Monday, December 29, 2008

Dog Behaviour

On the 27 of December I went to Educacão to the Dog Behaviour Module lecture by Dr. Gonçalo da Graça Pereira

In general was very well lecture module with a good overview of problems and possible resolution solutions.

My favorite was the overview of puppy stages and tips to best socialize and stimulate the puppies at this important stage.

Also the overview of the owners and dogs interaction, and the problems that can happen with bad communication was a good element for us worried owners.

Once again Educacão deserves a big congratulation for this training course.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Holidays 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Herding on Snow

The owner of this video and also owner of the marvelous Australian Shepherd that you see working, enjoy so much the herding training, then even in a freezing cold she continuous to work and train her Aussies.

And if you see it closely, you can also see the concentration and straight work that this Australian Shepherd does, ignoring the cold and weather.

An example and for sure a role model to follow by me and all Aussie lovers through the world.

Video gently shared by Kelly Hughes of Punchline Aussies

Monday, December 08, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Adventure on the storm

On this weekend we had a storm in Portugal. It created snow, hail, heavy rain and big lightening.

As a natural Portuguese I decided to ignore the warnings forecasts and went to the road thinking nothing will happen. So as agreed I went to Serra-a-Velha to meat another dog lover and visit her dream farm.
Of course I didn’t know that the all mountain only had earth roads and that some forest destruction (they told it was to clean and plant again) was going on.

In a Sunny day I believe it would be a very pleasant journey, but in a storm weather, in a mountain with little cell phone coverage was an adventure.

So me, a friend, two Golden Retriever, Brad and Bri, and an Australian Shepherd, Teco, arrived to that muddy road and after some frustrating cell phone call attempts we saw a house in the end of a inclined road and thought it must be it. Not only it wasn’t, as it happens when we try to get out, our car flooded on the mud and slide to the edge of the cliff.

Ok ! At this point we decided that we need help, so we get out of the car, take the dogs and wallets out into the rain, put some stones behind the wheels and went walk in the muddy rainy road to find some help.

I can honestly say I was very upset with the thought of my car sliding out to the cliff and watching my neat dogs becoming muddy brown didn’t help a bit. Ok they were happy, but my feat, cloth and dogs were all muddy, so my thought was, if I get out of this one I will have a lot of washing and cleaning to do. I know, what a crazy thought to have at the time …

Anyway and there we went walking, catching rain, seeing my dogs take mud baths and suddenly there was a white car which I ask to stop and help and the guy said he would try to get help. Ok that was great, but we couldn’t be on the rain waiting, so we keep on walking under the rain, on the muddy road, watching my dogs taking more mud baths … until another car come by and this guy went with us to see the situation.

When we arrived to my car the first guy was there with a tractor and after analysis they decided to tide a rope and I would let my car slide until the beginning of the road and hopefully with the help of the rope it wouldn’t go off the cliff. At this moment hail, lightening started to fall and I was really worried about the cliff … but as you guessed this worked and me, my very dark brown dogs and my very wet friend get out with a big thanks to this very nice guys.

Well I arrived to my lovely Algarve town, toke the dogs to the sea and let them take most of the mud. And yes they were very happy dogs, since they run and play in the mud as dogs love to do and in the end they had a sea bath.
Me and my friend were very tired persons that hopefully learn their lesson about stormy trips.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What you should know before breeding

Well I read somewhere a story about a couple that had bought 2 very expensive high pedigree dogs hopping at the end of two years start earning some money with the litters. You can imagine how the story ends … lot of money and time spend.

Ok with now having puppies with 7 weeks, I can honestly say that I am going through a period like that couple. But in my case, I only intend to earn enough to pay my expenses and it will be far from that.

What I learn ? well breeding is not for someone that as soft hart, full time job and with lot of silly other expenses like rent, schooling, car, veterinary, other dogs and food.

I began to make a journal of my expenses and at this point I had to gave up, since I was starting to feel miserable and very poor.

