I am one year old today and because of that I finally get to post on the blog! It is called Settertails, which is plural so the blog shouldn't just be about Niamh (and her complaining about me).
I've put a lot of pictures in my post so you can see how I've grown from a little puppy to a big dog.
Here I am at 7 weeks old with some of my littermates. I'm the one in the red collar. This is the first time that I met Barbara. She liked me right away. She said that she wanted a "mushy male" puppy.
This is the day she came to pick me up from my breeders. I was sad to leave my siblings but little did I know that I was going to have a new sister and lots of adventures.
We had a long drive from SC to my new home. I did a little exploring and then crashed on my new bed (a bed that I eventually ripped to shreds).
You can see that Niamh was not really thrilled with me at first. I wanted to be close to her since I missed my littermates. She did not think it was a great idea for me to share her bed or her toys. She had to teach me to respect her.
I had a lot to learn. Barbara exposed me to lots of people, places and new things to socialize me properly. I love to go in the woods and explore.
My first time in the snow.
Niamh decided that I could stay and I learned to play great bitey face games with her. She was very gentle with me when I was little and taught me excellent bite inhibition. I never put my teeth on human skin and I have a soft mouth.
To help me be a well socialized pup, Barbara introduced me to dogs with good social skills. Here I am with my friend Cherie.
This is me on my first track. I love tracking. The smells are great and I get good treats too.
Of course I went to puppy class. I learned to make nice new dog and people friends. We also practiced obedience skills. My recall is great. It is all positive reward based training so I really enjoy it.
Barbara took me to interesting places so I would get exposed to lots of new things. Here I am at a garden center.
Scout is my best friend. We get together frequently for walks and for bitey face and chase games.
Niamh always says that I am goofy. Well sometimes I am. But mostly I am very sweet. Barbara says so.
Since I am a Gordon Setter, I am going to have a lot of long hair which requires quite a bit of grooming. Barbara got me used to the grooming table by putting me up on it for short periods and giving me lots of treats. It is really not that bad. I don't know why Niamh makes such a big deal about it.
You can see in this picture with Scout, that I am growing up.
We played in the pool during the hot summer.
We like to get silly together. We are puppies after all.
I get to go to the dog park and meet other dogs. Barbara is very careful about who I am allowed to play with. Here I am making friends with a Boston Terrier. I do like little dogs.
Look how big I am in this photo taken last month.
I'm still a pretty goofy boy though.
It has been an exciting year. I know that Niamh complains about me a lot and she is sometimes horrified by my behavior but I am trying hard and I am just a teenager. Barbara is my special person and I am the mushy boy that she wanted. She thinks that I will make a great therapy dog when I am older. I know that I still have a lot to learn before I am grown up. I am very glad to have all of you as blogging friends.
Since this is my first birthday, I am not sure what to expect. But I understand I may get some presents and treats. I hope so!