Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cedar

As if life wasn't chaotic enough with going back to school, working full time, and all the things that come with Adulting, we decided "hey, why not add another family member!".

Roxy wasn't as excited as we were.
After Ty had passed last February, I poked my nose around various Facebook groups and websites  - breeders, rescues, and everything in between. I scoured hundreds of ads, photos, and listings. And I wasn't really sure what exactly I was looking for. In more ways than not, I so desperately wanted to fill that big, gaping hole of grief.

I ended up on an Australian Shepherd group, and was messaging a breeder back and forth about a puppy that had caught my eye. As time went on and each puppy became spoken for, I kinda waffled about committing and in the end, thanked the breeder for her time but I just wasn't ready. (To clarify, this woman knew ahead of time my circumstances and position).

Like most things in life, the path I thought I would take was not exactly what played out. In March, I met a certain little dog named Ella, who I subsequently fell in love with and adopted months later. 

We all know how the year ended though, and I sadly lost not only my first dog love, but also my second. I'd be lying to say we still aren't reeling from both losses, because both the Boyfriend and I bear the scars of love for Ty and Ella that has nowhere to go.


After Ella's passing, I was back at the computer and checking out old groups and scouring for information. Again, I was visiting rescue pages, pet finder apps, and even managed to get the courage to walk through our local animal shelter again. As someone who has experienced pet-grief a handful of times, it makes me wonder why we are so eager to fill that hole again, especially so soon. I have felt immense remorse for "moving on" so quickly, but make no mistake, the aches in my heart are still very much there.

Through Facebook, I had fallen in love with Australian Shepherds again and after searching several rescues, I wasn't able to find quite what I was looking for (as a sidenote, there are very limited rescues devoted to Aussies unless they are double merles, which I find pretty interesting). I reached out to nearly 20 mini Aussie breeders and cross-examined each individually to see if their thoughts and beliefs would mesh well with my own. In the end, only 3 made the cut (in terms of health testing, upbringing, breeding objective, etc).

A very new Cedar-bean!
Neither myself or the Boyfriend initially wanted to get a dog from a breeder, as we realize there are hoards of dogs looking for homes in the shelter. I do feel as though there is a stigma attached to getting a dog from a breeder, but at the same time, I do feel as though the stipulations I set and stuck to, gave me the opportunity to work with an ethical and responsible breeder of the breed itself.

I had a general idea of what I wanted in terms of aesthetics - preferably a red tri, but not opposed to a red merle or black tri. Preferably female, but not opposed to either gender. The first breeder to have puppies had warned me ahead of time that she did not expect any red tris due to the cross, but crazier things have happened.

On November 23rd, during a farrier appointment no less, I received a notification from the breeder that her female had had 6 puppies. The first five were all merles (blue and red), and the very last puppy born was Cedar.

Breeder photo - 4 weeks :)
I was immediately sold and in love (how could I not?!) and began making the arrangements to have him brought up from Saskatchewan to British Columbia. And as it turns out, a friend of a friend was visiting family at the time in Saskatchewan and was able to bring Cedar home!

Things have worked out pretty well since, although I had certainly forgotten what it was like to have a puppy, haha. I'm pretty sure I panic-messaged the breeder several times over the first few days, "He only drank a tiny bit, is that normal?!" "He is doing ____, is that normal?!"

Now that we are in a bit more of a routine and the little guy is not so jet-lagged and exhausted from his trip, he is starting to come out of his shell and understand where things are in our home (ie food bowl, water dish). We've also started to introduce concepts like walking on a leash (which the breeder worked with beforehand) as well as a decent amount of exposure to the outside world (loud noises, cars, people, children, other dogs, etc). We have been avoiding unknown dogs, simply for the reason he isn't fully vaccinated obv, and he's pretty nervous around them (which I've been told is a puppy thing I guess).

Those toe beans!!!
All in all, he is a good boy tho, and I'm looking forward to working with him more and forging a relationship and bond like I had had with my last two dogs.

Life has certainly gotten busier, but I wouldn't have it any other way!



Welcome home, Cedar.

24 comments:

  1. OMG OMG OMG OMG HE IS ADORABLE. We too have been looking into an Aussie so am glad you got one so I can follow your story!! HA

    I wanted another schnauzer but Mark wants something a bit more farm dog oriented (let's face it Gretchen would rather lay inside under a blanket than be out in the snow or mud HA). So we slowly have been researching Aussies!

