GCR Arrow (Rhett x L.T.P. Jen - 2018 Litter)
This first week has been incredible. He’s handling the city transition real well. Taking him on walks down Alki beach exposes him to lots of traffic noises, people, other dogs, bikes, skateboards, etc. At first all those things had him really alert, not quite scared, but at least confused. He’s doing much better now, only flinching at annoyingly loud cars and hyper dogs. I took him on his first hike today to Franklin Falls, a little 2-mile hike an hour away from Seattle and he did SO well. Since there was nobody in the parking lot when we got there I apprehensively tried some off-leash time and I was floored at how well he did. He would run ahead of me about 20-30 feet then stop and wait for me every time and if he got distracted by a smell or a log to chew he would come to my recall more often than not. It was really incredible to see. Then he slept the entire drive home after the hike and is currently asleep at my feet. Progress with the rabbit is slow moving. Charlotte and I are both so happy with him, as is everyone who meets him and can’t believe how well he behaves for a 3ish month old puppy.
Thank you for everything!
Arrow is doing fantastic. Got his third round of shots taken care of a couple weeks ago and the Vet said he’s in great health. He’s growing like a tree. Seems like we don’t notice it then one day he’s an inch taller and a few pounds heavier. Since we got his shots done we’ve started taking him to dog parks which is such a treat to watch. He plays very well with every dog, big and small, although he still hasn’t quite learned that not every dog wants to play with an energetic puppy such as himself. The other day was great because there was a woman there with a 3 year old border collie and to watch arrow and this other BC chase a ball together was so fun. He’s getting great with his recall. Not perfect but occasionally he’s able to break from playing and chasing when he hears my whistle and he’ll come sprinting back to me. I didn’t expect the growing connection to hit me this way but it’s a complete new joy in my life. The highlight of my day is coming home to him and then spending every possible minute with him. We got him a service dog in training vest and I took him into a Target for his first test to see how he’d handle a big bright store with new smells and people and I was floored. He didn’t pull on the lead, didn’t focus his attention on anyone else, didn’t get fixated on any particular smell, he was perfectly behaved for a puppy. A couple of weeks ago we took him on his biggest hike yet which was a 6 mile round trip in the North Cascades which he handled so so so well. Didn’t show any signs of tiring out until the end when he was dragging me down the trail but it was pouring rain and cold so he just wanted to get back to my truck. The only slight negative we have with him so far, which he’s doing well to fix, is he still has that distrust in men. Not all men but some. Certainly seems like the ones who come at him wrong or just put off a bad vibe are the ones he’ll bark or lunge at but we’re doing well to get him to sit when he meets new people. I plan on getting him enrolled in obedience training in the next few weeks as well.
Overall everything with him is so good, would be perfect if he’d chew his own toys and not our shoes but we forgive him for that. The journey continues and we’re stoked he’s with us for it.
Matt, Charlotte, & Arrow
We take Arrow with us on hikes all the time and he does so well. The first few hikes we took him on he would be a little aggressive with men we’d encounter on the trail but as of late he may give a curious bark or sniff or just not even acknowledge them at all. His recall at the dog park amidst a bunch of dogs and people with balls is getting great and almost perfect every time. I’ve started taking him skateboarding with me which was tough at first because he would bark, bite, and herd my board but the more we do it the more he just runs next to me and it’s become more of a game than a job.
We had a nine people over for Thanksgiving which we were apprehensive about initially due to the big crowd in his house and he was a little spazzy and up to his old ways at first. I have a tall friend with a deep voice and Arrow did not like him at first, to the point Arrow jumped up and nipped his face, but by the end of the night he calmed down and was friends with everyone.
We’re excited for snow season to come and to see how he does playing in the snow and running with us on snowboards. We get compliments all the time about how beautiful he is and I think the same thing at least 20 times a day. He’s become a gigantic snuggle bug in the morning when he jumps in bed with. He’s such a great dog and we’re so happy with him. Thank you so much for him. He’s saving my life. We hope you have a great Christmas. Take care!!
-Matt, Charlotte, & Arrow
Arrow pupdate coming in. Thing’s are going great with Arrow. The summer months have allowed us to take him hiking a bunch and get better acclimated to big crowds at farmers markets, art fairs, etc. and he does great in crowds. He definitely gets overwhelmed but he knows to stay close and he’s constantly checking-in with me by giving me a nose bump on my leg.
I think I told you I started taking him to obedience classes and he graduated from level 1 to level 2 really fast and his first time at level 2 he crushed it and made some of the regulars in level 2 look bad. I’ve started taking him mountain biking with me and he loves it soo much. He runs ahead of me like he was born to rip down trails and in fast sections he does really well keeping up with me. Took awhile to get him to stop trying to herd my front wheel but he got the hang of it eventually.
Today was one of the best days we’ve had in a few months because he finally learned how to swim! We’ve tried to get him to swim a bunch at the beach or at ponds on hikes but he never quite got it; once his paws couldn’t feel the bottom he’d freak out and turn around but today, with a little help from me holding him up, it all just clicked and he LOVED it. He’s such a great dog and for affirmation whenever we see our friends who haven’t seen him in a while they all say how much he’s improved and how good he is. We love him to death. Thank you so much for bringing him into our lives.
-M,C, & A
Good evening Suzy! I apologize for the severe lack in pupdates over the last while, our life was pretty hectic this winter. Nothing but great things to report on Arrow. I’ve probably said this every time I’ve emailed you but he’s just so so smart, to the point he knows certain swear words mean bad things, and the biggest sweetheart in that on the weekends when we sleep in he has no problem cuddling in bed for an extra hour or two. He’s learning things so fast these days and really coming into his own personality, it’s magical to see. This winter was a little rough on him as I was enrolled in a welding class that had me putting in 12 hour days and Charlotte was working long days but we were extremely fortunate to find some dog-sitters who were very well-versed in border collies and they did an amazing job at filling the void with hikes and snow days and obedience training, so I think Arrow probably came out of the winter better than he was going into it. The current state of the world sucks but Arrow is thrilled because he gets to spend so much time with us as we’re both working from home so much. Our journey continues and he’s the best thing I could have with me as it does. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying healthy. Take care, Suzy.
-Matt, Char, and Arrow