Saturday, December 16, 2017

The last ball of fall?

It was a beautiful sunny day. A perfect day for a round of pasture ball. The Solstice approaches, so it may be last fall ball day, depending on the weather and my schedule next week. I had Max in the kennel with Rex this morning, but I brought him out to pasture to run and play with Theo and Toquima this afternoon.
Everyone had to have a ball today. That's Toquima
in the back and Max in front.
Theo has not one, but two balls in his
mouth. He is still the champ.

Three shepherds, all going three different directions. No one was in charge of the collective
brain. This situation cries out for a female.

Max is long on looks and short on brains.

Max is in the sun and Toquima is in the shade, but this
picture really shows the difference in their color.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jackie's Spa Day

My good friend Tricia came by recently to meet Jackie. Jackie is still wary of strangers, and Tricia didn't push herself on her. Instead, she sat down on the floor (which, in our house, requires a leap of faith or a total disregard for one's clothing) and let Jackie approach on her own terms. She also brought Jackie a bright new winter coat that I wouldn't let her wear until after a bath.

The bathtub is upstairs, where Jackie has never been. I put a leash on her and led her up the stairs. She managed it but I think she's going to be happiest as a downstairs dog. She handles the few steps in and out of the house with ease, but a flight of stairs was a bit much for her and it may have been a new experience.

I know that Jackie's rescuer had given her a bath and she acted like an old pro in the tub although I had to lift her into it, of course. She just stood or sat and let me take as long as I wanted to wash her thoroughly and get off as much of that dead loose hair as possible. I got her out of the tub, toweled her off, carried her downstairs, and got her out into the sun to finish drying.

Later in the day we went outside again and she modeled her new coat.

I'm not sure Jackie is a dog who will ever give us the smile we'd like to see on her face, but she's adjusting really well around here, gets along with all the other dogs, and seems to enjoy the activity. I don't think she's totally deaf, but she does seem to be hard of hearing. I let her out to wander the yard with Vince and/or Sparky, but she's never far away.

I will keep Jackie as one of our dogs until a better offer comes along. We don't know how much time she will have, but it could be a year or more. She's a good, sweet dog, and an easy keeper.

Jackie usually moves at a fairly slow pace, but
I have seen her kick it up a notch or two to a trot.
It was sunny but a little chilly outside so
we didn't stay outdoors for long. I put
towels on her bed so she to finish drying.

That's Sparky out strolling with Jackie.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Blur of Fur

It's cold and windy tonight. Everyone is inside and most are trying to break the laws of physics by being in the same place at the same time.

Jackie, rear left; Theo, rear right;
and that's Maya and TJ in front.
Toquima came today to spend Christmas with us, bringing our total to a dirty dozen. I'd love to find homes for Griff, Rex, and even Jackie before Christmas, but if not, we will make do.

Clockwise, starting at the top, is TJ,
then Griffin, and Toquima. Griff has his head
under Toquima's tail, saying hello.
That's Theo on Jackie's bed, Toquima on the right, Maya on
the left, and TJ in front.
A little chaos can be fun, but when it's time to settle down I divide and conquer. It looks like Toquima may be inclined to camp out downstairs in the kitchen with Jackie and Theo. Rex, Griff, and Sparky are in the office. Max is staying outside in the shed. That leaves just five for the bedroom: Gigi, Maya, Trooper, TJ, and Vince. That's not too many dogs, it's barely enough.

Trooper, Maya, and Theo
This was Toquima and Griff's first meeting. 

I'm not a big fan of Christmas, but I like a
Christmas tree and was tired of not having one.
I went to Lowe's and bought a four footer for
the kitchen island. 

Jackie likes her bed, but she also enjoyed all the dog activity.

That's Maya pushing her way through.

Griff, Toquima, Maya, and the black blur
in front is Jackie.
Griff, the new guy, gets lots of attention from
Toquima and TJ.

From top left to bottom right:
Rex, Maya, Theo, Griffin, TJ, and Toquima

Jackie and Griff

Rex checking out what's on the stove.
Toquima and Griffin

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blackie to Jackie

Blackie is becoming Jackie. It's a similar sounding name and about the only female name I could think of that rhymes with Blackie. She's settling in here very well. As of today she is eating, drinking, and behaving normally for a dog around here. She has met everyone. Her housetraining isn't entirely there yet, so I've been keeping her in the kitchen with the new, easy to clean, tile floor. That's where she's staked out her bed and she seems quite content there. She has no problems on the two or three stairs that lead into and out of the house, but I haven't asked her to try the full flight of wooden steps to the second floor. We have enough dogs upstairs anyway, so keeping her downstairs works out well.

She's getting a couple tramadol with meals for pain, based on the assumption that she's surely got some arthritis. This morning I observed that her stool was very soft so I gave her some canned pumpkin with her dinner.

I've been letting her go outside to wander around the fenced yard on her own, much like Vince. She's been exploring but doesn't seem inclined to wander far from the house. I'm still keeping an eye on her, however, to make sure she doesn't try to go through the four board fence across the front of the property. Vince doesn't, and I'm hoping that she will consider it a boundary line much like he does.
Jackie meeting Griff
That's snow on her face and back.

So far, so good.

Exploring the property

I'm happy to see her tail up.
Jackie, Theo, and Trooper in the snow

Jackie and Theo.  I saw her run a bit today too.

I did a lot of cooking today while it was snowing
so I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with Jackie.