This post will mostly be photos and videos from the last couple days as we prepared to say our good byes to Rita and got fun updates from Maxwell, Sadie and Lizzy - now known as Aurora (or Rori for short). Isn't that a great name?!
I took Rita and Jo Jo each for walks yesterday and today. Today, we increased our walks to 3/4 of a mile and they did great. Jo Jo and I walked along Clayton Rd (the busy street outside our subdivision). He thought all the cars zooming by were a little unsettling, but he recovered quickly after each!
Since Rita has a long road trip ahead of her, I took her and Jo Jo for a little ride yesterday afternoon. They did awesome - not a peep. It was cool here, so I left them in the car while I ran into the grocery store to pick up a couple things. When I returned, they were both sitting up looking around like they do this all the time! Then as we drove around aimlessly, they fell so sound asleep that I had to wake them when we got home. Such good puppies!
Rita got to say good-bye to one of her biggest fans, Margot and her grandkids, yesterday when we were walking. Steven and Cindy came over last night to say good-bye to her too. Dave had a golf tournament today so he had to say good-bye to her early this morning. I've been teary eyed all day. Imagine that! We already miss that pretty spunky little package, but we know she will have a great life. More about that after she gets home.
Now that Jo Jo is the lone puppy here, we are beginning the transition from indoor and outdoor enclosures to family pet/house dog. Oh boy - potty training, don't chew electric cords training, don't pull up the carpet training, don't chew the furniture training.....We also need to continue to offer new challenges at least daily, go more places, meet more people, get exposed to everything I can think of that he might encounter in his lifetime...all before he's 12 weeks old and in a manner that doesn't put him at too great of a risk for contracting some disease for which he isn't fully vaccinated. He loves running through the family room and has mastered climbing the stairs to the kitchen AND back down! Tonight, he had dinner right beside Rhani and they both stuck to their own bowls! Rhani was a good mom and waited patiently for him to finish his before licking his bowl to make sure there weren't any morsels left for her. Of course, I was standing right there watching to make sure she did! LOL!
And as promised - I received updates from everybody else via photos and one video. Everyone is doing great! The video of Maxwell cracks me up! But first Rita! Enjoy!
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!