Monday, March 18, 2013

A New Addition to the YGF family

YGF has been a little quiet of late. Between working on videos for The Fly Collective, fishing, and taking care a new addition, coming up with new content for the blog has been a slight issue. Said new addition is a now four-month old Border Collie-Lab/German Shepherd-Lab/German Shepherd-Border Collie/Kelpie-Lab/Kelpie-Border Collie (take your pick...only time will tell) mix, my girlfriend and I picked up from a local rescue group in late January. For at least five years, I have been the dog equivalent to the stereotypical baby-crazy woman (or man, I guess) who greets and engages with every random strangers' dog within 500 feet of my person for awkward lengths of dog-Ivan interaction.

Whatever breed Bosley is, he certainly is high energy, intelligent, and friendly. But, like all puppies he is a bit of a $hithead. I am looking forward to sharing the water with the Boz. In his first couple months with us, he has already made it out on the water a couple of times and met a trout or two. Each successive trip out, his interest in my pursuit of trout seems to strengthen. More importantly, he has already shown an impressive amount of respect/fear of the water. I will cultivate that. Here is an excessive photo dump of the Boz dog. Any tips or tricks are welcome in the comments or via email.

Bosley's first day as part of the YGF family
The dog enjoys snow days
Post snow day
One ear up, one ear down. The LL Cool J of ears.
Bosley meets his first trout courtesy of Pinchetruta
YGF and Jr. enjoy some of Colorado's best


Mike Sepelak said...

Love it! And I, too, am that guy who greets and engages...for awkward lengths every dog that comes within sight.

As I get older I find that I enjoy the company of dogs more and more, and people less and less.


Well, you have gone and done it. A river dog... Good luck and enjoy the training! Haha.

e.m.b. said...

Even with a dog, I am puppy crazy (have never cared much for babies, however)! There's nothing like the company of a good dog on the water...and Bosley no doubt has the makings.

Jay said...

My advice to all new dog owners: you must crate train your dog, preferably your puppy. It is one of the most basic, but valuable steps in training a well-behaved dog. It makes life so much easier when you have a dog who has no issues with going in a crate for travel or whatever need may arise. It's not always easy to crate train a dog once they get a bit older... the earlier the better.
Have fun with your new fishing buddy.

Clif said...

It's never too early to work on retrieving canned beer from the fridge.

Anonymous said...

With Jay. Crate train and buy the Positive Reinforcement Training (Clicker training) books - look it up on the net. Happy dogs and happy humans. Dry land training in the boat before actually getting on the river has helped all our river dogs. Good looking muttley - have fun! TK

Howard said...

Great looking pup Ivan.

Anonymous said...

Start training early, especially simple commands like "sit" or "come".

Justin Carfagnini said...

He's a handsome devil, and I'm sure he'll make a great fishing buddy. Loved the link to the clip from the Jerk. Classic!

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