I've been so busy lately figured I would do an update. Since I am excited about dog things my other friends and family do not understand lol Kids and work going well, so that is the real important part out of the way
Getting ready for Valor to go for IPO 1 this Fall. Date TBT. He will be 2 June 3rd. He has his CGC, BH, and AD. Hips look like they will easily pass, but rating is taking for ever. I may just do his OFA on his 2nd birthday in a few months. He is a really nice dog. A bit suspicious of strangers, but stable. Very hard worker and extremely handler focused. Boy does he love me lol It's great. I'm home alone a lot when the kids are with their dad, and he is basically my woobie. He has a wonderful quirky intelligence. A real thinker. Slows him down in "sports flash" a bit but I'll take it. For instance, we were watching a K9 special and a Mali was getting hit all over the head with empty milk cartons by the decoy in a bite suite. Valor wanted to go at the TV decoy. When he couldn't get to TV decoy (after diligently checking the other side of the wall behind the TV lol) he went out the back door, tipped the recycling and came back in with...an empty gallon of milk
Yeah, he is oddly intelligent. Wonderful with my kids. I don't really let him interact/play with kids he doesn't know. Mostly because he has learned neutral and I want it to stay that way. IMO associating strange random kids with fun and play can have a downside same as strange dogs. He gets keyed up still, so best if he doesn't think kids and dogs out and about are a free source of fun lol As for IPO training, OB and protection going well. Tracking is toughest to find the time for and frozen ground doesn't help. Will hit it hard with the thaw. He has the foundation, so at least we won't be "green" when the grass first is.
Getting a male puppy around Easter! Hooray. Earlier than anticipated. Have my hands on other pups from the breeding and also know some adults from the pedigree list. Still finalizing my research but I feel pretty good about it. Will for sure share and pedigree etc once they are born. Don't want to jinx it now. Plus if she only has like 2 males and neither is right for me..well, you know. Valor is good with puppies, at least I know that. And my kids are very good with dogs and animals in general. Very excited. Very very excited lol I have gotten so much input privately, good bad an ugly about generations in pedigree back from a whole gamut of people I trust and know are knowledgeable. I so appreciate their honesty and will never divulge who said what out of respect. But for those that helped me with honest input and stories/experiences with progeny- thank for your willingness.
Decided to rehome my rescue pit Ruger. I got him 2 summers ago. My friend is a rescue and had a litter, and none of her fosters or she could legally have him (number capacities etc). So I fostered him and of course it failed. I was very dedicated to him even though he was a bag of nerves and quite honestly the breed nor the way he was representing it was my cup of tea. He will be 2 years old this week. He is very dog dominant which is typical of his breed, but extremely fearful of people and environmental issues. He has been staying with my BF since end of summer. My BF now also has a lovely retired bitch from Valor's kennel. She is 7 and still loves ripping it up on the field. She is in such great shape. Anyway, she stays the heck away from Ruger even though historically she is very matriarchal and not submissive to males. She is usually the peacekeeper and stopper of all rambunctious inappropriate house play. Well, she is avoiding Ruger like he is an escaped mental patient. With my BF getting into GSD dog sport, and the fact that he is a "take the dog everywhere" person like me...Ruger is in a constant state of anxiety. Even when he seems fine when he is out an about it is only on the surface, and it is getting worse not better with age and exposure. For example if out on a walk he drops his scent glands if a car runs over a manhole loudly. He sits in the car miserable and afraid at club...to leave him home on beautiful Saturdays at club would not be fair either. So, my BF has a wonderful friend who lives in a rural area on a nice spread, is a total homebody, works from home 4 days a week..and he loves Ruger and would have him as an only dog. That situation, with no demands on him, would be bliss for Ruger. He will still be in our lives since we are all good friends, and Ruger can be spoiled by a guy who has saved countless of needy/problematic rescues and loves having the tough ones.
So that is that
Updates from others are requested and welcome!