Introducing: LASS   30 comments

January 26, 2012, Gotcha Day

You see two happy people with an answer to prayer, a Border Collie pup we named Lass. She is just a few days shy of eight weeks. She was born on December 1, 2011.

We found her through an advert in SS.LV, after a long search and the belief that  there were no Border Collies in Latvia. She was born on a  sheep farm near Cesis. Her dad came from Estonia and her mom from Denmark. Her father’s Great grandmother is a top champion. When the owner, Artis, chose the parent animals he wanted to be certain they came from farms so they would be easier to train for working with sheep. He has 400 in his flock and a very well laid out enterprise.

Lass was the only pup with tricolor markings and won Ian over as she laid on his lap. His first Border Collie, Shep, was a tricolor dog.

We were impressed with the parents dogs and the way they were treated by Artis. The pups were very well cared for and eager to make friends. Our little Lass was the second heaviest of the liter of 5 and if she grows into her paws will be on sturdy girl. She seems to be settling in but still misses her playmates. Saulite is not impressed but hopefully in time will decide that Lass is okay. Lass, for her part would really like to play with Saulite and cries when Saulite moves past her to go somewhere high that Lass can’t go. Last night Lass only cried once from her place in the living room and after I got up to comfort her she went right back to sleep. So far she is a good ‘baby.’ Potty training is the next hurdle but she seems quite intelligent and trainable. As Ian says, ‘she knows where to put it so it isn’t tread on.’

With that thought I will leave you with pictures Artis sent us to chronicle Lass’s early development.

Lass born 12/01/2011

Lass at one week

Lass at one month

Lass, on the go outdoorsLass, being loved

Lass in concentration, good quality

We will continue to show her progress as time moves along. We praise and thank God for her, she is bringing joy to our lives as we watch her explore and discover life.


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30 responses to “Introducing: LASS

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  1. You two look like kids at Christmas and Santa has been good! So happy that God has blessed you in a special way.

  2. I couldn’t have put it better – found your “missing piece” 🙂 Hope you’ll have a lot of fun with Lass!

    • Yes, Miriam, now our family is complete. We are having fun she is such a cutie to watch, play with and love.

  3. Oh, she is so adorable! I’m so glad you finally got your pup… makes me want one. I quickly offered up a prayer of thanksgiving, and checked out the pics. Looking forward to seeing more of Lass as she grows. Take care, and enjoy!! ~Blessings!

    • Thanks Karen we are loving her to bits. Who can resist a face like hers. She is an answer to many prayers, yours among them.

  4. I grew up with a Border Collie named Spot. He didn’t have any sheep to heard, but he kept track of every bird that traversed our yard. With no training at all we saw him do a perfect point. Blessings and Congratulations on your new one. Mary Lou

    • Then, Mary Lou you know how charming they can be and how active. Thank you for you encouragement.

  5. How wonderful! Congrats! Love the pictures…especially the one of you, Ian and Lass. I look forward to seeing more photos as she grows and more posts about your lovely Lass! 🙂

  6. What a darling pup and a great name. Can’t wait to see her pictures when she is full grown, glad you have another great companion in your day to day ministry. Love you and grateful for your blog. Need to figure out how to put one together.

    Elizabeth Peters
    • Thanks Elizabeth, she is a darling. She will be on the big size for a Border Collie, she takes after her dad in that respect. Love you too and if you go with a wordpress blog they will help you set it up.

  7. It’s nice to see you again and your pup, she is lovely;we both love dogs and other animals.Have you got much snow? We have some praise the Lord after the dry spell we are happy for it, but is a lot of work for Alan to clear it; in the south of the country the snow is 1,5 m depth.God bless you!

    Alan and Maria Cooper
    • Hello Alan and Maria, Thank you we are enjoying her so much. Yes we have a good covering of snow now, it is a real Latvian winter and the temps have dropped to -12C really feeling cold.

  8. Oh, so exciting. Can’t wait to show Brian when he comes home! When I saw the picture on facebook, it looked like you had two puppies because of the pic on Ian’s sweatshirt. I thought, wow, that is brave! ha. Lass will be so much fun, and I was relieved that she is only one. They are so much fun, and give such love. Hope Saulite will find the addition to her liking soon. Love and hugs, Katy

    • Thank you Katy. It is exciting and just what we needed to lift us out of a winter ‘funk.’ Funny about Ian’s sweatshirt. Saulite gave Lass a few swipes this morning but she kept her claws in so she is tolerating. Lass wants her to play so badly she cries when Saulite jumps up on the window ledge to avoid her. It will get better with time, we hope.

  9. SOOO SSWWEEEETT! Thrilled to know you’ve got someone new to love (& keep you on your toes!)

  10. I love my Ebenezer: Koenigs Poodle. I always knew that Border Collies are the smartest dogs – but I haven’t the room for one to run. I just didn’t know that Standard/Koenig Poodles were the second. I love having dogs that smart! Have fun with the little one that just lacks those opposable thumbs :-))))

    • Welcome Robyn. I believe that about standard Poodles. Weren’t they bred originally for hunting? Must be smart to do that. Lass will be a big Border Collie, we think but oh yes we have room for her to run. (She doesn’t know yet, that she doesn’t have opposable thumbs.)

  11. So happy for you guys!! She looks really cute… and I am sure Ian is happily looking forward to training her with the sheep!

    • Thanks Bee. We are enjoying her more every day. She is very interested in the sheep from outside of the farm yard. Too young for her training to start yet, though. Ian is looking forward to it.

  12. What a BEAUTIFUL dog and you both look EXCELLENT as well. So happy for you! Hugs and wishes for a special Lord’s Day!

    • Thank you Shilo, we feel so blessed by this little bundle of energy. She makes me smile even though my physical situation isn’t great. We have a beautiful Sunday, lots of sunshine but horribly cold.

  13. Awww, she’s beautiful!

  14. How are you? Hope you are all fine.Have you got a lot of snow,how do you manage with the low temperatures? Alan is fine,he got a lot of work to do clearing the snow and keep the fire on.Is your car all right? By the way 2 years ago from December till 2011,July we didn’t have any vehicle to travel with;it was very dificult, many times we had to thumb a lift. Praise the Lord we have a brother not far away from us (20km)who took us for shopping. We got a car now and we are thankful to the Lord for His help! Please, let us know about you and your animals,we all ready miss you. Love Alan and Maria.

    Alan and Maria Cooper
    • Thank you Alan and Maria. We are getting through the winter, day by day. The car is back on the road again. I hope to get a blog written again soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. I love this blog! Beautiful pictures – and what a “gorgeous pup!” Oh, God’s creatures are priceless and so amazing. Thank you for this blog site. You and your hubby are so obviously in love…and you radiate the Lord’s peace and light as evidenced by your pictures, words and lifestyle. May God continue to bless you both abundantly. And, the “beautiful pup, cat and farm animals you own.”

    Blessings and Peace,


    Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

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