Hello Everyone, my big sister Leaf has told me all about this forum, so I would love to be a part and join in (if she hasn't chewed up the computer - puppies Leaf's aside) be quiet Leafy, sorry doggies, I'd better introduce myself hadn't I. My Breed: I'm a Border Collie x Tenterfield Terrier. Yes I know 'interesting' as one of the vet nurses put it - and no don't ask 'how' fur Mom's not saying! Maybe read the Doggy Karma Sutra, may help, just saying My Age: I was just six weeks old when I arrived at my new forever home. I'll explain why I was so young later My Birthday: September 17, 2014. My Star Sign: Virgo My Favorite Things: My Mom and Dad, Big Sister Leaf (though she may tell tails on me), all my toys, chewing (everything in sight including me *sigh* Leaf)Huh has she forgotten what it's like to be a puppy! My vet and all the nurses. Food and well just about everything a young puppy can do. I love life now! My Least Favorite Things: Having a bath though I'm very well behaved. Not being allowed to chew the cushions or anything else I want to chew. My Schooling: At present, due to not having had all those ghastly injections, I'm being 'home schooled' but am enrolled in the next term for Puppy School. Then next year when the new term begins I'll go to the big doggy school. Leaf says it's so much fun there. My Tricks: At present I am still wearing my L plates, but I know sit (especially for food), drop isn't too bad, recall although I do have 'selective hearing' at times, stay - errrh what's that?. And I can walk on my lead around the garden and driveway. Potty training, well it's not too bad, just the odd accident when Mom and Dad are too slow to take me outside, I'm not quite sure how to 'ask' yet. Oh and I almost forgot! I can do 'sit pretty' I copied Leaf, though I'm a bit wobblyAnd Mom's very pleased the way I quickly learned not to jump up on her legs when she's getting my food ready, I really do sit like a very good girl. Pays too, otherwise she just stops and waits for me to sit again. My Characteristics: I'm very energetic, loyal, loving and Mom says smart. I also have a good sense of humor (we all need that with her around) Leaf, I do have a sense of humor and no I'm not naughty just a puppy . Mom says when I grow up I'll probably be a good watch dog, that's the Tenterfield Terrier coming out, as I'm very alert to everything around me (yes and runs for the door the moment a dog barks) Leaf, do you want to write this?? No little sister but you must always tell the truth! O.K. so at present I run away from dogs barking next door, but I won't when I'm a big grown up girl! I adore every one, even the two cats, but truth does compel me to say I'm not so sure they love me - honestly if looks could kill but I guess, one day in the distant future, they may just grow to love me. Don't you think they will? My Ambitions: To be the very best doggy. A little bit too young to make solid career choices yet, but maybe modelling, Canine Freestyle, Getting a very good education, that's so important in life. And enjoying life to the max! Now my 'story'. It's not all that long, well I'm only 9 weeks old now, but even so I've had my adventures in life. Mom knew, a while ago, some people but she didn't see them for ages. Then one day, when she was walking Leaf, the lady stopped her and asked her for help. Seems her two dogs, yes Jasmine the Border Collie and Jackson the Tenterfield Terrier had done what my Mommy warned the lady they would do and as a result, Jasmine had five beautiful puppies. So Mom, being a sucker for a 'doggy hard luck story', offered to help the lady find homes for the puppies. One though, the lady said, she was going to have euthanized (Kleenex tissue time) because her hind legs weren't the best. Euthanize? My Mommy was horrified! She really did hot paw it round to find out exactly what was wrong with the 'deformed' puppy. To be honest she didn't have too much faith in the woman and good thing she did hot paw round too because she found moi! After looking very closely at my hind legs, she said to the woman that yes they weren't quite as straight and steady as the other puppies, but she felt with good food, fresh air and exercise, along with massage and Reiki, the puppies legs would be healed. Of course, no prizes for guessing who that puppy was, moi of course Honestly, Mom wasn't too happy to find that we spent our lives in a very small bathroom and only occasionally got to run out side or in the kitchen. Not enough exercise for, as we all were then, five week old puppies. Seems the woman couldn't handle us all and it was 'easier' to keep us locked up. Mom