Darby at a year and a half

“Here’s some pictures I took of Darby a few weeks ago on a few hiking trips.  Anyplace where he gets to climb like a billy goat and he’s in his glory.  I was going to send them a few weeks ago but I got deployed to Brooklyn [after Hurricane Sandy] on my disaster response team.  Darby stayed at my parents getting spoiled as always.  I keep telling them to work on his commands but they say they feel guilty making him work for treats!  He knows all he has to do is sit up and beg, he gets anything he wants then.  He’s so photogenic, everyone says the head shot looks like a magazine photo.”

Leslie, Nov. 15 2012

Darby smiling in the sun



Dugan One Year Photos

Dugan One Year

Dugan, One Year, Left Profile









Dugan's Face, One Year

Dugan's Pack

Duncan One Year Photos

Duncan's Left Side, One Year

Duncan Left Side, One Yea









Duncan's face, 16 months

Duncan at 16 months

New Pics of Darby

From Lesley:

Gimme five! Gimme ten!

Darby’s doing amazing! I need to start taking him to a professional trainer, though. He’s been doing great with all his tricks but it gets a little hard when he starts to anticipate what I’m going to ask before I open my mouth. He learned “roll over” but now when I tell him down so that he can lay down to do the roll he now dives to the floor and rolls. Unfortunately I might want to give him the crawl command, and he’s rolling across the floor!

He’s been having a little difficulty with chasing things which is why we really need to see the trainer. A few months ago he chased after a squirrel and pulled me off balance, I hit a rock on the ground and got a nice big black eye! That was hard to explain but everyone thought it was hysterical.


Where are you, squirrel!

Since everyone’s giving you couch pictures I thought I might add some more. He’s not too interested in sitting nice and proper on the couch but he’s followed the cat’s example and sprawls across the pillows on the back. He likes to sit up there and look out the window.

Darby sacked out on the back of the couch.

Darby, one year









I just can't chase it any more. I'm so tired out!

Papa Yorick, Couch Potato King

For their one-year updates, a few of Yorick’s puppies submitted photos of their gorgeous selves lounging on their favorite couches. Not to be outdone, Yorick indulged me in a photo shoot of him on his favorite couch, and here he is: Papa Yorick, the couch potato king!

Papa Yorick, Three Years Old

Here are five males from Yorick’s first litter, all lounging on their favorite divans. How majestic!  They were a year old on June 10, 2012.

Dugan at a year

Drake, or Frankie at a year

Darby sacked out on the back of the couch.

Duncan at 16 months

Toby (Rosewood's Dalton) at 9 months

Frankie is One Year Old

“Frankie is doing well. Recent visit to the vet he was 44 pounds (!!!!) and as best we can measure him he appears to be somewhere between 19 and 20 inches at the shoulder (!!!!!!).
I am attaching a few photos, but I will continue to try to take more formal profile shots and send them along if successful.”

–Robert Grenley

Little Stick

Big Stick









Frankie enjoying the beach.

Who, me?

See how much Frankie looks like his brother, Dugan. They are both couch potatoes, at least!

Dugan at a year

Drake, or Frankie at a year









And just for good measure, the King of the Couch Potatoes, Papa Yorick!


Papa Yorick, Three Years Old





Dugan, Summer 2012

Dugan enjoyed his summer thoroughly. “Here I am with Aki and the twin girls in Lake Michigan. Woo, that’s cold for a Georgia-born puppy! You Northerners are crazy to get in here! That’s more like it–sitting on the shore, watching the water. I wish summer could last forever.”







“Mackinac Island is a bicycle and pedestrian only vacation spot in Lake Michigan. Se we’re going to go on a bike ride. Hilly! I should get out and pull. Just kidding!”








At home on my favorite couch. I am a good-looking dog!


Darby Chillin After Surgery

Darby had his surgery today, the vet said everything went well. They said he weighed in at 33 pounds. I thought he’d be more (he’s a solid little dog). He was neutered, microchipped and the hernia was repaired. They just commented on the fact that he was very scared, which I was expecting. His nails were also trimmed, he hates it when I try even though he bites his own toenails.

He’s still very groggy–he laid down on the lawn and tried to fall asleep on the way into the house but he still managed to eat all the cat food on the way in! He’ll probably have to wear the cone collar they gave me but right now I got him sleeping on my bed, he’s so tired. By tomorrow he’ll probably be bouncing off the walls again, and I’m supposed to keep him quiet for about seven days! (May 16, 2012)

And here he is, back to his usual joyous self! (Photos taken May 19, 2010)


Darby at a year

Darby at a year

Here are the newest pictures of Darby. He will be a year old next month. A kooiker is fully grown at two, and their coat is mature. Their black earrings will continue to lengthen, and their coat may grow a bit longer, but in most respects a two year old kooiker is a grown up dog!

At one year, Darby is still a puppy in many ways. His coat will continue to lengthen, and his body may fill out more, but he has reached his full height (when he is officially measured, we will post his height). When a male dog is neutered, his coat may grow longer and curlier than it was when he was intact, especially around his sides. Leslie plans to neuter him next month, and fix a small umbilical hernia he has had since birth.

Leslie took these photos on April 23, 2012. Darby’s birthday is June 10. He looks a lot like Yorick!

Darby right side, April 2012

Darby left side

Dragon Visits His Pappy

We had a visit from Dragon (usually called “Dunkie”) and his pack, Rosie (RedGold’s Christmas Elegance), Nathan, and Karen. After lunch at a favorite local restaurant, we took everyone out to the farm so the dogs could run around. It was a windy day, and everyone was in good spirits!

Windy! Dragon, Rose, Yorick, Hamlet, Rosie, Nathan, and Karen.

Dragon is a city dog, and had never been off leash where he could run around. He barked at the horses, startled at the guinea-fowl, and glared at the goats. Grass! You can dig in this! He was well-entertained, and we had a kick watching his antics.

Dragon could have spent the whole afternoon barking at Merlin!

Wow! Grass!! What's under here?









Here’s how the father and son line up! The visit happened on April 10, so Dragon (Litter D, June 10, 2011) was exactly 10 months old.

Father and Son Reunion

Back to back they faced each other . . .









Yorick, Hamlet, Rosie, and Dragon