Juno’s Quest

About a week ago, I was wasting time on the internet when I came across a contest for dogs – a “casting call” for Fido (the mobile phone company) – in which the winner is selected through votes.

On a whim, I entered our sweet Border Collie pup, Juno. I don’t know WHY I entered, as it’s totally out of character for me, but I did. And when Juno started steadily moving forward in the contest, I got the crazy notion that we might actually win.

Right now there are over 5,000 dogs in the Fido Casting Call, and of those Juno is sitting at 418th place (at the time of this writing). Last night she was in 523rd place, and a few days ago she was in 1278th place. She’s gaining ground, pushing ahead by the day.

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So, our family is going all out for “Team Juno” and having a lot of fun with this. Out of character, yes, but we are loving it! Juno has a fan page on Facebook, which you can join for updates and photos, and where you can post words of encouragement. And if you want to vote for Juno (which I know you do!!), all it takes is less than a minute out of your day. CLICK HERE, and once you’re on the contest page, click the big yellow button that says “VOTE”. It’s so simple, takes no effort on your part, and can mean all the difference for Team Juno! Best yet, you can vote once per day until Sept 10!

 

Poky Little Puppy

Last year, we had a beautiful Border Collie in our lives named Miss Molly. She was wonderful in so many ways – smart, fun, loyal, affectionate – but there were also some problems with her behaviour as well that made her incompatiable with life on our farm. I trained with her for months, went to private training sessions and group classes, saw three different trainers for help & advice, and when I felt like we were making great progress, Miss Molly started killing our chickens and ducks. We found her a new home, a GREAT new home with three other Border Collies, but I was devastated at saying goodbye (and my kids were pretty upset, too!).

For many months following Miss Molly’s departure, I wondered if I had done the right thing. I missed her terribly (and I still do). Oddler and Echo helped to fill the void, but still I wanted a Border Collie, a dog to work with me on the farm.

Spring came and my birthday rolled around. On the morning of my birthday, Jae surprised me by telling me I should go ahead and start looking for another Border Collie to bring into our family – his birthday present to me. I applied for a few rescue dogs, but each time I was denied for one reason or another: no fenced yard (we’re a farm!!), two other dogs, small children in the home. I gave up and began looking for a puppy, a wee little bundle to start fresh with.

At the beginning of June, Juno came home. She was 10 weeks old when I picked her up from the breeder, and pretty nervous about leaving her mom and siblings. The poor pup got carsick several times on the way home, but once she got out of the van, recovery followed quickly and she began settling into her new life on our farm.

Juno at 10 Weeks. Photo by my friend Jeanette.

I still miss sweet Molly, but my oh my, has Juno ever filled that aching spot in my heart! She’s been a complete and utter delight to have around. Every morning at 6am we get up and start the day while the children snore. Juno comes outside with me and accompanies me while I do the farm chores. We work on some simple obedience commands and go for a brisk walk with the other two dogs on the Greenway Trail.

Juno at 12 weeks, with Lynden

Juno’s been coming everywhere with us for socialisation and training – to the splash pad and the beach, to market, to the homes of friends and family, to various parks and trails – and we’ve been going to a puppy obedience class. So far, so good! She is fitting into our family beautifully and is becoming a very well-behaved, well-socialised, eager-to-please little pup. We’re so delighted to have her here!

Juno at 16 weeks, enjoying the park

I felt a little crazy when I brought home a third dog, but it’s worked out pretty wonderfully so far. I’m really excited to see what Juno’s future brings!