Although the red on this bird is more red than the rust colour seen on a Robin it is not a Robin, it is however a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. Apparently, they are common here during the summer; this one appeared at my feeders last week. Interestingly, we see quite a few Evening Grosbeaks during the winter however this is my first sighting of a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.
This is Robin, although she was first named Phoebe by someone else.
She is a Parson Russell Terrier. The name of the Parson Jack Russell Terrier was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier effective April 1, 2003 at the request of the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America. This has caused a controversy with the breed. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) only recognize the Parson Russell Terrier as a breed and no longer recognize the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada has a lot of information on the breed and links to rescue groups.
Regardless what you call them, these Russell Terriers are a hunting breed developed in England in the 19th century. As you see, Robin has already caught a beaver...
They are little dogs who think they are VERY BIG dogs.
Robin is 4 months old and currently about 3 kg she will about double in size when full grown. She will get to be about 25 cm tall at the withers and may weigh around 6 kg.
The back story.
Originally, I thought I was buying her brother. I was unaware at the time he had been reserved by a family going though a serious illness and they were expecting it to be a long recovery. Because of this illness, they had told the breeder they would not take a puppy from this litter. So, she offered me the male.Then at the last minute, they changed their mind…their thought was the puppy would help with the recovery process. I was told two days before I was to pick up the puppy he was going to them instead.
Since all the puppies from this litter were now sold, I was put on the waiting list for an planned litter from a different breeding pair. They were expected to born in June and would be ready to go in August.
So, I thought I had a long wait.
Unexpectedly on April 15th, the breeder contacted me; she said a female puppy had been returned to them** and she wondered if I was interested. Apparently, the family who had bought the puppy had just adopted a baby from another country. The puppy was for their seventeen-year-old daughter. They now were splitting up. Their teenager daughter was moving into an apartment with her Father and the Mother was staying in the family home with the new baby.
** The contract you sign with the breeder requests that if for any reason you cannot keep the puppy/dog it must be returned to the breeder.
When I did the mystery poll, I said I might choose to ignore the out come. Several factors come in to play when I name a pet. Foremost is personality. Another is how silly will I sound yelling the name outside. Is it easy to say? I like names that have meaning.
Sometimes the animal will tell you their real name straight off…. Pandora did this. She was originally to be called Penelope; however, on her third day with me she told me her real name was Pandora. Now, Barkis it took him over a year before he told me his name was Bud…The two boy cats, Harlequin is really Birdie, and Jellicle is Houdini.Holly's real name was Missy Lou.
When I saw the first photo of the puppy I knew she was a Robin, however I since had not met her yet I was uncomfortable picking her name. I knew the family she went to first had called her Phoebe.
When we went to pick her up at the breeder’s kennel, my cousin’s 6-year-old son came too. He was so excited to meet the new puppy. "How much further till we get there?" "Will the puppy know us? " I told him the list of names I was thinking of calling her and he said I should call her Robin. Later on he said I should make her a boy so she could be called Robbie…
She will be registered as Braeburn Phoebe Robin and her call name will be Robin.
I pooped on the carpet yesterday. So, today my new Mom is teaching me how good girls go pee outside. I was a good girl four times today!
I ate a big breakfast; it was so yummy I kept licking the bowl. My new Mom said it is called Puppy Plate and that she gets it at Willow's Pet Place on Dresden Row across from Pete's. I snuck some kitty food for dessert. I tried to help my new Mom eat her breakfast too, she gave me little piece of apple I ate it all but the skin.
I had a nap while my new Mom read the newspaper and listened to The Current.
We went for a walk it was a bit scary to be in the woods.
We walked very, very far I thought we might get lost...
There was a big pond however it is too cold for swimming yet.
I think my new Mom was pointing the camera in the wrong direction 'cus this is not a picture of me.
This is a picture of me. I'm really sure we will never find our way home. My new Mom has me wearing a CAT harness set to the smallest setting; she said all the dog harness were too big. I think CAT is the name of a top designer or someting...
I climbed a very big rock to get a better view.
I think I see home.
I had a bath. I was so scared. My new Mom says I smell better now.
It was hot today, my new Mom got a sunburn.
I'm tired and need to sleep now. Puppies need lots of naps.
Wrap - Basil tomato flavour Hummus - Pete's to Go is the best! I love hummus so spread it on thick. English cucumber - julienned. Carrots - pre-julienned. Such a time and finger saver finding packages of pre-julienned carrots at Sobeys Havarti - Garden vegetable flavour pre-sliced Red leaf lettuce Pear
The flurries began around 4:00pm April 7th ending late in the early a.m. of April 8th. There were 60cm drifts in my driveway. The bushes and trees were all bent heavy with snow. Lucky for me I have male neighbours with winter toys... the one on the left has an ATV with plough attachment, the one on the right has the mother of all snow blowers. As I tackled shovelling my front veranda and walkway, the boys raced to see who would clear my driveway. The ATV with plough attachment won. We had so little snow in the winter their snow clearing equipment did not see much use. Boys and their toys, the guys were so excited they were doing all the neighbours driveways... all five of us.