We here at Ricci Vineyards do not hide that we're animal lovers. We run with a pretty large pack. With that said, two matriarchs of our homestead left us this last year. Josie (the black dog pictured below) was a Border Collie/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix that loved running through the vineyards more than anything. Chasing rabbits (or birds, or leaves, or random things in the wind) was her favorite pastime.
Lexi (the white pup below) was our other special girl and was raised as a puppy with Josie, as they were just one year apart in age. She was an Australian Cattle Dog that was notorious for always wanting butt-rubs and playing in the water...but never actually going swimming.
As hard as it was to lose these two furry family members, we take solace in the fact that they lived long and happy lives in a vineyard that basically amounted to a dog playground. Although Josie and Lexi can never be replaced, we were longing for another four-legged friend to fill the void.
When we heard that there were two girl pups in a litter of Australian Cattle Dogs available for adoption, we knew that the time was right to replenish the pack. The two new additions, Georgia (puppie and the left) and Gemma (puppie on the right) have a lot to learn, and mighty big paws to fill, but we have a good feeling that they'll soon be chasing rabbits with the fervor that would've made their predecessors proud.
Welcome to Ricci Vineyards, Georgia & Gemma. Rest well, Josie and Lexi; you were the best.