But money considerations apart, you also should know that if you have a full time job, prepare your self for not sleeping well, having to get up 1,30 h early, no time do lunch and having no time for your self at the end of the day. At this stage the puppies don’t want to be in the litter box, so you can imagine what is to have 8 healthy big golden retriever puppies running around the house.

Of course you also have to count with annoying phone calls, emails and responses to adds that drives you nuts. You will hear and read everything you can imagine !!!

Oh, and don’t forget to put together newspaper one year in advance and that way you don’t have to ask every one you know for newspapers please.

Of course it is a joy to see them play, having 8 puppies asking for attention and when you give newspapers, to have 8 chewing machines enjoying the world in destroying does lovely “diapers”.

But I think when this is over, the puppies happy with their new owners and I will be able to enjoy a full, silent, restful night I will think more then half a dozen times before having news puppies at the house.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Water Parks and Dogs

You can say lousy bad things about the Americans and even start to say to your family and friends that they are convinced and bla bla bla … But why I don’t see such a wonderful event and initiative in our sunny European lands, that grab about the sunny sky and blue waters.
At this moment I really wish to be also an American …

November means fun in the water! Broward County Parks and Recreation Division is hosting the K-9 Water Festivals!

All dogs, 4 months and older are invited to have a splashing good time at selected county parks. The parks will provide plenty of toys and balls during the festivals. “Doggie” Ice cream, food and beverages for human consumption will be available for sale.


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Hopefully maybe this call of attention will reach some of our tourist providers and will make them think in new ways to improve and continue to work also in low season. I believe that the market exist, what doesn’t exist is initiative and will to be different in this corner of Europe.

For me I only have left the opportunity of delight with this wonderful photos, genteelly given by Amy of Mercury Aussies, with her Australian Shepherd having a great time in the water parks.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Dog show Sousel 2008

australian shepherd in sousel dog show

My Australian Shepherd, on this weekend, went to the dog show of Sousel where the achieved the fowling results:

  • Teco: R.C.A.C.
  • Angel: C.A.C.
  • Cookie: 2º Junior

Other activities:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Teco acomplished Excelent in Obedience class I

australian shepherd in obedience competition
Yesterday, at 26 of October, I and Teco, my Australian Shepherd, went with the team of CIC Lagos to our first Obedience Competition.

We compete on class I, also known as COB – Certificate of Basic Obedience, and acomplished Excelent in the end wich will allows to proceed to the next level.

So I think after a long trip of more then 300 km, 3 hours drive, more then 5 hours waiting to get in, Teco deserves a big big hug, kisses and praize to accomplish such a good score.

australian shepherd in obedience competition

australian shepherd in obedience competition

australian shepherd in obedience competition

Other activities:

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Video of golden retriever puppies

See how cute and responsive they are ate 3 weeks

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Videos od the golden retriever litter

Fresh and taken today here are two videos of the Golden Retriever born at 26 of September 2008

To see more photos of the puppies with 16 days go to our website, section litter (page3)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sydney the Sailorman

On this weekend we had the pleasure to meet one more job for an Australian Shepherd.

Sydney is an Aussie that since the two months of age leaves on a catamaran boat with is owners and he is a really good sailor.

We had a special invitation to meet the sailorman and the four went to a aussie walk. What a lovely breed since the four get along just like they new each other for ever.

If you wish to see more photos of the lovely Sydney and its home just visit the website,

Monday, September 29, 2008

26 September 2008 - 8 Golden Retriever puppies

8 Golden Retriever puppies arrived to our home - 5 females and 3 males

To see more photos go to our website, litter section !

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What to do when everything starts to fail

Unfortunately every day the news about world economy makes us fear the day to day life.

If every month families were becoming aware of their shorter income the future perspectives are that will be lesser.

In this moments, where decrease costs become necessary, people look at their pet and can only see money instead of their loyalty companions that don’t have any idea of what is happening on their owners minds.

Well at this moments we must be rational since breeding animals it is a bad option when society is in financial crises, and delivery our friends to cannels not only implies given up our friends but also increase the cannel problems that already face overload of animals by people that choose this as their first option of reducing costs.

