Friday, September 6, 2013

Yo Ho Ho

Sunday was the four-week birthday of the Jolly Crew.

Red Sonja. She is seal, not black. You are gonna have to trust me on this.

Gertrude Imogene Stubbs. Daddy's girl. Really. She looks like her  papa Jet with lipstick.

Dread Pirate Roberts. We call him Bob.

Charlotte de Berry. Yes, that eye is blue.

Sadie Ferrell, aka Sadie the Goat. Yes, she is eating in public, but she is still a supermodel.

Belit. She and Red Sonja are hard to tell apart, but she is black and has a little spit-splash of white on her head.

In the dirge-like service of the empirical application of the most current ethological-behavioral research  (Clinique calls that burning) we hosted the first of our closely-engineered and highly technical puppy socialization optimization sessions.

Also, there were burgers, watermelon, corn from the garden, and beer. And we hoisted the Jolly Roger.  Because SCIENCE.

The Crew were handled by 17 people, of whom 12 were entirely new to them, and three were below the age of reason.  They hung out on the back deck, front porch, and two places in the front yard.

They ate their first solid food -- two meals of satin balls, one ounce of meat each at each meal, provided by a helpful volunteer who titrated access to cut down on the nom nom nom choke factor.

Uncle Cole stepped up to his role and began playing with them for the first time.

Their mother also began playing with them, swallowing their heads, and delivering love-nibbles.

And they got assigned use names for the next month or so.

Famous pirates, of course.

Without too much persnickety attention to the factual basis of any names or narratives. Because why spoil the fun?

Photos have been delayed by rolling technology failures, and the best ones are currently not retrievable. You got a problem with that, come to my house and fix all the computers and cameras and media cards.


  1. Fat puppies! I like Gertrude. She looks so plaintive and sincere.

  2. I will take Dread Pirate Roberts off your hands. Bob needs to come live with me. :D

  3. I can almost smell the puppy breath.

  4. Ben says of puppy day: "It would have been very easy to make a very bad and very expensive decision"


  5. Is seal also called "shaded sable"? The color occurs in Border Collies more than people notice...its that dog that's he's black...well...hmmm? red-black?

    My litter is about a week behind. We've got some ebil Border Collie-English Shepherd twin thing going on. If you want to see pictures (they are not for sale, I am not marketing, and if people think it's hard ot get a pup from you, they haven't worked with me yet) tell me where to privately send them.

    Happy pictures...looking forward to the upcoming weeks


  6. Don't forget to send me an application. Anything is possible.

  7. Thank you, the photos are wonderful.

  8. English Shepherds are such beautiful dogs. They've been apart of my life for 2/3 of it. More so for my father.

    I saw that yours have Jimmy Dunn - Guy Ward Ancestry- be glad it is such a small part of their bloodline. 2 of my 3 current ES's came from Jimmy. I love my dogs, but buying an ES from Jimmy Dunn was the biggest mistake I've ever made. Looking at their papers- which go back 7 generations- Ward and Dunn both inbred those dogs.

    One of mine is approaching 10 years old and her hips are in such bad shape. She was supposed to be part of the last litter Jimmy was ever going to have, so he said, as the litter were "accidents".

    The poor mother was so glad to see the puppies go, and looked so haggard. I now look at my 2 Dunn bred ES's and it hurts me so to see them having aged as they have, and I can only think of Duchess.

    Take care and keep the faith.


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