Monday, February 9, 2009

A Year Gone By

I met Reagan about one year ago...... I actually picked her on my birthday, but had to wait almost 2 weeks to get her. Back then she was the nameless "I" pup and the alpha bitch of 7 other 10 month old puppies. Reagan and her littermates had never worn collars or been outside of the sandy run they called home. I never realized how much I take leash walking for granted since my dogs (before Reagan) had come mostly leash trained already. It was interesting to say the least. Click here for the whole story.
Reagan's sassy attitude and bold nature edged her in front of my second choice. Both liked food, but Reagan was in every one's business and she was more willing to investigate the farm property than any of her littermates.

There have been times when I have wondered if the "B" pup would have been a better choice. I tried to find her a performance home, but no one was interested at the time. I am not sure which adoption group she went to, but she is probably enjoying her new life as well.

In the last year, Reagan has really developed nicely and I could not be happier. We met when she was queen of the littermates and ruler of the sandy kennel run. Well, her current housemates don't take her antics and growls very seriously, but Reagan still subjects them to puppy piling. She likes to be close.

No one is safe from Reagan's head resting.

Reagan just has to be in the middle and touching someone. Her habit does not make her popular with the other hounds.

Reagan's on leash impressions of a hooked fish have turned into willingness to follow along and moments of brilliant heeling.

Life together started with some silly puppy fears (the scary paper weight) and some noise sensitivity, but now she can slam noisy teeter boards to the ground.

I thought she would need more mental maturity before tackling the weave poles, but just under 2 years of age, she nearly has them mastered.

The greyhound pup from an unremarkable litter is well on her way to a successful agility and obedience career.

Recent picture of Reagan's mom, Task Spring Buds, below.


BrittBeah said...

Reagan's mom obviously went somewhere cold. She looks happy :)
I was looking at the agility calender and noticed a few shows in GA coming up in the next few months, will you be entering anyone in those? I was considering going with Dan just to get in the ring. I know we wouldn't get anywhere but the experience would be fun for both of us.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I have no competition plans yet. I like to wait until "I think" we can zoom through Novice and Open levels. I need to start going to some Run-Thrus though. We should look for some of those. I think your time and (less) money would be better spent at a run thru. Less pressure, its just a practice, you can use food, and everyone knows you are still working at it.


BrittBeah said...

That sounds more like it, if you find any will you let me know? I'm going to have to travel big time no matter where we go weather it be a trial or a run thru. I just didn't see any run thrus on the line up. I was looking at the calender on the Clean Run web site.

Addie said...

I can't believe it's been a year. She sure is a smart, beautiful girl and it's fun to watch her grow.

Ridlon Tails said...

Love the pictures! Time does fly when you are having fun. =) I got a giggle from that snow picture.

greytblackdog said...

I love to see Reagan and her bouncy bum bouncing around. I can't wait to see her first competition results. You guys should come to Perry. Free place to stay. I can hide the cats for a couple of nights. Britt, the invite is open to you as well.

xracermom said...

Reagan, you can come snuggle with me anytime.

Love, Ella

Barb said...

Ha! Kinsey does the head resting thing too! On anyone, anywhere, anytime...
And happy anniversary Reagan! Sounds like she's doing great.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Britt, I'll get back to you about run-thrus. I am sure there will be some coming up.

Heather, it won't be this year, but hopefully next year she will be ready for Perry and we'll take you up on the free room.

Hopefully we will be getting to some local trials this year though.


Jen S. said...

Aw, Reagan's mom looks a bit like my Maple girl. :)

If my greyhounds ever got as close to one another laying down as yours do, there would be all manner of bloodshed. Greyhounds are the gentlest creatures in some ways, but in my house, you keep your paws on your own bed, thankyouverymuch.

Iowa Greyhound said...

What a great story! Is Reagan named after the prez?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

JenS, thank goodness, there is no bloodshed in our house. The ironic thing is that Reagan growls more and is grumpier than all the others. No one better touch her while she sleeps.

Iowa, yes, she's named after my favorite president, Ronald Reagan.


Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Reagans mom is so cute, she reminds me of BeeGee. Reagan's kinda cute too;-) Her puppy piling is very cute!

IHateToast said...

aw, the pesky little sister. the cindy brady of dogs. she can rest her head on me any day. we have a lot in common, you know. my bum is bald, too. no, really. it is.

Zan said...

It's amazing how far she's come in just a year.