Sunday, February 20, 2011

Miss Calli

This post is totally off topic. There's no weaving, no fibre, no looms. I think you will enjoy this post none the less though.

Its been five, going on six months since our Connor passed away. We are past the tears and now recall all the good stuff. We went from NO MORE DOGS to...'" so if you were to consider it, what kind would you like?" So it didn't surprise me when in time I found Bruce cruising the web looking at different breeds. Connor was a Lakeland terrier and while there are breeders out there, they are few and far between.   So Bruce did some research on other terrier breeds. We like that irascible terrier attitude (or is that terrorist?) The focus for a while was Welsh terriers which seemed to be a happy alternative and a couple of months ago we even put our name down for a puppy this spring.

Fast forward a a bit and one day I looked around my kitchen that is just a year old and suddenly put it all together. Puppies CHEW and piddle and it lasts for months.   Oh, crap.... time to review. How did I miss that part?  Oh, yeah... they are cute.

So we sat and talked about things over a cup of tea of just what we are looking for and what do we really want in a dog?   We have had small terriers for the past 15 years and the purpose of the 'small' stature was that at one time we lived on a boat for five years and needed all the attitude in a portable pooch!   Way back when I met Bruce he had a large (and I mean large!) Airedale named Samson  or Sammie for short. He was a big gentle bear of a dog and my daughter Carrie played for summers with him at her side. We never worried about her because Sam was there with her. I'm sure she will verify this and her tom boy ways (or was that shenanigans ?) I tried to find a nice picture of Sam for this post but he passed on so many years and so many moves ago. They are in a box somewhere along with pictures of the cats, other dogs and parrots we have owned through the years.

So we came away from our chat deciding that we wanted an Airedale again,  approximately one year or older, the gender didn't matter as it was more important to have a dog that is calm, no obvious issues and has a balanced personality. I still wanted a girl and Bruce a boy though. We withdrew from any commitments that were in place with our thanks and then started a new search. We did find one 2 1/2 year old female Airedale who showed great promise and based on the information we received, we got excited and arranged to meet her. She was beautiful but as a mature female she would be bred two times as part of a breeding arrangement and would spend large amounts of time at the breeders. We took her for a walk and it was a bit of a struggle She knew only 'show dog' commands and apparently, we did not. The word SIT  was met with a blank look of 'what??'   Oh, dear... this just didn't feel right and we are not about to force things to fit.

The next dog we viewed is also a female, ten months old and fully house trained and leash trained. She lived and mingled with other Airedales and other breeds of dogs that came along with their owners who stable their horses at the property there. We spent a good deal of time watching her interact with the owner and other dogs. Then we went for a walk and ran into a playful pit bull (yes, I said that right and in fact it was the most obedient pit bull I have ever met!) They played with no barking or growling. The border collie we also met could have used some more manners as it bounced its muddy paws off my new fleece jacket! I never saw it coming. There were large horses moving around us... cars passing on the driveway and she behaved beautifully.

So long story short, we bought her and brought her home on Wednesday. This past Friday she has had a vet wellness visit and was totally relaxed about the whole thing. She even licked the vet while he listened to her heart beat. Then there was the cranky pit bull who was not having a good day at the clinic that didn't phase her and she stood her ground; no growling, no barking. The pit bull was literally pulled out like a belligerent school bully after clearing everyone present down to one end of the waiting room. The slim built woman owner was a bit rattled and could barely hold onto the dog. (It begs the question: why get this breed of dog if you can't train and work with it properly? Anyhow, I digress....)

Today was the beauty parlor visit and she went through with flying colours!  So with our further adieu, may I present Calli    (formerly known as Calypso)

Calli was a scruffy girl before the cut, though she had had a bath by me. I don't know who was wetter: her or me or the entire bathroom? So here's the before shot to show how well she cleaned up!

Quite the improvement huh? She likes to lay by my feet where ever I go which is really nice. Normally all pets we have ever had have bonded with Bruce. She may well switch allegiance too but for now I'm loving it!
We have only heard one bark at the stables, but here at home no barking* (see edit below at end) and there has been no growling at all. But we are singing all night in our kennel as we adjust to all the new stuff in her life, which if you think of it, is a lot! She's very affectionate and loves her pats and hugs. Show her the leash and she's raring to go!

But one thing we know she likes and has a sense of ownership over, is her new pink martingale collar!  Its for a big Airedale gal with attitude :)

So we missed the early puppy stage but I can comfort myself with pictures. Now, doesn't this pup look sweet? Look at the size of those paws!  Now this may not be Calli but this pup is from the same breeder.


The best thing is we have a cookie jar back on the counter again. My daughter bought this for us many years ago and it now has its first fresh load in a long time!


