Gunner and his sister are growing like weeds. Gunner weighs 21 lbs 9 oz. Brindle sister weighs 19 lbs 15 oz.
Gunner is a bit more keyed into his mom, howls when he wants out into the pasture, likes to be on his feet, and is a sweetheart.
Brindle girl is more roly poly, independent, liking to explore without concern, likes to play/wrestle older dogs, and go tummy-up.
Both pups are keenly interested in the goats and both are already demonstrating good guardian abilities. Evaluations will begin in a week, at 8 weeks old, and continue for a week. Final decisions on which, if any, pup is kept as breeding stock by Shepherds Rest will be when puppies are 9 weeks old. Evaluations consist of a 4-part process: 1) continued observations of all facets of general behavior, working behavior, movement, conformation, personality, and more; 2) temperament testing; 3) a litter evaluation by show judge, Pat Hastings, to determine conformation strengths and weaknesses; and 4) a comprehensive vet exam to determine overall health and rule out any potential problems.