Yesterday was Orion's first birthday! Sorry I'm a
day late, but Happy Birthday to his brother Malachi in GA!
Orion to the vet's for a check up. The vet fell in love with him!
She's a very petite young woman, whom Orion had never met. She walked
in the room, and put her hands in front of Orion, who sniffed her
and wagged his tail. She ended up sitting on the floor next to Orion,
rubbing him and scratching him. Orion licked her whole face! I think
the admiration was mutual!
The vet gave Orion a clean bill of health.
She kept saying how gorgeous he is! At his last weigh in, back in
November, I was told he was too heavy. I couldn't find his ribs!
Now, he's slimmer, but not too skinny. I can find ribs, but have
to look for them. Anyway, Orion has maintained his weight of 113.3
lbs. The vet said his weight is fine. Some people like their dogs
a little slimmer than what he is. I figure, when we start sheep herding
again this spring, he'll slim even more. I measured him myself and
I'm not too sure I measured in the right spot. I did it twice and
got 27.5 and 28 inches. So, he's in that range.
So, by Ma's calculations
Orion will be around 30.5 to 31 inches tall, and weigh around 143
lbs by the time he's 3 years old. I wouldn't mind his getting taller,
but I just as soon he doesn't get that much heavier! Or, I better
For those of you that don't know Orion, he's a golden/sable
plush NB2 Buffy/Grizz son, Orbit grandson. There's been a lot of
discussion regarding the Orbit and Artus progeny. I have hesitated
to discuss Orion, because he's still a puppy, and I don't know what
his temperament will be like by the time he's finished growing. He
was a delightful puppy who was house trained right away. But, we
had a terrible time with his teething. People told me he would stop
trying to use me as his teething ring, and they were right. He still
likes to hold my hand or arm in his mouth on occasion, but uses very
little pressure, unless he's excited about something. Then, I have
to remind him to be easy. He also loves to cuddle with me. But, then
he gets too hot and has to go find a cooler spot. One of the most
endearing things he does, he likes to rub his head on me, just like
a cat rubs on people! He just swipes his face on my leg or whatever
area he can reach!
As a young puppy he was happy to play, or sit
next to me. As he's grown, his need for exercise has increased. I
take him on a semi-long walk in the morning and a 2 mile walk in
the evening. We're trying to increase the distance of our evening
walk. But, I need to get in better shape for that. If for some reason
he doesn't get his walk, I can definitely tell, he starts bothering
my other dog. He wants to play with him, and picks on him. My other
dog, Riker, is a fox terrier/schipperke mix who only weighs 16 lbs.
Now, that's a hyper dog! He barks out the window at people, dogs,
cats, cars, leaves and absolutely hates the UPS man. Orion looks
at him like he's crazy. Orion will bark at some people and dogs and
cats. But, that's it.
One thing Orion is, is stubborn. We've had
our run ins. When he was around 4 months old, he refused to let me
cut his nails. Well, he tried to refuse. We had a wrestling match
on my bathroom floor, and I ended up pinning him to the ground with
both my legs. But, he's never fought me again when I need to cut
his nails! I remember helping Lisa once, grooming her dogs, and she
said to me, "You never let the dog win!" Right now, Orion
is testing the waters for the alpha position and he's finding out
I'm the alpha, and there's no discussion about it!
and I are attending basic obedience classes. He's very smart, and
I only have to show him something a couple of times. We're waiting
for spring so we can start taking sheep herding lessons again. This
past January Orion won his first herding title, the Herding Capability
Test (HCT). We're hoping to get his Junior Herding Dog (JHD) title
this summer or fall. I was also showing him, but his ears are not
up yet. If his ears are not up by the time he's 15 months old, he
won't qualify to go in the show ring. I've been bracing them, and
feel they're getting stronger. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I still have hope!
So, now you've met my Orion!