Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Sing is my special baby and he always has the priority for everything. He is the only dog that I can trust when off the lead, he never let me down at any circumstances!
Before we have the pups, Sing was the only one that slept on our bed. Seagull will join us on the bed when you ask him to. I did restricted him sleeping on our bed when he was younger due to his toilet problem. He did messed a few times on our bed, especially on Colin's side. Since he has housebroken, he is allow on the bed with the others.
When Saturn and Titan came home, Colin asked me: Where are these planets sleep at night? I answered him straightaway: With us! I never leave any of the dogs on their own since the first day they come home, they are a family member and I like them to be closed to us. I knew that the pups will mess up the place but I just can't leave them downstairs. Luckily our bedroom is the beginnig of the landing, so I built a puppy pen and left them inside the pen with a lot of newspaper around. We always have our bedroom door open, so they can hear us and I can talk to them, so they are still close to us. Once they housebroke, they are in the bedroom with us. I did the same to Starry and Skye.
The only problem is, we have SIX dogs now, we cannot have all of them on the bed all night like we did to Sing and Seagull before. I am very glad that they are all very well behaved dog. If I am having a nap in the afternoon, they will be all in the bed with me; at night, before going to bed, Colin and I like to read so all of them are on the bed with us but once we turn the light off and I tell them: bed bed. They will all happily jump off the bed and find their own spot in the bedroom. In the morning, when Colin's alarm goes off, they will all straight up on the bed again while their daddy is getting ready to work. Aren't they sweet?
picture above: Saturn & Skye like our comfy bed!
Monday, November 20, 2006
picture above: Sing Jumping my favourite picture of him!
picture above: Sing weaving
The next show (another limited one) will be in 3 weeks time. Saturn will be in the show, for the first time. He recently lost his plot due to some "accident", I need to get his enthusiasm back and hopefully he will have a nice round when we go to competition.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Picture above: Seagull playing with Saturn in Lake District
Some friends has told me that it could be me that didn't give him enough attention, well, I must admit I have spent more time training the pups but I have not ignore him at all. He has his walkies, give him treats when he is good, priase him when he does something nice, give him a cuddle every now and then. Tell him off when he is naugthy.
picture above: playing with Titan
I'm just thinking if we cannot get him clean, it would be very hard for us to go away camping/caravaning/staying overnight somewhere. I think I have to crate him again, poor Seagull, back to square one.
I have searched the Internet to find more about castrating a dog, most of them said it could improve the temperament a little, dog is likely to become more attached and attentive towards its owner.
I've also arranged with the Vet to give Seagull a TARDAK treatment before going ahead the operation, hopefully we can see some changes.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Sing is my first dog, he is such an intelligent, smart and loving companion. He is a dog that easy to train and keen to pleased. I have no trouble at all with him. When I decided to take up a job, I thought I better find him a company. We were looking to get another dog and I expected he will be as good as Sing. Eventhough there is no 2 similar dogs but I never thought there will be a difficult sheltie BUT Seagull proved me wrong!!
He is an extremely difficult since the first day at home. I train him like how I train Sing but it all went wrong. Seagull was a nervous, timid, shy and reserved puppy (he didn't show any of the sign when we went to see him!). It took us 6 months for him to get used to us and the toilet train was absolutely impossible. He messes everywhere he possibly could. He would not go into the garden and if I lay all the newspaper on the floor, cover up most area, he would find the square that I missed!
I took him to puppy training, he hide himself away from the others, he normally straight underneath a chair for the whole lesson. The other puppies were very boisterous and it didn't do him any good, so we didn't go back again after 3 lessons, well, Seagull refused to go into the hall when we approached the venue. I then spent most of my time trying to train him myself. He learned very slowly, once he master a command (for example: SIT), he will not want to learn another one. He is 4 now and he only know SIT, DOWN, ROLL OVER and PAW. This means he took one command a year, what can I teach him a new command to last him another year?
To be honest, I want to be a Good Citizen and I want a well behaved dog. I did got very worried about Seagull not behaving himself. He is not toilet train, we could not go away for holidays, I don't think any B&B or Dog friendly Hotels would liek to welcome us. Going down to mum and dad for Christmas becomes difficult. I can't tell when he wants to go toilet and you can't let the back door open all day in the winter and staying overnight is a nightmare to me. Mum's house is always tidy and clean and I was so afraid that Seagull will choose the non-paper bit to do his business, travelling becomes so stressful.
I spent a couple of thousand pounds on Behaviourist, yet no improvement. I decided I have to give up and let him grow up on his own.
Now, what about the puppies? Yes, after the disappointment in Seagull, he could not possibly do any obedience nor agility or flyball (I did tried very hard taking him training but he let me down all the time) like Sing does, I have to look for another Sing alike sheltie. I knew I can't find another Sing but at least not another Seagull.
