(This is Lovey!) Hey there my friend's! How is your summer going. We have had more rain 🌧 than normal which is a good thing! Now our weather has turned to 100% and sunny 🌞. Some people call this the dog days of summer! Well I can honestly tell you that we are having dog days but they're not Weather related! Yes our dog days or dog daze are actually doggie related! We are expecting a new litter of puppies 🐶 literally any hour of any minute. We raise Rough Collies! For anyone not familiar with the breed I can sum it up in on word. Lassie! If your too young to remember "Lassie" then you'll need to Google her! Actually he was a she named Max!
(This is Honey!) Rough Collies are beautiful because of their long gorgeous coats but the best thing about this breed is their temperament! They are the best kid dog/family dog that I have ever known. I feel like I can say this because in our 35 years of marriage we have had quite a variety of different breeds. Don't misunderstand, we loved them all and they all had a purpose on our Farm and in our lives! None of them however has been as sweet, loyal, loving and kid friendly as our Collies!
( This is Finn! He is beautiful but he doesn't breed unfortunately!) Also if you are not into the long coat, Collies also come in a smooth variety! They are beautiful and elegant and have the same temperament of a Rough Collie!
(The first pic is Dixie our smooth Collie! The other pics are Honey as a puppy!) So why am I promoting the Collie. Because we raise Collies and have for all our 35 years of marriage. Before that I raised them with my parents since Junoir High I think. They have just always been part of our family! When I was really little our family had a Collie. She was pretty much my nanny. We shared chewing gum. I would chew it awhile then she would chew it awhile then I would take it back and chew it again! I know, ick right! I was two! Oh, and her name was Lassie! Of course!
(My Dad and and I when I was in my twenties. Holding on to the family Collies)
So we are waiting on pin and needles for our litter of puppies to be born! Mom is a tri-color, Lovey and we bred her to a tri-factored sable. He belongs to one of my Collie friends. His name is Tavis and he is a non-carrier for Collie Eye and MDR1 and other genetic issues Collies can have. That means half of the litter should be clears or noncarriers! Her last litter she had 7 pups most of them were tri-color 2 were sable and white! One of those pups became a therapy dog for a diabetic in California! One we kept for breeding.
(First pic is Dixie! Other pics are some of our past pups!) She is also a beautiful tri-color (black, white and tan) she has ears that tip naturally and is very sweet! Well guess what? She is in season! Meaning she's ready to breed! So my plan is to take her to the clinic in Stafford on Monday for a progesterone test. I have a feeling we might be going to Illinois Monday night! The crazy thing is that dogs are like women in that when a group of women work together their cycle will synch. The same thing happens in dogs 🐕! So Chances are Honey will be next! I will be so glad to get my own clear male so we don't have make this trip!
(First pic Mercedes, out of Qwinn, now lives in Canada! Second pick Dixie as a baby!) I am also buying a a new puppy 🐶 from Chris (My Collie friend!) She is a clear female and I am excited! So I will get to see her if not bring her home!
(Picture of our beautiful Qwinn, Honey's mother.) On a sad note in the last month we had 2 Collies pass away. One was old and it happens. Unfortunately dogs don't live as long as we do. The other was a shock. It was Qwinn, Honeys mother! She wasn't old and our vet thought that maybe she had a heat stroke! It was a very hot 🔥 day! Anyway, she was special and beautiful and sweet and we really miss her! So having a new puppy will help heal the hurt!
(A sample of our business card and logo!) So hopefully before this day is over I hope we have a litter of puppies! Talk to you later! FG Farm Girl