Favorite Food: Don't know yet, only get to each puppy food:(
Favorite Walk: In the mountains
Best Tricks: Laying flat on my belly then catapulting into the air onto Chloe
Arrival Story: Ever since the attempted adoption of the rescue aussie last December, my husband and I put thoughts of a second dog on the backburner for a while. However, the past couple of months we began to give it more thought. We knew Chloe loved playing with "most" other dogs... like dogs that didn't want to eat her or push her around... so we decided that this time, as much as we would like to help a rescue, we thought it would be better to get a pup. We had often talked about a Rott or Dobe as our second dog, but because of size of the dog, and because we just love the aussies so much, we decided that would be our second dog. So the search began. I first contacted the breeder who we purchased Nikkita from. They were not breeding anymore. Then I contacted the breeder were we got Chloe. They would not have any litters until possibly the end of the year, but they were not certain. After those two avenues led to dead ends, we went the avenue from which we found Chloe... puppyfinder.com. It took about two weeks, but there she was... our beautiful little aussie. Her ad name was "Gypsy" and she was an adorable 7 week old blue merle female. From first look I knew she was meant to be with our family. I immediately contacted the owner and through several emails, we finally worked out the details and the pup was going to be ours. But first and foremost was the name change. Gypsy reminded me too much of a friend's horse so that name just wouldn't do. After much thought and deliberation, the name "Echo" was chosen. Her registered name is "Echo of the Black Knight" after her daddy who is a very handsome black tri. Now onto the next task...how to get her to us. We thought it was a hoof to get Chloe from South Carolina. This little girl lives in Beach City, Texas! Yep, you heard me right, Texas! Well, I am absolutely terrified of flying animals because of the horrible things I've seen and heard over the years, but honestly, this is the best way that was recommended by both the breeder and my vet. Well, if my vet recommended it, then it can't be all that bad. The breeder was so wonderful in working with the airline and setting everything up. Friday couldn't come fast enough for me to pick up our little girl, but it finally arrived. I was sitting by the baggage claim patiently waiting for the flight to arrive when the carousel started beeping and the luggage started coming through. I went to the door and within a couple of minutes, here she came, our beautiful little Echo. She looked so tiny in the crate and she barked as soon as she saw me. She was like, "let me out of here!" And as soon as we were out of the terminal, that is exactly what I did and our little Echo was in my arms giving me lots of kisses:) And that is how our Echo came into our lives.
Bio: Echo was born on July 7, 2010. She should have been born on the 4th of July because she is a firecracker! She hales from the big state of Texas, but she's not a cowdog at heart. She's a beach girl and loves the water and was swimming at the age of 8 weeks. A future dock diver? She has a lot of ball drive and has an aunt who's a title flyball dog, so a possible flyballer as well. Her daddy is a handsome black tri and her mom a beautiful blue merle. Echo is very intellegent and is willing to please. She loves her big sister Chloe and mimicks everything she does. Including taking away every toy that Chloe picks up!
Last night we visited with our friend Theresa's mom and dad. Chloe was leering cause she heard Jada barking in the garage, but me, I didn't care and really would like to meet Jada nose to nose one day. I'd show her that she shouldn't be so mean to other dogs cause she could actually have fun with us. But mom said now wasn't the time so we just went inside for our visit. Her parents' names are Robert and Deloris and they are very nice people. Her dad is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer and her mom for severe arthritis, but they seemed to be doing pretty good last night. Robert was having a little bit of a hard time breathing at one point and he had to breath into this thing that had steam coming out of it. I kept an eye on him to be sure whatever that thing was didn't hurt him and it didn't thank goodness. They both seemed to enjoy us and they pet us a lot and of course I showed off some of my tricks too. Us being there cheered them up a bit and that's what we always like to try and do. We promised to visit again and they said they would really enjoy that. I love meeting new people and helping make them smile and forget their troubles even if only for a little while. Mom did post a couple pix of us with them, but of course I didn't sit still on one of them so it's a little blurry and pardon the red eyes. Mom said she'll take better ones next time.
As for what's on tap for this weekend, well let me tell you that I am VERY excited cause we are heading to the mountains...FINALLY! It has been like furever since we've been there cause of this wacky weather and mom being sick then last weekend they went to NYC, but this weekend is our turn to go have some fun and you better believe I will!! The weather is suppose to be nicer so I know we'll be outside and mom already promised us a Kubota ride. I hope there isn't a lot of snow left cause then we get go to the property which I always enjoy. I saw mom pack her SAR vest which means we'll probably do some training which is fine by me cause I haven't done that since January either. This winter has been really crappy and I hope we are finally moving into spring! Mom did say that even though she just bathed us, she's not going to worry about how dirty we get cause she knows we need to run around and have fun and you know we will!
