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    Collecting Caspar

    Hi There - if you don't like dogs, then you should stop reading immediately!
    On Friday we travelled down to Wales to collect our new puppy. He is a Berger des Pyrénées (Pyrenean Sheepdog):
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    It was a long drive (310 there in pouring rain, and 310 back with 7 week old baby!).

    Anyway, I've posted some pictures on so that our son Saul (who is working in France) can have a look at the new family member:

    Collecting Caspar

    He is getting early training in matters of photography, but we aren't sure quite how interested he is!


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    Very cute. Well interesting you bring this up my 19 year daughter wants another dog and she is buying it. So her choice which i am not sure about myself is a Muggin. Now she still resides here at home so you know who is going to take care of it and train it. ME

    We are going this morning to see and buy the dog. But I never heard of a Muggin and if this thing is a yapper i will not be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Very cute. Well interesting you bring this up my 19 year daughter wants another dog and she is buying it. So her choice which i am not sure about myself is a Muggin. Now she still resides here at home so you know who is going to take care of it and train it. ME

    We are going this morning to see and buy the dog. But I never heard of a Muggin and if this thing is a yapper i will not be happy.
    HI There
    It's a cross between a pug and a miniature pinscher - interesting the current trend for hybrid dogs, which are usually really expensive, and are, in reality, simply mongrels.
    Still, there are good things about them in that they have hybrid vigor (often).

    Still, Guy - if you're going to train this dog, I'll be flying over to take some pictures of you taking it for a walk! (I'd guess it's about as big as a rabbit).

    Good Luck :-)

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    Bad news is we have Owls the size of garbage cans in the desert. Have to keep my eye on this this thing. Of course we have Drake a 80 lb English Pointer that is a very large watch dog.This is going to be pretty funny between them. I will take some shots later today of this mongrel. They want 500 dollars for the thing, Cali has them down to 400. I'm the hammer so let's see what happens but they are expensive little things.
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    Re: Collecting Caspar

    Looks really cute. Enjoy the new family member. How is Blue taking to the new sibling? Cat?

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    Re: Collecting Caspar

    This is getting out of hand: now you guys are buying pets that fit in a camera bag. I can imagine the threads now: WHAT KIND OF BAG FOR A MUGGIN?

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    Heck i could buy a lens instead and don't have to clean up after it.
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    HI There
    Well, Drake should turn the muggin into a very expensive breakfast
    Blue doesn't mind . . . at least, he didn't mind until the puppy experimentally pulled his tail while he was asleep . . . a bad idea, sounded like he'd done terrible damage, but after he'd finished yelling the puppy seemed to be fine.
    Care required for a few weeks! As for the cats - they've made themselves scarce.

    As for the camera bag Stephen - this little guy should be about as big as a labrador (but quite a lot skinnier), so I think we'll be lucky if the bag lasts until he's had his injections at 12 weeks.

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    Obviously a dog lover here---he looks darling. I'd never heard of this breed here. When I raised sheep I had friends in other parts of the country that had Great Pyrenees--very large white dogs that were wonderful protectors of sheep--even against coyotes, etc. I'm guessing they originated from the same area. Just read your Wiki link--so he's a herder rather than a protector.

    Yep---if the GPs and this are relatives they get BIG. Now--unlike your horse which has sort of disappeared from your photos (at least for sharing) I hope you will show this 'little' guy growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    Obviously a dog lover here---he looks darling. I'd never heard of this breed here. When I raised sheep I had friends in other parts of the country that had Great Pyrenees--very large white dogs that were wonderful protectors of sheep--even against coyotes, etc. I'm guessing they originated from the same area. Just read your Wiki link--so he's a herder rather than a protector.

    Yep---if the GPs and this are relatives they get BIG. Now--unlike your horse which has sort of disappeared from your photos (at least for sharing) I hope you will show this 'little' guy growing up.

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    HI Diane
    I think the idea was to have one Great Pyrenees to protect the sheep, and two or three of these to herd them. They're about as big as a lab, but much finer - fairly protective and very intelligent - they're used for agility and fly-ball a lot as well.
    We came across them in the French Alps, where they are very popular, calm , dignified, very energetic and slightly stand-offish.

    As long as Blue doesn't eat him for breakfast you'll be seeing lots of him!

    The ponies are fine - but we've had a month of frozen weather, so riding hasn't been on the cards, and I've been working a lot, so pictures of them aren't either!

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    Hi there
    Well, as anticipated, Caspar is turning into a little bundle of chaos - leaping on Blue from a distance, teeth bared; grabbing us by the legs, chasing the cats and the chickens (and the horses as well). The only thing he's frightened of is the vacuum cleaner

    We Were Warned; I hope we haven't bitten off more than he can chew!