explained, very politely, that we all needed more exercise and made a lot of suggestions, which weren't really followed. But with regards to me, Mom said, at first she wasn't going to have any more puppies, Leafy is only 20 months old and still quite a pup herself. However, more threats of 'euthanizing' me started to become too much for my Mom. At first she offered to bring me here every day, give me Reiki and Daddy would massage my legs. The woman agreed to this for a few days, however, she had some 'weird' relations staying with her and they, for some reason or another, got it into their dumb heads that my Mommy would 'harm' me. I think it was Mom saying Deer Antler were good for us to chew. Our vet burst out laughing when she heard that, she couldn't believe anyone would say that about Mom. The result was the woman told Mom she wouldn't be home at the agreed 'pick up time', which was 9.a.m. because she was going to church. Mom suspected she was telling porky pies and asked her what time she would be home in the morning. The answer, after a moments thought, was the woman was leaving at 7.15.am. Now Mommy knew for sure she was lying because she also knows the church this lady attends and knew full well that there wasn't any service starting that early. Plus she over heard a 'stage' whisper the woman made to the 'weird' people. Right Mommy promptly replied that she would call at 7.a.m. Not quite the expected answer. Sunday morning, bright and early with Daddy in the car waiting around the corner, Mom rang the bell. No answer! No surprise either! She rang again and one of the weird people opened the door and started to abuse Mommy big time! Mom stayed calm and just said she was expected. Door was slammed in her face but she did hear as it was being slammed the weird person yelling to the woman to get up. Ummm, leaving in 15 minutes for Church and not even out of bed??? I really don't need to say more do I, Mom was right big porky pies being told that's for sure. The woman came to the door, with me thank goodness, and said I had to be back by 1.p.m. because my Mom was harming me. Mom said no, it's too hot them, Blossom (as Mom had named me) will be back at her usual time. Thereupon the whole lot, yes all the other weird occupants had got out of bed by now, started to abuse Mom. They threatened to kill her, said Jasmine (my fur Mom) was going to kill me, then said she was missing me, then threatened to sue Mom (by seance perhaps, well they did say they would kill her) and loads more besides. I've heavily edited this, as it's not fit for normal, kind people's ears! Mom, by now, had me safely in her arms and just said, very quietly "She's six weeks old tomorrow and she's never coming back - ever" (Mom had already told the woman she would keep me and paid her for me, so she couldn't do much except continue to abuse Mom). So, with my little head bobbing on her shoulder Mom run back to the car and told Daddy all about what had happened. He was pretty cool and just said to Mom that that would teach her to get involved with 'weirdos'. I have to say, Mom's still alive, though she avoids walking past their place. I'm thriving and now my legs are virtually straight, healthy legs. My vet said that there wasn't any sign of a luxtating patella, only that I had a little more fluid around the hips, however, she also said that that was quite normal with some puppies. Just to not allow me to gain weight too quickly (I gained a lot of weight once I had good food and not just irregular meals of weet bix), and congratulated Mommy and Daddy on their fine, lovely new puppy. Our vet also said she was sure with time and all the care I was now receiving, that my legs would straighten. They are virtually straight now, just a times you can see a wee 'bow'. Mom said so long as I'm happy, healthy and not in pain, she doesn't care if I'm a bit bandy. She said she'll tell every one I spent a lot of time on horse back I love, love, love life here. Big Sister Leaf is just wonderful, the very best Big Sister a little puppy could have. We play together and now I can do puppy zoomies, though WOL (woof out loud) I've a long way to go to keep up with the Little Pocket Rocket as Mom calls Leafy. Plus Mom has promised, when I've had all my puppy injections, we'll go to a place called 'the Beach'. Leafy said that's a grand place and she'll show me how to chase Seagulls (not if I can help it - Mom here) and how to sniff all the really, seriously good smelly things (Oh no, not two of them stinking) and oh oh so much more! Leaf said she'll introduce me to all her friends there and we'll have a blast. I can hardly wait!