Thursday, November 29, 2007

Surprise!

Please meet the newest member of our family: Apollo.

We were going to name him MacLeod with the call name Mac. His litter name was Apollo. When we picked him up at the airport today, we started calling him Apollo immediately.

He is a border collie. He's nine weeks old today. He is absolutely precious. We are in love.

Jerry Lee would prefer to be the only dog, though.

And just guess how crazy we are? We put a deposit down on two pups. So we're on the waiting list for our second. One for Thomas, one for me. Apollo was supposed to be mine, but Thomas just wouldn't have that! That's fine, as it was a very good match between the two.

Our hopes are to do agility. If we can find a 4H Dog Program, I'd like Thomas to do that, too.

This is the BEST breeder. Apollo comes to us already knowing these commands: sit, down, come and wave hello. The breeder suggested clicker train starting immediately, so we did just that. Where Thomas is bending down in the photo, he's treating Apollo for coming to him when called.

We are so happy tonight! Well, Jerry's a little disgruntled, and the cats are still a little out of shape, but the people in the house are very happy!




9 comments:

audrey said...

Oh! So cute! When I was a pre-teen and teen, my brother and I both had Shelties that we ran in field trials. We were in a great 4-H club with other who did the same. It's a LOT of fun and a great hobby/sport for a young person. You have to have a lot of patience and consistency with your dog, and you have to be nuturing and compassionate as well. At the same time, there is a sense of control (and pride) that comes from knowing your dog is answering YOUR commands. It's so rewarding all around.

Gerkin Pickle said...

Ha! I knew it! Congrats!

mull-berry said...

He's beautiful ... congrats!

Mama B said...

What a cutie pie! I can't wait to show the boys his picture tomorrow!

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, he is very sweet looking!

I didn't realize that you had decided on a border collie.
But all day today while I went to two classes, a seminar and a lab, I was thinking about coming home to check your blog. I thought you were getting a new dog today!

Congratulations!

Meg_L said...

Oh what fun!

I know it varies by location, but our 4H does do agility as well as obedience. Maybe yours will as well?

I like Apollo. We had a sheltie called Miss McDuff something or other and we called her Miss Mac.

Anonymous said...

He's a cutie. Why don't you call your next one Achilles, then you can say, Achilles-heel!

Heather said...

That dog is so beautiful. I am so happy for you all.

Kate in NJ said...

He is gorgeous!
Congrats!!