For the past week, Jon and I have been talking about Fate, our new puppy. Jon analyzes the video’s that Karen Thompson, her breeder, is sending us. And we discuss how Karen is training her how to be in a house and crate and to know her name when called. We talk about all the details of her coming home. Where to put the crates, how we’ll walk her, how she and Red will be together. I know I’ll be using some of the things I’ve learned from riding lessons with Chloe when it comes to training Fate. Mostly to be clear and consistent and to mean what I say. I know animals sense our true intentions, even if we’re not completely aware of them ourselves.
This afternoon I got my studio ready for Fate. I took out the winter rugs and cleared a space for a crate close to me. I covered it with and pretty old quilt top to make it dark and cozy, like a cave. I put in the soft pad that used to cover Frieda’s bed and scattered toys inside. Before she comes into my studio for the first time, I’ll sprinkle treats in the crate. It’s important that she learn that when she’s in my studio with me, that it’s time to chill, chew a bone in her crate and sleep. I’ll take her outside every once in a while but in my studio, is where we work.
That’s my intention, we’ll see how it goes.
We leave for Virginia tomorrow and will be at Karen’s on Sunday and see Fate for the first time. I think Jon feels more connected to her at this point, he’s able to do that through the photos and videos. For me I think the connection will begin when I see her. I haven’t had a puppy for a long time and it’s hard for me to remember what it will be like. Intellectually I know that it’s very, very different from having an older dog, but in a way, it’s like pain, I can’t remember what it feels like. I’m a bit apprehensive, but mostly, I can’t wait.
5 thoughts on “Fate Comes To Bedlam Farm”
I am so happy for you & for Fate. Just from seeing you with all of the farm animals & the horses, I sense that you have a gentle spirit & are an animal lover. Best Wishes!. She is beautiful. Mary Ann
am so excited for you Maria….you and Jon both, but for you this will be monumental. A new Studio dog and constant companion. And yes, a daunting thought to rear a pup….. we experienced this 4 years ago when we got our aussie pup *Hamal*…….it had been 15 years since we had a pup and the challenges definitely surfaced……but it all came back to us, a thousand fold in joy. I’m thrilled for you both and look forward to your growth together.
I love that Frieda’s cover is in the crate.Fate will fill your world with youthful vibrance! It’s all good! I can’t wait to hear how Red reacts to seeing Karen Thompson again. Safe travels you three! 🙂
There is nothing as sweet as a new puppy. I’m thrilled for you. I have a feeling you’re into something good. Enjoy the ride. Peace.
Oh, Maria! A new Border Collie puppy AND a pony!! You will have your hands and heart full! Virginia should be beautiful this time of year. Annie