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Lark - Snow Dog by starwide Lark - Snow Dog by starwide
Lark got to go hiking with my family and I today. He loves the snow. LOVES it. And of course there was snow on our sort-of annual Mother's Day Hike. Of course!

And before anyone starts to tell me about how he shouldn't be carrying anything on his back because he is still a youth, know that there was a wallet in one pocket, and some kibble in the other. Nothing much at all. Haha. He only chewed on one of the pouches once- yay~ For the most part he did not notice it. Hurrah.

Lark is a nearly-almost-will-be-on-Thursday seven month old rough collie puppy.

<3
-Mako 'n the Crew
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jagasaki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous dog!
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starwide Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you~
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I think you know what I'm gonna say lol XD
Gosh I want your dog! Stunning shot, again you managed to get an amazing take.
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starwide Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heehee thanks again~
And I will say again, timing is everything! I end up taking a lot of photos and only afterwards do I check them- I'll get a few good shots out of the bunch~ (maybe!)
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Haha, your welcome :)
Yeah, well he is definately a perfect camera dog! :heart:
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Haha! This is late but ooops!
*deifnitely
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Aghh! definitely
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An adorable merle collie :)

Any tips on owning one since I'm about to buy one in 2 months?
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starwide Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you~!

Socializing! Socialize that pup to bits! Lark was taken with me to work (at a dog daycare) when h e was nine weeks old and, though he was too little to go down with the daycare dogs, he was handed to pretty much everyone who came in. No one can resist fluffy collie puppies. XD

Also, start brushing that puppy soon. Lark gets brushed while he eats- brush brush chew chew and then stop when he is finished eating. That way he (hopefully) associates brushing with tasty good things.

Puppy classes are wonderful, too. The sooner you can get your puppy into a puppy class the better. <3
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you I've been preparing for a collie by taking care of several neighbors' dogs for money (lol they sure aren't cheap) and by doing research, but nothing beats the direct facts form an actual owner.
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starwide Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome~ Feel free to ask away!

Number one thing I love about collies? Or at least one of the number one reasons? They are brilliantly smart, even as puppies. Use that brain and get your puppy working for everything- sit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner etc. Tricks are easy to teach- Lark learned how to shake with both front paws in a matter of minutes, much to my surprise.
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Yes, Collies are very clever, especially the Rough Collies. Mine is cross between a Rough Collie and German Shepherd. He learnt how to lie down in a matter of seconds (no joke!) and I taught him to beg in about 2 days, probably sooner I just think he couldn't be bothered getting up, but now he's lazy and when he begs he leans on anything he can get his paws on XD
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starwide Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lark understands how to lie down, but will not do it with just my voice yet. Haha. With a treat, though, yes okay! He will also roll over~
His easiest trick (besides sitting) to learn was to shake paws. Shake for his right paw, 'left' for his left paw, he can do it for ages. Haha. Learned it in about five minutes o___O I was so shocked XD

Need to learn more tricks!
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Prettypuppy2000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Haha! Marley only does it when he feels like it, other times he will be an angel and do it for anybody without a treat. But he will ALWAYS do it for a treat lol XD

I know me too when Marley did it, I was so surprised because normally he wouldn't do it and then he did it and now everytime i say lie down he will just do it :) Very proud of him.

Yeah, Marley learnt first how to sit and shake paw, at round about the same time. He can do both but he doesn't like lifting his left paw up, only his right haha. I've got to say I think the best breed you could have is a Rough Collie, I did love my other dogs but I mean Marley picks up fast and he can learn things very quick, there is lots of good things although \i must say there is one fault....barking! Marley NEVER shuts up and in all the dog books I have it says quietness: 1/5 - That's true alright! lol
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starwide Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean about the barking- Lark is normally pretty darn quiet unless he wants someone to play with him. He'll bark his fool head off at dogs in an attempt to get them to play with him, and will hush up the moment that they do. Haha.
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay lol sounds like I'll have an amazing time :)
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starwide Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep! You will~
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TerhuneLass Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm actually quite glad you're starting him with a backpack - give him a job!!! And since there was nothing in it, it's acceptable. I still adore his tail and lanky legs! :heart:
My sheltie loves snow too! Purposefully walks in it, takes bites out of individual snow banks. XD
Gorgeous action shot too. I might end up using this as a photo reference :D
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starwide Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He did very well with the backpack! I was proud. It's still not his most favorite thing in the world, but he still gets to wear it. The only thing I worry about is him overheating with it on- have to keep a close eye on him.
Oh man, his tail. So so fluffy. Haha. And those lanky legs went every-which-way now and then on the snow. He wouldn't slow down and kept sliding and slipping and bounding. Oh but how he loved the snow. haha. He tried to catch snowballs but that never really worked. Tried to retrieve them sometimes, too XD

And thank you <3 Let me know if you do- I'd love to see~
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evphaedrielle Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Fluffy tail ftw! He looks like he's having a blast ^__^
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starwide Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It has gotten so fluffy recently! Hehee XD And oh yes, he had an amazing time~
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