Monday, November 23, 2009

John & Gryff

Meet Gryff

Gryff is the one in the back.   It is next to impossible to get a picture of Gryff that is in focus.  He moves too fast & my camera is too slow. 

You may remember that Beth was John's dog.  He fell in love with her when we adopted her from rescue.   I took over as Beth's handler when John started working oodles of overtime.  It was logical since I had recently become unemployed.  I had the time and she needed the attention.

I can't let her go - he can't have her back.  I am a woman who loves too much.

So our friend Vicki had a suggestion.  Maybe John would like to work Gryff?  Gryff is loaded with talent and loves men.  Why not give it a try?  On Sunday, we did just that.

I don't know...I am not sure John likes Gryff?  What do you think?  

Gryff was started by Sue MacDonald and ran Novice in a trial with Vicki a two months ago.  Gryff was badly injured this summer and required a long recovery period and was unable to train.  After being crated for almost two months Vicki entered Gryff in a trial (for grins and giggles).  He placed right behind Beth. 

At first Gryff was a little unsure of John.  Zipping around the sheep.  John kept the session with Gryff light and fun, with lots of reassurance and praise.

Once Gryff settled down he gave John some nice work.

Gryff is fast.  But he respects his sheep and is nice to them.

They are just beginning on their communication

Whoops....Gryff snuck by John

Gryff likes John

John likes Gryff.

Now we have a shared custody arrangement with Vicki.  Gryff will spend the weekends John can work him at our house.    I wish I had a picture of the two of them last night.  I found them both sound asleep together on the bed, Gryff snuggled right smack up against John.

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

Gryff fits nicely into our pack.  All the dogs know each other already from many walks together on the river.  Beth even accepts Gryff.   Perhaps it was meant to be?

Welcome to our pack Gryff - even if it is only part-time.  Thank you Vicki for giving John this opportunity to work with this special boy. 


The Thundering Herd said...

Welcome Gryff. Anyplace where you can snuggle in with a human for nap time is a cool place.

Debra Kay said...

I have no idea why, but I teared up when you got to the part about them snuggling together. It sounds like they have each found the one they were looking for.

Emma Rose said...

I must admit my heart was sorely involved in this post. But I think it is a wonderful thing. Gryff is a dreamboat. I loved the pictures and look forward to seeing more of the "boys" together.

Funny how things work out - Always the way they were meant to be - even though sometimes it takes awhile to see it.

Emma Rose

PS Tell Gryff I still love him and to stay away from Beth, she will only break his heart! Oh gosh, and Bonnie and Brynn too!!! :)

BevB said...

Looks like Gryff & John have a mutual admiration society. It's so cool to see the dogs at work!

BTW, I'm having a dog treat give away over on my blog- every week in December. Come on over & win some treats for those great BCs of yours.