Cinders and I went and visited the PSA club in Cincinnati last night. Cinders was glad to get out of the house and get a few bites in! She is still nursing the pups some, but she is more than ready to be back to work!! Its been 2+yrs since Cinders has seen a bite suit and then only once or twice, but she was more than up to tackle a decoy who didn't have a sleeve. We both had lots of fun. I am hoping to enter Cinders in their upcoming trial to get her PDC (Protection Dog Certificate). We only have 2 weeks to train and Cinders still has pups at home, but I never doubt her abilities, only my ability to show her what I want from her.
The pups are doing excellent!! One word sums them up .... MONSTERS!!!! Of course... BRATS!!! is also fitting. They are VERY spoiled. They want what they want when they want it. Mostly what they want is to terrorize me, Cinders, and the house anytime they are awake. New pups are emerging in the limelight. Some pups are making a point to prove my initial assessment wrong. It teaches me, yet again, not to pigeonhole puppies too soon. One pup that I thought was a happy go lucky kind of pup, has spent the 3-4 days growling at me when I pick him up after I said that. Another pup that I told someone was had less pack drive and may be better as a pet, has spent the past week clamping like a vice on whatever part of me he gets a hold of and he does it a lot because he has started following me everywhere!!! It just serves as a reminder that there is a reason we don't select puppies until they are 7-8 wks old. They are changing too rapidly right now.
Ultimately, they are TONS of work and very DEMANDING, but I just love them all. My favorite thing is to take the quilt and all the pups outside when its warm and just let them climb all over me and go explore the yard. I want to keep them all, but I could really use some more sleep!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
|The puppies are becoming more and more active. I have to turn them loose in the house when I go to clean their pen. Otherwise, they are constantly underfoot and grab my pant legs and shoelaces. They don't have any prolems exploring the house and chewing on whatever catches their attention. They are starting to pay attention to toys more and I am seeing some nice grips! I need to puppy proof my side yard this weekend so that I can let the have more outdoor time. I have some more video to upload this weekend and I want to get some more outside pictures of the babies.|
Thursday, April 15, 2010
|Everyone is getting so big! Every day is seems like they get more active. This morning they were really playing hard. They have started grabbing my pant legs when I go to clean their pen. So now I let them loose in the house (thank goodness for hardwood floors!) while I clean up their home. They have no problems running around and exploring the house. These little guys are really stable. I drop stuff near them have load noises etc and no one shows any adverse reactions. They all have excellent recovery. I am very pleased with everyone. I took them outside by two's a couple days ago. Everyone had a lot of fun! I am hoping to get my small side yard puppy ready this weekend so that I can put the babies outside for a couple hours everyday after I get home.|
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Escape artist #2.. Burgundy girl! This just proves how smart this baby girl is. She may be the smallest, but she doesn't let that stop her! Just went in and found her roaming the bedroom floor. Meanwhile Cinders is in the whelping box nursing the others. She wasn't crying or upset or anything- just exploring!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I just went to see what was going on because Cinders is being very fierce about guarding the bedroom from Porsche and ... Surprise!! the YELLOW pup is the first to escape the whelping box. Not a bad achievement for a 19 day old!
I just ADORE the little burgundy girl. She has such awesome eye contact for one so young and she always seeks me out when I am near and comes over to me and looks up at me. She seems SO intelligent. She is such a thinker. She is also very sweet and rarely fusses, but she tackles her monster siblings and always seems to hold onto a teat during feeding! I just love her.
new weights: Yellow 66.3 oz, burgundy 42.6 oz, orange 69.4 oz, green 62.4 oz, hot pink 73.7 oz, light blue 64.2oz, brown (changing to black) 81.4 oz, purple 64.5. Today yellow and light blue tied for weight gain winners gaining 4.3oz each