For all of you who voted for the name ‘Brynn’ for our new Border Collie pup –
I thought you might like to catch up a little, on his progress. He’s certainly coming on in leaps & bounds (quite literally, most of the time being full of enthusiastic energy) & is turning from a plump, naïve puppy into a wonderful young dog: intelligent, perceptive & eager to please.
He now comprehends – & (mostly) obeys – sit; stay; lie down; roll over; leave; fetch; drop etc etc. No mean feat, considering his tender age! But what is impressive, is that when given the ‘stay’ command he will obey even when I move a fair distance away from him. He also knows the name of each of his toys, which has surpised me; fetching whichever one I specify on request.
We had a visit from his breeder today. He was absolutely delighted with the puppy’s progress; & particularly, with what a healthy, robust & solid little dog he is growing up to be (thanks no doubt, to the goats’ milk with which we supplement Brynn’s diet, wonderful food for a growing pup). Our only regret is that Nanuk’s new owners haven’t been able to take her home, yet; but at least her wolverine vocalisations have been keeping the foxes at bay for the time being….!
Meanwhile you can see from the photos that Brynn is no longer the roly-poly puppy he was; although he certainly takes after his father in sturdiness & courage; & his mother, in colouring, markings & intelligence. His grandfather was a champion sheepdog – so let’s hope Brynn has inherited that trait, too; thankfully, he’s certainly lost his earlier fear of the sheep; although he respects & obeys my ‘leave’ command, whenever curiosity gets the better of him.
I nevertheless worry that our fearsomely tough little black Shetland ewe – who’s not been dubbed “Headcase” for nothing (she gives a mean ‘Glasgow kiss’!) – would butt him from here to kingdom come if he dared cross her threshold! Thank goodness that the ewes are all bucket trained; it’s just a shame the lambs don’t share their mothers’ enthusiasm – even though they too, were trained to respond to the rattle of a feed bucket (but don’t).
Ah well – time will doubtless tell, whether we’ll make a great team – or cause total chaos! My money’s on the, err…former….? Or latter…..? Hmmmm……!! Regardless, one thing’s for sure: this ‘Lonely Goatherd’ has her sturdy little chap “From the Hill” to help her with the chores – even if – alas – for a short time at least, Nanuk will still be yodelling to the foxes in the valley whilst whizzing around after her new pal.