Monday, May 19, 2008

Look Who's Becoming a Retriever!

Yup, that's the Pinot Squirt. :o)

Wow is she FAST: notice who's in the lead below, and she's not even running hard compared to Kenya and Elsie! She's actually teasing them (nah, nah, na-nah, na, I have the bo-one!). :o)

And, boy, is she driven.

She's the first one (by a mile) to get to whatever we throw. Her instinct to retrieve is just so strong (even stronger than Elsie's and Kenya's, which I didn't think possible).

Today the object of retrieval happened to be a bone because it was handy (Pinot doesn't care; she'll retrieve anything). FYI a bone is definitely not the best choice for throwing because of how hard bones are (can chip teeth); we usually use a tennis ball, bumper, or retrieving dummy.

But she retrieved nonetheless.

And she completely outran the other girls (that's Kenya behind her below and Elsie by her side).

She even brings whatever it is right back to me (in a bee-line, unless one of the other dogs gets in the way-- then she'll take the circular, winding route). ;o)

What a wonderful girl she is! Except for that long whip tail of hers (which is finally densing up some, but is still really long), we couldn't be more pleased with how she developing.

She's every bit as sweet as Elsie and as happy as Kenya -- almost like she's a blend of the two girls. And, boy, does she have her dad's speed and athleticism. I'm astounded watching her sometimes.


I sure hope the other pups from her litter are shaping up as nicely. I haven't heard from their owners in a while (I hope no news is good news, but you never know).

In any case, I'm glad Pinot had her temporary heart murmur as a young pup (which has completely disappeared since -- she's in terrific health). We didn't want to place her with anyone until we knew she was fine, and while we were waiting to see about the murmur, we fell in love with her. So she's ours forever now.

And what a sweetie she is. I can't wait to see what she develops into; I think she'll be gorgeous (her head is finally broadening a bit, too, catching up to that long nose of hers!).

See: "bad" things can work out okay in the long run! A heart murmur, which could have be devastating, ended up benign and gave us our Pinot Squirt for life.

Silver linings: I just have to remember to look for them.

'Til next time.

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