Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Settling In

We are settling in to 3 in a pack. Beau is coming around and accepting that Jill is just possibly going to be a permanent fixture. KC has been a trouper. She has become Auntie KC and is so gentle with Jill. KC was the first to do puppy play.

Jill has settled into the car crate and now rides in back with Beau and has a great snooze. We're learning recalls, give and leave it. Recalls seem to be the easiest as she truly wants to be with me or David. She even taught herself the tunnel after watching Beau run through. First few times she thought he had disappeared and she growled. Then she tried it on her own. Now it's a fun game to follow Beau through. She's more of a tugger than a ball dog, but she's learning that chasing the ball through the tunnel can be great fun.

Now here's a picture for all to see. My #1 skeptic - Mr. I'm gonna leave you if you get another dog, Dave - has totally succumbed to Jill's charms. He picks her up whenever he gets a chance and she comes and settles on his lap in the evening when he watches the news. I love it. She hears his voice and gets all wiggly.
Can't wait to get back to herding. Lora needs to get her PG ewes lambed first. Hopefully next week sometime.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Jill Is Home

Yesterday, Sunday, we brought Jill home. She is settling in nicely, although I'm not too sure how raising a Border Collie among the Corgis is going to work. They think very differently.

Her first day was a day of getting to know who's boss in the dog kingdom. Turns out Beau is the boss. KC, my elderly female, is being very gentle with her corrections. Jill even tried to figure out how in the world she was going to nurse KC when she had no teats. Very strange. KC gave her a gentle growl, then rolled over on her back. Beau has decided that all the balls (his favorite game) are his. We'll see about that.

Today, after a very good night, everyone is settling in. Jill is desperately trying to get Beau to play with her. She already shows a lot of eye in this procedure, which is quite funny. Beau too has good eye for a Cardigan Corgi, and it's really funny to see them both stand and eye each other, tails wagging, then run off.

David, my doubting husband, who said he would leave if I got another dog (yea right) is totally won over by Jill's charms. She follows him around everywhere, and gives him lots of puppy kisses when he picks her up. She slept in his lap yesterday while he watched the news.

So here are some pics from the first day. I've got my work cut out for me with this one. She's smart, active and very clever. Yet she's very good at taking a soft correction from me. Just a light "hey" seems to do it - at least for now. Sleeping peacefully at my feet as I write this.