Sympatheque's Ms Behav'n Bell CGC TNN NJC NAC CL2-F CL2-H
While working for "The Animal Clinic Inc" in Grand Rapids, there was a man who came in with his two shelties, Morgana & Sheldon. Both of them were healthy and happy dogs. I found out that the two of them had produced a litter of puppies and I asked my husband (well, fiancé at the time) if I could go look at them. I knew I had wanted a female for my next Sheltie, and I really preferred the sables. I brought our roommate, Mike, along with me in case I decided to bring one home. I had a hard time deciding between one sable and one tri girl. I picked the sable, and I already had the name decided on - "Belle" since its means pretty/beautiful in French... Unfortunately, while Belle was growing up and in her "puppyhood" I did not have a digital camera, and therefore, have very few pictures of her during those stages.
With Belle, I learned a lot. I learned that females can be extremely different temperaments than males and how not to raise a Sheltie, lol. We babied Belle quite a bit more than we should have, and she destroyed our apartment - eating holes in the walls and eating the molding. . . . This girl has a goat's stomach though, she even ate pop cans through her crate and she rarely gets an upset stomach.
Just before she turned a year old, we left the apartment and moved back into my parents house for a transition before moving to Lansing in a few months. It was during this time that Belle had her litter. We moved her and the litter to Lansing a couple weeks later.
Belle and I learned, together, about competition obedience, and I refreshed my agility memories. She's a natural at agility and has been doing it from about 6 months old; including light agility a week before delivering her six puppies.
Over the years, Belle has made my life whole, she has made it hard, and she has made some things easy. She is a real love bug and is stabilizing her temperament nicely now that we have stopped coddling her :) She still likes to counter surf and eat pita bread, tortillas, and almost full loaves of bread, though.
I can not imagine where I would be if I had picked the tri color instead of her, and I am glad I got to have my "Misbehav'n Belle" :)