Saturday, August 16, 2008
June 20, 2008
Just an update on Miss Izzy....she is doing marvelously and is a joy! She weighs 40 pounds now and has gotten quite tall. We walk briskly every morning for about 30 minutes, which wears her out for a few hours! She has a playmate, Murphy, a 100 pound golden retriever on the block, who is her best friend. They play together several times a week, and believe me, Izzy is no shrinking violet! She's very aggressive and dominant, rarely submissive, and keeps him on the run! We call them "peas and carrots" as we liken their relationship to Forrest and Jenny in Forrest Gump (Murphy isn'tthe brightest light, but very sweet!). Izzy hasn't had an accident in the house since the second week we had her! She's very bright and has learned alot of commands and behaves well, with the exception of picking up just about anything on the floor (but isn't that a puppy and a lab!). I'm sure that she'll outgrow that shortly! She prefers my lounge chair on the patio to any other spot for nap-taking. It takes her about an hour to finish any meal, down from about 2 hours a few weeks ago! She's definitely not food-driven, but certainly loves attention Her manners with other dogs are great, and we did a walk for Parkinson's Disease downtown this past weekend and she was wonderful with all the other dogs there.
How different they all are...Kona, (at the time this was written)...is over 50 pounds, though I'm not sure exactly how much now. She and Zuma are inseparable and fight like sisters for our attention. Izzy sounds more like Zuma in the eating department. Kona, onthe other hand, downs any food in seconds! Kona is definitely dominant, butZuma always puts her in her place. It's funny to see how they interact with one another and who is dominant over who in what matters (i.e. what Zuma allows Kona to take over). Kona has completely taken over Zuma's position on our bed (so much so that Zuma now sleeps on the floor). And Kona certainly is dominant over the food and treats issue. Zuma is more dominant in attention from us and in about everything else. It's been fun to watch them. They are two very different dogs. Zuma is more hyper and rough, but more behaved overall (and I think smarter). Kona is very sweet and easy-going. Kona will chew things up and climb counters to get food if left alone, whereas Zuma would rather die than to do any mischief at all. But Kona usually wins over people because of her sweet and easy nature.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Here is Kona with dad about to hit the trails for the first time
Find Kona now (look towards the bottom of the picture). She got too tired to walk/run the full hour. (Mom, Zuma, is in the background.) It made for a VERY heavy stroller. She went to PetsMart (Zuma's favorite spot) for the first time the day before and weighed in at 25.5 pounds!
I have to say that Koko is adjusting very well to the "good life," but I'm not so sure Zuma likes the idea of sharing her bed and sofa. Especially to a cuddler (Zuma only snuggles on her own terms and Kona is always trying to lay on Zuma - one of them will eventually have to give into the other)!
We've been receiving a few updates from the pup families. Some of them are already sitting on command (Koko included) and sleeping through the night. They are adjusting just wonderfully to receiving individual attention, snuggling, walking on leashes, and getting lots of new visitors! Keep sending your updates and photos to post!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
In this video: 1. Hanah going bananas at the park with her new friend Peanut. 2. Like mother, like daughter. Watch as Hanah and the other three amigos play with shoes and stuffed animals. Hanah is notorious for stealing shoes and instigating the others in her scheme! She steals one shoe and as soon as we go back in the garage to put it back, she steals another! That stinker! Then watch as mom steals a stuffed animal. I wonder where Hanah got it from???
Carson, the last remaining male puppy - he has beautiful bright blue eyes and a playful and subdued disposition!
Hanging out with kids at the neighbors' front porch
The Three Amigos - Hanah, Carson, and Koko
Playing in the backyard
Carson (still available) and Koko - the lonely twosome
Hanah's new dad
Little Girl (now Izzy) playing with mom one last time
Izzy's new family
Drake and his new family
Zuma was still sad after these two left, but she understood what was going on. Plus, she did get to play at doggy day camp for several days in a row to cheer her up, so she forgave us.