Firstly, I wanted a Blue Merle. I've rang nearly 30 breeders but no one will sell me a dog, God knows why? Just because I am not an English!! I then switch my attention to a Tri, I thought if I already have 2 Sables, I can do with a Tri and Blue Merle to complete the family. I found Titan on a website called epupz. We arranged to see Titan the following weekend. Before we went to see him, something pop up, a BIG sheltie! I always wanted a big sheltie, so I didn't want to let go the chance. I contacted the breeder and tell her if she can reserve the dog and I will see him a bit later. On the Sunday, we drove hundred miles away to Cardiff to look at Titan. I wasn't keen, he was so tiny (only 6 weeks old), no white collar, very plain but Colin fell in love with him, so he came home. The next day, we drive another hundred miles to Suffolk to look at Saturn, straightaway I fell in love with him, he has beautiful marking and full white collar, typical Lassie looking and share the same birthday as me, so he has to come home no matter what. 4 is a good numbers and I was very happy and enjoying their company.
Then, my friends has a litter, they wanted to give me one of the boys, this is how Starry come to me. Just as I think enough is enough. Skye pop up! I always wanted a Blue Merle so much but I was a bit worry I could not cope. I still agreed to see the pup. I thought I probably will not buy the pup as a Blue Merle normally are quite ugly (when all the markings are wrong) so I was very confident I will not come home with a pup. When I saw the pup, I knew I was wrong again. Skye must come home. He is such a handsome Blue Merle. How can you let a beautiful Blue Merle get by?
This is the story of how I ended with so many dogs!
Monday, November 13, 2006
We went to Discover Dogs on Saturday. It was great fun, eventhough I wish we have more time at the show. The last time we went there was 3 years ago. We have an invitation from the Kennel Club to demonstrate Sing in one of their rings showing the Best Tricks. We didn't get to Earls Court till 10:40am and we have missed the morning events. I went around shopping for the dogs and to say hello to some friends. After a quick coffee and a snack, we decided it is time to settle down somewhere to watch the programmes. We saw the demonstartion of Golden Retriever, amazing demo, amazing handlers and amazing Goldies. Then we have Mary Ray and her dancing dog Foxy. Mary Ray is so well known and of course the stage was absolutely full and cheers. Then, my favourite, agility! The ABC (Anytyhing But Collies) were exciting and I was surprised to see so many Kelpies there. I knew Kelpies are getting more and more popular in the agility world for Large dogs, so do Shelties!! After the ABC, they have Medium dogs agility, I was surprised to see some of my mates are in the ring, it is always excited to see someone you know competing. After the Medium agility, they have a break to have Mary Ray again, this time, she has her little sheltie Gypsy with her, not doing Heelwork to Music but to demonstarte how to train your dog. Little Gypsy is so cute, here is a photo of her doing her trick:
After the training with Mary Ray, they have the Small dogs doing a Circular knockout in agility. This is even more excited. Very sad (for me), all the shelties has been knock out by Poodles!!! Not even a sheltie is going through. Oh well, better luck next time.
Sunday, I thought we are going to have a good lie in but we have to go and see this Lightweight Caravan in Tunbridge Well. The dealer from Stafford has a road show for 2 days and if we miss it we have to go to Stafford to look at the caravans. Anyway, it was very disappointed, the caravans are so tiny and they fill things up and there is not much room in it. How are we going to put 2 adults and 5 dogs??? I think we have to somehow get someone to fix the jocky wheel to this old one.
Friday, November 10, 2006
From left: Colin, Russell, Kyung Yeon & Myung Ah
Dogs from left: Titan, Saturn, Sing, Seagull & Skye
This photo was taken at Russell's 40th surprised birthday from Kyung Yeon.
The KNIGHTs family from left: little Daniel, his dad Darren, his mum Vanessa and baby Toby inside her stomach, little brother Matthew, our dad James, our mum Shirley, Russell & Kyung Yeon (both in red), me with Sing and Colin with Seagull. Note: we have not have any of the pups yet!!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
The GOOD news --- Saturn was doing very well in his agility. Saturday was his first show, eventhough it was just a club show but he showed his ability. This was the first time that he ran a full course, all this time in training, he has not do more than 7 obstacles at once, I can't believe it when he finished the 17 obtacles! Isn't he a good boy?
Now for the BAD news. I've noticed my Titan is not himself on Saturday. He normally is a food obsessed dog but he shows no interest in any thing at all, and he lost his energy. I could not see anything wrong with him but I have a feeling he might have tummy bug. He seems to improved on Sunday morning, running around happily but when I give him his dinner, he turned his nose up, strange! When we took the dogs out in the Common, I can see the different. Even he was happily sniff around but he lost his energy again and at the end I have to carry him all the way home!! He has not been eaten for more than 48 hours now and he is going to see the Vet this evening.
Another BAD news. Skye somehow strain his back (I thought). I've noticed he cannot stand up at all this morning. I tried to lift him up and it looked he is stiff at the back, we don't know whether is the back legs or the back. I rush him to the Vet this morning and get him toroughly check and the Vet said he looked fine to him, temperature and colours vise seems normal. We both can see he is in agony but he just would not show where the pain come from. The Vet gave him 2 jabs, hopefully we can see a walking Skye again.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Saw this weird yet cute mushroom while walking at Leith Hill with the boys. I have a couple of this mushroom stone decorations in the garden but have not think they have this in the real life until we saw them in Leith Hill. They have quite a lot around. You may not see them easily unless you walk very close to the bushes or in the wood. Aren't they lovely? Don't know if they are poison?