Saturday, February 6, 2010

Brynn's First Birthday - A Year in Pictures

(After being sidelined this week with the nastiest case of pneumonia I have ever had I can sit up long enough to write a blog post.  Yeah!  I apologize for the last post about Ranger..I was under the influence of codiene. ) Nuff said...

Happy  Belated 1st Birthday Brynn!  

Brynn was born Feb 2, 2009 on a working ranch in Klamath Falls Oregon. 

On April 8, 2009 we adopted Brynn from PNW Border Collie Rescue.  The story is...their mom needed to get back to work, the 'rancher' surrendered the 5 week old puppies to Border Collie Rescue.  The puppies made their journey from Klamath Falls, OR to Moses Lake, WA where they were fostered by Pat.  Pat does an amazing job with all her litters of puppies.  (THANK YOU PAT!) 

Sadly the day after Brynn arrived in our home, she became very sick.  She was diagnosed with Parvo and admitted into the vet for treatment. 

Strangly enough, only Brynn and her littermate Jazzmine came down with Parvo.  The rest of the litter was spared.  To this day we are not sure where they were exposed or how...Could it have been the vaccinations?  The lepto vaccine that was given way toooooo young?  Were they exposed at the vet?  From people visiting them?  We will never know.  Thankfully both pups survived.

After she was discharged from the vet she started eating...


And eating

Brynn latched onto Bonnie from the start

From the beginning Brynn  was a confident little monkey. 

Bonnie watched over Brynn

Brynn learned how to stalk

Sneaking up on her buddy Bug


Watching the world

Experimenting with sand


Learning about other dogs and how to stay out of their way. 

Discovering the ball

Discovering cattle



Discovering Sheep

4 Months

5 Months

Seven Months

Nine Months

11 Months

Not sure which way her ears would go



Studying the sprinker... you can almost see her little brain working.  "How does this thing work?"


 Learning how to relax

In the strangest places ever...

Climbing on the furniture

Sitting on the piano

 Tasting salt water

Loving the beach

Ahhhh Beach Happiness

Finding new and interesting ways to get food


Loving the river and stalking anything that moved

Growing up with Bug (remember the puppy Brynn pounced on at the beginning of this post?)

Smart girl...staying out of family squabbles.

Enjoying visiting Nationals in Klamath Falls and hanging with friends dogs at our hotel (can you find Brynn in this picture?)

Growing up


Still not quite sure what her ears are doing yet.  Often inside out...


Jumping  higher and higher

What is up with those ears?

Part of growing up and maturing is showing the ability to accept the occasional distasteful experience without complaint.  She handles it all with ease...

Remember the chocolate incident?  She recovered...thankfully. 

Again with the ears...

Awww I love this face

Gosh she has grown  - she is bigger than Beth now

She can out run them all

She has put up with so much...(ahem...Bonnie can be difficult). 

Such a beautiful girl

From this...

To this...

We will be visiting Brynn soon.  Dianne said she is doing nicely in training and has been giving me updates every couple of days.  Brynn is fitting in nicely, getting along with all the other dogs and has a few buddy's.  Brynn has a excellent stop, stand and lie down.  She has been doing quite a bit of driving.  Dianne has been working on getting her deeper behind the sheep & pace.  Dianne said she will be a wide outrunner and is happy with her progress.  I am tickled pink! 

More than anything I cant wait to kiss this face again.

Happy Birthday Monkey!


Diana said...

Aww, how sweet. Also, get well soon. Diana

Lean said...

happy birthday your pictures.
bye bye,Lean.

The Thundering Herd said...

What a fantastic post with some really terrific pictures. Not even sure which one I would call my favorite, because there was so many great ones.

Happy Birthday Brynn.

Shiloh Clark said...

BCs are so very special; I enjoy seeing all of the pics. Thanx for sharing and keep up the good work.

Emma Rose said...

That was a wonderful post! We have followed tiny Brynn from the first day, through the Parvo and beyond. She has grown into a fine lady. It's so fun to see the pictures from puppy softness to adult confidence. She is a beauty.

Glad you are feeling better. Hope you are completely over that nasty stuff very soon!

The Duchess

julie said...

Lovely pics. Happy Birthday Brynn!!

Debra Kay said...

I loved this post so much. Puppy Brynn had the same two wild hairs on here black side that Solo does-maybe his will go away too.

Feel better-I had the buggy too-it's a bad one.

Lynn said...

I'm sorry you didn't get to spend Brynn's first birthday with her. :( Also sad to hear you were sick. Hope Ranger kept you smiling, even if you weren't up to laughing!

fulltiltbcs said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRYNN! Sounds like she is doing very well at Diane's! :) Can't wait to see some video!!!!! HINT HINT :)

An English Shepherd said...

Great post and pictures :-)

My ears go inside out as well!


Bandit's Pack said...

Hope you're feeling much better. Take care.

Una said...

Thank you for sharing the Brynn's pics! We have her littermate Tawna (now named Islay). She too had Parvo and Pat had to hold her until it was cleared up and she came home to us in April. We are sure glad that the pups made it OK!

BCxFour said...


Wow, I thought the rest of the litter was spared? That it was the lepto vaccine that made them sick? My memory must be failing me...or just

We should get the girls together at some point! I would love to come down to Brigands and see you guys work. Did you know that Dianne Deal will be teaching at Sheep Camp at Brigands in March? She is training Brynn now - you might want to get a session or two with her - these pups are loaded with talent!


Pat A said...

The rest of the litter did not have it, I had to hold them until the incubation period was over to make sure they would not get it.
They all tested negative for parvo.
Brynn looks great and of course I snagged all the pix I did not have, she has a larger album than all of our dogs put together.
Hope you are feeling some better.

WannabeVirginia W. said...

She is so beautiful. Happy Birthday!

Tristan and Braun said...

Awwww.. She's sweet.. She's so blessed to have found you guys and of course you her too! :)

Take care and give her a kiss from all of us when you next see her. :)

Sheephollow said...

I saw Brynn at Dianne's yesterday when I was out for a lesson. She is very cute and looked quite content. I know you must miss her terribly but you can feel good that she is happy.

Holly said...

Great Pics! We have Brynn's littermate (Echo, the other tri female). I cracked up when you talked about the ears! Echo's are the same way - depends on the day as to which way they go. We don't have Echo on sheep (yet) but are having a blast doing agility and frisbee. This litter sure was special :)

Lacey said...

wonderful wonderful pics. we love your blog. happy birthday Brynn.

Life With Dogs said...

As always, I'm late to the party. Belated birthday wishes, I love your pics as always - and you have so many greats!

Greenhill Farm said...

What a beautiful girl! Happy Belated Birthday Brynn!