…That's what owners of our old fashioned farm collie puppies say. We love the way our farm dogs think, work and nurture!
Keeper is off to Montana! He’ll grow up to herd, and protect livestock on a homestead farm, compete in agility, 4H programs, and be a loving guardian angel to his new family.
Word from the owner –
Nov 28, 2016 – Hi Brina! Keeper finally made it Here!
Keeper has settled in just a few hours. He has met the kids. My husband went with me to pick Keeper up and we are clicking. When we got home though, Keeper really took to the girls and wanted to be Velcroed to them. I’ll watched for calming signals or any anxiety on Keeper‘s part but it seemed he was comfortable with kids. The other two boys gave Keeper space as we requested so we wouldn’t overwhelm him, but he still checked them out. Keeper has also met Rose (our other dog) and the outdoor kitty. He did fantastic with both introductions. We arrived in the dark so we did not make it around the whole property, but he has accompanied us to the garage on the leash several times and been in our large fenced in area next to the house. Keeper is so calm and settled. I know he is getting use to us but wow. I am use to the intensity of the border collie so I guess I was expecting more of that high excitement. He has just been systematically checking the main room in the house out and thinking. Boy the wheels turn. I was worried about Keeper being wary of my husband after hearing how he was slow to warm up to the transporter, but Keeper is doing fine with him too. Keeper has taken up a spot next to my husband’s feet and is sleeping right now.
Dec 6, 2016 – Out and about on our walk.
Dec 7, 2016 – Keeper and Rose are getting along much better. Rose wasn’t impressed with a new pup in the house,and would intimidate him. But that seems to have been resolved. Rose is a border collie/German short hair cross who has been terrific with the family, and bird hunting. She really took an interest in working cattle when she finally got around them.
Dec 10, 2016 –
My reply —Keeper is at the age of testing his limits, and he does have English Shepherd in him which can be strong willed, but your case sounds nothing out of the normal, No fear!
Dec 11, 2016 – We have had several inches of snow which has made it harder to be outside. The chickens have not needed to be put in because they are staying in their coop to avoid the snow. Training has continued inside, however. Keeper is pictured in a down-stay of about 15-20 seconds. He is a little wet because he just came in after playing with Rose in the falling snow. I didn’t think to take a picture earlier in the daylight. He came to us with a nice sit. Still working on a recall when he’s distracted outside. He loves to go out with us to do chores and go to the garage with me to get things out of the extra freezer. He also has a fascination with me folding laundry especially when matching socks. He has been finding the kids’ socks that they leave by the door occasionally when taking off their snow boots. He will now bring them to me to exchange them for a treat. I will let you know if he figures out how to do the laundry and match socks for us! haha!
Dec 28, 2016 – One thing that amazes me about Keeper is his calmness and ability to settle inside. After having Border collies that want to fetch or continue working well after the sun has set to the point of being obnoxious, having a dog settle down and be content as a foot warmer is quite enjoyable. Can “foot warmer” be an official task for a “Working farm dog”? LOL!
My reply –Oh yes! Collies are very tuned to our emotions and aren’t relaxed until we are. Also ES are all about rules, they are so focused on helping, but to be a helper they have to focus on what the human wants, and Keeper knew you were missing someone. He’ll calm down, and when your husband returns he’ll affirm in his own mind seeing you relax and happy again, connects with your husband – the missing member of the pack- coming home.
Jan 28, 2017 – Keeper looks for his next command. They worked on reinforcing come, sit, down, and stay at today’s workshop.
Feb 13, 2017 – Started beginning rally today. (The boys with Rose on the left and Keeper in the middle foreground) They learned and practiced halt/sit, halt/down/walk around the dog, and heel position.
Keeper is brave, and gentle. He is not on the top of the puppy ranks but he takes orders well. He would do well as a guard dog, he always is the first to jump up at an unfamiliar sound, and Keeper is quick to check it out. Keeper has a desire to please, and wants to do his best for you. He’s Submissive to his master, yet fearless. He loves to track, and usually has his nose to the ground. He has great herding capabilities, and loves to be around the Chickens. Keeper is expected to grow up to be around 65-70lbs. He resembles his collie ancestors with his long coat, sloped muzzle, and loving eyes, though some English shepherd shows through from his natural bob tail. He is a cuddle bug, and wants to be loved by everyone.
Keeper has had 5 DNA tests- PRA-PRCD =A CEA =B MDR1 =A DM =A VWD1 =A
An “A” means top score not affected, or clear of the disease you were testing for.
Ducks- Keeper had seen other puppies work with the ducks so he knew what to do. speedy Keeper did his best to round up the ducks, and hold them there, but every now and then one would slip out, he darts out after the loose duck and brings it back. looks at me to say “How did I do? do you like my work?” his tail goes wild as I praise him. “That will do Keeper, that will do!”
Going to the Calf- I held Keeper while I pet Joey, (the calf) Keeper leaned over to smell joey’s back, his tiny tail wiggled so fast he squirmed for joy, he liked the smell of this new animal! I set him down he ran up to joey tail alert, and he must have said something that joey didn’t like because joey stomped his hoof, and swung his head, I moved Keeper out of the way before there was any trouble. soothing joey I put Keeper down further away with me from joey, Keeper has no fear, he went right back, but this time took a different approach, from behind with his head and tail streamline he darted for the calf’s legs. “Easy boy, good dog Keeper, come.” I call out, Keeper turns to me and then looks back at joey as if to say, “but I was doing my job, I’m not done yet.” “That will do Keeper, come.” I tell him. Keeper comes wiggling his tail, “did I do good?” he says to me, “Yes Keeper, you are brave. Good dog!”
Pictures of Keeper-
at 19 weeks
at 12 weeks
At week 9
at 4 weeks
At week 3