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Friday’s Luke Adventure

What is a Luke Adventure, you ask? Well, it could be anything from a random trip to St. Louis to visit our family, a trip to the pumpkin farm, a trip to the mall to get something completely impractical, getting a new puppy, taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon, really the list goes on and on and on….

So on Friday when Luke was on his way home from work he called me and asked if I had company over (referral to my 4 year old neighbor or her friend who like to come over) and if I didn’t I needed to get ready to leave because we were going on another Luke Adventure. Of course I inquired as to what this adventure was going to be and of course he didn’t tell me. At least not right away haha. He likes to do that with big surprises. Eventually he did though and we began discussing the logistics of our lates Luke Adventure.

Anyone want to make a guess as to what we did?

Hahaha I won’t leave you guys hanging like Luke did with me. πŸ˜‰ It was another puppy!

I was trying to get a picture of the female pups running around together, but this was the best I got. πŸ˜‚

Luke has wanted a red border collie for the longest time and he found someone who had a litter with all of our qualifications (which I won’t get into here haha. I’ve talked a little bit about them on other posts though) on Craigslist so he wanted to get another female. So that’s what we did.

Meet Whiskey, Finn’s future girlfriend.

She’s 8 weeks old, which is kinda young to be leaving her mom and litter-mates, but poor mom had 10 puppies and was skin and bones from trying up nurse them all. So they were getting rid of them for her sake.

They only got out the red females because that’s what we wanted, but we had 5 to choose from since we were the first people to show up. Yet again! Haha the same thing happened when we got Dean. Anyway, while they were getting the puppies out of the cattle trailer they had them in they started handing them to Luke and I. Some people think picking out puppies is hard but I don’t! I can usually tell which one will work well for us. So the first puppy they handed me peed all over me. Poor thing was petrified. Well that wouldn’t work for us considering we have 3 other dogs. The first one they handed Luke was cute (what puppy isn’t?!) but neither of us felt either way about her. But when they handed me a second puppy this one was very alert and very excited to meet new people. She was wagging her tail super hard and licking me everywhere. Perfect. She was the one. I knew it.

We still took them all over to their driveway and let them run around for a little bit. I still liked the same one though. She was the most spunky. Zooming around and out running all of the other puppies. At that point we knew she’d fit right in with the other 3 dogs, so she was the one we ended up taking home!

We definitely made the right choice! She fit right in almost immediately! Finn absolutely adores her! He won’t leave her alone haha. But that’s good. 😁

So she’s spent the last few days learning all about life and how our house functions. So far she’s doing really well! She’s also the easiest dog I’ve ever potty trained! She hasn’t had a single accident in the house. It’s crazy! It’s pretty great though. πŸ™‚

Today I took her to the vet for her very first round of puppy shots. She did very well! She didn’t wiggle or squirm or cause any trouble. I was very proud of her haha. But now she’s all tired and doesn’t feel to great, but human babies, they don’t tend to feel well after getting shots.

Anyway, at this point she’s doing crazy well with potty training. She knows her name, is getting pretty good at coming when she’s called, and we’ve just started working on “sit”. That’s why I like getting little puppies. They are super easy to train and are usually more accepting of new and scary things.

But yeah, we have 4 dogs now haha. And hopefully at some point Finn and Whiskey will end up making some very pretty babies. Finn wasn’t a cute baby but now that he’s grown up he’s very handsome! And if Whiskey ends up looking anything like her mom (which I’m thinking she might. She’s a similar color and has markings closer to her mom. Her dad was black and had a lot more white on him). Plus Finn has some really great instincts and I have a feeling Whiskey will too. But obviously that’s still a ways off and not even a definite thing at this point though. It’s a pretty good possibility though!

Alrighty, that’s all for today then! I hope everyone has had a good Monday and has a great week!

~Ashley

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The Story Of How I Ended Up With Lily

Today on Vidme I told the story of how I ended up with Lily. It’s an interesting story! You should go check it out!! πŸ˜‰

Here’s the link (I really wish the video would just show up in the post like it does when you add a YouTube link, but whatever.):

https://vid.me/5gj8

And here’s a little video montage of some of my favorite photos of Lily. πŸ™‚

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Happy Second Day Of Spring!Β 

Oh man, yesterday was super eventful! It was 80 degrees for a good majority of the day, so we were outside pretty much all day. Finn woke me up at 6 am, so I took all of the border collies outside and we played in the backyard until Luke woke up. Once he got up we took all of the dogs to the dog park. It was Finn’s very first dog park adventure and he did very well. πŸ™‚ When we got done there, we finally got the garden started. We tilled and prepared three plots, and planted lettuce seeds, broccoli seeds, brussle sprout seeds, carrot seeds, and onion seeds. That was a very messy and long adventure, but we got it done! I can’t wait until everything starts growing!! After we finished the first part of our little backyard farm, we took Finn to PetsMart. Mostly to get him exposed to all sorts of new things that seem scary to a puppy (like cars, and a lady in a wheelchair. Haha he eventually made friends with her though. πŸ™‚ , but he also needed an ID tag, and some fun toys, so we got those as well.

