Delta has now been mated to Dodger and pups are due in June. Please see the litter page or contact me for any further information or to express an interest in this litter :)
I'm trying to keep slightly more on top of adding photos to the yearly photo galleries on this website, however to keep up to date on all photos, including those from pups in other homes, please join the facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/montaki/?fref=ts :)
I am delighted to say that Whisky and Izzy's hip xrays have now been scored and have come back with very good scores indeed. I now have the official paperwork (after being very excited to see the preview on the KC health test site recently!) and Izzy has a lovely 2:3 (total of 5) and Whisky a resolutely perfect 0:0 (total of 0). It goes without saying that I'm very happy with both of the girls' scores and eternally grateful to their lovely owners for doing such a good job in making sure that they had the right conditions to develop well :) Happy days!
My lovely Techo owners have spent some time in the last few weeks writing short summaries of how their pups have got on since getting home.
As expected, given the positive and heartwarming updates which I have received all year, it sounds as though everyone has had a wonderful time with their pups and are very much looking forward to many more years to come :) Thanks again for writing these, everyone, you're all stars :)
We first visited Thor, or Arrow as he was then, when he was 4 weeks old. We instantly decided that he was the puppy for us! We picked him up at 8 weeks to take him home, and he slept perfectly the very first night. The next two were not so successful with some accidents in his cage, but once we got in to a very(!!) early morning routine he settled right in. Kat dedicates so much time to training and socialising the puppies from the Montaki litters and it shows, she is also readily available to help with any queries or panics for first time puppy owners. We have friends who have puppies and Thor's training shone from the outset in comparison to his puppy friends.
Thor has always been very much a people puppy. He loves cuddles and attention. He is always happy to see you and has the ability to make a bad day so much better with his extra waggy tail and a nice friendly cuddle. He has been a dream to train and has been very attentive from a young age. Of course there have been the usual issues you would expect with puppies - the occasional number 1 in the house,and a broken recall - the great thing about border collies is the fact that they are so intelligent and further positive reinforcement can correct it so easily.
Having met Echo 3 times it is clear that Thor gets his lovely temperament from her. Thor loves the car and is happy to be looking out of the boot window whenever we go on journeys. He loves the beach and his favourite thing to do is dig up sand and chase it!
Thor is very much a family dog and he loves spending time with us. He is excellent around other dogs and with small children as he is very gentle. He can do lots of tricks and loves learning. We are looking in to flyball classes when he is a bit older as he takes after Echo with his love of tennis balls!
We had no idea how happy Thor would make us, he is one of a kind and in our opinion, the best dog ever.
One year with Izzy! I still can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I brought this gorgeous little punk princess home; it feels like it was just yesterday, but at the same time she has just fit herself in so well to our lives that it feels like she’s always been here!
Izzy, then Wren, was already four weeks old when I found out she was still available and then decided that she was the one for me, I’d always wanted an Echo pup since Kat had told me she was considering breeding and I was so pleased that the timing worked out so well with Izzy’s litter!
She’s been an amazing addition to the household and she make’s me smile every single day. She has masses of personality and throws herself 110% into EVERYTHING that she does, from agility to just cuddling in the house! She has turned into a snuggling affectionate dog who also loves to work. She is showing great potential in agility and I hope to continue her training and eventually compete with her, but most importantly she’s an amazing pet. She has been everything I wanted and so much more,
I was looking for a dog with a good working drive and agility potential that would also want to come and snuggle on the sofa at night which were traits I saw in Echo, and I’m pleased to say Izzy has inherited them! (along with a tennis ball obsession). Izzy settled in well from day one, thanks to Kat’s early socialisation nothing has phased her! She is fantastic with all other dogs and loves to play but will also call away from them when asked which is just perfect. She has gotten on so well with my other dog too, a rescue GSDxBC, Zeus, she even taught him how to tug! She can be a little bossy with him but it’s usually fairly helpful! If he goes too far away from me she’ll go and bark at him and bring him back to me, the inner herding dog definitely comes out on occasion.
Izzy was my first ever puppy, having only had rescues previously and my first ever Border collie too having only had crosses in the past, and although the toilet training was stressful, she was a fantastic pup, so trainable and responsive. I loved watching her grow up, it seemed like she was bigger every single day and watching her coat change was fascinating!
I am so lucky to have such a sweet and funny little dog in my life and I can’t wait for the years ahead.
After having Teak living with us nearly a year now I have to say what a great Dog he has turned into, he is everything I could have wished for in a puppy, he has a sweet nature, with not one aggressive bone in his body, and he gets on with all my other dogs.
