Since its been four weeks since Katy joined the pack, I thought I'd post a little update on how things are going.
First off, the most recent pix -
http://www.tc-pro.com/keeshound/christy/Thumbs1.htm These were taken at a Katy's first agility trial by a local photographer. She did quite well for not having any prior exposure to the utter chaos that is 100+ people and dogs. At first, she would startle when dogs would start barking or someone would drag their cart nearby, but eventually she seemed not to notice. I now realize even more how important early socialization is, especially for Shelties - Wylie was bombproof as a result of his breeder's efforts to expose him to lots of things. Katy is pretty resilient and becoming more confident with every exposure, but I can imagine if she'd had a proper breeder she'd be even more so.
She's doing much better with the crate and ex-pen. I'd say she's at about 90% with the crate, - she'll wander in there when she's sleepy, but will occasionally complain a bit when she's not. The ex-pen is still only at maybe 60% - she's figured out how to climb out, so it isn't an option to leave her in it unattended anymore. I'll probably end up getting a top so I can still use it at trials, but I can't have her scaling my 3 foot one and falling to the ground.Overall, she's not as much work as her first two weeks, where I was seriously wondering if I had made a HUGE mistake in taking her. Now that she's more settled in and maturing a bit, and I've figured out her needs more, things are going better. She needs an enormous amount of mental stimulation - she can run around for hours without getting tired, but after a short clicker session she's happy to curl up and veg out.

She's seen a little agility equipment - baby tunnel in the living room, contact trainer flat on the ground, but for the most part we're just doing attention work, recalls, sits/downs/stays and lots of playing. The boys accept her to varying degrees - she beats the heck out of Wylie, but the other two won't play with her yet and she has figured out not to jump on their heads.

Now - someone save this for me and repost it if I mention getting a puppy again in the next 5 years... Emotion: wink
Christy
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http://www.tc-pro.com/keeshound/christy/Thumbs1.htm

oh my word. she doesn't quite look real, with those shiny round eyes and all that baby fuzz. what a cutie!
Now - someone save this for me and repost it if I mention getting a puppy again in the next 5 years... Emotion: wink

nah. in five years, the mental scars will be long gone and you won't believe anyone who reminds you of what she was like as a baby.

shelly
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Q is for Quentin who sank in a mire.
Edward Gorey, The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Since its been four weeks since Katy joined the pack, I thought I'd post a little update on how things are going. First off, the most recent pix - http://www.tc-pro.com/keeshound/christy/Thumbs1.htm

You need to get 692 blown up and framed..
Bizby
Since its been four weeks since Katy joined the pack, ... are going. First off, the most recent pix - http://www.tc-pro.com/keeshound/christy/Thumbs1.htm

You need to get 692 blown up and framed.. Bizby

I was thinking 691 would make a really great photo for the wall
oh my word. she doesn't quite look real, with those shiny round eyes and all that baby fuzz. what a cutie!

It is quite amazing how that sweet innocent expression is completely deceiving. She was a very good model, however, and I'm waiting to see some pix another photographer took of her - posed shots in a little washtub. For a puppy with endless energy, she actually has a pretty good built-in stay.
nah. in five years, the mental scars will be long gone and you won't believe anyone who reminds you of what she was like as a baby.

No, no, no, I will believe it. I don't anticipate her being much less crazy in 5 years!!
Christy
It is quite amazing how that sweet innocent expression is completely deceiving. She was a very good model, however, and I'm waiting to see some pix another photographer took of her - posed shots in a little washtub.

you will be sharing those?
For a puppy with endless energy, she actually has a pretty good built-in stay.

mark my words, it's a trap. she's just biding her time until the eeevilness is fully developed. y0u hAv3 b33n wArn3d!1!!!
No, no, no, I will believe it. I don't anticipate her being much less crazy in 5 years!!

two words: Stockholm syndrome. HTH!
(it just suddenly started pouring buckets, and harriet is standing at the front door in absolute and complete disbelief. it's like she's so horrified that she can't look away. haw!)

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net >> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products. Marcel Duchamp
you will be sharing those?

Sure - it will just take longer, since this gal uses that archaic old method of taking pictures on actual FILM.
mark my words, it's a trap. she's just biding her time until the eeevilness is fully developed. y0u hAv3 b33n wArn3d!1!!!

Oh, you mean, like the first time I try to show it off? No, I'm not taking anything for granted, especially since she's a girl puppy and reserves her right to change her mind at any time. It was nice to have her so well behaved, though, while the other pup (2 weeks older) was climbing out, wiggling and refusing to sit still. Brag brag. Emotion: wink
two words: Stockholm syndrome. HTH! (it just suddenly started pouring buckets, and harriet is standing at the front door in absolute and complete disbelief. it's like she's so horrified that she can't look away. haw!)

Oh that's just cruel. Its like 110 degrees here today. I'd take rain, even though it would be like a swamp here, over the blistering dry heat we're having this week. Tell Hattie to come swap places with me, I'll stand out in the rain and she can give the evil bitchpup a few lessons.

Christy
Christy,
She is absolutely adorable. My Lady is a collie/shepard mix and I swear she has more energy than any other dog I've ever owned. We got her when she was
9 months old I can just image what a puppy is like. We've had her foralmost 7 months now and I think we are ready to get her a friend to play with soon. I'm leaning more toward an older dog the problem is getting one that is OK with cats in the house. I thought I had found the perfect one for her and some one scooped him up out of the local shelter before I had a chance to go see him. Oh well we'll keep looking.

Celeste
Oh my goodness, she's so adorable it's painful. I love tri-coloreds.
oh my word. she doesn't quite look real, with those shiny round eyes and all that baby fuzz. what a cutie!

It is quite amazing how that sweet innocent expression is completely deceiving.

Let me give you an idea of what Katy (sp?) will be like all grown up. My Smooth Sheltie: http://makeashorterlink.com/?B20C310BB . How charming! So lady-like, so demure and let me tell you it's all an act. This Is The Anti-Lassie.
She was a very good model, however, and I'm waiting to see some
pix another photographer took of her - posed shots in a little washtub. For a puppy with endless energy, she actually has a pretty good built-in stay.

Ha, she has you fooled. She's not staying, she's taking it all in, lulling you into a false sense of calmness all the while she's plotting her next move. OTOH, she could be like Lucy when she's being so serenely dainty. She's not plotting, Lucy is too much of a ditz to plot, but if a interesting boneheaded opportunity should arise, she's ready to jump in without a thought.
BTW, here's a suggestion for Katy's (sp?) registered name - the name of one of Lucy's half sisters (oh my god, there's another one like her): "XX's Too Cute to Shoot" .
Chris and no smoothies - As of yesterday afternoon, they were toss into doggy jail (i.e., a boarding kennel). This morning, I doing a 5K race then we are off on a 5-day road trip.
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