Meet Alpine! – Lengthy Haul Trekkers

All of it occurred once I met Charlie.

I fell for him instantly. 

He was enjoyable, good-looking, partaking, and beloved to eat and play–a welcome change to what I’m used to. 

I wasn’t actually on the lookout for that sort of relationship, however the universe gave me sufficient alerts that I believed I ought to hear.

Charlie is a canine, a Border Collie to be precise.

He’s not my canine, however I received a canine due to him.

We had Charlie in for a board and practice earlier this summer season. He was a delight to work with. Quite a lot of the canine we get in for boarding don’t have any meals or play drive, and due to this fact no motivation to work.

As you may think about, it makes coaching notably difficult.

However Charlie wished to work and play and eat and work some extra.

He was a pleasure. I’d take him out for further classes as a result of he was a lot enjoyable.

At some point, his breeder popped in to verify on him. She lives about 45 minutes away from our facility and was on the town for an appointment.

Not overly personable at first, I wasn’t fairly certain what to make of her at first, however I believed it was superior that she got here by to verify on one in all her canine.

That’s the signal of a wonderful breeder to me.

I labored with Charlie for her for a bit after which she went on her means.

When Matt got here in later that morning, I instructed him that she had stopped by and stated that if I made a decision that I ever wished a Border Collie, I feel I’d get one from her.

“You need to,” he instructed me. “She breeds wonderful canine. I used to have one from her.”

Matt has two Malinois, so I used to be shocked to study that he as soon as had a Border Collie. He went on and on about how effectively bred the canine was, how a lot drive he had, and the way a lot enjoyable he was to work with.

Hmmmm. I believed.

I emailed Kailey, the breeder to let her know that it was good to fulfill her and that if I ever determined to get a Border Collie, I’d prefer to get one from her.

She replied again informing me that she had simply rebred Charlie’s mother and father and the litter was due in August.

Hmmmm. I believed, once more.

When Charlie’s mother and father got here to choose him up on the finish of his board and practice, I instructed all of them about Kailey and the brand new litter.

They already knew in regards to the litter as a result of that they had a deposit down for the primary feminine choose.


That they had determined to give attention to Charlie as an alternative and wouldn’t be getting a second (third, really) canine.

The primary choose was mine, if I wished it.

I used to be performed with “hmmmms” as quickly as they stated that. That data was sufficient for me to decide: I wished a canine from this litter.

I emailed Kailey and let her know that Charlie’s homeowners supplied to switch the primary feminine choose to me and that I wished to change to male.

Executed and performed.

In a number of months I’d have a canine.

I had sworn off puppies due to Laila, the pet I by no means wished. (who was additionally the pet that despatched me down the canine coaching rabbit gap and effectively, right here I’m, a canine coach, right this moment).

I by no means wished a pet for numerous causes, primarily as a result of I believed that I couldn’t run with them till they have been a 12 months outdated or extra (which I’ve since realized isn’t precisely true). 

I additionally didn’t need to cope with puppy-ness.

I simply wished an grownup canine.

However, in a number of months, I’d discover myself with a pet of my selecting from an distinctive breeder.

Working as a canine coach for a longtime facility has made me understand simply how necessary correct breeding is for canine.

Proudly owning a difficult canine that has bitten individuals has additionally proven me how demanding it may be to personal a canine that may be a ticking time bomb.

Don’t get me incorrect, I like Sitka and he’s an incredible canine.

However I’ve put in a TON of labor with him. He lucked out that I got here alongside, as a result of I absolutely consider that he’d be put down within the palms of the incorrect handler.

It’s additionally demanding to take him locations or have him round individuals who don’t respect his boundaries.

I used to be excited to have a drivey working canine with good genetics that I might form right into a dependable companion.

And so, 750 phrases into this weblog publish, I’d prefer to formally introduce you to the latest member of my pack: Alpine.

He’s a purple bi-colored Border Collie from Forthright Farms in Centerville, WA. He’s one in all seven in his litter and his mother and father are Molly and Clark, whom you may see in the event you go to the web site.

His dad is a superb herder who strikes cows with precision and calm (there are movies if you wish to see him in motion). 

Alpine, 11 weeks on the time of this writing, is depraved good, has each loopy meals and play drive, and has let me sleep by means of the night time since his third day with me.

We’ve been doing plenty of free shaping, getting began on monitoring work, and have been getting out and about to expertise the world.

Along with changing into one other working companion, I’m going to work with him to turn into a detection canine, ideally for conservation work and need to do monitoring and trailing (assume Search and Rescue). 

Seems, when you already know what you’re doing and have a effectively bred canine, puppies aren’t so dangerous in any case.