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Sub Woofer

January 12, 2014

After weeks of waiting with bated breath, he he, the time came to bring home our new VGD.  Vegetable Guardian Dog, to the uninitiated.  At age six Trace is needing some backup in the deer chasing department.

Grady - homeward bound

Grady – homeward bound

Grady is no run of the mill puppy to us, he is Trace’s blood brother from another litter, I’m sure there is some catchy phrase to describe that but I don’t know it.

a dog's life

a dog’s life

Integrating a new puppy into family life with two adult dogs, Glum and Glummer, aka Mel and Trace will be no easy task.  I’ve spent the last week puppy proofing the house, since we haven’t thought of that sort of thing for about 6 years, when Trace was a pup.  Where I had two shadows, now I have three, much to the first two’s chagrin.  Or mine once Grady figures out how to get in the bathroom while I am in there…Aussie owners will know what I mean.

On the way home we picked up the homeopathic remedy Aconite  for the older dogs to relieve the sudden onset stress we were pretty sure they would experience once they got wind of Grady.  Aconite comes from the plant monkshood Aconitum, but it is also known as wolf bane.  Figuring Grady would be the bane of my older pups life for a while, I didn’t think I was too out of line giving my dogs anti-anxiety medicine.

So now our job is to keep everyone happy and Grady safe from the big guys.  So far, so good.  Keeping the routine and rules for the older dogs, and adding Grady into the fold is keeping us busy.  He’s a talkative and demonstrative little fellow who started immediately communicating his needs after about four hours in his new home.  I always feel for the little guys, they are leaving everything and everyone they know and it all happens faster than you can shake a stick.  No more same age playmates, just grouchy adults, new smells, new rules, having to sleep by yourself, and lots of scary things to learn about – Snorting cows, hissing cats, and electric fencing 😦

We couldn’t ask for a better fit, Grady is already wise enough to cautiously approach Mel and Trace, and he slept through the night.  A few of his litter mates are still available, and I don’t think you could ask for better dogs.  Melissa and Ren, the breeders at Rocking RMB are very astute at matching the pup to the person and situation if you’re honest about your abilities and needs.  We needed/wanted another companion dog that was happy to be with us, didn’t need a job and would be comfortable as the sub woofer, with two other male Aussies.

Here is the puppy information – they are willing to ship, (one pup is going to Alaska and another is going to family in North Carolina) and trust me these dogs are the bomb.  Trace’s sister from his litter, and he and Grady’s parents are on site which is helpful when pup shopping, seeing the parents in person can give you some insight of the behavior of the pups.

You can contact them here through their website , click on the pup numbers on the left side of the page to see photos and personality descriptions.    They also have a Facebook group page that is a fun place to see other pups from past litteres in various settings and lifestyles.  The current litter is on there too, you just have to scroll down.

Meanwhile I have to go walk the dog(s).

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2014 4:26 pm

    What a happy, make-my-day kind of sub-woofer story… love it! CONGRATS to the whole family…. what a beautiful new Edition… Yay!

  2. January 12, 2014 5:57 pm

    He is gorgeous. We just got a new puppy too. Hoping she will be good with the cattle. Poor thing has to fit in with a grumpy 11year old, but coping well so far. I’ll be interested to read tour thoughts on dog training….

  3. January 12, 2014 6:00 pm

    oooo I laughed as I read through your puppy tale….. I *know* what you mean about older dogs with noses out of joint and the joys of puppy-proofing the house! — 4 weeks ago honey-hound (our kelpie working dog) presented us with 8 mini hounds! oh boy!!!!!! I am now ‘meat-mother’ to eight sub woofers (its e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-n-g!)

    I hope grady proves to be a marvelous addition to your lot (deer-chasing? oh boy!)

  4. Elizabeth permalink
    January 12, 2014 8:33 pm

    Oh my goodness……Aerosmith!? THEIR MUSIC TAKES ME BACK!!! I LOVE THOSE GUYS!!!!

  5. Tim permalink
    January 12, 2014 11:08 pm

    I’m an Aussie veggie farmer & we have a black & tan kelpie quite similar. We named him Shadow, as the day we got him home he was very black & barely moved 2 feet from my wife – I.e her Shadow. He hates birds & dies a great job keeping cockatoo’s, and well any bird off vegie beds. Problem is he also nails seedlings as he does so.

    Have had kelpies my whole life & are the best dogs!

  6. Bev permalink
    January 12, 2014 11:11 pm

    Oh Grady, you bring back memories. You are so cute. It’s been 8 years since our Aussie Mischief went through the puppy bit. Love the title VGD. Mel and Trace will line him out the way he his meant to go. Plus family guidance. It won’t be long before he fits right in. You can see that little glint in his eyes. Intelligence and mischief. You are going to be so busy.
    Aerosmith and the 1970’s. Love their hair. Wow, I am feeling old. Great music.

  7. January 13, 2014 3:26 am

    How adorable! I know that dog posts tend to provoke controversy, but could you do a post or two on training a farm dog? One of the things I look forward to is having a big dog again, but I think we´ll be adopting an adult to start off, and maybe a puppy later on.

  8. January 13, 2014 9:52 am

    Congrats on the new pup! He looks like a charmer for sure. I love the title to this post, by the way.

  9. Wendy permalink
    January 14, 2014 8:32 am

    Curious why you chose a herding breed instead of a livestock guardian breed since you aren’t interested in herding the livestock with your puppy? They would meet the same tasks, without the predatory drive in the lg breed – less training, same results, and perhaps even better in terms of protecting property and animals from critters.
    Irregardless…he’s cute and healthy looking young man. We call what he is to Trace “same way bred” in my circles… a sibling, but not a littermate.

    • January 14, 2014 9:05 am

      Wendy, we just like the Aussies, mostly for the companionship and their ability to be “off” unless you need them to be on. We also like the watchdog aspect too, we have frequent two-legged “predators” that come with the huge road frontage we have and the folks who like to “live off the land” on other people’s land 😦

  10. January 14, 2014 11:40 pm

    Lovely looking puppy. He looks like he is going to be fun. Our border collie had to fit in with a grumpy old greyhound. the collie taught the greyhound more than the greyhound taught the collie! How do you train the pup not to venture into your neighbouring fields? Ours crossed a stream to visit the cow field yesterday – thankfully the cows had been moved.

    • January 15, 2014 6:30 am

      Mumofteenagers, yeah so far so good, the grumpy dog is not so grumpy anymore and the six year old has almost forgiven me both those things make having the puppy much easier. Unfortunately with a busy road cutting through the farm, the dogs don’t have free access to all of the pastures. They have a fenced area roughly of about two acres which includes the gardens and farm buildings. Otherwise they have to be on leash or need a watchful eye. Hopefully your collie came back unscathed!

      • January 16, 2014 12:27 am

        She came when we called, stopping briefly to check the smells on the way back. She hesitated when jumping the stream although it is likely she waded across initially. So we praised her for coming back and then put her in the house with the grumpy greyhound. Hoping she might make the connection that if she strays too far she will be put inside – not something she would choose. Perhaps agility classes have encouraged her to view obstacles as fun!

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