    Caspar and Chaos

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    Re: Collecting Caspar

    Yes, and the "I am young and innocent" pose is perfected in #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Yes, and the "I am young and innocent" pose is perfected in #3
    Ah - yes - that particular pose actually means . . . 'come 6 inches closer and I'll bite your nose'

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    I like the ones with the interaction with Blue. I would expect that he will assert himself when HE thinks enough is enough with this little upstart LOL. I like the ones with Emma also--Caspar looks an innocent LOL. Oh--and #11.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    I like the ones with the interaction with Blue. I would expect that he will assert himself when HE thinks enough is enough with this little upstart LOL. I like the ones with Emma also--Caspar looks an innocent LOL. Oh--and #11.

    Thanks for sharing
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    HI Diane
    Well, Blue has quite a good line in 'putting his foot down' but he does it pretty gently. As you say, there's likely to be a bit of a battle later on, but not for a few months yet!
    He certainly does look innocent . . . perhaps you'd like to borrow him for a morning :-)

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    Caspar and the wet walk

    When will it ever end!
    We've had him for just over a month now, and he has reached the grand old age of 11 weeks . . . so we took him for a walk . . . and it rained and rained and rained, we minded, he didn't seem to!

    Caspar and the Wet Walk

    For those of you who can't be bothered with the link (it's only 9 shots) here is the
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    Well, you know I"m a sucker for puppy pics. PHotographically, I like the one of him with his shadow--cool. He's a cutie whether dry or wet and what a dear face. He's growing though--look at those legs getting longer.

    Diane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    I like the one of him with his shadow
    Me too. It gives you a sense of how big this pup is going to get (you'll need a bigger Billingham).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane B View Post
    Well, you know I"m a sucker for puppy pics. PHotographically, I like the one of him with his shadow--cool. He's a cutie whether dry or wet and what a dear face. He's growing though--look at those legs getting longer.

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    HI Diane
    Indeed - he certainly is growing 3Kg last week 4Kg this week! He's also getting very adept at not getting caught!
    On the other hand house trained at 10 weeks is pretty good going.

    all the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    Me too. It gives you a sense of how big this pup is going to get (you'll need a bigger Billingham).
    Yes, you certainly can't get him in that one any more! They actually vary a lot in size (from about 14" to 20") - he was the biggest (and quietest) in the litter . . . I feel really sorry for the person who got the wild bitch! For two hours in the morning he's completely berserk (poor Blue) after lunch he calms down a bit, and by the evening he's rather cuddly (with prickles!).

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    Re: Collecting Caspar

    There's more!!!

    I've put up another web page here

    Field Trials with Caspar . . . Sort Of

    If you're a real glutton, the whole lot can be found here:

    Pictures of a Puppy

    . . . and in those (very rare) quiet moments the two of them still get on pretty well:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    There's more!!!

    I've put up another web page here

    Field Trials with Caspar . . . Sort Of

    If you're a real glutton, the whole lot can be found here:

    Pictures of a Puppy

    . . . and in those (very rare) quiet moments the two of them still get on pretty well:

    Hi there Jono,
    I'm happy to see that you continue showing us parts of Caspar's saga !
    Must have been a touching moment when you picked up Caspar from his 'holiday home' and he came rushing towards you.
    Yes, I know - you can call me an old softie ... .

    I like this shot above, cool to see they became 'old pals' in just such a short time !

    Thanks for sharing and kind regards.
    Bart ...

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    Hi there
    You'll be appalled to know that there is even more . . .

    Caspar at 4 months

    I'm thinking I'll keep it up for 6 months, and then he'll just be another dog like all the rest . . . . .

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    Just when you thought it was safe to look again . . . .

    There are at least two new galleries:

    Caspar in Cornwall . . . and
    Now we are Six (months)

    If you think you can take it you can find the pictures here:

    More and More Caspar

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    ROTFL! Great thread Jono!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    ROTFL! Great thread Jono!
    Thanks Jack
    We've had 11 dogs since we got married . . . some good, some bad, sometimes one alone, once 4 at a time.
    But this guy makes us smile - even when he's stealing and we can't catch him.

    Trying to pass on the smiles - that's all

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    Any day you interact with a dog is a very good day in my opinion.
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    Loved it. 7. 10 and 15 may be my favorites. Such handsome dogs in 7- and he just looks like a little devil to me. I bet he does make you smile.

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    Great fun and big smiles all round.
    Caspar's quite a character, isn't he ?
    Hope you'll find many excuses to post some more ...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Bart ...

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    I really love puppies , they are really cute and quite friendly sometimes. How I wish I could have make it through that event .

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