Archive for June, 2013

Celebrating Lily: One Year

amywink June 13th, 2013

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Last year on this date, I was headed, with my intrepid long-time friend Kristi, north to Ohio to pick up the Welsh Springer puppy waiting for me in Cleveland. What a great trip and what a great dog that puppy as become. She is doing spectacularly well with her obedience and Canine Good Citizen Classes and is now able to hold it together while I leave the room if she stays with another person. She also holds her down stay very well. She can be public in restaurants and stores with little issue–until someone works to untrain her by being overly friendly, which she loooooooooooves.

But Lily has a lot of other work aside from her original writing dog/carriage dog assignments. She has become an excellent helper dog with many tasks, including making friends with many different dogs of many different styles.

This May, on her big trip to Houston, she made friends with shy Gracie, who was at first very frightened of Lily but eventually Lily charmed her way into a friendship with the little Sheltie mix.
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She also made fast friends with her “cousin” Sable, an 8 year old German Shepherd.
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She especially enjoyed the more vigorous play she could have with her larger companion who seemed equally delighted by her smaller Spaniel friend.dsc_0121.JPG

Lily also made swift friends with a black dog who lead her into her first swim at the dog parkdsc_1695.JPGdsc_1699.JPG

Her newest dog friend is Taipan 3, who arrived at the farm this spring. She has been gently working up to Full Chase with him as he grows.dsc_0381.JPGdsc_0629.JPG

It’s not just dogs, of course, she enjoys making friends with. Will and Blessing seem intrigued by her now and happy to see her as much as horses might want to be friends with a dog.

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And Lily is helping socialize some kittens as well. She prefers the least hissy of the bunch, but she is making headway with everyone.
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But Lily’s biggest excitement this summer is Nose Work. We started in late May and she is having a blast learning to use her nose. After she overcame her initial concerns, she has gotten completely into the game.
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Here’s to a great first year with a truly great dog.