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Life journey of a dog

Shoebox

I’m digging through the shoebox (or camera card) for puppy photos to upload. Here are a few you may not have seen yet:

Doorway to the great outdoors

Doorway to the great outdoors

Meeting Grandma Chase. She doesn't appear so, but she warmed up to them.

Meeting Grandma Chase.

Hi Grandma!

Hi Grandma!

Ouch, that must hurt!

Ouch, that must hurt!

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

They are gone.

The last puppies left us this morning. Daisy let them nurse for the last time, and gave them their last nuzzle. It was a little teary to see her be so loving to them, knowing that her time with them was ending.

I’ve heard from the girls’ new home; they are doing well, adapted nicely to the household and older dog. They are taking their business outside already.

I am honored to be instrumental in adding to the joy and happiness of 4 loving families. To the families: thank you for giving this little puppy project a wonderful ending. It was well worth it.

Being a dog, living in the now, Daisy seems to have handled the departures well.

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Pup prep

Bathed — check

Ears cleaned and treated — check

Toenails cut — check

New collars — check

First shots — check

Microchip — check

Evaluations — check

Everyone get ready for a drastic change in your lives, mine included. It’s been a wonderful experience to watch these little guys grow and blossom, and to watch Daisy transform into a wonderful mom.

Adios mis amores.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

Stylin’ in a phone booth

Time to find a new bed?

Time to move to king-size?

This is a puppy version of that ’50’s craze of jamming as many teenagers as possible into a phone booth. I added this container into their pool a few weeks ago, and they took to it well, but now, two weeks later, they are beyond cozy.

There really are 5 puppies in there.

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"We be stylin!"

"We be stylin!"

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Then, the big news from yesterday is: official, store-bought collars! Still color-coordinated, of course. No more frazzled ric-rac ribbon.

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Daisy, Puppies | Leave a comment

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"

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

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