Finding the thought of four walks on top of this mornings housework just too much I opted for just doing three again today; keeping Ross on the lead for most of the last walk so he didn't get run over by Kaiah. But of course the little man needs his freedom too and I did makes sure he had a spell off the lead. I really don't do well with leads, I find controlling dogs so much easier without them. Though of course there are places where I would never risk walking a dog without a lead!
I had to laugh at a post on a GSD group on Facebook last week, the guy asking when should he start letting his 16 week old pup off the lead? Err .. 8 weeks ago! The longer you leave it the harder it gets. Of course you pick sensible/safe places to start off with, even if it's just a friends garden. The sooner you do it the quick the two way trust forms and strengthens. There are always nerve wracking moments, always the time when your stomach churns over as they venture too far or too deep .. or in Kaiah's case .. too bloody high! But you know for the sake of the dog you have to get over that,they need their freedom, when possible then need to run, and mooch and sniff and discover the world around them. Hell I had Nico loose on the mountain with Louis and Finlay 24 hrs after picking him up, I knew he wouldn't go anywhere, and now because of that I still know he won't go anywhere!
Ross did really well yesterday. Though he barked at his first sighting of a black Labrador he did settle and relax around the breed. I was impressed with how well he coped with everything really. He was relaxed and happy around most things, even if he did get squished by an over enthusiastic Great Dane! I think he found a Bloodhound in a snood a little worrying, but again by the afternoon accepted the young lady was just keeping her ears clean! Onward and forward now dear Ross!
I love both these photos of my young man. They are taken just 5 days apart but even in that short time you can see an improvement in coat growth. Here's hoping by the weekend he has even more "furnishings!"
What a bloody day .. I'm still buzzing! Loki was BOB, Group 1 and Best In Show, Kaiah BPIB and Pastoral Puppy Group 1 and Asha was best Pastoral Veteran. Huge thank you to breed judge Carron Jenkins, Group judge Mrs E Anne Orzel, and BIS Judge Mr Bill Orzel. All the "Blaniks" showed their socks off with Loki as usual giving a paw perfect performance. Thanks to my lovely friends for all the support - emotional day eh!
Loki with the show secretary, the Group judge and BIS judge
Darling Asha in her pastoral veteran class
Kaiah standing for the judges critique after winning her class.
Takes a bit of getting use to when one of you're closest friends moves away. It's been 3 years now and I still miss her. Having been 5 mins down the road for most of my adult life it's not great when she's now 50 mins away. Anyway a lovely drive, which only the weather could have improved and a couple of hours in each other company was the order of the day.
Ross and Kaiah had a lovely time running around the fields in the rain and as we were passing we stopped at the vets for a weigh in. Ross is now 18.1kg so on target to get to 20kg (ish) by 4 months. I had Kaiah weighed too. She's still 26.6kg. She's not heavy is she, but I think she looks ideal for a young female.
"Thanks to Auntie Carrie for having us over and continuing with puppy Ross' sociamilsing. Puppy Ross was vevy vevy bad making a swimming pool with de water bowl and running riot a round and a round of the sofa. I of course be a mini angel and was vevy vevy good!" - Kaiah
I was really chuffed to get this photo today. I was so emotionally involved with this pup that it broke my heart when he didn't get to come and live with us a few weeks ago. But it's funny how things work out and he was obviously not the right one for me. He still has no descended testicles, but anyway by now my friend feels he'd have little show prospects. Apparently he's very big for his age, his ears are weak, his coat is wiry and his hocks are awful. Though of course it's early days for his ears and his hocks will strengthen with normal moderate exercise, but I've never come across a wiry coat in a GSD.I love his dark head, his eye colour is correct and he has a lovely expression, but I would be doing my head in over those ears, they would be worrying me silly by now! I think sable 2 is about 3 weeks older than Ross and you can see normal difference in size and coat growth.Though of course the way Ross is growing I can't imagine he'll be far short on size and substance in 3 weeks. It will be interesting to see how dark Ross' head goes with maturity .. I do love a dog with a dark head!
To be fair, I'm really happy with how Ross is coming on. He's growing up quite tidily, he has plenty of bone and substance, great angulation, a tidy overline though hopefully his tail set continues to improve. He's a tidy mover with straight hocks, though his front movement could be better .. and may well be as he grows into himself. His character is strong and he has super colour. With correct dentition and some normal coat growth over the next few months I reckon it'll be one smart little puppy making his appearance in the show ring at the beginning of December!
I love this picture of Kaiah who's now 11 months old. I had no camera with me at the time it's just taken with my phone. I gave no consideration to the background or anything as we were just messing about... shit I wish I had now. Must be one of the best photos of her yet, a great one to share and show off how beautifully balance this little bitch is.
With Ross' first show coming up in just 2 weeks we have a lot of practicing to do. He will only be 4 months and a day, this is a regional GSD event with a baby puppy class for puppies over 4 months. It is mainly for training purposes but I still don't want him going there with no clue of what to do. I'm quite chuffed really with how well he's going round the ring, there is a video on Facebook.
The paranoia about the puppy/dog thefts still haunt me. Ross goes out for wee's with everyone else, but I've always sent him out for extra opportunities on his own. Now I'm just so nervous I send Loki out with him. I know if someone was hanging around that Loki would at least bark, Ross is still at an age where he'd go up to anyone so I feel more comfortable having an adult out there with him.
So what do you think of his conformation and colour? I love the colour, and to be fair he's looking pretty balanced isn't he. Well for me no complaints, only the one and the same uncertainty .. time will tell on that one!