As you can imagine, I haven't had much time for the computer recently. Between work and puppy plus Christmas time, I've been very busy. For those that missed it: I went to Toronto to pick up my new addition last weekend. She's a 12 week old Australian Shepherd puppy and I am so in love with her. Her name is Journey. She feels like the dog I've been dreaming of for years and I look forward to a long time with her.
She's perfect for me and I couldn't have chosen a better puppy for myself if I'd tried. She's energetic, she's sassy, she's a big thinker, she's busy, she settles well, is attached in the best shadowy kind of way, she's very brave, etc. Just an awesome little pup. She's a huge brat and is constantly finding troublesome things to do haha. She's hilarious. She's been to two puppy classes now since coming home and did awesome. The first night she was a little more reserved, but on Saturday she was wild and crazy and had a blast. She's really opened up in the last few days and is showing us her true colours now that she's all settled in.
She handled the flight incredibly well. It was a long trip for her, but she didn't make a sound. When we got off the plane she was as happy and wiggly as ever.
I bring her to work with me and she's great. We get on the bus and train to get here, which is really busy, and she handles it like a pro. She doesn't always want to meet new people, but if I pick her up to greet she's fine. And some people she adores right away. She's great with new dogs. We've had her at my Doberman breeder's and meeting friends' nice dogs and she's wonderful with all of them, big or small. In puppy class during playtime she knows which puppies she needs to be gentle with and knows which ones she can play more rough with.
I credit so much of her temperament to her breeder. All of her adult dogs are amazing, for one thing. But she also did so much with the puppies and got them used to an enormous amount of different things. A lot of Journey's temperament I know is inherent based on her sire and dam and all of her other relatives, but a thorough breeder (as we at DT all know) makes such a lasting impact on a puppy as well.
This whole experience has been amazing. From the breeder, to the trip and stay at her breeder's house, to this puppy... just everything has been fantastic.
My only complaint about her is her infatuation with the water dish LOL. She thinks it's a blast to flip it over. And she's never out of sight, but yet somehow manages to do it anyway. Silly girl.
She's just an awesome puppy and as excited as I am to see the dog she'll grow up to be, I also kind of want her to stay a puppy forever.
I've also never had a puppy bond to me so quickly. I don't know if it's because I was her only familiar thing once the plane landed and we were home, or what, but she`decided on day one that I was hers and is super attached. All of my past puppies took a few days at least do really bond, but with her it was instant. Kind of strange for me, but I can't complain!
My other dogs are good with her. Dance loves her and is super patient with her. Ripley thinks the shark teeth have got to go, but otherwise he likes her. And Keira just looks at her with snooty disdain haha. But that's how she feels about all puppies. She likes her to, but has a more take her or leave her attitude.
Anyway, in case you couldn't tell, I am in love with her. And I've taken a gazillion pictures over the last week, so here are some! In case some are wondering, her ear is taped to try to get it to lay nicely. It wants to wing out.
Oh, and her tag has a different name on it because that was her name with her breeder. She's waiting for her new tag in the mail. :-)
Tired after playing with her new Great Dane friend at my Dobe breeder's...
Visiting her new Pomeranian friends (who think she's weird and she thinks they're boring)...
She's lucky Dance is so patient with new puppies that come home lol. It's like a Dance and Ripley Rodeo sometimes around here - she's always sitting and climbing on them.