We had visitors today! Ann and Kara came by late this morning and had a good visit with the puppies including nail jobs! Kara is a professional groomer! She whipped out 3 puppies in less time than it takes me to do one! Thank you, Kara!
The puppies experienced a couple new sounds today. First a low flying plane to which they all paid attention but didn't seem too fussed about. Next was the tornado warning siren test that happens every Monday at 11AM. Again - response but no fuss. They were less happy about the sound of me dumping balls into a plastic wading pool to make them a ball pit. They were not thrilled about the pit either! We will try it again in a few days to see if they have fun with it. I've noticed several of them sniffing around it tonight, so they are warming up to the idea!
Later in the day, I had time to take two puppies back to the real pool with some individual wandering around time after. Rita had a great time running around the pool and was very aware of the edge. Jo Jo, not so much. He was less worried about his swim today than on Saturday, but he was completely clueless about the edge and walked right into the pool! That was quite a surprise for him, but I was nearby and grabbed him out. He then decided to head the other direction, and went to the yard (right through the fence!). He won't fit through that much longer! He loves to run around in the grass. Rhani was out and she play bowed to him. She has missed playing with Raj so much. :( Looking forward to her having a new playmate! Both Rita and Jo Jo climbed the stairs from the pool area to the patio with no assistance! Good puppies! Hopefully, I can get the other three out to the pool and to master the steps tomorrow! I dislike that the days are getting shorter!
I only take them out of their pen one at a time because our backyard is pretty large, there are places in the fence that these little guys could easily get under, and there are a pair of hawks hanging around! Besides it is good for the puppies to have individual time away from their litter mates to develop more independence. (Not all of them need help with that...AKA - Rita!)
They cleaned up all of their food today for breakfast and lunch, so I decided to add an additional cup of food tonight. They ate most of that too! We are up to 7 or 8 cups a day (collectively - not per puppy)! I've cut Rhani's food in half to help her dry up her milk. She's not very happy about that, and she's also not happy that the puppies are leaving few leftovers for her! So far the puppies have eaten kibble from 6 different kinds of containers. Today's were melmac cereal bowls. They still have the same, very atypical Dalmatian, eating behavior where they eat, then play, then eat some more, then do their business, then eat some more, then play some more....It takes at least a half hour for them to clean up a meal I put down for them! Just imagine that! WEIRD!
For the third day in a row, I found one of the indoor suspended toys no longer suspended! I was using these little colorful plastic link chains mainly sold for bird cages. Today, they actually dismantled the chain and I found three different sections of it in different parts of the pen. Time for those to go! I don't need zipper surgery on any of these little guys for swallowing a plastic link! Back to Zip Ties. Not so pretty, but safer and more secure!
We have a TV on the patio, and for the past couple days I've noticed the puppies watching it. Very funny to see them fixated on what's on the screen!
And visitors, beware! Shoe strings - especially leather ones are irresistible!
The videos shows why I call the puppies "savages" when it comes to topping off their kibble meals with mama meals! There are also some random photos for your amusement. 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!