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While I was planting things in the middle of the day, Luke spent a lot of time working with Finn. Teaching him to come when called and reaffirming the sit command. Then later that night I started working on the down command with him. So far I’d say he’s coming along really well! For two nights in a row now he’s been able to hold his pee and then wake us up when he needs to go outside, which is awesome! And he’s only had a few accidents in the house.

Unfortunately today’s got off to a rough start. Finn woke me up at 5 am, which wasn’t a big deal, I’d rather him wake me up than pee in the crate. After we went outside and he went potty he decided he was going to be a little brat. He wouldn’t stop jumping on me and kept biting at my face and hair. Then he chased Bubble around the house. Obviously she didn’t like that so she smacked him on the nose, which really upset him, so he sat at my feet and pouted for a while. At that point I really needed to go out and run, so I put him in his crate. He wasn’t happy about that and threw a huge fit. He was still barking and crying when I walked out the door.

So my run definitely did not go as planned. I had an interval workout on the scheduled today. But my asthma is kind of acting up today so my lungs aren’t happy, which means the rest of me isn’t happy…I made it a mile and a half before I had to call it quits. That was kinda frustrating, but it happens I suppose. At least a mile and a half is better than nothing.

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Anyway, after my run I took a quick shower and then me and all the dogs went back outside for a little bit. Then I went inside to make lunch and made Finn stay in the yard with Dean (who is currently not a fan of the puppy and is kind of mad at me) while I ate lunch. I would have made Lily stay outside with them, but she has horrible separation anxiety and had to come inside with me. That’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent from happening to Finn, so that’s why he stayed outside while I ate. He did alright, although he did eventually start crying at the door. He wasn’t out there for long thought. After I ate I let him back inside and then him, Lily, and I napped on the couch for about an hour. That was really nice, especially after being waken up at 5 this morning haha.

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After our nap he stopped being a brat, so I tried taking him out for a walk. We made it all the way across the street, when I big scary truck drove by so we had to go back home. I put him in the crate and swapped him for Dean. Poor Dean is currently suffering from middle child syndrome and is very upset with me. These last two days he’s hardly looked at me, wont come when I call him, wouldn’t let me pet him, and wouldn’t even take treats from me. Luckily he’s gotten a little bit better today though, so I’m trying to spend more time alone with him than I usually do. I think eventually though he’ll get over himself and warm up to the puppy.

Anyway, Luke’s home now so we’re probably going to spend our evening playing in the back yard. 

Happy second day of spring!

~Ashley

 

Meet Finn!Β 

Well yesterday was just a whole bunch of unexpected fun!

Around 2 in the afternoon Luke shoved his phone into my hands and asked me “yes or no?”. On the screen was a photo of a cute little border collie puppy, and apparently the second I saw it my eyes lit up (but I puppies are the best, so who wouldn’t get excited about seeing an especially cute one?!?). Apparently Luke has seen an ad on Craigslist for border collie puppies and had been talking to the guy all day. My first thought was absolutely yes! I’ve had crazy puppy fever lately, and since it’s currently puppy season we’ve been seeing a lot of them at the dog park. But I had a few questions that I needed answered before I could make a responsible decision.

First and foremost, I wanted to make sure we could afford to take care of a second dog. Luke is in charge of all of our money and finances because I’m bad at math and numbers give me anxiety (I’m seriously not even kidding, but he likes doing all that kind of stuff so it all works out). He said he had run the numbers, and it’s totally doable! My brother in law is juts going to have to start buying his dog his own dog food (he pitches in for dog food every once in a while, but his dog eats a lot more than ours do so this is something he should have been doing anyway).

Once we were for sure we could afford another dog, there were a few other things I needed to know before I said “yes”. First I needed to know if he’s an AKC dog. Thank goodness he wasn’t! He is an ABCA dog though, but I’m 100% ok with that! That means he comes from a line of working dogs and not a line of show dogs. Then I wanted to know how much he cost, how old he was, and if we could meet the parents. He cost $400. The breeder actually went down on the price because he’s mostly black and probably because he’s 12 weeks old, which is just a little bit older than you’d usually start selling them, and yes we could meet the parents. πŸ™‚ So I finally said “yes, lets do it!”. So Luke told the guy we were coming, we filled up the car, and then we drove an hour and a half to the middle of nowhere Missouri.

The first thing I noticed when we pulled into the breeder’s driveway was the three border collies in the back yard. Well they were kinda hard to miss, as they were barking at our car haha. I liked that though, we want our dogs to guard our house/yard as well (and Lily and Dean already do), so I thought that was a really good sign.

So the breeder came out and we all introduced ourselves. Luke had told him I came from a long line of dog breeders, field trial trainers/judges, and boarding kennel owners, so he was very interested in all of that. Mostly because he wanted to make sure we are capable of handling a border collie and I totally get that. I actually liked how concerned he was about where this dog was going. That’s always a sign of a good, responsible breeder. After we talked for a little bit he took us to the backyard to show us the dogs.

When we walked through the door and onto his porch we were greeted by the little guy from the pictures Luke showed me. He was jumping all over us, weaving in between our legs, and giving lots of kisses. I’m pretty sure at that point it was love at first sight for all three of us, but before anything else happened I wanted to see the parents, and the guy was more than willing to show them to me. The mother was a beautiful girl! She actually looked a lot like Lily! Short and compact, longish fur, pointed ears, but she was tri colored, whereas Lily is just black and white. The father actually had a lot of white on him, he’s bigger and stockier than the mother, had floppy ears, short hair, and a lot of white markings (he’s all black and white though). The mother wanted nothing to do with me (typical border collie. They don’t like strangers.), and was more concerned with what we were doing with her puppy (he was the last out of 9, which is a crazy big litter for a bitch her size). The father came up and said hello though and let me pet him. I also got to see him in action, he was a speedy guy with a really nice gait., not too tall, and very fierce looking. Β He looked like he was meant to heard cattle, which apparently he was!

The father’s father (so the puppies grandfather), was a world champion cattle herder from 1989-2005. How freaking awesome is that?!?! The breeder gave us his name and ABCA number so we can look up all that stuff and verify it, which I plan to, but I do trust him, he was a pretty awesome guy and very legit. And it turns out his mother is related to Walt Disney’s dogs. I had no idea that Walt Disney had border collies, but I thought that was pretty neat!

So Luke and I were satisfied with him and his parents, and the breeder seemed satisfied with us, so he handed me the puppy and Luke handed him the $4oo. Then we ended up talking in his garage for like, 30-40 minutes. First he told us what food he’d been feeding the puppies, the treats he’d been giving them, and that he’d just started potty training them. He also warned us that he was the most dominant puppy from the litter and the biggest, and that he currently weighs 11 pounds (yeah my arms are super sore today after holding him for that long haha). He also told us that this little guy was his buddy and to take extra special care of him. We promised that we would and that we’d keep in touch and send pictures every once in a while. Then he ended up telling us all sorts of neat stories and he gave us each a Czech beer, which was really nice of him! Eventually we had to get back onto the road and head home, so we loaded our new puppy into the car and started our hour and a half drive back home.

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On our way back home we decided to name our new little guy Finn (IΒ finally have a dog with a traditional border collie name!) and already started the bonding process. He really latched onto us on our journey home. He also did really well in the car, which is good! It’s basically a requirement for all of our dogs to do well in a car, since we do go on long road trips every once in a while. The only problem we has was that he wanted in our laps, and we want our dogs to stay in the back seat. Eventually we got him to stay back there.

When we got home the first thing I did was let Lily and Dean in the backyard so they could meet the new puppy outside. We figured that would be better than trying to just bring a new dog into the house. When Luke brought Finn to the yard a lot of sniffing happened. Poor little Finn was super nervous and very overwhelmed, but he did alright. Dean sniffed him a little bit, but then didn’t really want anything to do with him. That wasn’t surprising though, Dean doesn’t really like puppies. He wasn’t mean or anything though. Lily actually took to him right away! She smelled him for a while and then tried to play with him. He was still a little nervous though, and was hiding in between Luke’s legs.

Eventually he warmed up a little and started running around the yard with everyone. While they were all getting to know each other, Luke texted the breeder Finn’s name and our info, so he could complete the registration for the ABCA, so at some point we’ll be getting his papers in the mail, which is neat! He’s our first registered dog and has the best pedigree out of the three of them (although Lily’s pedigree is really good too, Dean’s is a little bit of a mystery, but it’s not bad.). While he was doing that, I was texting everyone pictured of our new baby. πŸ™‚

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Around 8:30 pm we went back inside, got all the dogs fed, and around 9 Finn got put in the crate to go to bed. He wasn’t a fan of that, but he was so exhausted from getting a new home, meeting new dogs, and running around, that he only cried for 20 minutes and then passed out. After that he slept soundly all night and got up with Lily, Dean, and I at 7 this morning.

