Saturday, March 6, 2010

Idaho - Part 1 - Ranger

Traveling with Ranger is like poking yourself in the eye with a sharp stick ... on purpose.

Between the wails of agony you scream "WHY??? Oh Whyyyy!".

 Ranger gets car sick.  It is ugly.  He paces, pants, whines, paces, pants, whines, paces, pants, whines, get the picture. 

So we crate him.  Then he just pants and whines....CONSTANTLY.  Thus, copious amounts of rescue remedy and anti anxiety drugs from the vet are a requirement.

I love to travel with the B-Girls.  They just pile into the back of the car together, chew on bones and are well behaved and quiet (once we get on the road).  Ranger is a whole 'nuther story.   I would rather stick needles in my ears.

We were planning on leaving Ranger with Vicki for the weekend - but her new puppy came with kennel cough and we didn't want to risk Ranger getting sick too.  (insert big sigh here).  So he came along...drat.

Brynn was very happy to see us. 

Brynn was very happy to see Beth

She was ecstatic to see Bonnie.

All three of the girls love to RUN...until Ranger gets in the way.


What is it about boys?  

Why do they feel they need to harass girls?

Sometimes boys just need to be told off.  (click on picture for larger view)

They just can't get it through their head until you rip it off.! 

But once you stand up for yourself - they give you the respect you deserve.  Until they think they can get away with it again.

It is good to look over your shoulder with Ranger around.  Just sayin'...


Because he is sneaky that way.

Ranger has an affinity for pretty girls.  He can spot them from a mile away. 

Like a moth to a flame...he gets sucked right in.

Especially this pretty girl

Jaenne's beautiful red merle border collie Mo.  You can read more about Mo on Jaenne's blog HERE.  What self respecting male dog wouldn't be enamored by her pretty blue eyes.


Mo just wanted to watch the sheep in peace.  

Ranger got closer and closer to her...

 Until....Mo let him know how she felt.


Ranger didn't get the Mo sent it stronger the second time.  

 Poor Ranger...all alone.  It is better than me. 


While we were at Dianne's it would be a shame to not give Ranger a shot on her sheep.  The least we could do was provide Dianne with some comic relief.   I told Dianne three things were going to happen...Chase, Bark, Pee.  In that order. 

Ranger was going to notice the sheep...

...after some coaxing & encouragement.

Then he would CHASE them.   (Pictures like this make me hold out hope that perhaps...maybe somewhere buried deep in his thick skull is a tiny bit of instinct.  For a moment his tail was down and he looked like a real border collie). 

  Next Ranger would BARK at the sheep.    Chase, then Bark.  In that order...

He might circle ... a little.

Flanks?  HA HA HA!  What flanks...

Apparently Ranger feels the need to tell the sheep off.  After he is done giving them a piece of his mind - his job is finished.  His attention wanders...he has much more pressing matters to deal with.

Like a typical male...he needs to leave his mark.  Right on the wall.

Herding sheep Ranger Style.  Chase. Bark. Pee.  *Sigh*

Even the sheep were laughing.

That's okay Ranger....even though we would like to choke you 

We love you. 


Emma Rose said...

I just left a comment and it got lost! Crud :( Well, I'll start over then!

Poor Ranger. We feel his pain in so many ways. Higgins gets car sick and really hates to travel. We have to pick him up and put him in the car - he will not load on his own. He drools copious amounts and then usually vomits. Not fun for any of us.

Also, we think Emma is flunking sheep herding. She loves the chase but will not listen to the handler. She is totally in it for herself. We will give it some more time, but things don't look very hopeful at this point.

You photos are beautiful. You must be loving that new camera! I especially love the last one of Ranger and his Dad.


Jaenne said...

Mo looks rabid! lol In the second one, you can see where Mo is missing a tooth, lol. Can't wait to see more of your pictures. We're heading out to Dianne's today for some more shedding fun.

The Thundering Herd said...

Just making sure no one forgets you are in the car, huh, Ranger?

Lean said...

Lovely story]uhhh]great pictures thanks for sharring.

An English Shepherd said...

Great post.

Love Mo's collie smile :-)


Lynn said...

Never boring with Ranger around, huh? Love him!!

Monique said...

I'm sure you've done this, but have you given him anti-nausea meds to go along with his anxiety stuff?

Gorgeous photos btw.

Jennifer said...

I don't know why yo are always asking how to deal with the whites and blacks of your dogs photographically speaking. You are awesome. Those pictures are perfect. You couldn't ask for anything better!