Welcoming Gypsy

Bruce writes:

Well, we picked out the pudelpointer pup yesterday … south of Eugene, Oregon
about 50 miles. She was seven weeks old to the day.  Pudelpointers are
a European hunting dog breed that’s not recognized by AKC in this
country, but is a serious hunting dog elsewhere (as well as a good
family dog).  They are strong waterfowl hunters and point upland game
(and hunt boar, fox, etc., as well, in Europe). They’re a cross between
English pointers and German Water Pudels and are sort of rare in this
country except in hunting families. The sire, Lon, was imported from
the Czech Republic last fall and was a highly decorated dog there, and
we hunted with him and the dam last winter and both were impressive in
the field.  I enclosed a couple of images I took of Lon (the sire)
yesterday.

We’re calling the pup Gypsy because of her Eastern European heritage,
and so far she is settling in really well.  Ouzel isn’t so sure Gypsy
needs to stay here much longer, but wearing an e-collar 24/7 has
softened her attitude somewhat.  Skookum is doing great.  We were able
to get the pick of the 9 pup litter (of the four females) and
fortunately it wasn’t too difficult.  Usually the most dominant male
of the litter is the biggest, and the most dominant female is the
loudest, and then, after crossing those off, you look for sociability,
how they explore their environment, and lastly coat.  It’s really hard
to tell what kind of coat the dog will have when mature, but we felt
one would end up with a very short coat (and with no facial
furnishings), and one was really going to be very long coat and
probably fluffy, and two were intermediate.  Fortunately, one of the
intermediate coated ones had a wonderful temperament and was sociable
and explored her surroundings a lot, and took to Sher.  You can see
from the image of Sher picking out the pups that it was a lot of fun
… but in the end you just had to get the one that seemed the best
for your situation and hope it’s a good fit for the dog and
yourselves.  So far it’s been the right choice.

 

Gypsy and Bruce in the Hammock an Hour After Arriving at the Farm.
Gypsy and Bruce in the Hammock an Hour After Arriving at the Farm.
Tall Timber's Lon --Gypsy's Sire.
Tall Timber’s Lon –Gypsy’s Sire.
Tall Timber's Lon on Point.
Tall Timber’s Lon on Point.
Picking a Puppy Bliss.
Picking a Puppy Bliss.

 

An Artsy Shot of Four male Puppies from Lon and Zoey's Litter.
An Artsy Shot of Four male Puppies from Lon and Zoey’s Litter.

Sher writes:

 

Well we have Gypsy, and she’s been with us one full day. She’s already gotten car sick on the way home from the breeder and thrown up on me three times; she learned her name the third time I called her by it, and is now running to us every time we call “Gypsy.” We are trying to crate train her, and she screamed for an hour when we put her in the kennel last night.

 

She screams, yips, and howls. Eventually Skookum became upset, and he began howling a long deep-throated bay along with her. Skookum seldom howls, so the sound mix was really quite marvelous. And of course Ouzel started crying too. It was quite a cacophony.

I set my alarm for two a.m., and I took Gypsy out to pee, but she didn’t settle down too well after that and all in all I got four hours of sleep last night. We were up at 6 a.m., and she enjoyed her breakfast and walk down to the barn with her new Uncle Skookum. Skookum has been fantastic so far—patient and gentlemanly. I think he will be very instrumental in helping to train Gypsy as she matures.

 

Rufous, our cat gave Gypsy a warm welcome with a full on head butt. Rufous must know she is a puppy, since the cat would never do this to a mature and unfamiliar dog. So far Gypsy has met the donkeys through the fence but she is too small to put on the ground in front of the donkeys. I think mingling with the donkeys and with Ouzel will be a step by step process.

 

But, so far, Gypsy is doing incredibly well and seems to be enjoying her new home.

 

Author’s Note:

Most of the pictures in this installment have been taken by Bruce Schwartz.

Tall Timber's Gypsy-Teal our new puppy at home on Mule Springs Farm.
Tall Timber’s Gypsy-Teal our new puppy at home on Mule Springs Farm.
Stalking the Alligator.
Stalking the Alligator.
"Am I Cute or What?"
“Am I Cute or What?”
Seven Weeks Old To The Day!
Seven Weeks Old To The Day!