Even that many don’t approve what I will say, I think there are always a lot of measures we can take before getting drastic. This measurements can be by using public transports, walk instead of using gyms, eat lest expensive meals, like sup, giving up outside vacations, going to coffee shops, cinema or other leisure places.

If you took the options above you can also reduce fix costs like water, electricity and gas, just by unplugging unused electric appliances, recycle dish and vegetable washing water, use of less consuming lamps, etc.

If even so you face problems in your monthly costs, you can also cut in unnecessary food like sweets, juices and other. Don’t forget that 1 kg of rice lasts and it is healthy and natural. Bread is still a good meal base. And lest expensive products, like fruit and vegetables, are a healthy less expensive choice.

If after all of the above you still have problems … well if the belly is full, water exists, there is a roof and the family is still there, none of your four leg friends will complain or blame for not having treats or having a cheaper food.

Remember that better days will come and there is no better pleasure that having our best friend to enjoy it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

Dogs in Meia Praia

dogs in Meia PraiaMeia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve

This weekend it RAIN and what may seams bad luck for some, for those that have dogs in a weekend early morning, is a unique opportunity to take them to the beach.

So I left my idea of being lazy on a Saturday morning and took Brad, Golden Retriever and Cookie, Angel and Teco, the 3 Australian Shepherd, and we went to take some sea baths … well, they took sea baths and I stayed for taking photos.

Meia Praia
Cookie and Angel, my two Australian Shepherd, at Meia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve

Meia Praia
Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever, at Meia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve

Meia Praia
Two Australian Shepherd, at Meia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve

Other trips and travel:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I am reading a book by the author Vergil S. Holland, “Herding Dogs Progressive Training”, and it has this lovely start.


GOD SUMMONED a beast from the fields and He said “Behold
people created in my image. Therefore adore them. You shall protect them in the
wilderness, shepherd their flocks, watch over their children, accompany them
wherever they may go – even into civilization. You shall be a companion, an
ally, a slave.
“To do these things,” God said, “I endow you with instincts
uncommon to their beasts: faithfulness, devotion and understanding surpassing
people. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it
impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to faults of people. Lest it impair your
understanding, you are denied the power of words. Let no fault of language
cleave an accord beyond that of people with any other beast – or even people
with other people. Speak to your people only with your mind through your honest
“Walk by their sides; sleep in their doorways; forage for them; ward of
their enemies; carry their burdens; share their afflictions; love them and
comfort them. And in return for this, people will fulfil your needs and wants –
which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
“So be silent, and be a
friend to people. Guide them along the way to this land that I have promised
them. This shall be your destiny and your immortality.” So spoke the
And the dog heard and was

Author Unknown

Monday, August 25, 2008

Estoril 2008 Dog Show

australian shepherd in estoril dog show

My favourite dog show of the year and we couldn’t miss it. So Sunday we pack the Australian Shepherd and there we went to Estoril.

We arrived early and could enjoy the smell of grass and the slight cold air from the nearby sea. Without a doubt a very nice for such an event.

australian shepherd in estoril dog show
australian shepherd in estoril dog show
australian shepherd in estoril dog show

So before everyone arrives we took some nice shoot in ring training and even my son could take some rounds with the older Australian Shepherd, Teco.

australian shepherd in estoril dog show

When was our turn to enter the ring, the hot was already well felt, but even so we could take some nice remarks and prizes.

australian shepherd in estoril dog show

My Australian Shepherd Estoril dog show results:
  • Teco: R.C.A.C
  • Angel: C.A.C. e C.A.C.I.B.
  • Cookie: 2º Junior

australian shepherd in estoril dog show

Other activities:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Australian Shepherd in Herding Training Curse by Educacão

herding with australian shepherd

Yesterday, Teco and Angel, our Australian Shepherd had the change to go to the Herding Training Curse by Educação and lecture by Eng. Emanuel Freitas.

I enjoy the practical and theoretical content were the first steps of herding and basic commands to direct the dogs were lecture.

I only hope they keep doing much more of this initiatives.

herding with australian shepherd
herding with australian shepherd
herding with australian shepherd

Other activities: