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-----I hope you
all had a great Christmas and New Years. The rush is over now and things
are slowly returning to normal - well as close to normal as anything ever
gets here! We had 2 new litters of pups - Tracy had hers on Christmas Eve
- she kept me up all night - but has 6 beautiful babies! Natalie had her
on January 3. All the babies are doing excellent. Tracys pups are about
14 days old now, their eyes are mostly open and they can hear, they lift
their heads up and look at me when I talk to them - but then fall right
back asleep. Still babies!! Wait another week though and they will come
running when they hear me ! That's when the fun begins!
started out threatening to be a bad one with lots of snow and cold. But
after the first few snow storms in November and December it's been a pretty
mild winter. Up in the 40's to 50's during the day and high 20's at night.
Not bad, not bad at all. About a week ago we had a big RAIN storm - it
rained heavy all night long. That is the first time I can ever remember
rain in January!! Unfortunately, thought rain in January only makes lots
of ice - so I would much rather have snow than rain - but mother nature
doesn't listen to me ! and just does what she wants.
without any snow I had to get creative if I wanted to go "dog sledding".
We recently got 2 ATV's - so now I can hook up 8 dogs and go dog Atving!
The dogs love it as much as dog sledding - personally I would rather be
on a dog sled - but it's still fun and great exercise for them. Going down
hill I put it in neutral and they can pull it without a second thought.
Coming back up hill though I kick the engine in gear so they are just running
and not pulling. So right now I am going to the mail box with them pretty
much everyday, our driveway is about 2 miles long ONE WAY and is a typical
mountain road with 2 very tight switch backs. The name "Elk Trail"
isn't a mistake - in fact a couple days ago I saw tracks crossing the road
of about 15 elk including 3 bulls, which judging from the tracks a couple
of them were really big bulls!
"Atving" - I am in full gear with Agility Training. AKC trials
don't start here until the end of April but I have 2 new, young dogs I
am training. Zeus is about 10 months old, he is an Uzi - Zena son. I kept
him as a personal dog for me and to do agility with because with his breeding
he should be a TOP agility dog. He is also the last son of Uzi as Uzi passed
away this fall - so that makes him even more special to me. He is doing
excellent in agility and tries so hard to please me and if he messes up
you can tell he gets frustrated with himself and tries even harder! When
I first started training him on the tunnel I would say tunnel and he would
run to the tunnel (he figured that out right away) - but he didn't know
what to do with it so he would make a big circle around the whole tunnel
and come back to me - he would do that over and over like he thought that
is what he was supposed to do. After several times of having him go THROUGH
the tunnel on lead he got the idea. But it was so funny how he knew he
was supposed to do something with this long snaky thing, he couldn't figure
out WHAT to do but was going to do his best! Now he has that down pat.
He loves the dog walk and A frame and FLIES over them. The teeter totter
is down as low as it can go to the ground so that is easy for him but it
still tips and he can feel it move under him. He is also doing well with
the jumps and is learning to turn tighter and follows my body language
very well. I have learned so much this past year - with Tess and Rhett.
I knew NOTHING and just got in there and did my best with them but Zeus
and Buddy have a much better advantage now because I actually know something
about agility!! Buddy is a Border Collie pup I got - he is about 6 months
old so I am just starting to train him. I got him because I wanted a dog
to compete in the 20 inch class - because all the Shepherds have to run
the 24 inch class. So I just wanted a smaller dog to run too.... well it's
just my luck Buddy isn't turning out to be small and it looks like he may
very well run the 24 inch class too. Oh well....... I like him and will
run him in whatever class he fits into. But amazingly Zeus is every bit
as fast as Buddy right now...... everyone in the club that has seen Zeus
work says he is the fastest German Shepherd they have ever seen!!! And
he is just getting started! But even though he is high drive and fast in
agility - he is super calm and settled in the house. I am still training
Rhett and Tess and plan to run them this year as well...... it's going
to be a busy summer but I am looking forward to it!
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
Leah and Zeus
Leah and Buddy (getting a ride!)
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