Hooray for Mondays!
Yes, I know, I'm probably the only person in the world that would make that exclamation. But that's OK, I can deal with it.
I'm currently watching Prison Break, and it's getting so much more intense. I didn't know a show could get this intense!! Ughhhh!! Marcelo will be home from orchestra in about half an hour, and we'll be having steak for dinner. Come on, how could I not love Mondays? ;o)
Anyway, over the weekend I went to visit Julie (the breeder in Wisconsin) so I could see the puppies I'd been looking at online and so I could see her other dogs, her house, and, well, her. Marcelo, my mom and my sister all came with, and the drive was only about two hours, which wasn't bad at all considering the distances we've driven before to see breeders (not to mention the 14-hour drive we'll be making to South Carolina for Thanksgiving, but that's beside the point!). We had a little trouble finding her house (not used to navigating little country roads :D), but when we got there she was waiting at the door, and when we got out of the car, she let Piper, the momma of the puppies, come out to say hello. Being that Piper was the first Australian Shepherd I've ever met in person, I can safely say that she was a very good ambassador :o)
The puppies were kept downstairs, so as soon as we got down the stairs, we saw a pool full of the cutest little babies ever!! Ugh, I was in love, instantly. They were all so sweet and chubby and absolutley gorgeous. I didn't see any undesirable markings at all, which is pretty much all you can judge by when they're this age. After cuddling the puppies for a bit, we went out to the very large backyard to meet the other dogs that were being kept in their kennels. There were several adults, males and females, and they were all just stunning in appearance, first of all. There were black tris, red tris, blue and red merles, and they were all gorgeous. As soon as they were let out of the kennels, they came to us and jumped on us and brought us toys. Now, the breed standard for Aussies says that Aussies are to be reserved with strangers - Not these dogs. They were some of the friendliest (though not obnoxious) dogs I'd ever met. They were so excited to see people, and they're so intelligent and just love to play - They're perfect. I was afraid that when I got there, I would find something about the Aussie that turned me off, but I found absolutely nothing I didn't like. I was also afraid that they would be similar to Border Collies, but they're much different than Border Collies. They're just as intelligent, but they love human contact and are much less intense, as Julie put it, than Border Collies. That's exactly what I'm looking for.
We gave her a $100 deposit, so I have now securedany one of the seven lovely babies that are in that litter. I absolutely cannot wait!! Julie said I can go out to see her and the pups any time that I want, and that once I get my puppy, I can come out on the weekends if I want to learn to show it for confirmation. Apparently, in the ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America), I can get my dog titled even if it has been altered. That is fucking AWESOME. You have no idea. That's like... A dream come true, if I can do that. It will be the start of my career if I can learn to do this. I am ridiculously excited. If I actually get to take advantage of that situation, I am going to do everything that I can to learn. My God, are there other people that feel this way about being given opportunities? I don't think I've ever experienced this before. I hope I'll get my chance!!
The only negatives thing that happened during the visit involve my mom and my sister. My sister mentioned to Julie that she's looking for a dog too, and mentioned that she's looking at the German Shepherd. Julie said that to her knowledge, German Shepherds and Australian Shepherds wouldn't get along very well, and that she should consider a Lab or a Golden instead. Of course, she doesn't want that, and she was pretty discouraged, but she shouldn't be, at least not until she talks to the Shepherd breeders. Neither my mom nor my sister like Australian Shepherds, and weren't really shy about saying so, especially my mom. She was talking about how she doesn't like the way they look, and my sister was saying she doesn't like how similar they are to Border Collies, and neither like the fact that they don't have tails. I was actually worried that I would find that trait odd also, but I didn't. It just makes them cuter, because they wag their entire butts!! :D
But anyway, I'll be updating here with new pictures of the puppies whenever they're up, and I'll of course let you all know which little one I end up with!
Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow in the afternoon, and after that Marcelo and I are hopefully going to the gym, and then of course there will be some math homework, but other than that, tomorrow looks pretty clear. Hopefully we'll be able to get some things done, but at the very least I should have time to update again. Right now, I'm off to look up some White Shepherd breeders for my sister, and to watch Rat Race with Marcelo. So, talk to you all LaTeR!!