We welcome the newest addition to the family this month: Titania, a border collie puppy! She was born October 23, part of a litter of seven that Mary Jane and Michael Miller rescued. She’s a bundle of energy, seems impervious to cold (which is a good thing – see below) and has completed two weeks of obedience training already. My hope is to train her to work the cattle with me, but first I have to get trained to work her, and we’re having trouble finding a livestock dog trainer in the area.
For you Shakespeare fans – and who isn’t? – the dogs are named after the King and Queen of the Fairies in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and one of the cats is Puck, though unlike the play, he doesn’t take orders from anyone.
With the predicted temperature on Monday (1/21/13) of -6 (yes, that’s the HIGH temp, and yes that’s six BELOW), we’re battening down the hatches, laying in firewood and corn (we have a corn burning stove in the shop, where Titania sleeps), and checking out movies from the library; the movies are for the humans, the cattle get extra rations of high energy feed, and the pets get lots of lovin’.