This last weekend has been looming......to deliver the puppy bitches to their new homes. We had eye checks to do and and some last minute things to finish up before our trip down south. Sage got to go, and on the way out of town we stopped locally for me to lay her a "Lay It & Run It" (or L & R ~ one turn, run right after laying it) track. Every 3rd track is a L & R to keep motivation up and she was very good. It was raining and I have to say FINALLY we had some 4" of rain over the 4 days I was not home. I LOVE the rain, so that sucked personally for me, but we REALLY needed it. I was happy. Maybe now it will turn green up here, which is about 2 months late.
All done with tracking and on our way!
My favorite 1/2 way stop on my NorCalif/SoCalif trips is Harris Ranch and while the puppies were still sleeping, it was better to wake them up so they didn't need to go (hopefully) before I got to Denise's in the High Desert. Pre-planningpuppypeepeestops.
Good puppies! Not my favorite thing to do with having them pee in an ex-pen but better than trying to walk 3 puppies on leashes when they aren't quite leashed trained yet.
We got to Denise's house and put them in a big x-pen to eat. Holly HATED it there. She pretty much thought the High Desert was a vile place to live and spent most of her time sitting in front of the slider waiting for us to let her in. Omg, so cute. I guess. Noelle & Kai were always exploring the yard and playing with stuff, like a weeping willow type tree (except there were no leaves on it, so who knows what it was) and just exploring in general. Holly just wanted to be in where the fluffy beddies and blankies were. Gotta love their individual personalities. I think puppy wise, they are in their right homes.
After we ate dinner and let the puppies play it was time for baths......little puppies are faster but it's nicer to have help.
We were off to Dina's Saturday morning for her and Martha to see the puppies and evaluate. We had a great time there and Dina showed Denise how to tape ears. Noelle has little SeaB ears so, while I'm not worried about it, she'll just need to be more hyper-vigilant about making sure they are always in til she's about 8 months old.
Martha went over each puppy and talked about what she liked about them. Her bitch pick was still Noelle, though she said Holly was very pretty as well. Holly started to be my pick the last 2 weeks or so because she's been this little baby Tirzah, in looks and style and at one point Martha said that when Holly was posing. Awwwww........she is very much "Entais"!
Martha with Noelle ♥
We all agreed that Kai is still beautiful, though Martha wished he didn't have a blue eye, and on the judge's side. All I can say is I'm so glad he's a blue and not a sable-merle. I'm so done with dealing with the blue eyes in sables. It's not impossible by any means, but it does make it harder under many judges. Showing the dog a certain way really can help and I'm sure there were many times judges did not know Soleil had blue in her eye. She's pretty beautiful so to me, it was a minor detail in my mind. I'm hopin' the same with Kai.
Ears taped for Noelle & Kai. Holly's on the table.
My long lost sister in So. Calif. (My other one is in Canada ♥)
After we were done, Denise, puppies (& Sage) & I were back to her house for Mexican food with her husband Gus!!! YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!
Puppies got to play some more outside in the windy, sandy desert and then come in.
Here is Noelle with the only green in Denise's yard. She loves this bush!
This was Holly's idea of a good time.
In the High Desert it's windy and it's dry. This is the kind of stuff you find in people's homes there.
I used some. I was starting to suck up moisture and was imagining the 4" of rain that was falling down at home. It really doesn't rain in the desert.
Sunday was the day Secret Service & I were going to go visit Sayuri. I have not been to her place in probably 8 years and a visit was long overdue. It's been hard to see everyone down south when I go on trips and this one in particular, I had 3 or 4 other people I missed. Wwwwaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
Driving up to Sayuri's gate was this sign Judy Ritner got her for her 80ths birthday. I had not seen it in person. I started crying and couldn't stop. So many memories of visiting Sayuri. Seeing baby puppies, looking at older puppies & adults. Picking her up for shows. Leasing Kaia's mom from this kennel. Watching Japanese dog show videos of a few of my dogs. The emotion was overwhelming. Sayuri heard her smooth collie barking so walked down the drive and I cried more. I miss her and that life but our world keeps turning and we all get older and life changes constantly.
