I met up with Cassie's breeder to get some food for her today and Cassie hopped out of the truck to greet her, but then turned around and got up on me and then back in the truck like telling Lori "I'm going back home with this mom." I guess she has definitely decided that she is my dog and she is not going back to Lori. It is so nice that my dog and cat accepted me as their mom the way they did.
I found out a little bit more about Cassie yesterday. She is so comfortable in the house one would think she had been a house dog all her life, but she was in the kennels with another dog. It makes a lot of sense that she doesn't really know to tell me when she wants out. The dog she was with is the other one that they would like to give me, but when his name was mentioned I knew a lot would have to be done around here to make it more secure. They call him "Jumper."
Cassie has been enjoying a nice bone that I got her yesterday. And she lays by my feet when we are in the house, just as though she has been doing it for years. She also seems like she would make a good therapy dog like Lori thought.
my cat always rejected the dogs' overtures of friendship. But eventually, after his companion disappeared (that happens in our village - he was probably executed for stealing chickens, or possibly ate a poisoned mouse), out of desperation and loneliness he made friends with the dogs. Enjoy,your little girl. I handled my boys since they were 2 days old, and brought them home with Mum at 4 weeks. Mum used to go to guard her own yard in the daytime, and was totally untrainable. The boys were the most challenging dogs to train that I have ever had. But they're not too bad now.
I really find it interesting to learn about the whys and wherefores of the different breeds. I did go back and have another look at Venture and Blue, and you can definitely see the white on their foreheads. Now I'll have to look for it when I see and ACD at a show (or elsewhere).
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A Bentley is the white marking in the center of a cattle dog's forehead. It is named after one of the men who developed the breed. If you go to the photos on my Spark Page you can see the Bentley on the dogs. Blue's is really large (or maybe it was just hidden under all that mottling) and Venture's is about the normal size you usually see. I will have to get pictures of Orzo and Cassie on the page, too, if I can remember how and also if I can figure out what I am doing just getting photos on this computer.
I just did a little work on getting Cassie to "sit." That doesn't seem so easy when she is 4 1/2 and has only done conformation, but I think she will pick up on it once I get her to understand the first of the commands she will need to learn. She sat quicker after about the 10th time, then I broke for a couple minutes to make a snack for lunch and tried two more times. I still have to get my hand on her back end to keep her from just moving backwards after the treat, but she did sit faster the 2nd treat after the short break. We also got a little better response from my cat who thought maybe he could have some treats, too. He was pretty close to her watching her train without even arching his back, so he got a couple of his treats. He had earlier walked up and sniffed her from behind without getting upset with her. She did start to turn around, but I stopped her so he didn't feel threatened.
Thank you all. Cassie is a blue. She has the largest Bentley on her head. I don't think I have seen one that large other than on heavily mottled dogs like Blue was. Today we went to PetsMart looking for a collar and some training treats. Then I made a couple other stops and we wound up at the vet clinic to introduce her. We were going to go for a walk when we got home, but my gut started acting up again and it is about to start snowing, so I guess maybe we will start on obedience training in the house.
"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
Yesterday I got a call from my friend I had talked to last week about ACD lines. She was coming halfway to Denver and offered to meet me with the bitch she was giving me then. So I now have a new little girl here. She is about 4 1/2 and really sweet. She hadn't ever been around cats but when she saw Orzo she was just fine with him being around. Unfortunately, he doesn't feel the same and has gone after her once. I am really hoping that they will get along soon. Cassie is a finished champion that my friend was going to show toward a Grand Champion, but she is fully signing her over to me so if I want to show her (and get enough funds to) I can and I can also take her for obedience or even agility. I was hoping to get her into therapy, but the training here is more expensive than any courses I have gone through with dogs and I don't have that kind of money, so I may never be able to do that.
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