Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Need your help!
Remember how I said I was going to get sheep? Well I still am..but I wanted to make sure I had a sheep dog to help work them too...I've been biding my time..looking for just the right dog to fill that position and this weekend, we found her......I hope.
She's a smart little thing. The mother had a litter of 10 (ack!) puppies, I looked at 7 of them...6 females, one male and this one just spoke to me the first time I saw her. In fact the first thing she did was come over and sit at my feet. She would periodically run off, play with the kids and her siblings, then run back and sit at my feet again...then run off..eat horse poop (remind me to get a doggie toothbrush) and come back to where I was standing. The rest of the pups were bouncing all over the place, dragging my kids onto the horse poop covered ground by their hair (amusing..but the trip to agway was stinky...so very stinky) and she was just about the right level of active for me. This breed (the miniature Australian Shepherd) is a working dog that, although the name would like you to believe otherwise, was developed on the ranches out west. So they are working dogs, but have a gentle demeanor as well. In fact they are noted for being really good around "other" farm animals..like chickens and ducks and even rabbits.
So here she is..fitting right in...sleeping through the night...and she's pretty much housebroken (*gasp*...that's a first for me and puppies) and whines when she has to go out...but she doesn't have a name. Sure we've thrown a few around...Ayrdis, Velcro, Vella...Fleabag...but none seem to really "fit"...I think Vella is the closest to a "fit" but Mike isn't convinced...so, dear readers I'm asking you...any suggestions? I'd like to keep it one or two syllables so that giving commands doesn't turn into a tongue tying contest...
As far as her demeanor goes..shes cautious so far..she will sit back and watch instead of just running in..she LOVES the kids and whines every night when they go to bed, she steals shoes, and she hates being alone.
Any suggestions?? :-)