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Life journey of a dog

Family outings

Yesterday the Beeson’s came for a visit, and we all went outside. Pink and Yellow Girls are going to be living with them.¬† The Beeson boys had a great time enjoying the puppy antics and watching them nurse. Daisy was quite calm and relaxed and not in the least worried having these strange people so close while her babies nursed.

This afternoon her kids spent more time outside, so that I could tend to their living area. The weather is gorgeous today and all the big dogs were also outside soaking the sun.

Daisy looks on

Daisy looks on

"Come on in Mom, we's hungry!"

"Come on in Mom, we's hungry!"

This is Daisy's half-hearted effort; she's not that full I guess

Nursing at a sit, Daisy's "ready to bolt" position

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Today’s big accomplishment was individual “field shots” of the 5 of them. With no help, it wasn’t easy!

Green Boy

Green Boy "in the field"

Pink Girl "in the field"

Pink Girl "in the field"

Yellow Girl "in the field"

Yellow Girl "in the field"

Red Boy "in the field"

Red Boy "in the field"

Blue Boy "in the field"

Blue Boy "in the field"

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June 29, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Last call before the bar closes

Daisy may be shutting down the Milk Bar.

I had Green and Red Boys outside exploring a shady area and she decided to join us, and then laid down for them. It was a peaceful, relaxing session, and may be the last.

Since yesterday, she appears adverse to lying down with all 5 of her babies, but today she did stand in one spot while they latched on from below for a meal. Green Boy got a boost up when I placed a cardboard box next to her for him to stand on.

They spent some time outside today when Will and Jack came over for a visit and to help keep an eye on them. My yard doesn’t have a wooden fence, and I couldn’t have all 5 out there loose without some help in herding.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Family dinners

Green Boy visits with Kate and Jane

Green Boy visits with Kate and Jane

We built the Puppy Palace yesterday, and Joe and Kate came over last night to set up web cams. They brought the grandkids and we all enjoyed Paul’s great cooking afterward, especially the braciola (say: bra-ZSHOOL).

Of course, the main attraction was enjoying grandkids, and grandkids enjoying the puppies. Ted is 3 now, and Jane is 1. Although the puppies are still not quite ready for real socializing, they do have their playful moments. As Ted and Jane aren’t quite old enough to tolerate tiny puppy teeth and nails, we let Jane enjoy Green Boy since his teeth haven’t broken through yet, and she adored the way he sampled her fingers. Ted sat on the floor and puppies tried out his lap for size. He definitely enjoyed them a lot more than his first visit when they were only 3 days old.

Mom Daisy handled the visit with great calm, watching the human kids meeting her babies for the first time. She usually spends these family visits downstairs with George and Chase in the crates, but she had special privileges last night.

Puppies had their own family dinner, as you can see. They are now sampling solid foods with moderate gusto, still preferring Mom’s Milk Bar after the gruel appetizer. Compare the photo with mom with this one, taken just 3 weeks ago. Huge difference, huh!

The appetizer

The appetizer

Siesta time after the main meal

After dinner siesta

June 21, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Playtime

June 18 playtime album

Playtime slideshow

I’ve loaded up photos of today’s puppy play time to my Flickr account.

The little guys are expanding their universe, discovering the fun of play, exploring random objects that roll, make noise, and have different textures, and realizing that the furry brown beings around them make great playmates.

Daisy just looks on with maternal patience. There’s not much mischief or trouble they can get into at this point.

Also, for the first time, we had neighbor kids Will and Jack come meet them. Unfortunately the puppies were more interested in sleeping, so they didn’t have a great first impression. Will and Jack, you just wait and see, they will be double cute and double fun before too long.

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Soggy bread

Back here, you may remember Daisy’s “place mat”, which was a training tool I picked up from the Control Unleashed program.

It’s in the laundry room now, where Daisy can park herself for puppy breaks. It’s a wonderful, plush faux fur. A few times while changing the box sheets, the puppies will wander about and then join her on her mat for a snack.

Here’s the weird thing. The little guys are hog wild about the faux fur on the mat. They take to it like it’s mom and they’re famished, nuzzling for a teat to latch on to in a frenzy. It doesn’t look, smell, or feel like mom, but they are bound and determined.

