She's here. I've been waiting for a whole year but today Tara, 8 weeks old, came at last. It's been a looooooooong pregnancy but very much worth the wait.
Tara is a Kooikerdog, a very old Dutch dog breed. They were painted many a time by the well known Dutch Master Jan Steen (1626 - 1679).
Kooikerdogs are working dogs; once upon a time they were used to lure ducks into a cage (kooi). As soon as the ducks were in the cage it would be closed and the ducks be killed and eaten.
Tara's breeder has a very nice website with lots of wonderful picks of Tara and her siblings. You can find the website here, click on Nesten, then nest Rijsje, click meer .... and then at the bottom of the page you'll find all the pics of these sweet little puppies from the day they were born until 8 weeks old. Have fun and Tara's breeder would love it if you left her a comment in her guestbook (gastenboek) that you'll find on the top right hand corner of the page.
This morning I went to get Tara from her breeder and this is where Tara was born,
this is her mother Renske and
here she is (second on the left) with her 2 brothers and sister.
When we got home I put Tara in the conservatory and soon she was playing with some of the toys I got for her.
And while she was playing she noticed something odd: what on earth is this? Hmmmmmmmm.
This I know
it's food and I love it. This pic is especially for Tara's breeder Margo who was worried about Tara perhaps not eating today. Zoals je ziet Margo, zit ze hier heerlijk te peuzelen.
Off she went to discover more new things and while she did so
she was being watched by Jeeves
and by Vita and Kadootje. What is that noisy upstart doing in our conservatory?
Vita decided to get a closer look,
and then Tara decided to check Vita out too.
Hey, another one of those weird but wonderful creatures, I wonder what they are. They're not doggies. As it was such a mild October day and the sun came out in the afternoon, Tara went out into the garden to play.
Water! And it is wet! And you can drink it too.
Being watched again.
Tara's challenge: Handbags at noon!
Will Jeeves accept? In the end they decided that peek-a-boo would be more fun and then this happened.............
From all that running around in the garden she got rather muddy feet and
she looks ever so slightly bedraggled. Tara is getting tired.
Very tired. It's been an eventful day this first day of her new life with us at Bliss.
Sweet dreams little Tara.