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Chester - Yarra Valley Pet Photography

Ahh where do I start when trying to describe the baby in our family?

Chester is our 7 month old Wheaten (or Gold, Red or Australian EE Red - whichever you prefer!) Border Collie, and as you may have guessed by the amount of pictures I have of him on the website - he is a complete poser! He can be quite serious a lot of the time - so although he poses for me, it's always in a very serious, orderly manner! It is very hard to get him to pose while he's playing! He rarely looks directly at the camera, and he generally loves to pose in a way that makes him look like he's permanently ready for work haha... 

He loves to run, he loves to play - but he's also quite fearful when it comes to new experiences... The idea is that when he's a bit older, he'll be a working dog (they aren't allowed to do any strenuous exercise or put too much strain on their growing bodies until 18 months), but it's only in the last few weeks that he has decided that the work motorbike isn't the most scary thing on the planet! Before then, my partner would start the bike and Chester would bolt to the front door and demand to be let inside before the bike ate him! Same goes for the chainsaw, any form of loud banging - and possums! He's finally starting to get used to all these strange noises though and has started to show some curiosity rather than fear...

The small amount of 'working' he has done is absolutely amazing to watch! I still can't get over the way Border Collies just naturally know what to do - he herds the cows as if he's been doing it for years, and although he is fairly good at being a naughty pup and having selective hearing a lot of the time, when it comes to work he obeys every 'command', even ones he has never been trained with! It is so hard to put in to writing just how amazing a sight it is to see these beautiful dogs doing what they were born to do (albeit with cows rather than sheep haha) - I will have to record it one day so you can see for yourselves...

Although Chester has his own bed right next to ours, he has always liked sleeping under our bed - which was fine when he was a tiny little 8 week old pup - but now he's almost full grown and he doesn't quite fit any more! There's just no telling him that though - he insists that it is his spot under there, and he will make himself fit no matter what!

Our youngest daughter adores him - you can always guarantee that no matter where one of them is, the other will be there too! I'm not really sure what will happen next year when she starts school 3 days a week and he won't have his little human friend to play with all day - I'm hoping it will mean he'll have more interest in playing with me haha!