Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stella meets Hawk!

Last night my friend Julie and I drove over to Cedarville to pick up Stella's future companion Hawk.  The drive was about 40 minutes long and we had a great time laughing a chatting.  (Thank you Julie!)  We programmed the GPS for the trip, and when we got to the house that it told us we were to go to, we both looked at each other and silently hoped this was not the house they were housing foster collies at.  It was a bit, how shall I say, sketchy...  We quickly realized that we were trying to find a house on State Route 72 North, however the GPS took us to 72 North St.  We laughed hysterically at what might have happened if we made it up to the door and asked for their dog.  We would have either gotten accused of dog theft or handed God knows what!  

Finally realizing the error of the GPS or the error of the human inputting information, we headed back down the road and arrived at a beautiful house, down a long lane, where we were greeted by a majestic collie and his friends.  (I tell you, these collies may have converted me to owning one eventually!)  We chatted with Wendy and her husband for a while and then off we went, with Hawk.  We got home and introduced Stella and Hawk, and it went off brilliantly!  The video below is their first introduction....

I'm going to start their training today, and hopefully soon they will be off to Texas!  I don't think I am going to have to do any major work here.  Just team building and trust, mixed in with a little obedience and life skills.  I am very pleased with how well they are both doing!


  1. Beautiful and stellas tail wags said it all

  2. Typically, when I introduce dogs for the first time, I have both on leashes to help control the situation . . . just in case . .. even with Collies :)

    1. Thank you for being kind about your reply! I took a lot of heat from many through email, for this introduction. I wrote a reply blog post, and explained why I introduce dogs without a leash. Best, Emily

  3. Nice work, Emily! You have been working with Stella for quite awhile and had a confidence level that was needed. I think folks need to be reminded that they both came from the same hoarding situation. Stella just needed to learn how to be a dog and she clearly understands that you are the alpha. I would not hesitate to send any of my difficult cases your way. Bless you and thank you. Cindy D.