22 thoughts on “Welcoming Gypsy

  1. Thanks for the wonderful details about the new pup and all of the lovely pictures! Gypsy sounds like the perfect addition to the farm. What a dear face. Look forward to hearing more about her adventures (and yours with her!). Life with a puppy is full of joy, and surprises!

    1. Thanks for the wonderful details about the new pup and all of the lovely pictures! Gypsy sounds like the perfect addition to the farm. What a dear face. Look forward to hearing more about her adventures (and yours with her!). Life with a puppy is full of joy, and surprises! Thanks Kathleen–yes, I agree each day will be full of surprises.

  2. We know you will enjoy your new addition even with a few sleepless nights. Thank you for sharing. He will soon grow into those beautiful big paws. lovely soft fur and big brown eyes. The pictures are delightful. Congratulations!

      1. Gorgeous! I just finished with a litter of 7 red Australian Shepherds with my girl Ruby…so much fun! All gone now, 4 went to be cattle dogs, 3 as companions. Dogs are so amazing!

      2. Gorgeous! I just finished with a litter of 7 red Australian Shepherds with my girl Ruby…so much fun! All gone now, 4 went to be cattle dogs, 3 as companions. Dogs are so amazing! Hi Cindy- yes, dogs are extraordinary. I am amazed at what Gypsy gets and doesn’t get at 7 weeks. It does take a tremendous amount of focus and time, but giving it all for the first six months brings ten plus years of deep satisfaction. I’ve wondered how a herder would fit in at our farm. Maybe the donkeys would not like to be moved around? Congratulations- I’m only caring for one pup; I can’t imagine seven! Sher

  3. wow, puppy seems pretty collected…nice looking dog guys…have fun, and watch them hoses….. Luka has eaten every hose on the place,…and the lawnmower pull on two lawn mowers…countless buckets, blankets, ahhh puppy bliss is right

    1. wow, puppy seems pretty collected…nice looking dog guys…have fun, and watch them hoses….. Luka has eaten every hose on the place,…and the lawnmower pull on two lawn mowers…countless buckets, blankets, ahhh puppy bliss is right Good to hear from you Carol! I hadn’t thought of hoses being a problem… she chewed non one of my yoga blocks this morning! 🙂 Sher

  4. Great to see the fun pix of your new adventure! She reminds me of a dog we had that was a chocolate lab. He was a good d go for us, got him when we lived in Idaho before moving to Ak, some 40 yrs ago. He did live with us in Ak also, to a ripe old age. Hope you have many good adventures with Gypsy! As ever, Judi

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    1. Great to see the fun pix of your new adventure! She reminds me of a dog we had that was a chocolate lab. He was a good d go for us, got him when we lived in Idaho before moving to Ak, some 40 yrs ago. He did live with us in Ak also, to a ripe old age. Hope you have many good adventures with Gypsy! As ever, Judi Hi Judi- thanks for mentioning your lab. Puppies seem to bring us memories of other dogs. I feel like I am raising Ouzel all over again. I am re-experiencing so many times… well, some new times too. Good to hear from you. I will be posting more, if I can, because they grow up so fast.

  5. Oh my word, she is definitely cute! And probably quite feisty and confident too, hey? May you all share lots of happy, wonderful adventures with your four-legged family members!

    1. What a face! Its a wonderful thing to add to your family! Hi Kelly- yes and lots of fun and laughter and, well, focus needed to keep such a young pup out of trouble and safe. 🙂

    1. In one of the pictures, the puppy kinda looked like Bruce…a little…at least I think so! Terry- Bruce thinks so too– he likes having dogs with beards. Of course it will take some time for Gypsy’s beard to show… 🙂

  6. Oh Sher, You all DID make the best pick of the litter, she is adorable; I look forward to more pictures as she grows up.
    Judi Harris

    1. Oh Sher, You all DID make the best pick of the litter, she is adorable; I look forward to more pictures as she grows up.
      Judi Harris
      Thanks Judi and nice to hear from you. I am just about ready to add some more photos. Thanks! Sher

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