Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The puppies are growing like weeds and finally look like baby dogs and not hamsters.  Zoom is still looking promising as my choice for a show puppy.  The unnamed sold puppy is the sweetest little guy.  The cream puppy is FOR SALE! He is also unnamed but we tend to call him Whitey.  He is a big baby and cries like a girl when the Unnamed is pulling his ears but hey, those teeth are like needles!  Zoomie doesn't exhibit much personality wise yet.  He's pretty calm and tends to fall asleep when he's still.  HEY! Just like me................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Victor the Rottweiler is looking mature and quite handsome.......and scary to strangers.  He's a super watch dog and I doubt anyone will be trying to break into my car with him in there.  I had someone try to break in at steal Stitchy my Pomeranian while I was in Home Depot.  On another occasion ALSO at Home Depot someone stole my purse from under the seat.  Home Depot's parking lot hasn't been good to me.

The lambs are growing too.  Soon they will be strong enough to cross the stream and we'll let the all the sheep go to the far side to graze.  The Soays are so fascinating to watch.  I can just stand there and trip on them forever on a warm morning like today.

The horses are losing their winter woolies and starting to slick out with a shiny summer coat.  I will start training them again soon.  Lesson's to continue from last year.  Marcel says he's going to put up an agility course for them so add THAT to the arms length list of todo's and I'll believe it when I see it.

I have been working on some of my Cafe Press items and some of my art on canvas for awards for a Shiba Specialty dog show in June.  I am cutting way back on showing so I can focus on my art for a while.  The Shiba Specialty draws a big entry of Shibas and I need on more major win on Kuro to make him a champion and then he can retire from the show ring and start a new career in the obedience ring.  I have to get back in the swing of things to compete in obedience since it's been a long time since I did anything accept teach basic obedience and manner in classes to others and I do about the same with my own dogs but nothing fancy.  I will have to ask for more perfection, more focus and some pizazz if I want to place in the ribbons with my Shibas.  Most people who show a Shiba in obedience just want to get the 3 qualifying scores they need in each level to complete a title.  I may end up feeling the same way!  I don't know......ve shall zee.....she said in her best Frau Blucher impersonation.  And the horses whinnied................

Friday, May 25, 2012

Life Goes On

That was the fastest lambing season ever.  Just 2 beautiful light and dark caramel colored ram lambs.  Unfortunately, my best ewe Amethyst lost her lamb.  I didn't check the gender but it had a large white patch on its dark chestnut colored head......dang it. That was exactly what I was going for to, white markings. Oh well, can't dwell on the loss when you live on a farm and other animals still need you to be bright and cheery.  

While I have to constantly remind myself to remain in the moment the animals don't understand being any other way, must be nice.  Amethyst was bleating for a few hours over the loss of her lamb but she eventually got on with her day.  Today she is frolicking with the lambs of the other ewes, some of which are her daughters.

There is loss and there is new life on the farm.  My favorite Shiba Bridget Jones had a litter of 3 healthy and hefty boys.  Two reds and my first cream colored puppy. They are about 4 weeks old now and starting to wobble around on fat little legs.  Now I know why pet people like the creams so well.  They are so cute.  My husband Marcel can't help but spout out "Polar Bear Alert!" every time the cream puppy wakes up to toddle around the puppy pen.

I have decided to keep a male puppy from the litter.  He's red and he'll have bright white markings.  I think I will call him either:
Kawakono Zip Zoom Zow and call him "Zoomie"
Kawakono Zee Zee Tops and call him "Topper"

Which one do you like best????
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