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!
We went to the weekend this past weekend and I was glad. It was a long time since we've been there and when mom loaded us all up, including the cat, I knew where we were headed. It was a usual Friday cause mom and dad did the grass thing and us dogs played. However, this time was a little more fun. When mom was cutting the field she found a turtle by a tree. Well, you know me and turtles. I don't know why I am so fascinated by them, but I am. I think it's cause one minute you see them and then when they put their head and legs inside their shell, you don't see them. Whatever it is, this turtle kept me entertained for hours. I would sit near the turtle, but not too close. When it would start to move, I'd go over and check it out. Then it would close up again and I would sit and wait. It was like a game of "dog and turtle":D Mom said I was very good though and didn't hurt the turtle.
Saturday morning I had to go in my crate for a couple hours while mom and dad went someplace no dogs were allowed. When they got back, some of dads friends stopped and mom and I took Gizmo outside. Chloe didn't want to come cause she was too noisy and wanted to stay and see what the guys were doing in the cabin. Anyway, I hung out with Giz while she was on the fence post watching a woodpecker then we went in the yard and I pushed her a couple of times to play and she just wanted to chill so I laid with her in the grass. I'm really happy to see my kitty enjoying the outdoors:) A little later we went to Heritage Days with mom and dad. They do some tractor and lumberjack stuff there, but we mostly just walked around and looked at vendors. So many people kept wanting to pet us and kept saying how pretty we are so poor mom didn't get anywhere fast. Since we were so good we got ice cream and it was yummy!! When we got back to the cabin we took a little nap then us dogs went with mom in the kubota to the tree. We hung out for a while hoping to see deer, but all I saw was these crazy woodpeckers in the trees making a racket and flying everywhere. When we were done there we stopped to visit Clair and Velma then went across the street to look for deer again. We walked this time, but still had no luck. Oh well, can't find them all the time.
Sunday we didn't do much. I hung out on the porch in the morning with mom while she drank her coffee and read. Later mom packed things up and cleaned the cabin then we went back up to the tree one more time so mom could talk to her dad and wish him a Happy Father's Day even though he is no longer with us. I never got to meet my grandpa, but it sounds like he was a nice guy and I would have liked him. When we got home in the evening, we had a lot of people show up at one time... Linda, Matt, Lauren, Brett, Chelsea and that annoying little dog Nala. I was not liking her in the house at all, but then mom made us go outside and we all played. I was pretty tired by the time everyone left and enjoyed the rest of the night in peace and quiet.
Mom said I don't have anything going on this week. Dad is working 6 12 hour days so mom said we need to be on our best behavior. Because dad is working so much mom will be taking care of grass and pool so I'm sure I'll be hanging with mom while she does that. Plus, she said that we can go swimming this week if the weather is nice... yipee!
Oh yeah, I do want to thank Dogster for naming me for one the diary picks on Saturday. It's always an honor when they find me interesting enough to highlight me. Thanks Dogster!
Yep, mom finally had some time so she added some new pix to my page. Hope you like them. Some are from winter, but that's okay, at least you get to see them.
The past couple of days were pretty uneventful. I went for a couple of walks, hung with dad while he cleaned the pool and mom groomed us and put on our flea/tick meds. Other than that, not much happening. We were suppose to get some bad storms yesterday, but they never happened. Mom was so afraid that they would turn into a tornado that she moved me and my crate to the downstairs just in case. I was so confused that when she told me to "crate" I went to where I always go which is upstairs. Mom said to go downstairs and after a few seconds I figured out it, although I was still confused as to why, but I went downstairs and got in my crate. Fortunately though it was all a moot point cause nothing happened. I don't think others were so fortunate though cause they got hit by really bad storms and my thoughts and prayers go out to all those that were affected by the storms.
Boy did I do a lot of stuff last night. First me, Chloe, mom and dad went to Manor Care. Grandma was suppose to go, but bailed on us at the last minute... nothing new. It was nice to have dad along though cause he doesn't go with us often. He says nursing homes are too depressing and to a point he is right, but mom, Chloe and I look at it as helping give them some comfort and love where they may not have much else to look forward to. So it is bittersweet for us. We visited with a lot of people and I was pretty excited and a little crazy at first, but I settled down and mom said I did good. One a sad note, our friend Joe's wife is in the hospital. If everyone out there could please say a prayer that she gets better, we would appreciate it.
After we finished at Manor Care, we went to the vet for our flu boosters. I was all gung ho to go in and I even chilled in the lobby. BUT, when I saw the tech coming for me, I totally freaked out. I ran from her and hid under the bench. Mom couldn't believe how I was acting, especially since I was use to everyone down there. I finally had to get up on the bench and mom held me while the tech gave me my shot. Mom couldn't figure out why I was acting that way, but wanted me to know that everything was safe at the vet so she made me walk with the tech to the back anyway and you know what? She was right, everything was okay:)
When we got home mom and dad cut the grass. They didn't have much of a choice since it is suppose to rain for the next two days. Chloe and I just played while they cut grass. It was dark til they finished and we just chilled and watched TV later. We watched America's Got Talent, you know the show the dogs won last year. Well last night they had so many acts that made mom cry I couldn't believe it! I will admit, I enjoyed seeing and hearing everyone. Right now my vote is for Jonathan. Go Jonathan!!!!
I don't think I have much going on tonight. Mom and Chloe have a visit with Danny, but I'm staying home. Mom said I may eventually be able to visit with him, but we have to work it slow cause he took a long time to like Chloe and we don't want to overwhelm him. I'll just be chilling at home and getting ready for all the storms coming. Batten down the hatches out there cause it's gonna get rough! Be safe!