The conversation started like this:

Me– ‘I’ve found some cute Beardie puppies on Trade Me’

Geoff– ‘I was thinking that when Rif goes, it would be good to be dog-free for a bit’
Me– ‘That sounds like a good idea, I hate the idea of training a dog not to go near the road’

Monday morning;
Me– ‘I was thinking, if we got a puppy while we still have Rif, it’d be a lot easier to train, because it would learn from her, & she knows not to go down the drive… shall we have a look at the TM photos’
Geoff– ‘Perhaps I should ring & see which ones they have left?’
Geoff– ‘Ok, so whereabouts in Taupo are you? (writing hurriedly) Ok, we’ll see you tomorrow’

Smithfield Beardie Cross

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And so, we have a new addition to our family, a Smithfield Beardie, called ‘Didgit’, who, in the few days we’ve had her, has charmed & delighted us. Rif is not overly impressed to have a small bundle of energy barking in her face & biting her tail when she’s not looking, but she is getting used to it.

Our first Beardie, Oscar, came from the pound, & we discovered he was a Smithfield, it’s kind of the doggy equivalent to a Manx Cat, & is a recessive gene, Didgit has a long tail, but if we bred her with a short tail, some of her pups would probably have short tails.   Beardies have great natures, gentle but smart, & easily learn things. Already at 8 weeks, Didgit is pretty much house trained, & she has watched Rif play soccer & already is keen to follow suit. She’s so small at the moment that she gets bowled over by the ball, but it won’t be long before she has the hang of it.

To make life easier, we’ve set up a little run in the living room, where we can pop her to have a sleep, or give us time out. Giles was looking up on Google about puppy care, & this system is called ‘crating.’ It certainly takes the stress out of having a new pup