Thanks to everyone who voted, voted, voted! It's been a long and tense week. Now it's time to remember >>>
The puppies are now 14 weeks old, and they are growing, growing, growing! This post will be short on words and long on photos and videos!
Jo Jo and I have continued our quest to go somewhere new almost every day. We are so blessed to live in a community with hundreds (literally) of parks! I just get in the car and say, "Siri, Parks near me." She instantly pulls up a long list. I pick one and hit the road! This week we visited several new ones as well as a trip to PetSmart. Jo Jo's "thing" this week is to be disturbed by inanimate objects. The sign at a park; A statue at the park; A rag laying on the floor by the cat adoption area at PetSmart; My shadow late at night. Imagine that! A calm reassuring voice and some kibble always get him beyond his fear, but it is interesting to watch what this little bruiser finds threatening!
The first baby tooth has been reported lost by first born Maxwell! If Jo Jo doesn't stop puncturing my hands, I may begin extracting his prematurely!
We had a meet up with Maxwell mid-week at Chesterfield Central Park. And today, we met Maxwell and Aurora at Faust Park. We walked way further than we should have with young puppies, but it was fun. Thanks to Riley for serving as Team Photographer again!
Photos included of pretty Kiki who broke into the laundry room and found a cozy spot for a nap, some of Jo Jo's adventures this week, and our outing today with the gang. I also indulge myself by including the latest Spotter magazine cover which features our pretty Rhani - mom to the Imagine babies! Videos include Jo Jo's bad walking on a leash skills, Kiki's "bring it" with her signature Drop, Roll & Stop move (which she does every single time she needs to stop running!), and playtime at class on Wednesday night.
Enjoy! Until Next Time....
I have lots of fun puppy photos and news to share, but first, I want to ask everyone who reads this to VOTE if you have not already done so. I will not go on about who to vote for, but I will say that this is the most important election of our lifetimes. All our voices need to be heard. I will also ask that you pick the Democrat or the Republican (not some third party which is just wasting your vote.) It might mean you have to hold your nose, but just do it! Our country has never been so divided since the Civil War. We need to remember that "We can disagree without being disagreeable" R.I.P R.B.G.
Now to the news of the week!
The puppies are now 13 weeks old, but on the calendar, officially 3 months! I'm really pleased with how they are all turning out so far - physically and mentally!
Kiki's training last Sunday went well. The trainer was very impressed with how smart she is and rated her "at the top of the scale" for ease of training! Wow! But Tom, and the rest of us, are being reminded that puppies take one step forward and two back when it comes to training. Puppies like to test their limits (just like teenagers). They can be perfect one day and hellions the next! Patience. Patience. Patience. Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. They will be grown up in a year or so! Hey, we have put up with COVID for almost a year now. We can put up with a puppy that long!
Here are some photos of Kiki and her family from last week. Such a cutie pie with a family to match!!
Jo Jo and I continue to go to new places almost everyday. Sadly this week, two of his new places were vet offices! He spiked a fever late Wednesday afternoon, so instead of going to class, we went to the emergency vet. $300 and 3 hours later, we don't know what caused it, but he came home with subcutaneous fluids and antibiotics. (We will get to see if that 30 free days of pet insurance offered by AKC with registration is worth anything!) The next morning he was still running the fever and trembling, so I made an appointment at the new vet we are going to try. By the afternoon when the appointment was scheduled, he was back to his own ornery self, (Imagine that!) but we went anyway. After the new vet checked him over thoroughly, I told him about the concerns expressed by last week's vet. He put Jo Jo back on the table and thoroughly re-examined him. He could find NOTHING wrong with him. I probably should report that other clinic to the state board! Anyway, he's fine now. In fact, he finally has mastered getting himself into the rocking chair in the kitchen. He weighed 23.2 lbs on Thursday. We've been to several new parks this week, he experienced some cool children's playground equipment, went through the car wash, and met lots of new people. Of course, he's had car rides every day to get to all these interesting places! We continue to work on recall and this week we starting working on "Stand" using the "wait...one...two...three..." method. I'm pretty happy with how quickly he has figured out to hold still till the magic word "three"! Perhaps this week, we will start working on "walking nicely on a lead"! See photos below from our Saturday pack walk!
We had a big meet up at a new park on Saturday! Michael and Sadie joined us for the first time. It was a beautiful day. Jo Jo wasn't as bad a bully as usual and the puppies had a great time exploring rocks, a lake, bridges, the play ground, meeting people - especially little children, and visiting with each other! Thanks to Riley for manning the camera for most of the walk and capturing some fun memories! Some after walk Halloween photos also included. Isn't Aurora cute in her "Super Girl" costume?
Again - I feel so blessed to have such fantastic families to love our babies!
Enjoy the 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!