Today has been a blur of scratches and play bites (I look like I got into a fight with a cat and lost), puppy pee, lots of playing and exploring, and frequent potty breaks. At this point Finn kind of knows his name and he can officially sit on command. We really need to work on his jumping and wanting to be picked up and carried everywhere (he was definitely spoiled at his breeders house. Probably by his granddaughter. Apparently she loved this little guy), but we’ve got plenty of time to worry about that stuff.

It’s almost 1 pm as I type this. I’ve finally got him to calm down and nap for a little bit, so that gave me a chance to type this whole post out. I was supposed to run 8 miles today, but that’s probably not going to happen. Haha oh well, I’ve been having a lot of fun chasing after this little guy and I’m really glad that so far everyone is getting along well. Anyway, while Finn’s napping I’m going to attempt to clean up the house a little bit.

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Happy Saturday everyone!

~Ashley

The Adventures of Dog Sitting: Day 6

My parents came back from Colorado today! Thank goodness!! Niko is starting to get super testy, and to be quite honest with you, I’m tired of his attitude and can’t wait for him to leave…

On Wednesday (I think) he started a fight with Dean, nothing too bad, but still no good. Then yesterday he went after Lily and this time it was pretty bad. It all happened really fast, so I’m a little bit foggy on the details. I was handing out dog treats, which has been 100% fine every other day. But yesterday Niko decided that he wanted Lily’s treat too, so he freaking attacked her! Now, keep in mind that Lily is a 35 pound border collie. She’s bred to be fast and smart, not a fighter. Niko, on the other hand, weighs 90 pounds at 8 months old and his breed is bred to kill bears, among other things.

Lily’s tough though, she held her ground and fought back long enough for me to kick Niko off of her, pull him away (which put me in danger of being bit), then I smacked him on the face and rolled him on his back to force him to submit to me, as I was instructed by my dad if he ever started growling at me or Luke. In those few moments that it took me to get him to submit, he transformed from angry killing machine to pathetic puppy. He started whining and crying and you would have sworn I was beating him or something. I threw him outside because I didn’t want to attempt to wrestle him to the crate but I needed to get him away from the other dogs to check on Lily.

Luckily she’s not hurt too bad. Especially for Niko. If he would have severely hurt, or killed her, I would have killed him. I’m not kidding. Lily is my baby. Anyway, she has a small, but deep puncture wound on her leg. Deep enough to see the muscle underneath, but not big enough to need stitches (vets don’t usually stitch dog/cat bites anyway). Lily trusts me and listens well enough that I was able to make her hold still while I cut her hair around the wound, cleaned it, then put antibiotic ointment on it. She’s still kinda limping around today, but other than that she’s fine.

Like I said before, Lily’s tough. She’s a farm dog, bred, born, and raised, so she ought to be haha. She’s been hit by a car and suffered worse wounds and a broken hip from that, and has been trampled by a herd of stampeding cows and got right back up and kept herding. She may only weigh 35 pounds, but it’s 35 pounds of pure muscle and grit.

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Unfortunately for Niko, Lily holds grudges. You cross her once and she’ll never forget it (just ask my brother-in-laws dog Odin, she basically kicked them out of the pack). So every time he gets near her she starts growling, so he starts growling, and you can just feel the tension…So as you can imagine, today has been fun for me. Refereeing dogs and what not. I’m so glad my mom and dad are here to get him under control and that he’s leaving tomorrow. And I’ve made it very clear that he’s not staying here again. He’s been behaving up until yesterday, but it only takes one time for something really bad and irrevocable to happen.

Anyway, Niko was super excited to see them. After we ate dinner we walked around the neighborhood. Haha we even got my mom playing Pokemon go. 😊 Aaaand my dad was catching them with his bare hands.

So we’ve had fun so far tonight! I think we’re going to play a board game now!

Peace out! ✌🏻️

~Ashley

The Adventures of Dog Sitting: Day 1

My mom, dad, and sister left at 2 o’clock this morning, so Luke, the dogs, and I didn’t get to sleep until around 2:40. 

We were kinda worried how my parents’ dog, Niko, would react, as they’ve never left him anywhere before. Luckily he didn’t whiny or cry or anything like that, he just went to sleep, which was awesome! 

