Snowy Days and Puppy Fun

We have not had much snow, but even a small amount is TOO much for me! The dogs seem to enjoy it though, and it is pretty. Jaf is just under 6 months old in these photos. My Quo Vadis Boerboel baby is growing up so fast, it is hard to believe that I was able to hold him in my arms just a few months ago. Azaan really enjoys chasing him and playing with him.

Jaf Kills the Frozen Teddy Bear

The stuffed Teddy Bear got buried under the snow. When Jaf found it, he had a blast running around with it trying to shake it to death. Silly, playful boy!

Azaan and Jaf - First Snowfall

Where did my puppy go? In early September Jaf arrived from Quo Vadis Boerboels in South Africa as a 9-week-old puppy. Just a little over 3 months later, and he doesn't look like a puppy anymore. This guy is just getting so big. He is very mature for a puppy, and he is bold and confident. These pictures were taken the afternoon of our first snowfall in Western Pennsylvania.

Azaan is a very active 24-month-old puppy too! This girl will play 24-hours a day if you let her. She has been enrolled in Agility classes for the last 9 months, and she is doing very well. I originally enrolled her in Agility classes just so that we could work on her obedience, send aways and focus. We had so much fun during our first course, that we continued to enroll in subsequent classes. Azaan is running full courses off leash now. The four trainers that I have worked with are amazed at her athleticism considering her size. They have stated she is the only truly athletic mastiff they have ever seen. That is a good testimonial!

First Day of Deer Season in Pennsylvania

Monday was the first day of deer hunting season in Pennsylvania. I took this video of the deer playing in a field on Monday. They did not look too threatened by the first day of hunting season!

Azaan and Jaf Play in the Woods

This video shows Azaan and Jaf playing in the woods. Jaf likes to jump on Azaan, and sometimes she gets him back! She is so agile and quick that sometimes I have trouble following her with the video camera. This video was taken on the side of a very steep hill with a creek at the bottom.

Boerboels Go Car Shopping

I took the dogs to Sewickley for a little bit of training in the hubbub of town. I had to go to the Post Office, so taking the dogs for a little walk when I was down there seemed like a good idea. There is a Rolls Royce dealership in town, Ascot Imported Cars. In addition to Rollers, they sell Bentleys, Lotus and Lamborghini.

Since I was the only person handling the dogs, I had to put them both in a stay position while I stepped back to take a picture. Jaf is only starting to learn stay, and he has never had to do this off the training field (my kitchen, LOL!). I put Azaan into a down stay, and then asked Jaf to sit stay. Notice that his leash is laying on the ground next to his front feet while I stepped back. This photo was taken on the sidewalk in the small Village of Sewickley. There were people on the sidewalk and cars on the street. Jaf did an excellent job with his sit stay with real life distractions! I am very proud of him.

This photo below is a Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. Nice car! I think I am going to put it on my Christmas wish list.

I also decided to try tieing Jaf to a park bench in town to see how he would react being left alone. The park benches are just off the sidewalk, and give people a little area to sit if they get tired when shopping. I tied Jaf to the bench, and then Azaan and I walked away. We did not walk very far -- I don't want anyone stealing my little boy! I wanted to "test" him to see if he would go ballistic, or stay composed. After I walked away, I asked him to sit from a distance. He sat immediately. As you can see, he does not appear to be stressed that we left him. Cool as a cuke! He only had to sit there for a minute or two, and then Azaan and I went back to him. I had liver in my pocket, so he got his reward. Yes! Good boy!

While we were in town, Jaf charmed a woman who was walking. He LOVES to meet people! Today, November 30th, was a really cold day. We have been having some nice weather for November, but it got blustery and cold today. Notice the lady's hair blowing in the wind. Brrrr. I can't wait until Spring!