Friday, May 30, 2014

Here are their spontaneous pics and weights for Week 8.

This all would have been done much sooner if my computer Mouse had not died on me in the middle of all this.  That meant a drive to the store to get a new one.  However, this has been a very busy week for me as I am also in the middle of Tate O'Reilly getting ready for her date with Thomas. So there have been numerous irons in the fire!

So, I have tried to compensate with several posts and pics to make up for it.  I warn you, the upcoming week may be worse, so PLEASE be patient!  :+)

Here is Pippin!  She is peeking over a rock.  6 1/4 lbs.
Local Guardian Home placement needed. Contact Joyce.  :+)

Sir Winston, who LOVES to take pics! 6 1/2 lbs.
Assigned to Family Dupont.

Elvis, chewing on a toy.  9 1/2 lbs.
Assigned to Family Jeffrey.

Daisy always a lady.  I think she is going to have my Harriet's
trademark of crossing her front feet.  8 3/4 lbs.
Assigned to Family Bell.

Temperament testing was done today - Saturday, May 30th at 8 weeks old.

All I can say is that Sue, the trainer, was so very impressed with every one of these puppies.  She said that they all have such stable temperaments with just the slightest of variations and all of them would do great with well behaved children.  They were curious, ultra friendly, loved to be handled, played with her and there was no food aggression with any of them.

She then took them outside for their first experience on the turf and even with all that space, they wanted to be near her for cuddles and attention. What a great companion each one will be!  :+)

Daisy just loves to have attention.

No doubt..

they all

do.  :+)

More assorted play-yard pics at 8 weeks.

What is so interesting to these two little ones?

Small but carries a big stick!

Elvis on his way to investigate something.

Always thinking of his next step.

These two love to wrestle.

Traffic jam in the tunnel!!!

Misc. pics of pups in the playground area.

Here are some more pics of them enjoying the large space and different playthings.  Sometimes, puppies just want the freedom to run! That they have in spades in the pup playground.

This was their FIRST experience to this area and they all embraced it with aplomb!  No wallflowers in this group.  :+)

All the pups took to the tunnels no problem! Here is Pippin
in the Masonite one.

Winston loves to climb anything.

Can you find Winston in the clubhouse?


Where's the ball?  Who has the ball?

Are they looking for Pippin?  Can you find her?

They meet each other inside the caterpillar tunnel and chase right through it.

Don't they look like they are planning a game strategy?

On Thursday, they had their first shots.

It was a rainy day but the pups did not mind at all.  They went on a ride to the vets with nary a complaint. I am so pleased to say that not one of them threw up, had a potty mistake or even had wet muzzles by the time I got there.  However, everyone of them peed on the floor once in their room!  Oh well!!!

The vet techs came and introduced themselves to the puppies and they got lots of hugs and kisses.  Then Dr. Lowe came in and checked each one carefully and said they all looked and felt normal (and were cute as can be).  The stool sample brought in was totally normal and no one had an upset stomach from their vaccine on the drive home or after eating their dinner.  :+)

Love it when trips are smooth.  This coming week, they will have two trips to the vet, so lots of car rides going on!

Friday, May 23, 2014


This past week has been quite interesting for the pups. They experienced the Adventure Box.  Visitors have also come to play and cuddle with them. Both outdoor enclosed pens are now available for the pups which give them quite a bit of room to play chase and play in; and they have all mastered using the dogie door!

The gate to their indoor pen is left open all day long for them to go in or out as they please.  At this time, I placed a low gate across the entrance to the pup room that I can jump over but they cannot so entrance to the pup room is easier for me to go in and out of.  So, their world has expanded greatly. Once I disinfect the turf play area, they will have a ton of room to enjoy - that is a job for the coming week.  :+)

These pups are totally not affected by the use of my loud Craftsmen vacuum cleaner - matter of fact, most of them try to bite it (like a toy) as I move it about.  Many times, I have to shut them out of the room so I can vacuum!  They think it is the best toy ever!  Gheesh.

These pics were taken on my rocking chair outside before the rain fell again. Please note, all of the pups have now been named.

SIR WINSTON weighs 5 1/2 lbs. and will have a curly, silky coat.

MERRY 'PIPPIN' will be in a Guardian Home and also weighs 5 1/2 lbs.
Pippin will be a mini version of her dad, Dublin.

Meet DAISY! The biggest girl at 7 1/2 lbs.
Daisy's coat is very soft with a slight wave.

ELVIS weighs 8 1/2 lbs. and the heavyweight.
I expect Elvis' coat to have some softly curling waves, like his namesake.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pouting pups....

These fur babies really love being outdoors and today they were in a different pen as well as using the alley with the ramp that leads from my puppy room.  I want them to get use to it as a precursor to learning the dogie door.  After a couple of days being in the alley area, they then get very curious when I am in the puppy room and before you know it, they are experimenting with how to get to me via the dogie door.