What wasn’t awesome, was being woken up at 5:18 in the morning by an 8 month old, 90 pound, Caucasian Shepherd, who crawled into bed and wanted to play.πŸ˜‘

Well I’m not about that life. I get that he’s still a baby and that he’s going through a rebellious phase (most dogs do), but we aren’t going to play that early in the morning, just because he wants to. Especially after getting hardly any sleep.

So I put his fluffy ass to work. Which in this case means that I made him do his tricks, took him for a short walk where I called the shots, not him (although he really freaking tried), then made him sit and wait at the door before we went inside. 

I guess it was a successful walk/training session, as he ate his treat then promptly passed out on the floor. 

Unfortunately for me, once I’m up, I’m freaking up, and usually can’t fall back asleep. So I made a pisston of coffee and some eggs and toast, and then set to work cleaning the kitchen. Good times…

(I just want to take a second to thank my sister for starting me up on the word “piss” again. I don’t know what it as about that word but she says it all the time, in pretty much every variation possible, and for some reason it’s super contagious). 

Luke, that lucky asshole, slept until 8:30. By then Niko and I had played more tug of war than I’d ever wanted to play in my whole life, went on two short walks, and I was covered head to toe in dog slobber. 

Once Luke got up we had to run a few errands, but after that we finally got to take the monsters to the dog park! We were a bit apprehensive about brining Niko along, but he actually behaved himself quite well and they all managed to wear themselves out. πŸ˜„

After our dog park trip we dropped Lily and Niko off at home and headed to Home Depot to pick up a few things. Dean is very popular at our local Home Depot so he always enjoys going with us.

Once we got home I showered because I was covered in even more dog drool, and then made a s’more on the pizzazz which was pretty exciting! Then I napped for a couple of hours. Hahaha remember I only got 2 hours and 40 minutes of sleep last night. πŸ˜‰ Then Luke and I played Pokemon for a while. 

Then at 8 pm we decided to wear Niko out by taking him for a long ass walk, because we want him to actually sleep tonight.

 We spent an hour walking around the neighborhood looking for Pokemon. We got stopped by quite a few people asking about Niko and we ran into a shit ton of people also looking for Pokemon. Haha we kept running into this one group of people and we ended up helping each other out a few times. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

I’d say today actually went really well, all things considered. I’m REALLY hoping Niko is quite and sleeps all night. I plan on getting up early to run tomorrow and I don’t want to do that on only a few hours of sleep. That’s never fun…

Good night (or morning, or afternoon, depending on when you’re reading this)! 😊

~ Ashley

Weekly Recap: June 13th – 19th, 2016

Monday:

Accidentally woke up late, so this run wasn’t all that fun…The sun was all the way up, I walked most of mile 3, and I was about 3 seconds away from drowning in my own sweat. Summer running sure is fun (read that sentence in THE MOST sarcastic voice you can think of). I did something new though! I listed to a whole album that was not in any way, shape, or form related to Green Day. Haha that doesn’t happen often.

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Tuesday: 

  • Easy 1 mile

I did not want to get up and work out on Tuesday. It was an easy day anyway, so instead of doing two miles I did one. I brought Dean with me since I wasn’t doing anything too crazy, and afterward he went directly to the pool and layed down. Haha he doesn’t like the summer either. 



Wednesday: 

  • 1 hour run
  • Hip/arm work

Somehow managed to go the exact same distance and therefore pace as I did Monday, even though I walked more then. Whatever, I’ll still take less walking as a win. 

Wednesday was my first 5 am wake up of the summer and at this rate, I don’t think I’m going to get to sleep in on running days until October. I’m pretty sure there’s a heat advisory for the rest of the week, so that’s great…

Thursday:

  • Rest Day

I did a bit of headstand practice though! I’m actually getting a lot better! Now I just need to start moving away from the wall. 

Friday:

Originally wanted to do 6, but it was waaaay to humid. I thought about doing 2 more when we got to Illinois (were visiting family this weekend) but hanging out with my siblings and parents was just more important. 

Saturday: 

I thought about running in the morning, but I ended up walking all around my grandma’s property with Dean and my sisters dog instead. My grandma selling her farm so I guess I just had to start saying my goodbyes. I spent the first 20 years of my life on that farm, so seeing it get sold is really bumming me out. 

Luke and I also did a bit of target practice. That’s always fun. πŸ˜„

Sunday: 

  • Rest Day

Walked around the farm again this morning. We’re heading back home this afternoon, so I’m glad I got out and walked around before spending 5 hours in the car. 

Total weekly mileage: 13.21

Not bad all things considered. Honestly it’s probably good that I had a lower milage week to give my body a chance to rest and adjust. Aiming for 16-18 miles for next week! πŸ˜„