The boys are such sweet and awesome doggies, and we are so glad they are part of our family! Both seem to have adjusted nicely to indoor dogs, although they certainly enjoy their backyard (and their new six foot fence). In fact, I am looking at both right now and they have grass stains on their feet from running around the yard. It is a riot to watch them wrestle and chase each other around. We have a two walk-per-day routine, and they are slowly learning that weekends can start a bit later than 4:30 a.m.! We have even gotten to “sleep in” until 6 a.m. a few times. Along with our walking routine, we have an annual pass for the dog park which they love — and have taken them to doggie daycare on occasion if Ric and I will be gone most of the day. There have been chewing incidents when they’ve been left alone but those have seemed to disappear (knock on wood). We think it was more opportunity driven than separation anxiety. Apparently rugs and couch pillows seem to be much more fun than doggy bones and Kongs — who knew! Both learned quickly that the couches and chairs are very comfortable. It took about five weeks before they would climb the stairs to our second story where the bedrooms are. They then figured out how comfortable human beds and pillows can be.
Rusty & Copper have made many friends with the K9 and human neighbors alike. And as we learned with our previous collies, everyone is always so awestruck at the sight of them. Drivers have stopped their cars on busy roads to tell us how pretty they are. The geese that hang around the pond next to our backyard are apparently something to bark loudly at — though the ducks are ignored. Now, the squirrels that run along the top of the fence, and jump back and forth between trees above their heads to tease them are a different story. Archenemies; everyone last one of them! But their cute and adorable personalities always come shining through. Copper is definitely the major cuddle bug, while Rusty would rather cause mischief first, and then cuddle up. On Easter we had a house full of family and friends, including our 3- and 4-year-old grand-nieces. The boys were so gentle and patient as they were tugged around all day to play. Once everyone left and the house was quiet, it took them only seconds to collapse and fall sound asleep until morning. The nieces live in Texas and the 4 year-old is still asking her mom and dad when Copper can come to live with her!
We did learn both Rusty & Copper tested positive for Lyme antibodies and Copper an additional tick antibody as well, so they were exposed at some point. The vet was not surprised at all given that they were outside farm dogs for so long. They may never have any issues from it, but just something we’ll be keeping an eye on going forward. Otherwise, both are happy and healthy and have learned what the crinkle of the heartworm pill wrapper sounds like!
Well, that sums up the news for now. We are enjoying these two furry kids immensely!
Collie kisses to all! – Pam & Ric Peltier