Where Are They Now?

Happy 1st Birthday to the Pip/Oban 2020 litter!

Last year, on the Spring Equinox (March 19, 2020), Pip gave birth to 10 beautiful puppies by the fireside. The world had just started to lockdown from the global pandemic and there was much uncertainty in all of our lives. They came in the nick of time.


The puppies brought joy and laughter, as puppies do, at a time when we all needed it most. Pip was a superb mom, as usual and really did all of the hard work. She’s a fierce protector, wise teacher and tender comforter to her pups. They truly got the best start in life thanks to her (and the small humans who saw that they were handled, socialized and loved as best as any puppy could be).

Today as we celebrate their 1st birthday, we thought it might be fun to see how everyone is doing now. Pics and updates can be found below, and we will continue to update as we hear back from our puppy people.

From all creatures great and small at Brickhouse Farm & Orchard, we wish all of these puppies a very happy 1st birthday!

Cody (née Haruki)

From Cody’s family:

“Cody is one of the funniest and most playful dogs we have ever met! Our family loves watching him interact with his big sister, Quinn.  He is forever dropping toys on her trying to get her to play with him, or he is racing down the stairs in the morning just to be first!  Frequently he can be seen placing a paw on her head, but she is quick to tell him who is boss.  He is a typical younger brother!  While outside, Cody is working at keeping the property safe from all of those squirrels.  He also has a big appetite for eating anything that he can find in the yard…sticks and plants included!  He does not like the pool…yet, but we know this summer he will try it again.  One of the things we are working on with Cody is to not attack the vacuum, rakes, lawn mower, and snow blower.  He dislikes cars or any dog that is not Quinn.  Cody loves his Purple Pebble Mat and family beyond belief!  When he hasn’t seen one of us for a few hours, he starts to cry and kiss us when we walk in the door.  There is no better way to be welcomed home!”

Olive (née Birdie)

From Olive’s family:

“Olive (Birdie) loves licking faces, hiking, backcountry skiing, and has an outstanding zest for life, which never fails to put a smile on our faces. Anything that involves being outside, people, her big sister Sadie, or a choice bone is just the ticket for her. 

We absolutely adore Olive and her small but mighty spirit! She has these little squeaks when she gets really excited to see us and is constantly wagging her tail carrying something around, which we’ve dubbed “The Olive parade.”

Basil

From Basil’s family:

“Basil and Luna LOVE each other and are best friends. Luna still rules the roost at age 3 and Basil is likely 20 pounds heavier than she is now! Basil is great at coming when called, adores frisbee and ball, swims, loves any type of FOOD, is super snuggly, and we adore his beautiful brown eyes!”

Yoshi (née Catkin)

From Yoshi’s family:

“Yoshi loves running around in the orchards and in the woods. Hunting in the snow is one of her favorite activities. She also loves playing frisbee, chasing squirrels and running around and playing with her dog friends. and laying by the fire. “

Ursa (née Ostara)

Ursa was an unexpected gift. We weren’t planning on keeping a puppy from this litter, but she completely captivated us and stole our hearts. We had no choice. She was ours.

Ursa takes after her dad, both in looks and personality. She is incredibly affectionate and outgoing. She’s smart as a whip and a good problem solver. She loves an adventure and is a skilled hunter (frequently bringing back “gifts” of all kinds from her escapades). She loves swimming, watching her mom herd the sheep, snuggling with both her two and four legged pack and sleeping behind the cookstove.

Ursa is an absolute delight and we are lucky to have her!

Mavis (née Maeve)

Clover

Cora (née Lilac)

Fox (née Robin)

From Fox’s family:

Fox spends his days in the forest with a gaggle of children at Forest school. He has already saved a child from a falling branch and has become the emotional support dog of many pandemic stressed children. When not doing that he is as close to me or my children as possible. He is a true protector and an important part of our lives now. “

Pip gave birth to 10 gorgeous puppies on March 19, 2020. They are all healthy and thriving–drinking lots of milk, napping, and snuggling. We are savoring every minute of this enchanting time!

We still have a few slots left for puppies. We don’t accept requests for specific puppies, but rather take your top 3 pups (picked at 6 weeks old) and make a selection after temperament testing based on the venues in which they will be working (or not). All of our puppies are weaned on high quality kibble (Solid Gold puppy formula) and supplemented with fresh, raw goat’s milk from 3-7 weeks old. They undergo biosensor training and are socialized to a wide variety of stimuli (children, farm animals, other dogs, sounds, grooming, etc). All puppies are vet checked and vaccinated at 7 weeks old.

English Shepherds are an absolutely wonderful breed, but they aren’t for everyone. They are a highly intelligent, active breed that needs clear and consistent rules and a confident leader. Please do your homework about the breed before applying and feel free to reach out with any questions.