Rufus and his new mommy
Watching as Rufus leaves (the first one to leave)
Bullet going home
Here is Zuma thoroughly in agony saying goodbye to her babies. She was miserably "lumpy" (as we like to call her) when her playmates started to leave. Barely ate and moped around all day. We did, of course, make it up to her later.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The puppies and Jacob all shared a sad day today - they all got their shots today! Jacob and the pups weigh almost the same (Jacob at 9 months to the day weighs about 22 pounds, whereas the puppies at almost 8 weeks all weigh between 19 and 20 pounds each). They also were dewormed for the first time. All this in preparation for their new homes this weekend. Gripey is the first to go, followed by Bullet, Little Girl, and Hanah. Drake and Carson are still looking to be adopted by a loving family.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The puppies are 7 weeks old today (Sunday). After about a week of not being able to play outdoors due to bad weather, they were able to soak up the sun on their 7 week birthday. Here they are with mom (watching vigilantly, as usual, and playing) and the rest of the family playing, running, resting, and chewing on (wagon and stroller) tires and a sprinkler drip hose. Enjoy the music!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In the video you can see their home as of the last couple of weeks or so. They've definitely outgrown their whelping box/kennel combination (they are HUGE). So, now we have a big fenced-off play area (for them to eat, nap and play) that connects to their kennel and then their whelping box (which they use for sleeping at night).
Sunday, April 6, 2008
The puppies are cuter than ever! I can't describe how adorable they are and how irresistible they are to play with and pet when you see them! Here they are today getting their baths. Mom is licking one of them in sympathy while he is trying to escape!
Planning an escape routeAll cuddly in a towel after being washed, dried, blow-dried, and having his nails clipped.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
At one point, there were 10 kids (from 8 months to 11 years old) and 5 adults playing with the pups. They get a lot of visitors! Here they are drinking water outside while playing with mom and neighbors on a nice, warm day.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The puppies are getting so big and strong - no runts in this litter! So much has changed since the last time we posted on the site. They are playing so much more, and interact with humans even more than they used to. They ALL love to play with us and pounce and tease. So cute but watch out for those razor-sharp teeth!
They also eat more gruel (puppy food mixed with water and formula) and love it. Our goal is to "wean" them by 6 weeks, which is the usual weaning time anyway. Most of them have the potty training almost figured out. With a couple of exceptions, they go potty in the kennel and sleep and play in the whelping box. Hopefully they will be potty trained (at least most of the way) before going to their new homes. Zuma (the mom) is very smart (as were her mom and dad both), and was potty trained by 5 weeks of age!
We've given them their first bath (no soap) to get them accustomed to water and grooming (they already are used to weekly nail clippings, and will soon be used to getting their teeth brushed). I'll have those pictures posted soon. They have also had many visitors (adults and kids) to get them used to people of all sizes. And soon we will take them on short car rides so they won't get nervous about being in cars when they grow up. The pups also have been outdoors (they didn't know what to think of that). Once the weather is nicer, they will be able to get out more often and enjoy the weather. Eventually we will put them on collars and leashes to get them used to that a tiny bit.
Come back either today or tomorrow for picture updates!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Bashful (aka Olive the other puppy, Hanah) - SOLD
Third born. Is very shy - takes her time to do things and warm up to new things. Very sweet little girl once she does warm up to you. Very subdued, not hyper in the least. Will make a sweet cuddle-bug.
Dopey (aka Little Girl) - SOLD
Fourth born. Named Dopey because she is the sweet and silly one. Somewhere inbetween Bashful and a go-getter.
Happy (aka Koko) - SOLD
Last born. Second in line for the title "gripey." Most rotund girl, but these days, she would rather get affection from humans than eat, sleep, or be with mom. Go-getter personality. Energetic. Very vocal. Most like mom.
Grumpy (aka Gripey) - SOLD
Sixth born. He's the grouchiest - well, really he just wants attention from us all the time, so he gripes A LOT! Go-getter male.
Sneezy (aka Drake) - SOLD
Fifth born. Named Sneezy because he is somewhere in the middle of shy and sleepy in his appearance and mannerisms.
Doc (aka Carson)
Second born. Named Doc because he's the "intellectual" one (introspective thinker and watcher).
Sleepy (aka Bull) - SOLD (New Name: Bullet)
First born. Bulldozes over everyone. Very relaxed and mellow. Sleeps through everyone else's feedings and then goes in for the kill. Always sleeping.