Observing Sage over these past weeks, I am struck by how each dog brings his or her own special set of talents to the plate.
For example, our first cardi, Kenai, was the most joyful social butterfly. A true natural athlete, she always had energy to burn and a body of muscles that were like steel bands. But her real love was gardening! Never was there a dog who could more expertly separate incredibly long lengths of drip irrigation hose and remove it from the area, leaving no possible clue as to location - until the plant started to die!
It appears that the love of outdoor plants was passed along to Denali, who showed herself to be the resident expert when it came to "transplanting" virtually anything in a pot! Again, with amazing speed and range. She could scatter dirt and plant parts for miles - all from one small pot!
Both of our cardi girls also proved to be excellent huntresses. We have a huge oak tree (200+ years old) adjacent to our property. The base of the tree is in the creek bed next to us and much of the tree's canopy extends into our yard. As a result, we have literally hundreds of squirrels.
Initially they were really a problem, digging up all of our plants in order to bury nuts and find them later. Then Bart arrived and that was that. He quickly trained Kenai, then Denali. Both of them took this job very seriously. Now Denali will spend hours keeping a lookout to ensure no invasion. She's actually been able to catch and dispatch a couple of squirrels, and a few creek rats over time. I wouldn't mess with her if I was a rodent!
So...what about Sage? What will his unique talents be? Now that he's getting older he's starting to develop his own set of skills.
Will he too be a stalker of big game?
Hmmm...it appears the instinct is present!
But that's not all!
Just like his sisters, Sage possesses multiple interests and abilities. But seriously, how could one ever imagine that a puppy this sweet...
might do this?
Easy...another gardening expert.
This time a specialist in pruning the indoor plants!
Ahhh...the many gifts they bring to enrich our lives!
(Now, how to get the R.E.M. tune, Gardening at Night, out of my brain!)