Photo Challenge Day 20: Inside
Here’s Sammy (and Helo and Briar) inside the pet store!

Photo Challenge Day 20: Inside

Here’s Sammy (and Helo and Briar) inside the pet store!

Anonymous asked: where did you get baelfire?

I adopted Bae from a hobby breeder here in Virginia; one of the only legitimate cattle dog breeders I could find on the East coast (aside from Stock Options who wanted to sell their puppies for $2,000 or more). South Haven purchases conformation stock for her line of cattle dogs. She breeds for health and temperament and has sold dogs to conformation and performance homes. Bae is the first dog I’ve ever gotten from a breeder. My experience was so great with Janice that I’ve decided that my next dog down the line will more than likely come from a breeder as well, unless something catches my eye at a breed-specific rescue.

alipynckel:

Bae with the headless horsemen rider.  Haha!

I’ve got 3 albums of photos to sort through this week. Pictures from last weekend’s adventures, and pictures from this weekend’s adventures. I’m totally slacking off! Here is a picture of Bae taken by Ali to tie you over. He won “Scariest Costume,” at the Halloween Costume Contest at Care-A-Lot Pet Supply. I can’t believe there wasn’t anything scarier than him. Does this look remotely frightening to you!? LOL!

alipynckel:

Bae with the headless horsemen rider.  Haha!

I’ve got 3 albums of photos to sort through this week. Pictures from last weekend’s adventures, and pictures from this weekend’s adventures. I’m totally slacking off! Here is a picture of Bae taken by Ali to tie you over. He won “Scariest Costume,” at the Halloween Costume Contest at Care-A-Lot Pet Supply. I can’t believe there wasn’t anything scarier than him. Does this look remotely frightening to you!? LOL!

Bae won scariest costume!

I honestly was not expecting us to win anything at the costume contest last night, but much to my surprise Bae’s number was called up as the winner for scariest costume! He and Briar both left with bags of goodies! Got a love free stuff!

Today we are going to Newport News Park for a hike with the Hampton Roads K9 Adventures group! I really miss being able to take all of my dogs out with me, so today I’ve decided to bring all three on the hike. I am really excited, and so are the dogs!

Photo Challenge Day 19: Outside
Bae LOVES the outdoors. If he had to choose, I bet he’d rather be running around outside than sitting around inside!

Photo Challenge Day 19: Outside

Bae LOVES the outdoors. If he had to choose, I bet he’d rather be running around outside than sitting around inside!

Photo Challenge Day 18: Orange
Orange is the color of Bae’s coat! I wonder why we call them red heelers?

Photo Challenge Day 18: Orange

Orange is the color of Bae’s coat! I wonder why we call them red heelers?

Be careful when looking for a breeder!

"Couple charged with 2 counts of animal cruelty, 50+ dogs confiscated." - Click to view the full article!

I follow a group on Facebook called “Herding Dogs in Eastern USA Shelters.” They share posts from all over Facebook about herding dogs in need of homes. Most of the dogs are in kill shelters with only days to live. Tonight I saw something that caught my eye… I was looking at some pictures of some cattle dogs that had been shared to the page, but what caught my eye was the words, “Bleu Moon.” I recognized those words. They’re the name of a cattle dog breeder. “Bleu Moon Cattle Dogs.” When I was initially looking for a cattle dog breeder, I came across their website. They seemed legit, according to their website (which has now been taken down from what I can see).

They had written lies all over their website and Facebook page, claiming their dogs were raised in some of the best conditions possible with room to run on 15 acres. Nothing seemed to shout “red flag,” when I browsed their website (aside from them going into great detail to explain why they are a “closed kennel”). They had a nice looking website with nice pictures of healthy looking dogs. They didn’t appear to participate in showing or working so I assumed they just bred for a hobby. Come to find out, these dogs were being kept in kennels 24/7 with no food, no water, and sometimes sharing the already cramped cages with 2-3 other dogs. These cages were inside a shed with no air conditioning or ventilation in temperaments as hot as 100 degrees.

I’m just glad I didn’t choose them as a breeder when I got Bae. The breeder I purchased Bae from may just be a hobby breeder, but at least she gladly invited us to her kennels and gave us a tour of her facility (which was clean and spacious, and the dogs looked very healthy and well taken care of with food, water, and shelter available). I can understand the logic behind a “closed kennel policy,” but to me, it doesn’t sound good when a breeder refuses to let a potential client visit their establishment. It’s like they want to hide something from you… I personally would never go to a breeder who wouldn’t let me check out their facility before buying a dog from them. For the money you’re paying, you ought to know the conditions your dog’s parents are living in. I think any breeder with a good reputation and nothing to hide would gladly invite you to their facility.

Cooper Australian Shepherds is probably where I will get an Aussie someday. I’ve talked to Jean about his Aussies and his kennels. He knows I’m not ready to get an Australian Shepherd yet, but he still said I was welcome to stop by his kennels anytime. He says people stop by there almost on a daily basis. It’s clear to me that Jean has nothing to hide. I’d be more suspicious of the guy who avoids or refuses visitors. I think it’s important to scope out a breeder before making a final decision to buy from them. There’s no telling how many unsuspecting people bought puppies from Bleu Moon and supported the neglect of those poor cattle dogs. It angers me that I visited their website completely unaware that there were over 50 Australian Cattle Dogs being neglected. I’m glad they’ve been confiscated. I hope Bleu Moon is shut down for good and that those dogs (assuming some will go unclaimed) have the privilege of retiring from breeding and are adopted out to wonderful pet homes.

Attending an Obedience Graduation

Tonight we are attending the graduation of a basic obedience class. The instructor welcomed us to attend and encouraged us to talk to the handlers who took the class. We won’t get to see how the instructor teaches her classes, but I’m sure we could learn some information from her clients. Depending on how this meeting goes with the instructor, we may be taking advanced obedience at this facility instead of at Merrimac Dog Training Club.

Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor →

Guys, I swear I ♥ your posts!

It drives me nuts when I miss posts in the news feed. I follow so many blogs that I don’t actually get to see all the wonderful posts from blogs that I really love following. So I end up going to each blog individually to see what’s been going on. But not every blog has an accessible “Like” button on the front of their blog (most blogs require you to go to each individual post to be able to “Like” them). I’m just too lazy for all that. So if you notice that I haven’t been “Liking” your posts lately, it’s not because I’m not keeping up with your blog. It’s because I’m too lazy to go to every post and click the heart.