Friday, May 7, 2010

puppy chores

I just came in from morning chores with Gibson. The little guy is coming along brilliantly. We had a rough first night, but that was to be expected. He howled and screamed like a caged science monkey and I got 45 minutes of sleep. The next morning (get this) I was too tired to drink coffee, and brought him to work sans caffeine. He slept on a dog bed by my desk all day, getting loved up by co-workers and friends. Today he'll join me as well. I love that he can be near me.

He and I have gone outside both days for the morning chores. He follows me around, nipping at my heels, as we feed the chickens, ducks, and venture into the barn for the rabbits. He just trots by my side, amazing a husky owner that he doesn't run away into the woods....

As we crested up the hill to feed the sheep, I stopped and scooped him up into my arms. My three sheep aren't dog-broke, and are not going to be herded by a new puppy. In fact, they'd happily head-butt him out of this world. So I held him in my left arm as I threw the hay into the pen. His eyes were locked on the sheep like they broke his brother's leg in an Italian restaurant. Without blinking, he let out a low, hilarious, puppy growl. A sound I never heard him make. I broke out laughing, and gave him a squeeze. He just chased and played with all the other animals and people, but get three sheep in front of him and it's business time. I kissed his black head as we walked down the hill together, in my arms.

He's going to do just fine.

P.S. I've been getting emails and comments about Finn. Finn will be back! Right now I have a small sheep pen and a few unelectrified fences the ovines mind, but no goat ever would. I need to get set up for him and that means money, effort, and serious fences. If I took him today he'd have to be alone in his own enclosure to be safe, like a chain link dog pen, instead of with other animals like he should be. So I am getting some real fences put in with electric tops and when they are ready for goats: he'll be here! I promise!

31 Comments:

Blogger doglady said...

Welcome to the glorious world of the herding dog. GSDs are the same way. Unless they are working, they have no reason to put distance between them and you. Perhaps in time, Gibson could herd the Huskies and keep them from running off.

May 7, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Cklbc said...

I laughed out loud at Doglady's comment about herding the huskys, but its good to know your little man is settling in and thanks for the update on Finn. I figured it was fences that were keeping him away.Have a good day!

May 7, 2010 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger jon0301astabron said...

原來這世上能跟你共同領略一個笑話的人竟如此難得........................................

May 7, 2010 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Taxlady said...

"He just trots by my side, amazing a husky owner that he doesn't run away into the woods...."

I have lived with Siberian huskies. That line will have me giggling all day. I had a similar reaction when I fostered a young Saint-Bernard.

May 7, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Jenna, where did Gibson sleep that made him howl like a caged monkey?

May 7, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He slept right next to my bed in his crate. He wasn't a fan. last night I just let him have a wool blanket in the bathroom. He slpet through the whole night. we'll crate-train later.

May 7, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

No coffee!! That is something. Sounds like he was a born sheep herder.

May 7, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

I once had a collie that spent most of her puppyhood trying to herd out elderly cocker. Needless to say the cocker was not amused.

May 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Stace said...

LOL! I owned husky's and completely get that statement! It wasn't until I got my Aussie that I realized some dogs really don't run off....which is why she inherited the name Vella..it's short for velcro :P lol
Enjoy your new pup...my sheep still don't respect Vella...although she does have fun running them in circles while they're trying to mash her into the ground.

May 7, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger j.c. said...

The pup is at the age where he will follow you around unconditionally. As he gets bigger, he will gain confidence and might get the urge to run off. Just wanted you to be prepared/not surprised when that happens.

May 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

Awh,that sounds like pure bliss.

May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

every once in a while my old husky would run off. we would wait for the call that she had arrived safely at her "friend's" house; her friend was Brown Dog, 2 klm away!

i am still getting used to my lab, who will not go further than 50 yards away from me.

god luck with the new addition!

May 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger sissyjane said...

Don't trust Gibson to stay by your side. It wouldn't be a good thing if he sees something in the woods, and sprints away.

May 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Geekk 300 said...

The first week pups are away from their litter mates can be just awful. We always take a windup clock and wrap it in a towel for the new pup to sleep with. The ticking sounds enough like a heartbeat and in a couple days the wind runs out and they are used to the crate.

May 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger E said...

I agree puppy staying at your side is not necessarily going to last. Enjoy it and use this bonding time wisely while it lasts. It looks like you are have a great time together!

May 7, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

New pups are so much fun. What do the huskies think?

May 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

I was wondering the same as Heather? How are Jazz and Annie reacting?