Well, that's about all for now. I'll post about my weekend when I get back. I the meantime I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to enjoy the nice weather too:)
I haven't done much since my last post. As I mentioned, we did go to Manor Care and saw our friends and met some new friends too. Poor Sarah and Doris were sick though and we didn't get to visit with them, but hopefully by next visit they are feeling better cause I really missed not being able to spend some time with them.
Mom and dad went to NYC for the weekend and from what I hear about the city, there is NO WAY I would want to go there ever! No grass, nothing but buildings, cars, people and no place to run free. Not for this country loving dog! While they were away Linda and Poppy Waple took good care of us. They came and let us out to potty, fed us and gave us lots of treats:) Linda took us for a really nice long walk on Saturday which I really enjoyed cause it was such a beautiful day. I must prefer for people to come let us out instead of going to a kennel that is for sure! Nothing like being in the comfort of your own home:)
When mom and dad got back, mom played with us outside for a while, but we didn't go for a walk like planned cause Chloe's hip was bothering her a little from the day before. I know mom will take me for walks by myself, but didn't want to make Chloe feel bad by leaving her home and taking me when mom just got home from being away. But we did play outside for a while and that was nice. After that it was bath time and as much as I dislike baths, I must admit that I needed one. I haven't had one since before Christmas cause of the cold weather so it did feel good and mom said tonight we get clipped and brushed too. Again, not a fan of it, but I know I will feel better once I'm all done and that nasty winter coat is finally gone! Now let's just hope winter and snow is gone too!!
This week we don't have much going on but I do know that we are going to the mountains this weekend no matter what! I can't wait cause it's been like 6-7 weeks since we've been there cause of all the bad weather then mom getting sick. I don't care what the weather is, I just want to get away and go run the fields, play in the woods and ride in the Kubota and I know I'll get to do all those things:) Mom said we may even to a little training too cause it's been so long since I had any. I'm good with that cause I enjoy it and hopefully will soon get my recall/refind down and I can get certified.
Well, I think that is about all for now. I doubt anything will happen this week worse barking about, but if there is, I'll be sure to post and if not, for sure when we get home from the mountains. Untill then have a great week and if you are lucky enough to have nice weather, enjoy it!
My Emilie came to stay with us Saturday and Sunday. We haven't seen her in a while so it was nice to see her and have her to play with. She remembered the rules and didn't try to hug or kiss me, but we played together nice. She is starting to get really good at throwing our toys for us and I was happy to go after them:) Saturday we just played with Emi and instead of tubby time, Emi showered with mom which didn't make me happy. I like when Emi has tubby time cause I play with her, but she now likes showers so all I could do is sit outside the shower and watch through the glass, not fun for me:(
Sunday Emi was kinda out of sorts. She wasn't mean to me, but she was kinda whiny and when her mom and dad came to pick her up, she was really mean to Chloe. Mom could tell right away that Emi's personality changed and put me in my crate so I didn't get in any kind of trouble. But of course, Emilie being the mood she was kept coming over to my crate and messing with me. Mom and dad kept telling her to stop and fortunately she did, but mom did warn that if she stuck her hands in my crate I might bite her. I don't know that I would unless she was poking me or something, but it was good for mom to warn her so she would leave me alone. I also heard mom tell dad that if I'm ever locked in my crate and Emilie messes with me and I do bite her, it is NOT my fault and he agreed. Hey, what's a dog to do? I certainly can't retreat to my crate to get away when I'm already in my crate! Fortunately for me she left me alone after a couple warnings, but not so good for Chloe cause then she went to Chloe and started hitting her. Mom and dad stopped it right away and poor Chloe took off downstairs. I don't know what came over Emilie cause she doesn't do that kind of stuff to us, she's usually really good, but now that I saw that side of her I'm gonna have to really keep my eye on her and when I see her that way, I'm into my crate!
This week we have our visit to Manor Care but that's all I am aware of. We didn't get the snow they were calling for and that doesn't upset me one bit cause I'm about sick of snow! I hope it's done now and that it warms up so we can start spending more time outside having fun:)