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Rainy day… came our way…

July 25th, 2010

We’re back on the move again and slowly making our way through Texas in what can only be described as damn hot weather. More importantly though, the household has expanded. While we were at Caverns of Sonora, the ranch manager’s dog had a litter of puppies. After much hemming and hawing over whether or not we could care for a dog in this lifestyle, we finally decided that if we didn’t have the time for a dog now, then we never would.

Rain enjoying homemade hail on a hot day.
Rain enjoying a cool ice ball on a hot day.

So, making her Internet debut, we present Rain. Her parents are both working dogs that have worked cattle, sheep and goats in all sorts of weather ranging from snow and ice to hotter than hell southern Texas. Casey, her mother, is a blue heeler and her father is Slick, a border collie. Odds are pretty good that she’s too smart for either one of us, but with a little luck and a lot of treats, maybe she’ll tell us what we’re doing wrong.

The first few days, there was a lot of tension between her and the cats, but they are slowly getting used to her and only hissing when she gets seriously into their personal space. I’d rather not talk about my scars when she met Hunter the first time, though. Rain seems to be adjusting to a nomadic lifestyle much better than she liked the first couple of weeks while we were still working. Rather than spending so much time locked up to stay safe from the cats, she gets to go where we go and do what we do. In less than a week since we left the cave, she is already a different dog, and apparently, much happier!

Oh, if you were wondering, she’s currently 8 1/2 weeks old and her birthday is 5/25 if you want to send her presents.

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3 Responses to “Rainy day… came our way…”

  1. Brent says:

    Awesome! We have two cattle dogs, a blue and a red. Great dogs! But oh man, as a puppy with border collie thrown into the mix! You are going to have a handfull! 😀

    • Hitek Homeless says:

      She’s a blast! We love her so much. I can’t wait until she gets more energy tho.

      So far she/her…

      * has learned a few commands.
      * is a ball of energy for about 10 minutes twice a day. The rest of the time she is laid back or comatose.
      * best trick so far is finding were a fan is pointing and laying there. It’s hot in Texas right now!
      * hasn’t chewed up anything she wasn’t allowed to.
      * only bad habit is occasionally mouthing or trying to heard us. The mouthing is mostly to show affection or try to tell us something. She has learning “kisses” and is steadily moving towards them instead of mouthing. We are working on communication and are seeing improvement. The herding… well its pretty sporadic, and she is getting better about it… I think.
      * can’t understand why her humans don’t get it

    • Hitek Homeless says:

      I tried to leave a comment on your page, but it doesn’t like me. 🙁

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