Lyra Week 2 day 2

Either Lyra’s food drive just kicked in, or I’ll be purchasing Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts in bulk.  My friend gave me a few, and wow…..got some serious work out of her.  Check out her heeling with something delicious.  At the end I spent a bit of...

Lrya – Week 2 Day 1

Today I took Lyra for a training session away from home.  Surprisingly, she was a bit spooked by the environment, so we ended up spending about ten minutes just walking around and adapting to the soccer field.  I had an overwhelming desire to try feeding her; I had to...

Lyra – Pet or Competition dog?

Yesterday I spent the day in San Diego teaching.  Lyra was left in the care of my husband for twenty-four hours. I wasn’t worried; he’s really taken to Lyra, and goes out of his way to take her places and to spend time with her. That did not take away from...

Lyra – Week 1, Day 5

If you take a conservative approach to raising puppies, you may not wish to read this post.  You have been warned. Today Lyra was introduced to the top step of the swimming pool.  I placed her on the step and helped her out.  She can’t quite climb out on her own...

Lrya – Week 1 Day 3

  We’ve had an overnight transformation. Lyra decided she won’t die in her crate after all.  So…we’re down to about 10 minutes of complaining when crated and then she falls asleep.  As a benefit, she’s a heck of a lot better natured...

Lyra – Week 1 Day 2

Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing. It can make a hardened trainer do things they will later regret, like placing a puppy in their bed at 1am in the morning.  Then again, with the three blissful hours of sleep that followed, maybe it was a good idea after all. She...

Lyra – Week 1

Her lungs won’t stop and her bladder wont’ start. Well, that’s not exactly true.  But last night…that was a long night.  As far as pee, she goes several hours between.  I’ve never had a puppy like that, but it’s only day 2. She can...

Introducing Lyra

Her registered name will be Sprite-Fanfare’s Lyra.   My husband named her. Lyra likes to be held; she licks my face and is cuddly cute.  She has a lovely expression.  When you call to her she smiles right up at your eyes. She handled the Portland airport as if it were...

And the winner is….

Ms. Pink. But…what does that mean? I selected for Calm.  Stable.  Manageable. Confident. Realistically, the litter was even for the qualities that matter most to me.  All of the puppies appeared to be stable and extremely handler focused.  All of them were...

Selecting a Puppy

Bet I got your attention with that title.  Everyone wants the silver bullet; the magic formula for picking “the right one”. First some random thoughts: Figure out what you NEED in a puppy, rather than what you think you want.  It’s fine that you want...