Whelped 8/22/18: 2 males and 2 females, all black sables
Mr. Blue went to Utah for Search and Rescue. Mr. Green stayed close in Wyoming as a pet. Miss Pink went to northwest Wyoming for Search & Rescue. Miss Purple went to the Spokane area for competition in a variety of venues: tracking, nosework, agility, herding and maybe more.
Pilot (Celhaus Olabisi Isolde) at 1 year
the former Miss Purple
Name story: Olabisi is Egyptian, meaning brings joy; Isolde is Gaelic ,meaning brat)
8/26/19: She is just an amazing dog. I was told by a friend who is in the same class as we are that Chris (the instructor) told the class (before we joined) that she was an extremely smart puppy. Today I showed Chris Pilot’s solid agility contacts. On the dog walk I can back up and run past her and she won’t break. Stands 2 on, 2 off. The ball is too much – must chase ball. She has taught me to be a smarter handler. We haven’t worked on the A-frame or teeter. But at class, if you pull the teeter down slightly, she will hold it and when it bangs down, she doesn’t care. Of course she doesn’t. Giant backhoes don’t bother her. She loves tracking. I don’t have any pictures of her in herding. But the last two sessions she has had were fantastic. On her good direction, in the round pen, she stayed out and moved the sheep at a good pace for two complete circles. It was beautiful!
Photos: We DID celebrate her birthday. Her birthday cake was a small dollop of ice cream topped with venison treats and surrounded by peanut butter and banana treats. She also got a new toy and we played a lot that day!! Pilot waiting to dive into her birthday “cake.” They were done combining for the evening and we went on our walk and I thought I would pose her. She is not afraid of big machinery. On a VST track at Gonzaga, a huge backhoe started up about 20’away. She had her nose down, looked up and went back to finish the track.
I sent the picture of her lying down) to a friend and she commented that she is so dark. She is, and I love her coloring. I seem to always get a “what a beautiful dog” comment whenever we go somewhere. I just think they are very smart people.”
Leidy (Celhaus Odina Leidy) at 1 year
the former Miss Pink
Name story: Odina is Native American for mountain; Leidy is a mountain of which Tammy has particularly fond memories.
Finley (Celhaus Onyx) at 1 year
the former Mr. Green
“Hard to believe our Finley is a year old already. Finley definitely got spoiled on his birthday. He got a couple new toys, but by far his favorite has been a fuzzy stuffed sloth. He takes that thing with him everywhere all over the house. Finley was less than impressed with us once we made him put on his birthday hat.”
Finley at 46 – 48 weeks
“I got a good picture of Finley yesterday while we were up by Bald Mountain. Took me forever to get him to sit still…he was having a blast sprinting through the wildflowers and tall grass.”
Finley at 40 – 44 weeks
“Finley’s been quite the adventurer this summer. He’s learned how to paddle board (he’s with my mom and brother in these pictures), learned how to swim, been a hiking machine and lives for every trip we take to the mountains. Of course, now that he’s learned how to swim, we can’t seem to keep him out of the water. Our favorite entertainment has been watching him attack our sprinklers in yard too. Our sprinklers are either very inefficient at watering our lawn, or very efficient at watering our dog. And of course, no butterfly goes unchased around our yard. Here’s one that our photographer friend took of Gannett and Finley. Such a good boy looking after his baby brother.”
Finley at 42 weeks (meeting Gannet, 2 days old)
“Hi Cel, We finally got to bring Gannett home yesterday afternoon. Of course this meant he got to meet our other “baby”. Finley was staying in Sheridan with my folks and Katie’s folks while we were at the hospital. They gave us a few hours to get settled in with Gannett once we brought him home, then my folks drove Finley down to us.
We were pretty nervous about Finley meeting Gannett. We knew he’d never do anything aggressive. But he’s so big and strong, and he just so curious and friendly with everyone, we were just worried he might jump up on us while we were holding Gannett. So…when we finally made the introduction between the two, Finley did absolutely great! He came over very gently and took a good look and sniff at Gannett (we had sent home a swaddle blanket from the hospital with my folks so Finley could get a sneak peak at Gannett’s scent). Every time that Gannett has started crying, Finley is right there to investigate. He even gave Gannett some light kisses on his feet this morning! Of course, Gannett didn’t like having his feet tickled, so when he started crying, Finley immediately stopped and just sat patiently and watched us rock Gannett.
I’ve attached a few pictures of Finley meeting Gannett. We’re so proud of how well Finley is doing with his baby brother. Hope you enjoy the pictures!”
Leidy at 37 weeks, training in Search & Rescue
Titus (Celhaus Octavius Titus) at 17 weeks
the former Mr. Blue
Name story: Octavius, was the family masculine name is Gaius Octavius, who became known as Cesar Augustus of Rome the name means Magnificent or Majestic. He was known as a great tactician, philosopher, and statesman who brought Rome out of Civil war following the death of Julius Cesar and into a golden age for the empire know as the Pax Romana (Roman Peace). Since we learned that trying to call any two dogs with an O name is just bringing them both to us we liked Titus who was another Roman Emperor and his name means depending on culture, pleasing, saved, of the giants (He has big paws). We felt a call name of Titus sounds nothing like Oakley and matches his personality he loves to please and work hard with a smile on his face.
“Titus has been doing extremely well, his days have been filled with puppy games, adventures around town and in the wilderness full of exposure to new things. He is loving his Search & Rescue training, thus far it has all been positive fun and in the form of puppy games. He has a nose for the cadaver and just loves to find it, it is truly amazing to see him having fun with it.”
“You were right when you told us he is a fun loving special boy, and we are doing everything we can to keep him happy and engaged. Titus and our female (Oakley) are growing together and she really has taking a liking to him, even though he loves to tease and harass her! I hope you have had a great Christmas, thank you again for a special boy! We hope you enjoy the photos, our team photographer is working on more images hopefully soon we will have them. “