I picked Teak up at 9 weeks, after meeting him for the first time at just over 4 weeks when it was love at first sight, we had a long journey home to Long Eaton, taking just over 5 hours, he was great in the car, we stopped once to toilet him, and he didn't seem at all concerned that we were in the middle of a very busy car park, he slept the rest of the way.
So far he has been very easy to train, at the beginning of the year we did the K.C. Puppy Foundation course which he passed with flying colors. We then, went on to do a Foundation agility course and we have now started on a beginners agility course. Teak seems to be picking things up very quickly and everyone adores him, he is a very happy, friendly dog.
After meeting both his Mum, Echo and his Dad, Toby I can see where he gets his good temperament and good looks form as they are both adorable.
I have thought Echo is just the loveliest girl for years and when I realised I would have a home of my own by the time this litter of puppies would be ready to leave I called Kat. She gave me Whisky and I can never thank her enough. Look at that face - isn't she perfect?!
Whisky to me is the perfect dog. She loves me, thinks every human and dog she meets is a best friend waiting to happen, couldn't be more keen to please and yet is a very happy, stable, sound character. Kat did some amazing work with her as a puppy so she arrived already perfectly confident that life was wonderful and always going to treat her kindly. It didn't take her long to settle in. As a puppy she was an adorable fluff monster and tried so hard to be a good girl. She adapted to sleeping through the night quickly and with very few accidents and outstripped all of the other puppies at her puppy training.
I had always thought that border collies were non-stop work and energy but Whisky takes surprisingly little effort to please. We walk her for an hour in the morning and an hour every evening and beyond that all she wants is to be with the family. She will hop up on the sofa for snuggles if we invite her for some tv time, curl up on her mat in the kitchen if I'm cooking or sit by my feet with a chew toy if I'm playing the piano. She really doesn't mind, as long as she gets to be involved. She isn't clingy though - she will wait for me if I go to the bathroom or out to the garage but she doesn't cry or show any hint of anxiety, she just sits down and chills out until I come back. She is independent enough to go on a good old explore in the woods but I never have to wait more than 30 seconds after whistling for her to see her hurtling towards me (even in squirrel season). She loves running just for the sheer pleasure of it and has really enjoyed agility as a way to channel her energy. She is doing really well, very responsive, excellent at reading what Chris wants from her and we are looking forward to competing with her next year. She loves our two cats and quickly learnt to walk over slowly enough that they don’t suspect a thing and then unobtrusively start licking their ears. Zuzu often ambushes Whisky in the garden for a game (a brave game for a tiny kitten) and Whisky loves chasing her back but she never catches her, she just dances around her to show off that she is faster. She has a terrible addiction to bubbles and a knack for finding the stitching in soft toys! She makes me laugh every day - she tap dances on the hall floor to show how excited she is when I come home, always tries to lead me to her bubbles and rubs her head on the underside of my hand if its not stroking her when it should be.
Whisky acts like the world is just the most perfect lovely place and it is totally infectious. We love her and wouldn't be without her.
When in October 2014 Don and I went to visit my friend Kat’s litter of puppies, we had plans to cuddle some balls of fluff then go back to making plans to get an adult, male schnauzer (Thomas Duncan Schnauzer would be his name). Zoe Stamatina Pidgeon-Lyall quickly scuppered those schnauzer plans by plonking herself on our laps and cuddling her way into our lives at 3 weeks old. Since bringing her home we’ve never looked back, and the cuddles have only increased in volume and intensity.
Aside from finding Zoe’s self-imposed strict daily hug quota somewhat of an obstacle to progress in daily life, we’ve had a fantastic year watching her grow up. She settled in very quickly and soon learned what puppies are and are not allowed to nibble. She took to crate training, toilet training and walking on and off the lead like a pro, although she has never quite learned that her feet are not there to be eaten. Unsurprisingly given her official job description as Cuddle Monster, she did not have to be taught the command ‘hug’. Suprisingly though, given her mother is Echo, she is awful at catching balls and sticks.
We have been enjoying exploring the lochs and hills around Glasgow with Zoe, and her giant, floppy tongued grin when running around outdoors has us utterly convinced that dogs do smile. She has enjoyed a Highland retreat to Lochcarron near Skye, and she will soon be accompanying us on a whisky tour of Islay. We are looking forward to getting her out on the munros when she is a little older. When not out in the countryside, Zoe finds equal pleasure in making friends with ALL the dogs in the local park, and insisting that any people sitting down in the park simply *must* be in need of a Zoe hug.
