was from a frozen semen litter of ten. He was born in Boston in the
month of May. The summer was hot and humid and the breeders would find
Higgins laying in the wading pool. To this day he loves splashing in
our pond and sticks his head underwater.
Even as a young puppy he was a character. Here he is
hiding from us when he saw the ear paraphernalia come out to do redo
ears. He thought he was hiding from us in the flower pot and convinced
we couldn't see him!
I flew back to Boston to pick up Higgins
at 11 weeks. Without checking to see that someone was there to claim
him, the airport staff slid him out of the cargo shoot before I could
get off the plane. Not phased in the least, he got out of his crate
happy, completely dry and tail wagging. He has never stopped being Mr.
Higgins changed our household much like his Auntie Em when she was a baby.
He went to 2 different puppy classes during the week
and loved every minute of it. He got his CGC at 10 months. He loves to
be on the go.
Jim was going to be out of town when Higgins needed to
be fed midday and I was back to school. That's when he started to go to
Grandma Dottie's for Puppy Day Care. It turned out to be the best
thing ever for him. He loves to go to her house and hang out with her
Belgian Malinois dog, Xolla.
Higgins, like Auntie Emma is an escape
artist and likes to go visit our neighbors. He slipped through our 4
rail fence by placing one leg through at a time and then simply ooze out
the other side. It took us a while to figure out how he was escaping
until one day Jim caught him.
To prevent him from being able to perform this
contortion, I would put on a winter jacket and then an orange life
jacket on him so that he became too fat to go through. He looked like
the Michelin Man, but it worked!
Higgins can also open door latches,
front gates and kennel latches. So, in our brand new house, every door
knob had to be changed and child proof clasps put on everything else.
Higgins not only exhibits intelligence,
good bone, dark eyes, full dentition and exquisite, effortless movement.
...he also has a great sense of humor and curiosity.
His coloring is such a rich shade that
at one dog show an anthropologist came up to me and was so fascinated
with his brindling that he gave me his address and asked if I would be
willing to send him Higgins' pelt when he died! That was a question that
I have never been asked before and hope to never be asked again! I
didn't know whether to be flattered or horrified at the thought!
Higgins was completely owner handled
until his last major, when Sonda Peterson stepped in and finished him
with ease in three shows.
He can be seen in the specials ring on a limited basis. We will also be working on his Rally Novice title.
View Higgins' Pedigree