What happened today?
Dave and Margot visited this afternoon and allowed the puppies to chew their shoes and shoe strings without abandon! They brought the puppies 3 new cute little toys with different sounds and textures for which the puppies all gave four paws up!
Rhani still lets them savage her but she is beginning to more frequently tell them no and to play with them a little. The puppies initiate a lot of this. It's cute to watch. Sorry I haven't managed to video or photo any of that. I will try to do better!
There were multiple rounds of Puppy WWF. Some videos follow.
Late this afternoon, I took each puppy individually to the front yard/porch to introduce them to a new environment and walking with a leash. That went pretty well for everyone but Maxwell. He was not fond of the leash at all! They got to experience stamped concrete, mulch and asphalt as well as the garage floor and all the smells associated with a garage. Everyone wanted to eat mulch! Fortunately my pocket was full of Zuke's Mini's so we were able to make a trade. I ran up and down the side walk with the puppy in my arms. Yes - just another weird experience for them! They didn't mind it. I broke off one of the way past prime hydrangea branches for them to "follow". Most of them thought that was pretty interesting.
They have decided that flat lying items - like their sleeping mat in the outside pen, rugs, and their grass potty mat - are there for them to pull up at the corners and proceed to try to destroy. Lots of messes were cleaned up by me today. Many gentle corrections and offers of distractions were made. Some were more successful than others. Let's just leave it at that!
The ball pit is still a favorite pastime, but there are significantly fewer balls in it than when it was introduced a week ago. Balls are for chomping! Photos illustrate my point!
I continue to receive new applications from people wanting one of the puppies. I assume they find me through the AKC Marketplace ad. I wish we had more puppies as I have a lot of applications from homes that sound really good. We may have one available, and I am now beginning to think about who will go where. This is one of the most challenging parts of breeding - trying to decide who will get puppies, and then matching a puppy's personality to the owners' and their goals. We have BAER hearing tests on Thursday this week at MIZZOU and then, hopefully, two independent structural evaluations next week by two different people whom I respect a lot. Once those are done, it is decision time!
But in the meantime, we play, we introduce as much new stuff and people as we can, and we watch and observe. (That goes for the puppies as well as me! They don't miss much!)
Enjoy the videos and photos.
Until next time....
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 saved them off as pdf's and was reviewing them last night. It was a good refresher on all kinds of things and brought back lots of good memories. Looking forward to Imagine memories too!