That sight reminds me of when I was a kid growing ant farms (do kids do that anymore?). The food was slices of bread soaked in milk, which would get covered by ants sucking up the nutrients. Ants sucking on sliced bread have become puppies sucking on a furry place mat.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Life->Death->Life watch

This is how Nature works.

Animals have no opinion on Death. My dogs may be curious about the flattened squirrel out on the street not far from our house, initially at least until it gets too funky for even them. They may be hell-bent to snag those aggravatingly tempting chipmunks, going so far as to demolish the yard in the attempt (a recent discovery: to discourage digging holes in your yard, sprinkle the spot with dog poop. If it worked for my dogs, it will work for anyone’s), but when the little critter is finally nabbed and dies of shock, the dogs quickly lose interest, leaving it in the driveway for me to find later in the day.

That reminds me of the time one of my dogs carried a seemingly dead opossum to the back door while we were watching TV. He was so proud of the feat (to be honest it was the one and only time we’ve seen an opossum on our property). But he then faced a dilemma. He had to walk over the seemingly dead opossum to come into the house, and he was curiously¬† loath to do so, walking around it instead. The sliding door being right next to us, we had a perfect close-up view of it arising from its dead, first twitching, then looking around carefully, then slowly getting his composure back, then scurrying off.

We tried to point out the on-going transformation to the dogs, but they were totally uninterested.

That chipmunk should have taken a lesson from the opossum. Play dead, and those fool dogs would have dropped you like a hot potato. As it is, it is now resting in the doggie waste trash can. RIP until trash pick up day.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tight quarters

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Rub-a-dub-dub, 5 puppies in a tub.

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While the linens get changed, the puppies are put into this plastic container. They looked pretty cozy and comfortable tonight, when I grabbed the opportunity to switch sheets while Daisy ate her midnight snack.

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"Hey, come back. I was all ready to settle in with you."

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Daisy has no sense of size, as you can see. She thought it was a new whelp box, and took to it right away. I had to rush the puppies back to the big box, before things got more than just really silly.

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Stimulating

We’re applying the “Super Dog” or “Bio Sensor” program that was first described by Dr. Carmen Battaglia in his article “Early Neurological Stimulation“. You can see a demonstration of that here.

I wish Dr. Battaglia was more clear identifying his source of information on this method. He states the US military developed the Bio Sensor program in “an effort to improve the performance of the dogs used for military purposes”, but doesn’t cite his source in the article’s bibliography, and I have been unable to find any 1st-party references to this program (a lot of 3rd party sites have lifted Dr. Battaglia’s original article verbatim).

Well, unless I can find proof it doesn’t work, I’ll be applying it to the puppies. Interestingly, they have all reacted differently. Some are being quite tranquil and cooperative, some have been very put out being subjected to such indignities.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Puppies | Leave a comment

Long tails short-lived

These photos were taken when puppies were 1 to 3 days old.

A rare moment of quiet

A rare moment of quiet. Daisy is doing some tidying up, which is why the bedding looks so clean.

The line-up

The line-up. From the left: Blue Boy (Thunder Too), Pink Girl, Yellow Girl, Green Boy, and Red Boy

Thinking of making a break for it.

"I'm taking a break. There are bunnies to hunt."

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Keeping an eye on things

Keeping an eye on things

This little guy was up to something.

This little guy was up to something.

Sleeping buddies

Sleeping buddies

A bushel of babies

A bushel of babies

The puppies were put in this bushel basket while I changed the whelp box bedding, when Daisy was out stretching her legs. Unfortunately she came hurrying in just as I finished spreading out clean sheets. Even though she watched closely as I put each back in the box, she had to inspect the basket thoroughly afterward just to make sure none of her babies had been left behind.

Tonight Dr. Nancy came and docked tails and removed dewclaws. So these are the last photos showing the long tails.

She likes how well they all look.

I had put the puppies in this bushel basket to change the bedding of the whelp box while Daisy was out stretching her legs. Unfortunately she came racing in just as I finished with the bedding, while the puppies were still in the basket. Even though she watched closely as I put them back in the box, she had to inspect the basket thoroughly afterward just to make sure none of her babies had been left behind.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment