Decided on a breed. Check.
Contacted a breeder. Check. (It's too cool that she is someone I met back in the day when we were both just starting out and showing shelties in obedience. We've moved on to other breeds and additional venues but continued to bump into each other at performance events over the years.)
Breeding planned. Check.
Breeding accomplished. Check.
Ultrasound to confirm breeding was successful. Check.
Wait. Wait. Freaking wait some more. Check.
X-rays to count puppy skulls and spines yesterday. Check. (Any weird noise you hear in the background is the breeder gasping for air when she saw HOW MANY of the little critters are packed in there.)
Now we wait. Until Thursday. Or Friday. Or Saturday.
Since the Blessed Event is finally within shouting distance, thought I'd present you, Dear Readers, with the short list of breeds that might be Phoenix's new little bro or sis.
Here they are, in no particular order. Cast your vote and you'll be entered for a grand prize drawing to win . . . um . . . nothing. Sorry. I got excited.
1) Belgian tervuren
2) Shetland sheepdog
3) Australian cattledog
4) Australian shepherd
5) Belgian malinois
5) English shepherd
Tell me why you think I might choose that particular breed. (Yeah, I clearly have a strong herding dog bias.) Some of
you already know. In spite of my determination not to publicly go
batshit puppy-itis crazy until the litter was safely delivered, well,
you what it's like trying to keep a secret in the dog community.