe's first time working together. They both like each other and are just getting used to each other. She is by far more comfortable moving the sheep in a come by motion.

Here is part of Minnie's second run.

Here is part of Zoe's second run. She started to get comfortable with away to me. :)

Zoe had a third go with the sheep but I had left by then to go to work. Glenn reports that she continued to improve and is very pleased with her progress. Her progress will continue as we will be getting some sheep loaned to us. This will be great because then Glenn will be able to work the girls on a regular basis and we can get them ready for the trial our ASCA club will be putting on during the Harvest Festival in September.
I also took pictures of the girls. However I'm an action mode addict and have over 500 pictures to sort through so I can find a handful of good ones. I'll probably put off doing that until Monday or Tuesday.
Until then...

Monday, July 18, 2011

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Good-

Zoe is out of heat. My house is back to normal now. While I don't have any intact males, my JRT thought she was pretty cute. Other times Zoe thought he was the pretty cute one and would try to have her way with him. Nice to not have to ref the two. :)

Zoe got a knuckle bone yesterday. I actually bought two one for her and one my GSD mix, however Zoe is sure they are both for her, and Girlfriend just allows her to have them. I however don't think she needs both seeing how they are almost the size of Zoe's head!!

Mmm... Tasty!

She loves the "extra" bits there are to get off of the bone.

The Bad-

Zoe starting having accidents in the house. First was on my bed in the middle of the night and then she had a second one in her "panties". The second one was only an hour after she had been out for a potty break. After the second mishap I made her an appointment at the vets. I was unsure if the potty issues was due to stress of living somewhere new, trying to establish dominance over me or my husband, or if there was a medical reason for it. So before deciding she needed to be re-housebroke off to the vet we went. Good thing we did. Poor girl had a bladder infection! So she is now on day 8 of a 14 day course. I'm happy to report there has been no peeing in the house since she started the antibiotics! :)

The Ugly-

Minnie had lump. Started out small and was noticed on the 7th. By the 14th it was the size of a golf ball. Then what seemed like over night it got MUCH bigger! It was about as wide as my hand and stuck out about the size of half a tennis ball. So off to the vet she went. The vet lance it and out came blood and serum. Vet's guess is she got pinched in the neck when playing with other dogs and it just grew from there. She's draining and healing now and has a shaved spot on her neck. Thankfully she will be healed in time for her Rally competition in Bandon the first weekend in August.

I didn't get any before pictures, but here are the afters.

Poor resolution on this one, I had my camera on the wrong setting.

Here's another shot

You can see what swelling is left in this shot.

And so long as you're not taking pictures of it, she's still a happy go lucky girl.

Random Photos-

Zoe at my parents house.

Zoe attempting to be a pointer.

Even at my parents house, Zoe is queen of the couch.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Week in Review

Zoe has fit right in as a member of the family. She not a fan of having to wear her "panties", but tolerates it well. She does however roll on the carpet in an attempt to get them off.

Her and my other dogs and the cats get along great. We have nicknamed her the "fun police". No one is allowed to have too much fun without her being involved. :)

Zoe and I will be looking into starting some obedience classes once she's out of season. She heels nicely but when we stop she turns to look at me and stack. I'm working on teaching her to sit when we stop. She looks at me like "lady what is your problem? I'm doing it right, you're the one messing up". I would say she's a show girl through and through. :)

Here she is in her Large/XL dog box. We went to buy one for her and this was the only size they had in stock, so she gets queen sized accommodations.

She has adopted the hedgehog for her own toy. It will only be a matter of time until I'm picking up its innards from the carpet. :)

We took Zoe over to visit Minnie yesterday. I was able to get this picture of them. (Please excuse Minnie's color. She had a bath a week ago, but she's a farm girl who loves to get dirty)