Monthly Archives: December 2015

Puppies at 5 Weeks

Muse’s babies have grown up a lot since my last update.  They are spending their days in a large pen set up in my training room with a fun rotation of play and enrichment items.

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In addition to the stuff pictured, they have also had a Fitpaws disc and a play tunnel, but there isn’t room to include every item every day.  The babies are doing great with their litter boxes and have had some short trips outside.  They have started to enjoy some solid food, which Muse appreciates since their “puppy fangs” are coming in.

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Overall, this is a pretty active, confident litter.  They like to explore and don’t mind movement under their feet.  Personalities are starting to show, most are pretty social but a couple of them are a bit more independent.  Yesterday we starting playing with clicker training, although this is tricky since they don’t have useful teeth yet.  I’m using canned puppy food in a squeeze tube as the reward, so they can start getting the idea that food comes from the human.

At dinner time, the puppies move up to the kitchen to their smaller night time pen.  This gives them some exposure to different household noises and helps accustom them to being active during the day and calmer at night.  They are really fond of their cushy dog beds.

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My Grand Adventure

Hi, it’s Juno the GBGV here.  I was afraid Mom would be so happy to see the puppies tomorrow that she would forget to post about the Agility Invitational, so I hacked into her computer to write this post myself.  Turns out hacking isn’t too hard- it’s like climbing gates and opening drawers to steal food.  I’m a little hurt though that Mom didn’t use my name as her password.

Mom, Dad, Chili, Salsa, and me traveled to Florida last week.  The trip was long, but I had an antler to chew so that helped.  On Thursday afternoon I thought we were there, but it was just a stop at a museum in a town called Mount Dora.  The museum had a lot of furniture in it that they said was made by Great- Grandpa Wharton Esherick.  I though Great Grandpa wouldn’t mind if I took a nap on his couch, but I wasn’t allowed.  After the museum, Mom and Dad ate at an outdoor restaurant, but they didn’t share with us at all.  At the end of the meal a cat crossed the street behind us, so Salsa and I were going to go catch it to have our own snack, but the pesky leashes got in the way.  Mount Dora wasn’t all bad though- they had a dog bakery that made really good bacon biscuits.

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Next we checked into our hotel in Orlando.  This was my favorite kind of room- it had 2 beds.  The petits always sleep with Mom and Dad, so all four of them were crammed in one bed while I stretched out in the other.  I had a good time making a nest with the pillows.

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On Friday afternoon we ran Time 2 Beat.  All three of us did well, so Mom was happy and we had a lot of treats so we were happy too.  As we were leaving the crating area for the night, a dog across the aisle barked and was really mean to us.  We were all scared and Dad told the dog to shut up.  He really wasn’t loud about it and I doubt the dog even noticed, but Mom asked him not to do this.  She reminded him that the dog’s owner is even meaner than her dog and she didn’t want any trouble.

We got up pretty early Saturday morning and ran jumpers.  This was a hard course, but I was really awesome and did it perfectly.  Mom gave me lots of cookies and took me back to the crating area.  As she was cooling me down, someone came over and starting yelling at her and being really nasty- guess she was right about the mean dog’s owner.  Dad was mad and Mom was really sad- she felt like our moment together was ruined but feels like she can’t fight back since this person has a lot of friends who don’t understand what she is really like.  This didn’t make sense to me, but I guess humans aren’t as enlightened as us hounds.  Mom said that this person gets really upset when we do well, so the petits and I had a pack meeting and decided to do the best we could all weekend.

Salsa and I had a little trouble in the weave poles, since this trial is in a really crazy place, but we both had some clean runs and lots of cookies (also steak, which was a nice bonus). Chili is kind of a show off- she was perfect on Time 2 Beat and all 4 Rounds of the Invitational.  I think she knows how to read the number cones on the course- how else could she be so good?  Maybe I should get her to teach me how.

On Sunday afternoon we took lots of pictures.  Here’s me with my breed medallion, sponsored by the GBGV Club of America.

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Now we are traveling home.  This is kind of boring, but Mom and Dad got us some tasty chicken filed bones for the ride.

A Quick Pupdate

I know I’ve been remiss in puppy updates but this is a crazy time of year and, well, cuddling puppies sometimes takes priority over blog updates.

The babies are now 3 weeks old.  This means that their eyes are open and they are responding to sounds.  We have moved their pen from the spare bedroom into the kitchen so they can start experiencing the noise and stimulation of the house.

The puppies are starting to interact with toys and other things in their environment.  It took them less than an hour to decide that the soft round bed was a good place to sleep and not much longer to decide that it was not the place to do their business.  This was the perfect time to provide them with a potty box, which they are starting to use.

We leave in the morning for the Agility Invitational in Florida with Chili, Salsa, and Juno.  It will be hard to leave the babies, but their Auntie Annie has promised to give them at least a million kisses a day while we are gone.

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