At almost 7 pm, I had to bring them into the pup room to settle for their upcoming dinner and bedtime.  They complained good and loud and I went to check on them and this is what I saw.  Thank goodness the camera was handy!

That Neon Boy can be a hoot at times!!!  You can see how much larger Orange Boy is to the group - going to be one stocky doodle!

Monday, May 19, 2014

I have been creating an 'Adventure Box' for the pups.

An Adventure Box is an 'entertainment' frame that has multiple stimuli that provides texture, noise, softness or harness, tug o'war ability, smell, teething 'rings', etc. solely for the pups to engage in and use up energy.  It is the brainstorm of a company called Avidog and the best thing about it is that you can be as creative as you like by just replacing some of the strings with a different type of stimulus as they age.

Here are some pics of what the pups thought of it:

It was like Disneyland.

There is always one that has to be the 'busy body'.

Plastic bottles are the most fun 'toys'!

They played like this for a long time and Purple Girl was the first one to collapse from exertion and the rest soon followed.  I love that I can keep switching off different strings of 'fun stuff' as they demolish them or need higher entertainment value.

I had a wonderful time in Home Depot building this on their floor as I tried to decide which PVC item to incorporate.  :+)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

After the rain, the sun came out so we took a walk.

Since my grandson was visiting and adores being with the pups, we decided to take them for a walk using my doggie stroller.  Here they all are waiting to get moving.  I LOVE this stroller and so do the pups!  They are totally non-plussed by cars passing now.

We did stop at a neighbors and Mom, Gram and adolescent kids came out to cuddle and hold the pups who enjoyed all the attention.  We proceeded to the playground so my grandson could have some playtime on the equipment.

By the time we got back, they were all sound asleep and totally oblivious to all the bumpiness and noises of the road.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Six Weeks Old ...and energizer bunnies!

Holy cow, I have company coming today so wanted to be sure to have their six week pics and weights up before they arrive.  I really needed coffee, not tea this morning to keep up with these babies!

Silly me, I thought taking pics in the spring gardens might be fun.  So I brought out my camera, squeaky toy and my good humor.  Oh boy....anyway, after I got lots of exercise, full of sweat and thinking 'how could I think this would be easy'...

Please note that these FOUR pics represent almost a hundred shots of pups zigging when I was zagging! It looks like all of them will be quite the explorers.  Right now, they are all napping, gheeze...wonder why.

Orange is 7 1/4 lbs. and is a happy go lucky guy.

This face speaks volumes.  Teal at 4 3/4 lbs.

Purple seems so complacent  but she is quite inquisitive.  6 1/2 lbs.

Neon was so happy to go hither and dither! He tasted several flowers.  4 3/4 lbs.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The pups have had a stimulating week.

We have had some decent weather, so the pups have been enjoying the outside area quite a bit.  They love the toys and play items in the pen and think the clubhouse is the best 'tent' to take afternoon naps.

Sometimes they play 'tug o' war' with a toy and other times, they are fortunate enough to have a toy all to themselves.  In any event, the outside pen has been a positive experience - the sunshine and fresh air are just wonderful bonuses.

Also, this week, we had our first carriage walk on the road and the pups did very, very well. Neon Boy and Purple Girl were a bit intimidated initially, but on the way back began to enjoy looking out the windows and not minding the cars and motorcycles going by.  We will have more walks as the weather allows.  It is great exercise for me and the pups are exposed to sounds and sights not typically heard in the puppy room.

The addition of a small tunnel in their puppy room was a real treat to watch. The name of the game was 'over, under, through, roll, chew, pull and jump on'.  They did it all with relish.  :+)

Since the pups are now all eating 'real' food, Tillie can go back home to her guardians who have been wonderful throughout this entire event. Every week they would come to spend time with their sweet girl and all her pups.  Guardians who are able to visit their girl often ensure themselves that their pet is both comfortable and lovingly cared for. I encourage frequent visits.

In preparation for Tillie's 'going home party', I gave her a bath, clip and groom so that she would be all gussied up for her owners. I don't know who was happier - Tillie or her guardians!  :+)

I love you dad - any snacks in your pocket?

Mom! Smooch, smooch.  :+)

Okay guys - last snack!

I will come to play again soon, kiddos!

Monday, May 12, 2014

A perfect day for the outdoors!

I spent a good portion of the day pressure washing the outside pens so the pups might have the opportunity to be outdoors.  Boy do they LOVE it!

Tillie was looking like she wanted to participate in the fun, so I let her in.  :+)

Full bellies.

Plenty of exercise.

Naptime.  zzzzzzzzzzz...zzz