This is Napoleon on the left and his father Cinnamon on the right. Napoleon is the spitting image of his father at the same age and his grandfather Coy at that age. Holly found a old photo of Coy from a long time ago when he was a young pup like Napoleon here and they are indistinguishable. It is truly remarkable.
Napoleon was the smallest of his litter of seven aside from little leaping Lili. He got his name because of his attitude as a puppy. He was very alpha and didn’t let his small size get in the way. Fortunately for him the biggest two of his litter were gentle and took his bossiness in stride.
Later, when he was larger and he mistakenly tried to boss the big dogs he got strongly corrected. Kita didn’t rip his head completely off but I’m sure Napoleon wondered just for a moment when she wrapped her jaws completely around his skull. He never tried to boss her again. Or Saturn or Cinnamon when they corrected him. The adults are not overly harsh but he carried a scar on his nose from Cinnamon for a while. Most importantly he learned how to be part of a pack, a team that works together rather than a bunch of individuals shooting off in all directions. The older dogs model the right behaviors and correct the pups when they get out of line. This socializing is very important in working dogs.
Napoleon has just started to put on his adolescent muscle mass, to bulk up in the shoulders. His coat is losing that baby downy feel and putting on the thick undercoat that is characteristic of his whole family. It serves him well, keeping him warm out in our cold winters. Cinnamon still out weighs him by over 20 lbs but when he is full grown he’ll probably be around 80 lbs just like his father and grandfather. They are big powerful dogs. In addition to herding and guarding the livestock and us they also pull dogsled over the road and fields. Both of them have been great leapers and fast runners as well as being excellent with children and livestock. Napoleon already shows great potential.
Recently he has been earning roaming privileges. He is now often out unattended by any human person for half an hour or more under the watchful eye of his elders Kita, Saturn and Cinnamon. He checks on the pigs, sheep and chickens with Kita on her rounds, catches mice in the field and sticks around. This is a major step in his education as a Guardian Obedience Dog. No fence less than 8′ tall can hold them. The world is a wonderful and interesting place. Running off beyond the boundaries is a very tempting activity and it has been done. The woods and the marsh beckon. There are rabbits to be tracked, grouse to be hunted yet he has learned to stick around. Getting to this stage where he can be trusted alone on his own without the eye and voice of a trainer is a big deal for a young dog. As he trains I gradually fade out and he becomes a working dog in his own right.
Each in their strength – together stronger.
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