I asked Tweed if he wanted to go to MacDonald Beach, and he said:
So we went to MacDonald Beach. When we arrived, I asked him if he wanted to go swimming, and he said:
I asked Piper how she felt about me taking all these photos of Tweed, and she said:
And then look what washed up with the tide!!
Man, that cannon must have shot him real far!
We were also at MacDonald Beach to photograph two of our neighbours to the East. Banny and Liam came all the way from Edmonton, Alberta just to have a photo shoot done by Big Air Photography! Okay, maybe to visit their grandma as well, but I’m sure that was a secondary consideration ;-)
Banny is a lilac coloured border collie rescued from the Edmonton shelter, where he was dumped after being abused and starved. Now he’s living the life of Riley, and just got his agility starters title.
Oh hai! Nice to meetz you.
He also has something called dilution alopecia which is something not terribly uncommon in dilute coloured dogs, ie, lilacs and blues. This is what happens when you breed for pretty colours instead of solid health and working ability. Of course, it doesn’t make Mr. Banny any less fantabulous, just a little light in the coat.
Banny’s brother Liam is one funny dude. He has a frisbee stuck to his face. Permanently.
Okay not really. Eventually we tackled him and got it back so that his photos wouldn’t look like he has a very strange and lively growth on his face!
Banny and Liam have a special bond. A familiar bond. A very familiar-to-Woo-and-Piper bond.
So here’s a question for you all, smart blog readers: what would YOU do about a dog who, as soon as you let him off the lead, takes off and stays out of catching distance, ignores his recall and puts on the afterburners when you go after him to get him?
No, I’m not talking about Woo!! (for a change). Wootie may pretend he suffers from a permanent case of “I can’t hear you” but when I walk him down, he comes back in a hurry, or he sits down to await my arrival and takes it like a man. He actually does respond to his recall about 75% of the time on the first utterance.
Liam, OTOH, shoots off like a rocket the moment he is unleashed and dances out of grabby arm range for hours at a time. His mum is quite frustrated with him – she’s had border collies for 35 years, and this is the first dog who will not come back when called that she has ever raised. Liam is very good at Rally-O and has lots of obedience training, but the word “come” sends him scuttling off in another direction. I know what I would do, but I would like to know what you would. So would his mum!
Because The Food Lady still is jobless, photo shoots are keeping her in grocery money at the moment, which is a blessing, because Mr. Woo eats a lot. So does The Food Lady. Earlier this week we went to Ladner and photographed a whole mess o’border collies.
They are very graciously playing host family to Rhys, the DFKA Bear, who came to us from Alberta when he didn’t get adopted from the shelter. And we are all mystified about why he didn’t, because Rhys is practically perfect in every way, a la Mary Poppins – he is a small male, he has tons of drive to play ball, he has a geat off switch and in the house can usually be found … in your lap, and he likes every other dog he has ever met, ever. There is not a single negative thing about this dog, period.
The very handsome Rhys:
Please pay attention to us now. The Wootie Toy is getting lonely.
Princess P is still doing fabulous after her two scary episodes, and played for 4 hours today without incident. This is a happy tired dog instead of a passing out dog!
The only one of us in danger of passing out is ME, because my agility teacher is a sadist.
And Tweed, despite the beatings and abuse I visit on my dogs on a regular basis (:eyeroll:) is his usual goofy self.
I think Tweed needs a mini-me, and I so desperately wish I could adopt this superduper puppy to make that happen:
This is a 12 week old border collie X Aussie puppy available through Ravensgate RFescue. Doesn’t he look like he has a little milk moustache?? WANT!! I haz the worstest puppy cravings EVAR.
Alas, it was not meant to be :(
And finally, this is just a little plug for an awesome dog named Chance.
Chance is the dog I picked up in Princeton BC in February of this year, on an 8 hour road trip. He has been in rescue since then, and he has the worst adoption luck of any dog on the planet. First, nobody was interested in him at all. Then he got adopted by a marine mammal trainer who seemed to be completely perfect for him, but developed severe allergies to the poor guy and was forced to return him since he making it hard for her to breathe.
Then we got a really nice sounding application for him from a guy who first failed to show up for his meet’n’greet, and then turned out to not live where he said he lived and has since vanished. Who does stuff like that?
Anyway, Chance really wants his own home. He is such a neat, loyal, smart and fun dog and he doesn’t deserve all this bad luck. Do you know anyone who wants an awesome friend like Chance?
Oh but one last piece of good news – Cinder got adopted this week!