Project Juno Continues

Yes, that little speck out there is naughty little Juno, rounding up some sheep all on her own. Well, she wasn’t really naughty, except for the fact that she was supposed to be with ME and not off gathering those sheep, which she actually did quite nicely. I got to play with the sheep a little bit last Friday; Juno and I headed up to Canada for a weekend of freezing cold agility with a great group of people.  I took only Juno, since I’m still playing catch up for all those months when I was a deadbeat mom, ditching her to take Solar all over the world.  Solar is still on the bench, and although he’s gracious about it, he really would like to get back in on the action.  He’s going to have to share, though; Juno has already competed internationally and she’s not even two! OK OK, it was for exhibition only, and it was Canada, but still, that counts as international 🙂

I wasn’t really planning on running her at the Friday night trial, but when the opportunity came up I figured why not.  That explains why I’m in jeans 🙂  This was also Juno’s first run in the ring at 26″ – she did pretty well!

It’s hard to believe Juno will be two at the end of next month.  She’s still very much a puppy in so many ways, but bit by bit, she’s maturing in to a beautiful young lady. The picture below was taken in September, and she’s changed and grown even since THEN.  Even though all along I’ve been telling people she’s nearly 21″ tall, and they nod and smile, I know they never believed me – but lately, everybody has commented that she’s grown.  Really, she’s just coming in to herself a bit more, standing a bit taller, and longer, as she seems more comfortable with herself and the world. Unless I’m looking at her face, I can’t tell her and Solar apart any longer; sometimes even when I am looking at her face! She’s mellowed a bit, and can linger for snuggling a bit longer, but she continues to be a morning person, which baffles me.  David and Solar and I will loll around in the bed in the morning, but Juno is busy trying to get our day started.  She’ll take petting but just for a little while, and if she can convince us to reach a bit for her, maybe even get UP, all the better.  Even in Canada, in the motel room, I thought maybe she had to go urgently in the morning, but when I opened the door, she bolted out and ran….to the van door 🙂  She wanted to GO!

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