Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Luna (tic)

Luna is four years old today. No birthday cakes or party hats I'm afraid.  Who needs a cake when you get kidney and dogfood from the butcher for breakfast.  Then it's eggs,  sardines for and more kidney for dinner (yes, I forgot to take something else out of the freezer).  Dessert would be  a side of horse manure and then a quick trip over to the neighbours this morning on the bush walk, to get a sample from their cow manure pile.

 I'll confess that I've cheated and basically copied last years post.
 Here's her bio when she was first listed on the web.....

Hi! My name is Luna. I'm almost 1 year old (12/14) and a bundle of goofy teenage Border Collie. 
I didn't know much when I came to my foster home but I like these rule things. They make life so much 
I know how to sit and lie down and I'm learning how to wait for stuff and play fetch... My Favorite is the big red "egg" ball 
that I can herd around the yard. I LOVE going for a run now that I know what I'm supposed to do while 
I'm on the leash. 
Loud noises still startle me but that's getting better now that I don't have to be in charge of the pack anymore... 
And I would love to find my own home and family for the new year! 
Luna is not yet spayed (but will be before she's adopted). 
Luna will need a Border Collie savvy home with a strong leader. She is a sweet, sweet girl who will need continued guidance and 
training to be the best she can be. (and she has the potential to be anything -- learns and retains things SUPER fast) 
Luna would do best in a home with a patient older dog (she can be a bit pushy) but she's great with kids and 
seems to do just fine with my dog savvy cat. 
She still needs more work on her leash walking skills, but no longer barks at everything and only pulls a little. 
AND she's crate trained (handy thing), is house trained and, so far only chews on her chew toys (some times her towel). 
She's learning that meeting new people is a really great thing. 
Don't miss out on this fabulous girl! 
Luna was tested on sheep on 12/13 and showed fabulous natural talent. She tried her best to do every thing that was asked of her 
and then some. email for more on her test...:) 
Luna is an SPDR affiliated girl with a $150 adoption fee. She will be spayed, microchipped, and brought up to date on vaccinations before she is placed. Please fill out an application before contacting .........

I always get a bit of a laugh looking back through this.  Well especially at the first line where the word 'goofy' is used. If you only knew how many times we used the word goofy or goofball when talking to or about Luna.

There's quite a bit in that description that I'd have to change now if it was describing her currently.  Do I feel that we've failed her in some respects.  Well yeah, I think so.    Good with kids, um, no.  Maybe because it was something that we didn't work on after we got her.   There seemed so many other issues to work on that we never even thought about working on kid socialization, after all she was supposed to be good with kids.  But even a month or two after we got her, she was showing fear when little kids were coming towards us, or she could hear one crying.  She came from a family with two young kids and a tiny baby.  You can read whatever you want or don't want, into that.

There are still issues, but I won't bore you with all the details.  Strange men, people leaning over and staring her in the eyes, dogs staring at her, and Smudge could add a complaint or three as well.  Do I regret these last three years with Luna, well not a chance!  It's been one heck of a journey, and it still is, but.....she is such a goofball, and makes us laugh, and is so much fun, and is sometimes so frustrating......, I just couldn't imagine life without her.

So a week after her birthday, three years ago, we made a scary, snowy, three hour trip down to Seattle with Jake, and two weeks after she was posted and four days before Christmas, we brought her home.
Here's some pictures of the lanky, big eared, big white nosed and footed, teenage Luna in the first week at our place.

Happy Birthday Looney Tunes!


  1. Happy Birthday Luna. I know in my soul that you and Kilt are related!

  2. Happy Birthday Luna!!
    Loved reading about you! You are one lucky dog!
    Chance is great with kids..he came from a farm home that had lots of kids under the age of five.. He does great with kids until they cry..then he looks for a place to hide. Unlearning a behavior is not easy in a Border Collie brain:)

  3. Karen, I think you both got a great deal! Ryker loves kids but is very confused about babies.
    Happy, Happy Birthday Luna! We love your goofy girl antics!


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