Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Millie the Border Terrier 360 Review Part 2: The Cats Share Their Views

In the previous post, The Cardi Boys shared their views on Millie.  This is all part of Millie's personal (or is it pupsonal) development.  This time, the cats have weighed in with their opinions of Millie.

BLOSSOM'S Feedback for Millie:

Strength = Snuggling

There is no question that snuggling is Millie's strongest point.
Here we are snuggling on Mom's lap.

And here in a back to back snuggle on the bed.

We snuggle many different ways.  
Millie is a great snuggler.

Weakness = Destruction!

(photographic proof of my claim)

I love to play with toy mice.  I carry them around and bat them under things.  
Before Millie came along, the mice were a CATS ONLY toy.
Now Millie destroys them.  
Mom says it's because she was meant to kill vermin.
She must not be very smart, though, because these aren't REAL vermin.

SUMMER's Feedback for Millie:

Strength = She does not chase me

(this is the disdainful look the dogs deserve)

I had a very hard time thinking of a strength for Millie.  
Mom said I had to come up with one, so I guess I like that Millie doesn't chase me or bug me.  Sometimes the boy dogs get "in my whiskers" but Millie keeps her distance.  
She must be the smartest dog.

Weakness = She is a Dog

This is where I like to stay to keep away from the dogs.
If they get near me I must hiss at them.
Dogs are nothing but trouble.  
Except when they are sleeping.  Then they are ok.  I guess.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Millie the Border Terrier 360 Review Part 1: Ziggy and Rip Share Their Views

Millie has now been with us for more than half a year.  This is ample time for her to settle into the pack and reveal her true nature.  And it means that it's time for her first 360 feedback review.  This review will help Millie learn more about her strengths and weaknesses as recognized by those who spend the most time with her, allowing her to develop a personal improvement plan.

The first do to their reviews were the Cardi boys.  Here's what they have to say:

Ziggy's Feedback to Millie:  

Strength = Snuggling

Millie and I often snuggle together.  
She sometimes even cleans my ears.

Millie can fit into tight spaces, which enhances her snuggling ability.
I really like this about her.

Weakness = She doesn't play with me

Here I am at the bottom of my ramp waiting for Millie to play with me.
She only plays with Rip, because this is all he will allow.
This is a big weakness.  I wish she would play with me.

Rip's Feedback to Millie

Strength = She plays with me!

Here we are playing.  
We are having fun, and Millie likes to play A LOT.
I like this about Millie.

Weakness = She plays WILD (and sometimes it scares me)

Look at those teeth!
Much too big for the size of her body.
Sometimes her giant teeth scare me.

And she has very slappy paws.
They slap my head, and sometimes this scares me.
In this picture I am being brave and not turning away from the frenzied paws.

And look at this!!
NOW do you see why she scares me sometimes?!?

Next post:  360 review from the C*ts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Meet The "Terror Her" aka Millie the Border Terrier

After nearly a year of having a only two dogs, we decided to add another one to the pack.  And when I say "we" I really mean me.  The Husband agreed, but did not encourage.

I decided to add a new breed to the pack (variety is the spice of life, right?), and after much careful consideration landed on the Border Terrier.  I like that Border Terriers are a sane and healthy breed.  They're trainable (for terriers), loving, and portable.  They're also built for agility.

After deciding on a breed, I went on a search for a good breeder.  I found one in Harriet Hayden of Sunkist Border Terriers.  Harriet had an agility prospect that she was considering placing -- a young female who is well built, bold, energetic, has a great attitude, and even likes cats!  Plans were made, and Millie joined our pack in July, at 10 months of age.  Millie's official name is Sunkist Spot of Bother.  That should have been a clue.  Her new nick name (given to her by The Husband) is the Terror Her.

Millie has now snuggled her way into our home, and I have great hopes for her future as an agility dog.

So I guess it's time to meet Milie:

Yes, the Terror Her's head fits through stair rails.  
And such a cute face!

Millie LOVES to play, and retrieves much better than the Cardi boys.

Millie is always on the go, and on the lookout for vermin.

…or trying to dig out vermin.

…or running after vermin and/or engaging Rip in play.

Millie is a bed dog, too.  She came this way, and resistance was futile.

Life with a Border Terrier is certainly different than life with a Cardigan.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Summary: Changes

2014 brought a number of changes to the furry family.

In July we added a new canine to the pack.  Her name is Millie and she is a year-old Border Terrier.  She has forever changed our lives - though we're still not sure whether or not this is a good thing.

In December, after the loss of our dear cat Gloria, we got a new cat - Summer.  She is lovely and snuggly and fitting right in, though the dogs call her "The Spitty One."  She is gradually warming up to the dogs, but they aren't her favorite.

Here's the Pack - less Summer.  
She's not up for group snuggling quite yet.
From left to right:  Rip, Millie, Ziggy, Blossom

Ziggy, Rip, and Blossom continue to do well.  Rip is working in agility, Ziggy is still a Therapy Dog with TDInc., and Blossom snuggles with the dogs on a daily basis.

We all had a great summer at Wagmore, and got a lot of work done on the property.  We've planted well over 200 trees, and reclaimed many of the fences from the blackberries and other bushes.

In other 2014 news, my work responsibilities expanded quite a lot - contributing to my lack of posting in the latter half of the year.  

I'll share more updates in 2015, and plan to add a title or two to the dogs' names.  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Goodbye, Denzil.

C-Myste N'Corigible CGC CD RE NA NAP
May 26, 2002 - July 15, 2014

Today was a very sad day, as those who loved Denzil the most had to say our final goodbyes.

Denzil was the most joyful, joy-giving dog we've ever known.

He gave The Husband and I the joy of raising our first puppy.  

He gave me the joy of handling a dog who loved to bark with enthusiasm in the rally ring and frap instead of work during brace obedience.

He gave The Small Human the joy of canine friendship, and empathetic howling whenever The Small Human would cry.

And for the last 4+ years of his life, he lived with, loved, and spread joy to my parents and grandparents.

We'll miss you, Denz.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wagmore Daily: Ziggy Goes Forth

Ziggy continues to enjoy Wagmore.  Last night we went for a family walk through the trees we planted this winter (I'm trying to figure out a drip irrigation plan for them), and all humans + dogs joined.

Here are some pictures showing Ziggy's happiness.

Into the field.

Stop to gaze.

Stop to sniff.


Sniff deeply.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wagmore Daily: Uncle Denzil Spends the Day!

My parents had to go out of town for the day and didn't want to leave their boy home alone, so we had a special guest - Denzil!  Those who've been following the blog since its inception will remember that Denzil was an original member of the Trio of Trouble (along with Maggie and Ziggy).  You can learn more about Denzil on his page.

The Humans and Ziggy love to have Denzil around.  Blossom the c*t spent the day upstairs (that's where the food, cat tree, and litter are, so don't feel bad for her).  I wasn't sure how Rip would do - but he was very accommodating.

Here's how the day went:

We started the day with coffee on the porch.  
Denzil hung out with me.

Then Denz joined the boys in some wandering and sniffing.

When we came inside, Ziggy & Rip thought some bitey play was in order.
Denzil sat in front of me, keeping a close eye on things.

Then Denz remembered he was the Party Police.

So he moved in to break things up.
I love Rip's expression here - very contrite.
He had this expression each time Denz reprimanded him.
Good boy.

The Party Policeman succeeded in his goal.

And later in the afternoon, Zzzz all around:

Another great day at Wagmore.

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