In her spare time, Zoe loves watching movies, long walks on the beach and deep and meaningful conversations. Her favourite TV show is Flockstars. Although she fears she may never fully grow into her giant gremlin ears, she believes her silky coat and happy face, which she is often complimented on, are her best features.
The little Techos turned one year old today and are all just as gorgeous and happy as I could ever have wished for :) I really enjoyed catching up with three of them today and getting lots of facelicks and snuggles, including from Thor who was the last one that I had not yet managed to see again since he'd left! Really happy that I've been able to see them all within the year now, thanks to their lovely owners for being equally as keen to keep in touch :)
I have two litters planned for 2016, a final one from Echo and a first one for Gypsy. I'm incredibly excited about both of the boys who I have chosen and I am anticipating very switched on, engaging and cuddly pups from both combinations. More details can be found on my planned litters page.
I took advantage of being in England again to catch up with some of the lovely Montaki pups south of the border :) It was lovely to see them all again, especially Chaos who I had not seen since he had left <3
Lots more pictures on the facebook group.
I'm pleased to report that Delta and Gypsy each passed both their adult eye test and their gonioscopy yesterday afternoon. Exactly the result that we hoped for and anticipated, but a nice early Christmas present to have it confirmed on paper! :)
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all have a lovely holiday :)
The time has come for all of my little Techo puppies to go off to their new homes! I am absolutely thrilled with all of the choices and though it has been very sad to see them all leaving, at the same time it is lovely to see their new homes so excited and fantastic to see how much effort they have all put into preparing for their new arrival! These are going to be some very positively trained and spoilt puppies, that is for sure!
Pilot is going to go and live with Madeleine and Chris Owens in Yorkshire to be a much-loved pet who will get to play agility and obedience and be generally adored. She's going to be called Whisky and will be entirely their dog in the everyday sense, however they are happy for her to be co-owned with me in case we end up deciding to breed on from her in the future.
After the original hiccup with Wren's planned home, I had decided that I would consider a co-own for her as well since she reminded me so much of Echo, however I didn't really expect anything suitable to come up at such short notice. However, I was very lucky to get a fantastic offer from Rebecca Kennedy who I know through agility and so Wren is going to go and stay with her in Glasgow on a similar basis to Pilot. Rebecca is fantastic with her dogs and Wren, now Izzy, is very lucky to be getting such a knowledgeable and enthuiastic owner.
Honey is going to live with Laura Pidgeon and Don Lyall in Glasgow to be a super active pet. I have known Laura for a long time and can promise the honey monster that she's got lots of hill walks coming when she's old enough! Her name is going to be Zoe and she's been very lucky to be able to get to know her new people through regular visits in the last few weeks.
Phoenix had a few ups and downs with homes falling through for various reasons, however he has well and truly landed on his feet with Annelyse Taylor and her wonderful family and he will be happily living with them in Aberdeenshire. They are going to keep his name as Phoenix and will be enjoying having him as a much-loved member of their active family and doing some agility with him when he is older.
Fox is going to live with Pamela Denton in Derbyshire. He is going to be called Teak and has a fun-filled time ahead of him by the sounds of it, with lovely retrievers and collies to play with and some agility to do when he is old enough. He has turned into quite the poser when there is a camera present so hopefully I have lots of picture updates on the horizon too! :)
Finally, Arrow is going to go and live with Jacqueline Kelly and Graeme Fowler in Aberdeenshire. He is going to be called Thor and is hugely lucky to have two lovely new owners who are very excited and have been counting down the days until his arrival. He is going to be an active pet and will hopefully get to try bits and pieces of dog sports when he is old enough.
This week was a minimal one for pictures as there has been rather a lot of rain and, consequently, rather a lot of mud! The pups have still been outside during the best bits (and once, when they insisted, during a worst bit!) but my camera doesn't enjoy it quite as much.
The pups have been getting their nails cut every week but especially so this week due to not being able to run around outside quite as much. It's really important to both get them used to it early and also to keep dogs' nails nice and short. Susan Garrett invited someone to do a great talk about dog nail lengths some time ago so I figured that in the absence of new pictures I'd post it up for anyone who hasn't seen it and/or who would like to be reminded!
Kikopup, who has a great range of amazing positive dog training videos on Youtube, also produced a quick video to show people one way to help dogs to relax during nail clipping as it is something which some dogs do struggle with a little more than others. These pups have all been pretty great on most occasions, luckily, I have to say. I try to catch them when they are sleepy and just snuggle them up on my knee lying on their backs and they usuall just fall asleep again which makes my job a lot easier!
With the pups at first we use nail scissors. Then after a few weeks I just start using my dogs' clippers, which are the guilotine style ones as I have found those easiest to use, personally!