I love November days that are sunny and reach 70 degrees! So do puppies! That extra hour of sleep did me a world of good too!
We had multiple sets of visitors. Late morning, our neighbors, Linda and Larry, came to visit. They are such nice people, and the puppies loved them and being on the patio! Late afternoon, Stephen and Cindy from across the street came to entertain the puppies. And entertain they did! Stephen is such a dog whisperer. He uses anything in the environment to challenge and stimulate puppies, from making a sling from his shirt to raise and lower them, to putting them in his stocking cap, to piling leaves on them and making funny sounds to perk their ears. I wish he had time to visit every day!
The puppies had many new experiences today! This morning, I finally took the time to hang a mirror in their area. I also added a storage container for climbing, a new latex lamb toy that grunts and suspended a plush giraffe from the fencing. As always, they immediately zeroed in on all the new things in their area and explored them to the max. We went to the patio and the puppies had their first playtime outside after dark (thanks to the time change.). This evening when I took them dinner. Waino was perched on top of the storage container pretty as a picture. I was irritated that I didn't have my phone with me to take a picture. Later I discovered he was peeing on the top of it! He is a piece of work!
I had some "time" for the first time in weeks this afternoon, so I decided to go the the Dollar Tree (now the $1.25 Tree) to see what interesting things I could find. That place never disappoints. For $18 and change I brought home 8 items to add to the puppy environment (and containers to catch Rhani pee for three days before her next follow-up appt. on Friday). One of the items was a black basketball which I put in the patio/screened porch selection of toys. I also added a funny latex alligator to that collection today.
With the afternoon visit, we had enough daylight left to take the puppies into the yard and introduce them to stairs! There were some face plants but overall they did great and had a fantastic time running around in the grass. They are pretty much fearless. Some things will make them pause or go the opposite direction, but they inevitably turn back and/or keep going!
On top of all this, Rhani had a great day, and actually ate a little breakfast and a full dinner from her bowl! (The balance of her food for the day was from my pocket which has been the only way she would eat since she got ill. Deep sigh!). Jo Jo continues to be a very good boy with all the visitors. He never barks at them. He just erupts in wiggles and tail wags in his crate when he sees them coming down the stairs to visit the puppies. Baili handles them all well too. Rhani barks her head off in a menacing way until I let her out to say hello. Then she's all wiggles and hugs.
Dave and I topped off the day with a "shore dinner" of Wall Eye Dave caught in Canada in August and roasted potatoes. DELICIOUS!
I have a lot of favorite video clips and photos from today! You can skip or enjoy!
Until next time....Every Day Is A Gift!
I like to keep a diary of the puppies as much for myself as for prospective puppy buyers and interested friends. Sadly my blogs for Lucy's and Baili's litters are no longer available due to legacy systems, but I recently reviewed the Imagine Litter blog. It was a good refresher on all kinds of things and brought back lots of good memories. Looking forward to Cardinal memories too!