Sigyn, Puppy 10, Purple Girl sold on 12/11
1/8/09: Hey Joe and Carolyn!  Sigyn is doing great.  She and Loki play constantly and get along fabulously. We have discovered a few of her favorite things over the last few weeks, including helping mom with laundry (she likes to find the socks) and scattering every single one of her toys across the living room and charging Loki if he approaches any of them. She is scheduled for her spay at the beginning of February and has already become a favorite at the vets office (although no one can pronounce her name!).  Tate took this picture this morning while I was making breakfast. We've tried for pictures before, but can never get Loki and Sigyn to stay still long enough!  Have to go. Sigyn is running around the house with another sock. It's still clean right? Hope you are having a wonderful new year!
Tate and Rachel

Loki's Pillowinside from the snowsqeeezeSam's Purple PillowCrate training? - no problem

Purple cuddlerShe was supposed to wake him up
Purple girl is witty and will let us know if we haven't puppy- proofed a room or picked up our old shoes.  She is getting good at the command "drop."  In her ongoing training, she sits, shakes, lies down, and is working on roll over.  She is potty and crate trained.  Purple is showing her parents' interest in a great game we call "fetch".  Like all her brothers and sisters, she's a calm, cuddly fuzz ball who loves to be held.  Rachel and Tate have offered Purple Girl a wonderful home in West Billings, and have even bestowed upon her a labradoodle roommate named Loki.  Purple girl has taken the name Sigyn and she promises to keep the mischief managed (takes one to know one).  We look forward to a blog entry and maybe a seasonal photo or two from Sigyn.

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Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test (PAT) Results
Social Attraction: did not come
Special note: purple was extremely curious with her 1st time in the testing room and preferred to explore.
Following: followed readily, tail up
Restraint: settled with eye contact
Social Dominance: cuddled up, tried to lick face
Elevation Dominance: no struggle, relaxed
Overall results indicate acceptance of human leadership; best obedience prospect for the average owner.  Adapts well to new situations and is generally good with children and elderly. Inclined to be active.  More details of the PAT and its interpretation are available at

Purple girl has slightly webbed toes.  Results of her swimming test are
awaiting a warmer day.  All puppies are enjoying their bathtub time.