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A tribute to my Riley

August 18, 2019

When your dog gets old (and people too) I think you unconsciously mentally prepare yourself that one day they won’t be here. It still doesn’t make it easy.

When you have a fit active dog who is only months off celebrating their 9th birthday and disaster hits it is like being hit by a ton of bricks.. Life can be so unfair. One week he’s fine and the next he’s gone..

We still remember the day we picked Riley up. Little man sat at my feet all the way home. He wasn’t a big cuddler when he first arrived here and I sat down and had a word with him about that.. I said.. We  have cuddles in this family so you better sort your shit out or I will send you packing.. He definitely listened to that . He would sit on my knee any opportunity he could.. Greg use to say he thought our relationship was unhealthy!! He continued to do that all his life. We had to ban him from our bedroom in the end as every time I moved he would jump up and it would  be a full total check over my body and face with his tongue that I was ok

Riley was very special..  He was super smart. He knew before me what I was doing..  I don’t know how he did but he did.. And when it came to going to the vet OMG  he would like do this most incredible vanishing act..

He was a very independent dog.. he wasn’t one to be in your face unless he got to know you.. he had his favourite people and they also loved him back. He was always happy and out on his walks he would be off exploring but keeping half an eye on where I was.. He had a love hate relationship with Chico.. At home it was a hate and who was going to be boss but out together they had great comradery.. They would play like a tag and chase game which was just magical to watch.. Already I see Chico wondering where he is.

I feel a bit lost for words about our Riley dog.. I just didn’t for one minute expect to be writing this today.. I feel cheated we wont get to see him into his old age and care for him. I love my old dogs with a passion .. they are my best friends and Riley has been taken from me too soon.

About 4 years ago Riley got a foreign body in his side.. It was like a pine needle but off the casuarina trees our neighbours have as a shelter belt.. He was operated on twice but they couldn’t find it. I had managed to massage part of it out but sadly some must have remained in him.. It would flare up from time to time over the years in different part of his side.. A month ago we saw an opening on his spine. Sadly we think it then headed to his brain. I knew he wasn’t right a week ago but we could find nothing wrong.. A scan showed nothing. He went down very quickly.

He was a gorgeous dog.. Heart of gold and handsome.. he is buried on our lawn watching over us now and in peace. He will leave a huge hole in our hearts.. I will share some photos over the years. he was so photogenic.. I literally have thousands of him

Fly like the wind  my Riley dog. I will always remember your smile.. It is so weird not to see that this morning

Riley PIP

August 17, 2019

Today I buried my beloved Riley dog..  tomorrow I will write his tribute ..

Busy times

August 12, 2019

Pups have all arrived and we  have some busy times ahead. I have some pup available and ready in September so please email me if you are interested.. catherine@bordercollie.co.nz

Check my puppy page for details. The girls are all being great mums. This is Georgies first litter and she is fantastic mum.. not like her own mum (Sue) who can be a little challenging with pups!! I am now feeding them all four times a day so my days are pretty busy.. Pretty cool busy tho!!! Lots of puppy cuddles.. lots of visitors..

Life would be a tad easier without this rain!! where was it in the summer when we needed it!!

Puppies due

July 9, 2019

Now just waiting for them to arrive. Mishka due tomorrow!! Georgie and Chloe’s in about 2 weeks.

 

so while I wait on Mishka to have her babies and she is due today or tomorrow I will do an overdue update from the last bunch.. I thought I had plenty of time between litters but it just goes..  we had a really neat bunch of pups in April. I guess especially so as I kept a wee girl who I must say has kept me pretty busy over the last month and is an absolute delight. She is quite an adventurer and yet has the calm cuddly nature of her Mum Sue and Grandmother Tui..  we have called her Keenja

But just quickly I shall throw together some of the pups with their new owners. I know everyone loves seeing the puppy pics!! Once again some I have met some really neat people. Thanks to all of you that make my breeding so worth while.. Three of the pups have gone to live with other Tylerwild kids too so thats pretty cool!!

Blue & white pups

May 23, 2019

All pups have homes thanks.. Please email me for more details or check my puppy page for next updates

catherine@bordercollie.co.nz

Puppies Available

May 13, 2019

Two boys in blue..(tehe )a blue girl and a red girl looking for forever homes early June. Please email for more details

catherine@bordercollie.co.nz

 

what a fantastic summer

March 31, 2019

I have just loved this hot and beautiful summer we have had and the rain arrived just in time before we got too too brown. I know we need it for our stock but I must admit I have enjoyed the hot summer days. Poor Nelson suffered badly..and so terrible with those fires.. That was scary stuff!!

The dogs have loved our creek and cooling off. It has got quite low  but still has its swimming holes good for them. We will often just head down there for a splash and its always a compulsory and much needed dip after a hot afternoon walk.

It has been a quiet couple of months with no puppies after Molly’s lot left. I have been able to spend more time with my big guys and also young Murphy who is now 6 months and  quite a character.  Although not related he does remind me of my old Hoons.. A bit of a clown personality.. Great wee fly catcher too!! he constantly makes us laugh with his antics..  he often gets the title ‘Mad Murphy’!!! Georgie has been a great playmate to him along with his mum Mishka.. Georgie turns 2yrs on the 2nd of April and we are still waiting on her to come on heat again.. I think Murphy has kept her young and puppyish. I am sure she will enjoy having pups of her own… one day soon we hope!!!

So this coming week I  excitedly await the arrival of both Sue and Tuis babies. The first 6 weeks of their pregnancies seem to go so fast and this week is now going very slow!!! Bobbie is due a few days later too and she is looking quite large!! It is going to busy times ahead but I cant wait.. Greg has upgraded one of our puppy rooms and added two new windows and I have just finished painting it ready for the new arrivals.. Oohh its exciting..

Here are a few photos of Mollys pups before they left  and some of our family over the last couple of months so i hope you enjoy them.. I am so lucky to have such  a gorgeous bunch of kids..