a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Sisters and Cousins and Aunts

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Sisters and Cousins and Aunts

SUMMARY: Christmas card photo from a friend

Skeeter the Australian Cattle Dog and Bette the Border Collie
(Scan from an injet print)
It's very different for me, having a dog with known parents and littermates. Fun in a big way, and stressful, too--you want to do at least as well as all of those relatives. Plus, besides littermates, there are full siblings from different litters, half siblings from different litters... and step-sisters and step-brothers, too. Like Tika and Boost are step-sisters. And the dogs' owners are now Boost's Aunts and Uncles, on the theory that we're all "mom" and "dad" to our dogs--but yet we're not related to each other.

Here's a Christmas card photo from Boost's Aunt Mary. Mary and Skeeter (the cattle dog in the photo) were one of Tika's two partners in the Team event at nationals this year with whom we made the finals. And Bette is Boost's littermate. There are a lot of similarities, and a lot of differences. I'll have to see whether I can get Boost to sit in a similar pose and take a snapshot.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ellen - Loved the comparison pictures of the sisters, Boost and Bette. Signed, Aunt Mary
    p.s. Please refrain from slipping in those little link-y things in your emails because I can't resist and end up reading your blog instead of working my "billable hours." And don't think for a minute I can use self-restraint - good lord. :-)