Well we’re done…..Duchess left this weekend to start her new job of farm manager and companion. She is really well suited for it. In her last weeks we had her we watched her come along wonderfully with her responsiveness. It’s amazing what some time and a few hot dogs will do! Seriously, it’s been an education in evaluating pups. I think sometimes the effect of litter competition can play out in ways you don’t expect. Once we had her more one on one, we saw a different pup. She still maintained enough independence to entertain herself but also learned to come when called and enjoyed hanging with us – a great balance for a farm dog in my opinion. I think Queen will miss her playmate and sparring partner! Alice is quick to step into the role of playmate though so she’ll have a dog to rough and tumble with and I’m looking forward to pouring more time and attention into Queen.