This was a big weekend for Nova! We went to visit my parents and also competed in her first AKC agility trial on Sunday! If you recall, she tried her paw at UKC over a year ago and it didn’t go quite as planned. We’ve been practicing really hard though and she’s been consistently doing well in more advanced classes and at some fun runs.
This past weekend, we drove Nova around town to visit some friends. We thought it would be a good idea to let her have some play time with other dogs since almost all of the dogs she’s interacted with lately have not wanted to play with her or haven’t been allowed (such as at class), that we were worried it was turning her off to other dogs in general. It’s possible she’s just getting more “watchful” instead of “playful” now that she’s older, but she did get a couple of great play sessions in and we got lots of photos.
I thought we would share Clara’s happy news with you that this past week, Clara was adopted! Her family had previously met her once before, and while we were fairly certain they were the ones for her, we wanted to have one more “meet and greet.” What we didn’t tell them is that we also brought all the paperwork with us and that they could adopt her on the spot if it was a match.
It was obvious the second time that nothing Clara could do wrong would dissuade them so we told them if they wanted, they could keep her that day. From their excitement, you would have thought they won the lottery! The wife literally shrieked with joy. We took some more obligatory photos, although I won’t be posting those with the new family here to respect their wishes. Clara has been a fantastic dog and it was hard to say goodbye, but we know she’s at a great family and will live a very happy rest of her life.
I think Nova is very happy too, and now it’s time for a few weeks break from fostering to give her some time to decompress and maybe play with a few dogs that actually like to play.
The whole family got together for a fun outing at the park. Our goals were to see if Nova would do well in an outdoor environment (she did), see how Clara would do in an unfenced environment (pretty well), and have a fun photo shoot to learn some new techniques (accomplished). Since my parents were in town, my Dad was able to take some photos while I focused on working with the pups. I think this one is my favorite of the day.
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The other night we had a party to celebrate Hillary and her sister, Madeline’s, graduation and the puppies had a blast! Since a lot of the party was outdoors thanks to the great weather, they both got the chance to be off lead in the yard for an extended amount of time and did great.
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For those of you who don’t know, we occasionally foster dogs and although we’ve been really busy over the last few months, we finally finished cleaning up our construction zone and started fostering an adorable border collie mix we’ve named Clara.
She’s 8 years old, super sweet, and loves everybody she meets. Unlike our other foster dogs who had some serious issues to work with (although are now doing great with their furever families), Clara actually acts like a BC. She’s extremely toy motivated and is always up for a game of ball or tug, but is just as happy to cuddle with you and a good book.
Really, as long as she’s near her person, she’s happy. She hops in the car like a pro and while she reluctantly goes into her crate at night (something we’re working on), she doesn’t whine or complain. In fact, she almost never barks. We’re working on teaching her the basics and she’s starting to love training time. She’s picked up “sit” and is starting to learn “down” and hand-touches like the best of them.
For more information about Clara and how to adopt her or another border collie, you can look at the Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue adoption process.