Hello Miss Fiona!

26 Oct

Last week I said that I had some big news, and finally I can share it: our family has grown by one. Meet Fiona!


Fiona says, “hello internets! Did you bring me snacks?”

Formerly known as Paisley, this little lady was recently returned to Marion when her owner could no longer keep her. Fiona is exactly one year and one month younger than Wally and at the moment is about 1.5 years old. Her destiny is to be Wally’s lady friend and the foundation bitch of my kennel, Audacious Border Terriers. No pressure, Fiona! :) Currently she’s unfinished but I plan to start showing her next year.


Fiona, looking for snacks again

As you may have guessed, this little girl loves her food. Unlike Wally, who is the only BT on the planet who is apathetic about food, Fiona will happily vacuum the floor with her face and steal food off the coffee table. This will take some getting used to, and we’re already working on “leave it” to try to minimize food stealing. While she is potty trained, crate trained, and has a basic understanding of polite behavior, she has essentially zero training so I’m starting from scratch. Right now she’s learning about clickers and shaping with 101 Things to Do With a Box. So far it hasn’t “clicked” (har har) but I think she’s going to have a lightbulb moment soon.


Fiona (left) and Wally (right)

And how is she getting on with rest of the family? So far, extremely well! She and Wally have been getting along swimmingly since they met at Marion’s last week, with no rough patches to speak of. Fiona came from a household with five or so dogs, so she’s quite used to being one of many. Wally, while used to being the only child, is unflappable as usual and taking it all in stride. I’m careful to give them both plenty of attention and sometimes I’m the jealous one when they run off to play with each other instead of me! She even gets along with Quincy the cat, which is pretty amazing since he’s the first cat she’s ever met. It helps that Quincy is a badass and won’t take any guff from a silly ol’ dog. Really I spend more time making sure that he’s not harassing her.


Fiona hanging out ringside

Overall she’s been a really pleasant addition to the family and I think that she’ll settle in to be a great companion for all of us. It’s been interesting to bring an adult dog into the family, and it’s kind of like having a kid who is extremely tall for their age: you sometimes forget that they aren’t as mature as they look.

My impressions of Fiona have been that she doesn’t really know how to play with people or toys (which were probably kept to a minimum to discourage fighting), and she is very friendly but hasn’t really connected with any of us yet. Granted that type of bond takes time and effort, something I did with Wally as a puppy and a process that took months, if not years. Now I’ll be doing the same things with her, building that bond, and helping her flourish and blossom into a dynamic young lady. It will be interesting!


Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Fiona, Other Stuff


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4 responses to “Hello Miss Fiona!

  1. Emma

    October 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    (whoops posted on a client’s account — could you delete that for me?)


    …On bringing home a girl cute enough for Mr. Wally, on your fantastic kennel name, on starting a kennel. I am soaring with excitement for you!

    My parents often marvel about how when I first brought Miles home with my ex boyfriend, Miles didn’t make eye contact with any of us for several days. Now of course, I am his #1, and my family are all extremely valued pack members to him.

    I can’t wait to see how things unfold, especially as you and Wally bond with Fiona. I am dying to hear more, I can’t wait!

    I often grump about being alive in the internet age, but, this is one of those situations where being alive in our timeis going to be really special for you. You will have these memories documented, and when you are a top Border terrier breeder with years of experience, you can look back on where it all started. Priceless.

    • Cassafrass

      October 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Haha, no problem, I deleted that one for you! :)

      Thank you for all the support, it’s been a challenge bringing a second dog into the home (not to mention an adult dog). I’m so glad she’s working out so well and fitting into our routines. And it’s helpful to be reminded that bonds take time! It is so easy to forget how hard puppies are and how long it takes to develop that bond.

      • Emma

        October 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        I agree. When I brought Miles home, and then went through the ups and downs of Welsh terrier puppyhood, sometimes I felt like we weren’t ever going to have the bond I dreamed of. You know the ending to that story :)

        A friend recently adopted a rescue Boston, and she has a 4-year old pug (a very smart, atheletic pug!). She said it was interesting at first, but, at the last trial we did together, she opened one of their crates, and both ran in together! It was such a sweet moment.

  2. dogblog88

    October 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Reblogged this on We Can Help Canines, We Can! and commented:
    Well Hello Fiona, well Hello Fiona… Its so nice to see you where you belong! Looking swell, snacking and full of mischief in her eyes…. Now this story made my day….

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