Archive for March, 2011

I Think I Have a Coydog!

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Remember the pup we picked up on the way back from Kelowna?  I thought he looked like a coyote when I saw him in the ditch, before he decide to attempt suicide by crossing the road.  I’ve kept thinking he’s part coyote, despite several suggestions of what kind of crossbred he might be, and several statements that coydogs are myths. 

Well, today I decided to research it.  What do you think?

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Above is a picture I downloaded from the internet; Now here is a picture of Fergus.  I think I’m going to start calling him Wilee.

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Coydogs are not that common, nor uncommon.  They are the result of a coyote father and a dog mother.  Male Coyote fertility is only high for two short time spans in the breeding season.  If a male is on his own and finds a submissive female, cowdogs result.  They are not recommended as pets for people inexperienced with dogs for obvious reasons.

But so far Fergus is a great pup.  Really smart and not like a puppy at all.  Doesn’t chew, house trained after one accident, stays on the property.  With 3 females, he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven from almost being road kill. 

He is the most unathletic dog I have ever met and you can practically watch him grow.  When he surprises himself with something new, like climbing onto a footstool, or, (yikes) jumping on the bed, he is so pleased with himself, he has to repeat it 5 or 6 times.  He’s hilarious.

They’re Coming Home!!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

I can’t believe 6 weeks has gone just like that.  Gruesome Twosome have had a great education, lots of ups and downs, but more ups than downs.  They are ready to come home next week.  George is going to be an awesome first pony.  Amelia, while fantastic and more refined, is going to be a move up pony, just because she is a female. 

Was able to purchase a breeding for her from the Virginia Pony BreedersAssociation for Dreamscape Farm’s “Highlife Bodyguard”, a  Weser-Ems pony stallion.  Should be a good match.

Ponies will hang out for the next 6 weeks or so, while the weather tries to sort itself out.  I’ve officially taken Winter off my friend list.  Then I’ll probably start driving them.  A little scared to start them as a pair, as they will be so awesome,  it will be hard to separate them.  Then we’ll start riding them lightly and begin their education over fences in the summer.

We took Goldmine into an arena to get some more miles on him, but unfortunately, he’d done a little too much drift diving while trailing riding and we’ve brought him home to recover from a pulled stifle.  His teeth were really bad too, so hopefully his newly acquired behaviours of crow-hopping and evasive manoeuvres have been solved.

Nora will be going into back into training soon and we hope to have her showing over fences for the Killerney Farms shows this summer.

Took everything in like the old soul he is

Took everything in like the old soul he is

George’s first trail ride