May 11th 2010 5:54 am
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Kai is 27 lbs. She is a bit timid with new things, but she sure loves her walks too much almost loose leash is proving to be quite a challenge. As I have said she is very smart. She is learning to play dead at bang, but gets it confused with 'drop' she can shake, wave, sit up, and rollover very reliably . She loves to play frisbee. She has no interest in fetching a tennis ball for herself but loves for you to throw it for Holly, all her focus on Holly's body they they both bolt off to the ball, Holly gets there first and picks it up, then Kai insists on getting it out of her mouth and bringing it back. Which actually works better because Holly won't easily give the ball up for us but Kai is faithful to drop it every time for us. But if you just throw the tennis ball for her she looks back at you as if to say 'what are you doing Holly isn't here?" She is very affectionate and very atune to her surroundings letting us know if there is ever a strange noise with a few barks. We are enjoying her thoroughly.
January 30th 2010 12:45 pm
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Kai has now learned 'shake and wave' very well, she really is a smart dog.
Her right ear stood all the way up this morning and it appears the other is not far behind., mom is a bit sad at the loss of some of that puppy look. We really have to get her out to socialie her, she is a bit timid with new situations.
January 23rd 2010 7:01 am
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I am late in being a good recorder of Kai's achievements so I will summarize the last 11 weeks.
Dec. 16th 2009. We decided we wanted another herding breed to keep our current dog company and give the house a bit more dog protection and round out our dog loving family.
We checked all the local shelters for an approx one year old female to no avail so then we saw Kai's litter on the local internet classifieds and I went to check them out. I know mentally we were wrong for supporting BYB's but we were jumping on a time frame of us all being home for a week to settle the new dog in and taking advantage of the open door the husband had left for being accepting of a new one before he changed his mind. When we got there I was not going to take Kai since she was so young but the conditions she was in were not good, in a horse trailer in a wood box, 2 siblings had froze to death the week before during a particularly cold week. The people were obviously not socializing the puppies and did not appear to be willing or ready to do the vetrinary care that they needed. So I went ahead and took her. My justification was more food for the rest to give them a better chance and less toll on the mother so she could have a chance of more weight staying on her. The dogs basic needs as determined by local laws were being met so unfortunately the situation was not going to get better. And those puppies that did not get taken would end up at the local shelter at best but I suspect they would meet a far worse fate in another 2 weeks or so.So for better or worse home with us she came.
Fast forward to Jan 22 2010, She is 10 lbs of ruff and tumble puppy. In the past 6 weeks she has been to the vet for the usual stuff of exam and shots (they agree it was probably better for us to have taken her when we did, and that there was not a lot any agency would have done for the poor conditions, though the vet was not happy about her tail being docked by the farmer) And she has been to the vet for her first emergency visit (a run in with a speeding Holly that resulted in an eye scratch). She is the typical puppy in that just when we think we have the house puppy proofed she proves us wrong. But she is not typical in the brains dept. she is amazingly smart and independent.
She came to us unsocialized so at first she was very standoffish but now she comes around for a quick cuddle and then is off and gone again.
We are lucky that our older dog (Holly is 21 month old aussie/ACD mix) is an amazing dog and an awesome surrogate big sister. She has taught kai bite control, she helps to keep Kai out of trouble by monitoring her activities and herding her away when things are not as they should be and she is a great example of how to behave appropriately for Kai.
So Kai is now 11 weeks old and has learned come prety well, about 75% recall or more, she has learned sit, shake, drop or lie. She has not had a poop accident in the house in well over a month and only has a pee accident in the house about once every 3 days or so. She is being crated at night and does very well with that and heads there herself when she is tired at night, during the day her favorite nap spot is on the couch with Holly or at my feet on the soft blanket in the evening.
Her challenges are that she is learning the right times for barking, and learning that barking at Holly when she is enjoying her bones are not the time for it. And not going to the fence to torment the dogs next door. We are sure enjoying her and look forward to having 2 amazingly smart and intuitive dogs in the house.
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