This was Jake’s “coming of age” summer and it was filled with many “firsts” and new adventures. He will be one year old on October 24th and he is nearly full grown at 67 lbs. Jake is mellow at home and with people but is a whirlwind when he plays with other dogs, engaging any dog from tiny to tall with good humor and energy.
We embarked on our big adventure with a 1,000-mile car trip from Syracuse to New Glasgow, N.S. to visit my sister and family. Jake was a trooper. Most of the drive he looked out the window and enjoyed the view. We stayed in cottages in Maine to break up the trip and a hotel on the way back, and he took it all in stride.
The one thing Jake is not keen on is swimming, although he is an athletic swimmer with strong and steady strokes and an air of determination. He will go in the water after much coaxing but when in the water he is on a mission to herd us out.
Jake’s passion is sticks, but even that would not induce him to swim — he waits for the waves to bring it in.
On the other hand he’s happy to be afloat.
Jake will follow his friend Lucia anywhere and stepped on the paddle board after her. I think he was wishing he hadn’t, but he didn’t jump off and had a little cruise. We could tell by the tucked ears that he would have rather been on dry land.
A luxurious resting stretch on the deck is still Jake’s favorite pastime. He practices this stretch under the table. I think his personal best was touching four people’s legs and toes simultaneously.
We met many people this summer, including at a house concert with 150 guests. Nothing rattled Jake. More than once I was told “I would get a dog if I could have one like that!”
With all our best wishes,
Barbara & Jake
Dear First Mama:
I am well and happy as you can see by the big smile in this picture!
I was two years old last May. My favorite things are walks with Mom, playing with my pal Pepper, (who is just a little squirt – a Jack Russell Terrier), chasing our cats, sleeping on Dad’s lazy-boy and spending summers at the cottage where I can be a free-range poodle. Life is good!!!
I hope everything is wonderful at Fairhill Farm and there are still lots of puppies for people to love.
Love Gracie (and Anne)
What a chuckle we had today when Lucy’s purebred registration certificate arrived in the mail today… Wild Style it is! She certainly has her wild moments, but all in all is a great puppy with a lovely temperament. Everyone who meets her, from Faith at the Dog House and the groomer at Wig Wags to the vet have all said they’ll take her if we decide we don’t want to keep her. That isn’t going to happen of course, but she sure knows how to charm a room. She gets good walks both on leash and off and loves the woods. She’s fully house trained and she and our cat Rosie have come to an “understanding” and by Christmas might even be friends.
Erika & family
One of our best decisions was to get Lily two years ago. I did have some reservations at the time; wondered if we were too old and decrepit for a puppy. Lily has proven me wrong. She is a winner.
Jake was John’s dog but he was mine too. Lily is John’s. They adore each other and are so attuned. She gets him out all the time. He takes her to the dog park to play with like-minded, energetic dogs, and they come home delighted with themselves.
We went to Twillingate (a six hour drive) this summer with the two dogs.
Lily proved to be a wonderful traveller. She settled into our old house on the beach as though she’d always lived there. She found a very rotten codfish on the beach and rolled and rolled in it. A meeting with the hose and a bottle of baby shampoo was not to her liking, but she soon forgave us. She truly is our delight.
Edith, now four months old, is as calm and laid-back as ever. We’ve been taking her to the park regularly where she meets lots of new friends. Edith’s best friend for now is definitely Euler, our cat. In the house, Euler will stand on his hind legs and swat at Edith’s head (claws not extended) as Edith tries to play with him.
When we take them for a walk in the woods together Euler will race past Edith and leap onto the nearest tree, just higher than Edith can reach. Then he jumps down races past Edith and repeats the leap onto another tree. Edith chases after him and they repeat this for about five minutes! Eventually Euler jumps down, rubs against Edith’s legs and slowly walks past her.
Apollo is the love of our life. He is healthy and just had his 11th birthday on September 5th.
We got a new poodle from a local breeder and named him Zeus. He is three years old now and both dogs play well together.
I have to say Apollo is the one and only awesome dog! You served us well and after eleven very happy years we wanted to say thanks again for such a awesome dog.
Heidi is a constant pleasure in my life. Today we went to a “Doodle Romp” where Heidi played with about sixty other poodles and poodle mix dogs. She had a lot of fun and is thoroughly tired out now.
At a visit to our cottage on the Bay of Fundy two weeks ago Heidi played in the ocean for the first time. She loves to run up and down the beach.
In July she entered a dog show for Halifax Pride Week where she won “Best in Show”!
She is growing up so quickly and she is maturing into a truly wonderful dog.