Besides seeing Sayuri, it was nice to have Geri there (SS). Sayuri remembered Sadie & Kaia so we talked about them and their offspring to remind Sayuri. Her memory is failing, even though she is a picture of health at 88+ years old. Denise had printed out the blog posts on my picture pedigree, one for me and one for her and I gave it to her. I opened it to show her all the photos and reminded her of our dogs we had bred. She gave me a huge compliment on my dogs when seeing photos and said "Yes, that is one of your dogs ~ you can tell by the way they pose".
When we got there she couldn't remember that we were coming that day. She thought it was the day before or the day after, but said it didn't matter, as every day was the same for her. I think she really misses talking to people and going to the shows. I wished I lived down there to see her more and pick her up.
Secret Service with Sayuri and her smooth boy. Weirdly he is a littermate to Denise's tri rough male Kodi. I probably knew that way back when, but it occurred to me that they were related. Both normal-eyed collies.
I was leaving Sayuri's to go visit my brother Alan & fiance Rochelle at noon, so after 2 sweet hours of visiting, I was off and Geri & Sayuri went to lunch. My brother lives pretty close to her. Being down south and driving around, everything seemed so much closer in miles. And, I remember everything as if I was just there. Not a whole lot has changed in the High Desert.
I had a great time meeting Rochelle and seeing them together. They are such a cute couple! Omg! We went up to Wrightwood to have lunch and then I left after a short visit with Rochelle's mom. Time was running out and I still had to show Denise some things with training. AND we had to take puppy head shots with their ears in.
Kai (but you knew that).
Kai posing outside.
After photos the puppies got to play in the house!
Noelllliiiiieeeee on her new beddie!
Always playing together!
Kai & Holly so tired!
I was off early Monday morning to get up to San Francisco. I grabbed Kai & Denise grabbed Noelle and put her in a crate while we got Sage & Holly in the car. I shut the back, ran inside to pee again and asked if I could let Noelle out to say goodbye, so she came bolting out and she was NOT Denise's puppy! O.m.g. I was so going to get a call down the road that I had the wrong sable bitch in my Tahoe. We laughed nervously about that. Just goes to show how similar these girls are. Reminds me of the time Pierre went to pick up Kaia & Zoe at Secret Service's house after a trip somewhere without the dogs. I got a call later at work that Pierre had picked up the wrong tri. He came home and was yelling at Zoe to come and she wasn't listening. Geri came home and freaked out because there was "no Kaia" anywhere in the yard, but Zoe was there. Anyway the funny thing about it is Zoe was so out of coat, and Nell, Geri's tri was very fluffy. Pierre's girls kept saying she was the wrong dog. So funny!
I got many texts on the way up north and this one in particular I love of Noelle playing with a leash at her office. Posy Noelle!
I got up to the Bay area around 1 pm. I have not been over the new Bay Bridge, but I gotta say it was breathtaking.
(Sage Brush took this photo.)
I spent about 2 hours with Holly's new family and home discussing details. She, Kai & Sage had played so much and when we left, Holly was passed out sleeping in her new crate. I was so sad to say goodbye to my baby Tirzah and made her wake up a little, but she was so sleepy. Since then I've gotten several texts & a couple of phone calls so all is well. It is really hard placing puppies sometimes. I suck at being a breeder.
Sleeping Holly ~ looks like she's pretty spoiled!
Out on her new deck after an hour+ of play.
I got home and have been so busy and tired. Yesterday I met a friend to track, then we had to rush over for obedience class. Finally yesterday I could take Kai out to play in the front and do puppy recalls and some gaiting.
Cuteness abounds! Mister Handsome is a little independent, but so was his grandma Kaia (AND grandma Tirzah). He's very smart though and so far IS NOT a barker. I hope it holds!
Soleil seemed happy to have one of her puppies home. Not sure she really missed them a whole bunch. I put her in his puppy pen the first night home so he wasn't sleeping alone and she was out in the am. She must have jumped up on the dog house, hopped over the fence and onto the grooming table on the other side. Oh well. He seems ok in his pen by himself. In a few weeks when he's bigger, he can sleep loose.
Better her feet than mine!!
So that's the scoop. I have a L & R tomorrow THEN Sage is entered in her tracking test on Sunday. Sooooo excited!!
And, when Sue gets back from Costa Rica we are starting tracking with baby Kai! Omg!!!
(Objects are smaller than they appear.....)