May 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

The first night my oldest GSD was here she pitched a hissy in her crate. After about an hour of that, I put her into the back of my vehicle in the garage for the night. The second night, she was quiet until her 2:30 nature call. Then she thought carrying on would get her somewhere. It did, right back in the garage. The third night she started to make noise and I asked her if she wanted to go to the garage. That was the end of the carrying on.

May 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger cpcable said...

Oh, I wish I could have heard that puppy growl! I can't wait to hear all about Gibson's initiation into all the farm chores.

May 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger 70713ang_eloknuth said...

厚 !!!等了好久的更新~~一定要支持的啦(ΘωΘ)........................................

May 7, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Story said...

We've lived for 26 years with border collies. We now have an australian cattle dog. These dogs have never needed a leash or "training" to stay nearby ever...velcro dog they be. Gibson is a cutie! We had Solveig and Clare that were border collies...and now we have Maude the Australian Cattle Dog...she is amazing. Have a Big time with Gibson!

May 7, 2010 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Steve and Erica said...

Not that you asked for advice- but having been through it with two crazy Aussies... Crate train now! The whining and howling will be done with pretty quickly once he "gets" it- and you will be SO THANKFUL for the crate when Gibson figures out the teething/chewing on EVERYTHING stage. My youngest Aussie is a BC in disguise, totally neurotic herding dog and Boy were we thankful for the crate when he got a little crazy and chewed on everything, all the time!

Also- I have to disagree with what a few others have said about him eventually not sticking around... Neither of my 2 Aussies have ever run off. Sure, they chase cats into the neighbors yard, etc... but they have this magical radar that tells them when they are "oh, so far" and bam- back to your side they run! BC's are in that boat too, as I've seen. Good Luck with Gibson- can't wait to hear more about his puppy-days! :)

May 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

My husband told me a story about a friend of his with a Border Collie who had a barbecue, and at one point in the evening when he was passing through through the door to the backyard, noticed that all his guests were grouped in one part of the yard. The dog had been herding his guests!

May 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
OpenID safirasilv said...

Given that we had nothing else for him to herd, our late lamented corgi would herd the cats. Somehow the cats let him get away with this.

Gibson is a cutie and sounds like he'll be a great addition to the farm.

May 7, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

The crate training thing.. I have two mini weenie dogs and they love their crate. They didn't at first but then I discovered that they liked a blanket covering the crate. Kind of like covering a bird cage at night LOL

The crate should feel like the dog's home or den, if you will. They sometimes just feel safer with it covered. I can leave the door open on our crate now and the dogs still want to go in it to lay down.

Good luck, he's a beautiful dog. My son had one and their intelligence blows me away!

May 8, 2010 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger whorlwindweaver said...

Love your new home and the new puppy!

May 8, 2010 at 1:01 AM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

HA! I remember the first time my cattle dog saw a cow. It was at the Riverdale heritage farm in Toronto.

A young steer locked eyes with Mocha through a chain link fence. Mocha, the city dog, felt a stirring... she knew she was meant to do... something... but she didn't know what.

Her hesitation was enough for the steer, who charged the chain link fence and stomped his hooves into the ground, spraying Mocha with dirt.

Well that scared the hell out of her, and since then she's stuck to herding animals smaller than she is. Like cats. And pugs. And children. And me.

At night, she'll herd a groggy me right into the bathroom and back to bed again.

May 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

That genetic coding runs deep deep. My old Border was a cattle dog -- no sheep on the place, but when she moved with me to farmhouse that had sheep (not mine), she was mesmerized by them. And she never, ever ran off.

I am crate-training my Rhodesian, and she howled the first night, but it got better right away. I kept the crate by my bed for 3 nights and in the dining room (its permanent spot) during the day. After those 3 nights, the crate stayed there full-time. She started looking at it as a safe, comfy place, and now when she wants a nap, that's where she heads. Cesar Milan has very good advice on crate training, and it seems to work. This was the first dog I've ever trained that way.

May 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

sounds like gibson is doing great!

a note from experience after fostering dozens of puppies...don't let him train you out of crate training him.

May 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Joy Bear said...

Adorable pictures, thank you for sharing! I'm very jealous that you can take your new puppy to work. :)

May 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Judy Hamilton said...

If you have him with you all the time, as it seems you're able to do, I bet you won't ever even be able to sneak off without that guy. I have known a few BC and Aussies and they've all been completely devoted "velcro" dogs as described here--IF they were raised close to their person as you are doing. Congratulations on such a cutie!

May 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

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