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Jesse, a Shetland Sheepdog

Marshland Actions Speak Louder, CL1-F, CL2-F

Jesse, a Shetland Sheepdog at 3 months of age
© 2007-2010 Hope Harris Photography
Jesse, at 3 months of age.

It was difficult to fathom, but my beloved agility partner, Chance, was going to turn 7 years old shortly after the first of the year. Although I hope we have many more years together running agility, it was time to look ahead and think about finding a new agility prospect. Consequently I contacted Chance's breeder, Marshland Shetlies and asked to be placed on their waiting list for a puppy. After only a few months they had what they felt was a potential agility prospect and after a third trip to Southern California in seven years, enter "Jesse", an 8 week old tri-colored Shetland Sheepdog.

Introductions went pretty much as expected. Will (my Whippet) and Ashley (my lab mix) were enthusiastic, Toby (my Greyhound) interested. Brenden and Chance (my Shelties) were not thrilled. Chance took exception more than Brenden, showing his hackles to this little ball of fluff that dared to show up in his front yard. Brenden simply ignored him. Several days later the Shelties have accepted his presence, Will wants desperately to play with him, Ashley is official baby sitter and Toby is forever tolerant. So the storey begins.

Update - 2009: In the brief time Jess has been with us, we've lost 3 dogs. This has been very hard on the little guy if only because I concentrated so hard on keeping the old ones going that I didn't give him the attention and training he deserved. However in spite of my lack of instruction, at the age of 25 months Jess has managed to earn two agility titles and have LOADS of fun while doing so. Maybe a bit too much fun. ;-)

Jesse, a Shetland Sheepdog at 6 weeks of age Jesse
© 2007-2010 Daniel Wheatcroft
Jesse, at 6 weeks of age.

Jesse, a Shetland Sheepdog at 6 weeks of age Jesse
© 2009-2010 Dave Mills
Jesse, at 2.5 years of age.

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