Understandably there hasn't been much weaving happening around here as I still heal from the bad back (and wait for the new chair base)   and I also have been fighting a virus bug thing that is making the rounds this time of year. Hope you are all keeping  keeping warm and healthy as winter runs its course.
To borrow from friend Theresa,  here's a parting shot:

Feb 22nd. 2011
* edit: we have had our first bark! wow... impressive. We were in a pet store shopping and she barked at a well 'shaved'  small white dog walking by. (It looked more like Babe the pig) She didn't bark at the pit bull but this? Then the store manager said "looks like a rat... I'd bark at that too! "

24 comments:

Peg Cherre said...

What a lovely girl you have! She looks, and sounds, quite sweet. You're all lucky to have found each other.

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

Oh, she's a beauty! Contests on the new addition to the family. I don't know if I could ever live without a dog, they add so much to life.

Restless Knitter said...

It almost looks like two different dogs from before and after. She sounds like a perfect dog. Congratulations :)

Jeanne B. said...

Con-dog-ulations! She's beautiful.

LA said...

Calli is a lovely little lady, and it looks like she's a good fit for your family. Enjoy!!!

Alette Siri Ane said...

You have a lovely little one.I am a dog person and I know how it is to have a dog in the house.I would not be without.

alittlebitofeach said...

Such a pretty doggie! I don't mind pitbulls now that I have met a bunch of well trained nice ones. Its such a shame that people who get them for that tough dog look don't take the time to train them and teach them good manners. One of my biggest pet peeves is poorly trained dogs. Its worse then poorly behaved children!

re'New said...

What a pretty girl! You can feel her calm from the pictures...

Theresa said...

Well, how lady like she is! Beautiful choice Susan and Bruce. You have a lovely, lovely companion and foot warmer. So when does she get to slip into bed I ask?;)
You know just an aside. I've never met a mean pit bull, in fact all the ones I've known ( and there have been many) have been sweet loveable dogs.I was enjoying the Staffies at Westminster, although I've always wanted a Bull Terrier, just no breeders anywhere near and being a rather stubborn breed in general, is one I would want to meet in person.
Wishing you three many many happy years.

ladyoftheloom said...

She sounds (and looks) lovely! Congratulations!

Joanna said...

Wow, what a really pretty girl!

Did ya know: shortest river in the UK is supposedly the river Aire and Airedales are also known as Bingley Terriers? Trivia courtesy of my Yorkshire lad (DH)who has promised me an Airedale when we have a vacancy!

Bruce said...

Calli is a very sweet dog. I'm continually amazed at her devotion, attention to our every move and her willingness, no...insistence on meeting or exceeding our every expectation. Walking with her on a lead is effortless and very enjoyable. We've had her with us for just over four days and we're already feeling like we've known each other for ever.

Not wanting to re-live the pain of loss, I'm the one who said "No More Dogs....Ever!" Happily...I was wrong. Thank you, Susan for your patience and understanding. Calli is already a great friend.

DebbieB said...

Aw, she's beautiful!

barbara said...

Wow - what a wonderful addition to your family! Nice to have a dog around, and it was obvious the timing was right. A little over a year ago, I got my mother's 10 year old ShiTzu (with attitude). Why not, being trained by an 80 year old, what would you expect. I am not good at re-training, so it is a good job that Suzie is cute!!! I was a "cat" person before, but don't tell Suzie. They sure tug at your heart. Enjoy the new addition. Weaverly yours ..... Barbara

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

Congratulations on the new pup, she is so cute.

Trapunto said...

Yay! Congratulations!

Leigh said...

Aw, so, so cute! I dunno, but I think pets should always be on topic no matter what the blog is about. :)

dorothylochmaben said...

What else can I say !! Calli looks like a great new addition to the family. I wonder if she knows how lucky she is !! Enjoy her.

Sharon said...

Congratulations to all three of you. Calli is a beauty and from your post is beautiful in every way. Happiness and long life to you all.

Susan said...

Thanks to you all for the good wishes! Things are coming along nicely with Calli. The only 'fly in the ointment' is the nights where she sings us to sleep still but as of last night the serenade lasted only 10-15 minutes but resumed at 6:30 am.
Its an improvement and will get even better. Have to remind myself that despite her size, she's still a pup at heart at 10 months.

Tomorrow she's back to the vet for her spaying. Will be quiet around here tomorrow without her.
Not even a week and we're family.

Susan

Arlene said...

What a wonderful addition to your family. She will keep you busy and allow for more healing time.

Sherie said...

She's a beauty! What a lovely girl.

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Oh my! She's beautiful! And what a wonderful idea to skip the puppy stage!!!! :D

Acorn to Oak said...

I just found your blog and was immediately hooked when I saw your Airedale. We have one too! What an awesome breed of dog. Our little girl's name is Salsa and she's awesome! I know you're going to have so much fun with Calli and make lots of wonderful memories. They're so smart, funny, loving, happy, they love their family...I could go on and on. Congratulations on your new addition! :-D