    Cedar is GORGEOUS. What size will he get do you think?? OMG I love him and am so excited for you guys!! Congrats!!

    My barn I boarded Remus at in PA had an Aussie who i loved (a Tri) and then she died recently (she was older) and they got a puppy before I left who was the brown color. He was adorable and I guess is bigger now but so cute.

    enjoy!!

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    1. Truth be told, we haven't had a puppy in 7 years, so I'm a little rusty, ahah. He's been pretty good for the most part, but obv the usual puppy stuff. I'm so excited for the day he sleeps thru the night, hahaha.

      The breeder figures he'll be around 14-15" tall, mostly because he is the runt of the litter as well and was quite a bit smaller than his siblings.

      Awwww. They are such little fluff-butts!!

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  2. Oh my god he couldn’t be more adorable if he tried! You’re going to love the breed. I’ve had four and my cousin is a breede so I’ve met lots of them. My Ginger is a red tri and she was the runt of the litter. Aussies are one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever had it doesn’t take long for them to learn anything,especially where the food bowl is. They are high energy but also great around horses. Be ready for Cedar to stick to you like glue,they don’t call them Velcro dogs for nothing. Good luck and have fun and lots of puppy kisses!🐶

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    1. I loved my Shepherd - the fact that he was with me pretty much everywhere I went is "my" kind of dog. I'm so glad you hear about your guys - you should blog about them some time!!

      I am so excited to watch him grow up!

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  3. Aww so presh!! My mom has a mini Aussie (who I am currently dog sitting actually haha). It makes me sad that there is stigma attached to buying from reputable breeders - 3 of my 4 current dachshunds were bought from excellent breeders, and our other 3 dogs were rescues (yeah let's not talk about how many dogs I have lol). There's room for all kind of dogs in this world 🙂 Cedar is so cute and I can't wait to watch him grow up!!

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    1. Oh my gosh, haha. That is a lot of doggies, lol!

      There certainly is. He is my first "breeder" dog - all of our dogs have been from the animal shelter and there is kinda a stigma here about pure-breds.

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  4. What a cute little puppy! He's so tiny. How big will he get?

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    1. Thank you!!

      The breeder figures anywhere from 14-15", mostly bc he was the runt of the litter and smaller than his siblings!

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  5. HE IS SO FREAKING CUTE. Please spam us with ALL of the photos and videos. =)

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  6. Congratulations! I love Aussies. They are so smart and people oriented. I view getting a new dog as an act of love for the past dog,not of forgetting. I also believe in supporting responsible breeders because the more of them the fewer rescues will be needed.

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    1. Thank you, Teresa!! I loved watching your guy - Cedar will be much smaller, but I'm excited to have a "big dog" in a little dog package, haha!

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  7. HE IS ADORABLE!!! Want to squish that sweet little face!

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  8. He is so cute and beautiful and sweet. I hope he gives your doggy love a place to go. The pain of your losses is very clear in your writing, but I think it's good you've got another pup to love. Also, you shouldn't apologize for knowing what you want and going through a breeder. Good rescues, especially breed specific ones, can be hard to find, and purebred dogs need loving homes too <3 I'm so excited to watch this little guy grow with you. Please post many photos!!!

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    1. Thanks Dom <3 I think he will. It's hard to move on, but at the same time - loving another dog doesn't mean leaving the past behind. Grief is such a weird thing...

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  9. PUPPY!!!!!! Congratulations! He is ADORABLE!
    I have a lot of friends that are very involved with rescue, and they definitely frown upon breeder dogs, but personally, as long as it's an ethical breeder who looks out for the puppies and takes great care with the parents, I get it. I don't think anyone should be shunned for wanting a specific breed and/or wanting to raise a puppy.
    Anyway, I'm super happy for you guys! Congratulations!

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    1. Puppies are always exciting!!!

      Yes, around here there is a stigma attached to getting a well bred dog. He is my first "breeder" dog, and I did look into rescues prior to choosing the breeder I chose. We specifically wanted a mini bc of their size, and also bc I wanted a "big dog in a small dog body" since I love the higher drive.

      Thank you!!

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  10. Absolutely adorbs! He looks like he's super smart and trying to please!

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    1. He is such a little ham!! Already getting into everything of course, but he's a good boy!

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  11. OMG I'm dying at the adorable-ness.

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  12. Cedar is very cute! Congratulations!

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