Saturday, June 27, 2009

Patti (now Lucy) has left for a new home in Wisconsin

On Thursday Patti has left for a new home in Janesville, WI. It was such a pleasure to meet and spend several hours with Patti's new owners - Dan and Mary Davis.

Patti is very talented, and she impressed us a lot on her last blood line. The line had two turns, was aged 30 minutes, and part of it went through our gravel/dirt driveway. A section like this is quite difficult to track through, but Patti had no problems. She was keen, focused and determined. She did very well on the turns, and she was extremely aggressive towards the hide. Actually, the last picture shows Patti hanging in the air and still not letting the hide go.

I said many times that I have not owned, handled or bred a perfect dog. Every dog has some weaknesses and strengths, and a good breeder, owner and handler has to be very objective and knowledgeable enough to be able evaluate pups and his dogs. Patti has come pretty close to perfection. Her conformation is very nice (excellent ground clearance), her coat is very good, and she is a very friendly, outgoing pup. She seems to have some issues though when it comes to other dogs. She was not keen on socializing with our mature dogs, but she was dominant and a bit of a bully when it came to her littermates. She was quite aggressive to some pups in the other litter. So when we were deciding which puppy is going to which family, we took her disposition into consideration and placed her in a home where she is the only dog. We advised Dan and Mary that they need to socialize her a lot with dogs, while she is still young.

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