Max our Border Collie is a healthy, good-looking and very sensible Border Collie. He works with the goats and sheep, moving them where we want them to go, chasing any who are reluctant to move from an area, helping them to get back on their feet if they're "rigging" or "cast", finding them when they're lost and keeping his eye open for problems.
We're so used to using Max's senses to heighten our own that we couldn't do our work without him. He's now 13 and he's not doing to live forever, so we've been looking for another Border Collie to work with him for a while and to replace him when he goes.
We thought it would be easy to find a Border Collie but very few people here use working dogs, which is a shame. A good dog is not only a good companion, he or she can help in so many ways. Max knows every inch of our land and we both know that if one of us has gone out with Max to check on the animals and he comes home alone then something's not quite right. With a dog like Max you feel a lot more confident that you can do whatever needs to be done and if anything goes wrong, then help is on its way.
This is Altess. (Highness in English!) We visited her last time she had pups with the intention of choosing one of them. Unfortunately, the best of the litter had all been reserved and the remaining pups were lovely but females and because of the dynamics with our other dogs we decided that we want a male. We especially wanted a dog from working stock who has a good temperament and Altess didn't mind at all when we handled her pups.
The same breeder sold us Max and we said that we'd always regretted not mating Max and she suggested we could try a mating with Altess, (Who isn't related.) so she came to stay with us for a few weeks just before Christmas.
I'm proud to say that Max, although totally inexperienced in such matters, was the perfect host and surprisingly, our three other dogs couldn't have been nicer either. Altess and he hit it off from the moment they set eyes on each other and spent a lot of time romping and playing and getting to know each other properly.
All being well, and calculating the normal gestation period for a dog as being 60-65 days Altess's pups should be born in the first week of February. Fingers crossed...