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March 24th, 2018 by Lynda

Introducing Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor

We apologize in advance for the length of this post but it is covering an eight day visit to Michigan and back home to Cape Cod. We thought we would post daily while in MI but seeing the puppies and good friends filled our days.

On Saturday March 10, 2018 Jack and I took Aiden and left Cape Cod for a road trip to Julie’s.

🎼We’re off to see the litter,
The wonderful litter of Os!!”🎼IMG_2769

We spent the night in upstate New York and the next morning headed to Niagara Falls State Park. It was beautiful to see the Falls in the winter.IMG_6553

After taking a walk we drove into Canada and saw the Falls from the Canadian side. IMG_6591

We then drove across Ontario and stopped to see Lake Huron. Aiden was happy to play in the snow! IMG_6663

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We then drove to Marshall, Michigan.

On Monday we went to see Julie and meet the “O” litter puppies in person.

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In the afternoon we took Aiden for a long walk on Julie’s beautiful property.IMG_2899

On Tuesday we went back to Julie’s to help her get the puppies ready to take them to the Veterinarian for their wellness check-up. One healthy group of pups!

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When we got back to Julie’s we let the puppies run around outside with grandmother Inga. IMG_2977

In the evening Andrea came by to see the puppies and then she, Julie, Carl, Jack and I went out to dinner.

On Wednesday we were back to bug Julie and to do some temperament testing with the litter. In the afternoon we helped Julie microchip the puppies.

Wednesday was also Dylan’s 13th birthday! Happy Birthday Dylan. (These pictures were taken just before we left on our trip)IMG_6544

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On Thursday we were, of course, back at Julie’s. We enlisted Carl’s help and got some individual and group pictures of the puppies. Here are  the “O” litter puppies at 8 weeks old.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Hearn (Shelby) – Pink collar girl3-15-18 Pink collar girl- OHearn

Alta-Tollhaus O’Zeke (Zeke) – Light Blue collar boy3-15-18 Light Blue collar boy

Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor (Connor) – Blue Camo collar boy3-15-18 Blue camo collar boy-OConnor

Alta-Tollhaus O’Reilly (Reilly) – Green collar boy3-15-18 Green collar boy - OReilly

Alta-Tollhaus O’Wilson (Willie)  –  Green Monkey collar boy3-15-18 Green monkey collar boy

Alta-Tollhaus O’Casey (Mick) – Blue/Orange collar boy3-15-18 Blue-orange collar boy

Lynda with Aiden and Yoyo3-16-18 Aiden, Lynda and Yoyo

Later Matt and Andrea stopped by to visit with the puppies and we all went out to dinner again.

Trying to choose just one puppy out of 5 males (and a lovely female) proved to be much more difficult than we expected. We agonized all week and decided that the Blue Camo collar boy would become the newest member of our family, Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor. We took Aiden and O’Connor for a nice “get to know each other” walk. Aiden was great with his son!

Jack with Alta-Tollhaus Aiden and Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor.3-16-18 Jack, Aiden and OConnor

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Future herding dog?3-16-18 Aiden and Connor watching the chickens

“I’ll show you how to do this when you are older son”3-16-18 This is how it is done son.

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On St. Patrick’s Day it was time for the “O” litter to go home with their new families. In keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme all of the puppies have names with an O’. Each of the puppies was given an Irish bandana to wear made by my friend Shay, of Love n Paws Company.

From left to right: Green monkey, blue/orange, pink, green, blue camo, light blue.

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We got to meet two of the families before we had to start our road trip home.

O’Zeke with his new family – Light Blue collar boy3-17-18 O'Zeke - Light Blue collar boy

O’Hearn (Shelby) with her new family – Pink girl3-17-18 Lisa, Bill and AT O'Hearn - Shelby - Pink girl

After we left two more families came to pick up their puppies.

Alta-Tollhaus O’Casey (Mick) with his new family – Blue/Orange collar boy
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Alta-Tollhaus O’Wilson (Willie)  with his new family-  Green Monkey collar boy3-17-18 Green Monkey collar boy

On Tuesday O’Reilly –  Green collar boy – went to his new home.3-20-18 Autumn and OReilly - Green collar boy

O’Connor with his mother, YoyoIMG_3303

We left Julie’s on Saturday afternoon. IMG_3345

O’Connor was a champ in the car and we made it to Batavia, NY where we stopped for the night.IMG_3354-2

We arrived home on Sunday afternoon. The boys were happy to get out of the car and run around the garden.

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It has been a very busy week getting O’Connor settled in and going back to work. Dylan, Aiden and Lamont have all accepted O’Connor into our pack and O’Connor seems to be adjusting well.

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On Tuesday I took Dylan, Aiden and O’Connor for a walk with my mother and the dog she looks after, Honey Bee.3-20-18 (2)

Walking in the woods behind our houseIMG_2759 (2)

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Thank you so much Julie for giving us the opportunity to have an Aiden son and for all the time you were willing to spend with us during the week.

Julie, Lynda  and Jack with Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor and Seamus the Leprechaun3-17-18 Julie, Lynda and Jack with AT OConnor

Lynda with O’Connor and AidenIMG_3323

Looking forward to many new adventures with Connor…..IMG_3314

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Introducing Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor”
  1. Oh, thank you so much for the wonderful post! He is gorgeous! Although — all the puppies were gorgeous, so I don’t think you could have gone wrong. I bet there are some high expectations for O’Conner. I can’t imagine how cool it is to have a son of Aiden’s. Thank you again for the post with all the information and photos. I look forward to coming back to read it again when I have more time.

  2. Thank you for such a terrific post, Lynda! Looking forward to watching O’Connor grow up. It is so exciting that you have an Aiden pup … the little guy has big shoes to fill. I hope all the O-Litter families will post on the blog so we can follow along! Gorgeous photo with Julie:)

    A big Happy Birthday to my favorite “black” Labrador, Dylan!!! He got quite the surprise present, lol. He is the best!

  3. Wow Lynda! What a wonderful post! You must have been keeping a journal. Thank you so much for sharing and posting!

  4. Doug and Judy says

    After 6 years finally got logged into the blog. The O’s are a beautiful litter of puppies. Can’t wait to read about all of his new adventures. We have Bella-almost 6 and Oakley-4. AT dogs are the best! Maybe I will learn how to post pictures too! Doug and Judy

  5. Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom says

    “O” my, you did have quite a week! Congrats on the new family member.

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