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  1. The Keeper

    March 25, 2015

    I decided the puppy that should stay was “Terra” who is now “Lacey” (“Elyan White Lace and Promises”) — by now you have probably picked up the theme of the Carpenter’s Wedding Song.  Lacey will live with co-owner Pam Day and her Cardis Bea and Jet.  Lacey is a little sprite.  She wants to please and loves learning so she and Pam are having a great time.  Last Saturday Lacey and Pam attended Lacey’s first handling class.  She was a very good baby!

    Lacey 3-21-15Our pretty girl!

  2. No puppies? Oh No!

    March 25, 2015

    Little Ultra (“Elyan A Kiss For Luck”) leaves tomorrow for her new home in Michigan.  She turned 14 weeks old today and I fear I kept her too long — I hate to see her go.  I know she will have a wonderful life with Jon and Kristen Smith — they will spend far more time with her than I am able, but darn!  She has the cutest face and the happiest wag.  Bye, sweetie.  I am glad Lacey is nearby so I can visit with her and Pam.

    Ultra in tape 3-25-15It’s a princess crown for the little girl.

    Ultra looking up 3-25-15Such a sweet face.

  3. Then There Were Two (Photo Added)

    March 2, 2015

    This weekend the baybeez were 10-1/2 weeks old.  We had a terrible (9.5″) snowstorm Friday going into Saturday.  I thought we were all organized to do puppy-pick-ups on Sunday because of the weather, but Rory’s people could not wait.  The drove up from Southern New Mexico notwithstanding the wretched weather.  The only bad thing about their early arrival is that we had scheduled the last puppy photo shoot for Sunday morning before people appeared.  So, no Rory (“Oliver”) photos in this batch.  Rory will be “Elyan Talking It Over”

    Thank you, thank you to Pam Day and Arlene Bartels who helped with the photo shoot.  Arlene sacrificed her fingers to the cause.  Sabin is officially Sherlock (“Elyan Signs Along The Way”), and has moved to Mesilla Park.  What a sweet puppy he is.  He gets to go to work with his people.  Lacey has gone home with Pam.  We will co-own her.  She is inheriting a Cardigan brother and sister.  Her handling class will begin in a couple of weeks.  Pam is retired (though very busy) and Lacey was born to be someone’s sidekick.  Lacey is “Elyan White Lace and Promises.”

    As soon as the east coast weather mellows a bit, The Mighty Quinn will catch a plane.  I am really going to miss that fat little face.  He will be “Elyan Before The Rising Sun.”  I can’s wait to see his glorious redness reflecting the sunshine.

    Ultra (“Elyan A Kiss For Luck”) will be selecting a home before too long.  She needs to be in a performance home — athletic, energetic, agile, tuned in — she will make someone a wonderful partner for herding or agility or obedience or tracking — or all of those events.


    Quinn Judge Side 3-1-15Quinn 10-1/2 weeks old – Judge side

    Quinn Front 3-1-15Quinn – Front

    Quinn - face 3-1-15. . . and the handsomest of faces

    No Rory :-(

    Sherlock (was Sabin)

    Sherlock Judge Side 3-1-15A little wild and wooly — Sherlock LOVES food!

    Sherlock-Sabin Front 3-1-15Sherlock’s front and really cute face

    Terra – Now Lacey

    Lacey Judge Side 3-1-15Lacey – Judge Side

    Lacey Judge side2 3-1-15A better photo of her head

    Lacey Front 3-1-15Lacey Front


    Ultra - Judge - GSD 3-1-15Ultra Judge’s side — looking like a German Shepherd Dog

    Ultra Front2 3-1-15Ultra Front

    A quick glimpse of Daisy-mom

    Daisy 3-1-15Daisy – 3-1/2 years old — sweet red girl

    and Guest Star – Tuli at 14-1/2 weeks old

    Tuli Front - dirty feet 3-1-15My what dirty feet you have, Tuli — here’s her front

    Tuli Judge Side2 3-1-15Tuli – Judge’s side

  4. Chase and Tuli – Wrestling

    February 11, 2015

    Tuli trots around with Chase in the evenings.  They enjoy each others’ company so much.  Last night they started a wrestling match — AND I could reach my good camera.  Tuli will be 12 weeks old tomorrow — cute little freckled-face girl!

    Dancing Cheek to Cheek 2-10-15Sure looks serious!

    Tuli Has Him 2-10-15Now Tuli has him

    Tussle 2-10-15It certainly looks vicious

  5. Herding — on a gorgeous day

    February 9, 2015

    February 8th and it was a “Spring Day.”  We all expect winter to return — to finish out its time, but for these few days, it was beautiful outside.  Chase and I went up to Algodones (north of Albuquerque, right next to Indian land).  We met friends at Dr. Barb’s home and the herding dogs took herding lessons.  Chase worked well.  I’m sure he appreciated the grassy fields and the mild weather.  As always, thanks to Ellen Gerwin for piloting our boy.  There were also goats to herd.  They were generally uncooperative and Chase had to school them — he LOVES that!

    Away out 2-8-15Away, Out!

    Chase - 3 ducks 2-8-15We started out with five ducks, but had a pair that needed to be collected regularly

    Chase still 5 ducks 2-8-15There they are.  Together again!

    Walk up 2-8-15Okay, Chase.  Walk up.