Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Little Something to Bring a Smile to Our Faces

We have a new puppy! She is a ten-week-old bundle of energy, half collie and half red border collie.
She is very sweet, follows me everywhere and lounges at my feet when I am on the computer.
I have been feeling the need for a puppy for several months. When Cadence came home she mentioned that Nutmeg is getting old and we should get a puppy that Nut can mentor before she gets any older, That clinched it! We needed a puppy. I have been  watching Craigslist and Petfinder and the local  animal shelters ever since.
A couple days ago I  saw an ad in Craigslist for a collie mix pup.  I  responded immediately - a good thing, because I was first and by the time I saw the puppies (there were two siblings) a dozen people had called. Both puppies were darling, but I decided upon the female because she seemed a bit more mellow. Both Nutmeg and Cocoa are totally ignoring her, in hopes she might go away.
She has been pretty perfect so far, especially considering  that she was taken from her family, inserted into ours with an existing hierarchy of critters, and had to experience her first snow.  She willingly goes into the crate at night and does not cry, and she has only had a few accidents in the house (my fault for  not watching closely.)
Today I bought her a dog sweater. I was kind of embarrassed to  purchase it - I am not into dressing dogs, but it has been so cold and she  only has puppy fuzz fur. She had been shivering when we went outside to do chores.
I think her name will be Zinnie - for Zinnia or Zinfandel. I have taken many photos of her, but most of them are a blur of motion, like this one.
Zinnie has to learn that chickens are not to be chased.  Today. the Buff Orpington mother hen turned around and chased her back, so maybe she will think twice next time.

This is my very first young puppy ever - all my previous dogs have been rescue dogs, adopted considerably older. I am still in the puppy honeymoon phase (so I am told) but loving every moment so far.


Snooks said...

She is very sweet indeed. Enjoy those cute little puppy antics she will be all grown up fast. She has lots to learn and will keep you on your toes. Enjoy!

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Marcia said...

She is very cute. It looks like she has fit right in to your farm household.

Sandy miller said...

What a very lucky pup! And I think you too! Awesome!

Annnightflyer said...

She will learn all she needs to learn especially with the chickens,they'll set her right.She is cute.

Gardeningbren said...

Oh Lucky you..she is adorable. Loved her new sweater..and think you were definitely right to buy it to keep her from shivering.


gz said...

she obviously has the herding instict- love the photo, it gives the movement and speed

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! She will be a great addition to the farm ! Training her to leave the chicks alone will be tough . With mine, I finally had to resort to a switch, and consistency. It took forever ! But, now he is a great farm dog and he leaves the chickens alone. I am happy for you ! Puppies are wonderful !

Becky said...

She's so cute!!! The sweater is adorable. :)

katiegirl said...

She is darling!!

Mary Ann Johnson said...

Puppy honeymoon phase? That never ends! Enjoy!