I have shown some pictures of the boys being “stacked” – so now its the girl’s turn.
They are all a little bit dirty, and wriggly… but here goes
Both are growing well and happy girls. Miss Green is more reserved than Miss Silver, but is sociable and interacts with all the pups well and has no fear of the Bis and will challenge him and even win – bravo Green. Miss Silver actively seeks out company and likes playing, she is very affectionate.
The puppies are healthy and lively – with the weather being better, they are outside during the day – in the shade.
They like the grass and I like it that I don’t have to clean up so much when they are outside I have done several video shots of various pups. They are short segments as they are taken on an iPhone.
Clip #10 - Very wobbly clip of Clancy on a recall. Well done Clancy (all all the other puppies who think they are called Clancy).Turn the volume down before you click or my dulcet tones might deafen you.
Once a name has been confirmed we are now trying to get the puppy to respond to its new name. So Ioury (Red), Ixo (Pink), Clancy (Spot). will be being called by name now.
Yesterday, Clancy was not happy with me shampooing him and he really hated the hairdryer. However, being a forgiving chap, he agreed to be manipulated by a funny lady today. He wasn’t sure why she wanted him to eat cake – but hey – he’s a cool guy and if a lady asks nicely……
Obliging this obviously deranged lady, he allowed himself to be posed in various positions for no apparent reason and since the cake had been replaced by a bit of cheese – why not!
At 5 weeks, it seemed mean to try and get him to stand properly, but we had a go anyway.
The reasons that a puppy is stacked is to look at angulation, back and profile, head, neck chest. Its not just for showing and being prissy but to see how he conforms and whether there might be weaknesses or strengths. He will probably put on nearly 3 kilos in the next few weeks, so things will change! “Hopefully the mad woman won’t be forcing cake down me at the same time as pulling my tail”
Poppy is starting to lose her fluffy puppy look - she is now 14 weeks old. When she arrived she was a small bundle, calm and placid and very lovely.
She of course is still very lovely, but the tutoring given by Jasper the Red Setter has rubbed off on her and she has turned slightly loopy. She is in chasse mood at the moment, but her idea of chasse seems to be hunting anything she can eat or more to the point anything she thinks she can eat. Please believe me, she is fed very well, three times a day and she still looks at me as if I have been starving her.
She loves visiting the pups, its usually a fight between Effie and her as to who can get through the door first – awww how sweet I hear you say. Not a bit of it, those two gannets are only thinking of their stomachs. It is a sure bet that the pups will have left something on the floor that one or the other of them will think is a delicacy from heaven. Needless to say all the dogs will be wormed tomorrow
Well – that sunny day was it, two days of rainy weather. I’m beginning to think I live in the UK – grey skies, wind and rain…not great.
Yesterday was a little fraught with three of the pups having diarrhoea (Pink, Green and The Bis), so a long day making sure they were hydrated, temperature checked, regularly cuddled and regular bleaching of everything (puppies excluded), that was the order of my day. By 5pm yesterday, all had recovered and were eating again. But they need a bath – all of them. And so I suspect do I, it doesn’t matter how much I wash, I smell not so subtly of eau de puppypiss, with a hint of lemon bleach, my hands have been bleached dry and I’ll soon have hands like a motorway navvy. It’s one of those smells, like chip fat, or cigarettes – it lingers……
So pictures from the evening after feeding – so yellow light and yellow food all over them…
The weaning process is going well, they love to see Effie and are very efficient at milking her within 10 minutes, but they love their solid food as well. Effie has taken to whimpering outside their room demanding to get in to see them as her time with them is now being restricted.
I am not so happy, because they are such messy eaters, they splatter the walls, floors, each other and turn everything slightly yellow. Today, as per instructions from the vet, they were given steak hache (raw) – she is a firm believer that they need raw meat at least once a week in addition to the Royal Canin puppy croquettes they have normally.
Miss Green, a very refined type normally – wolfed it down, whilst a few of the boys weren’t convinced straight away.
All the pups are over 3 kilos now, and seriously hairy and lively. They all got a brush today, some enjoyed it more than others. Red and Pink kept coming back to be re-brushed. Miss Green hated it as did The Bis. Clancy (the pup formerly know as Spot) liked to be brushed as long as his head wasn’t touched. I will need to cut their claws again this week (third time since their birth) and they will have their second worming on Tuesday.
trim.4ZgTEI - video of the puppies outside.
It’s great fun with the pups now, they are full of fun, and very cheeky. They enjoy nibbling my trouser legs and will come and give me a cuddle….I suspect more in search of food that anything.
They have grown so much that I have had to change their collars:
Changes = Miss Light Blue – is now silver,
Mr Orange – is now pink.
Spot doesn’t have a collar, because he already has distinguishing features
The weather is abysmal, so the pups cannot go outside. Poppy is being a little more gentle with the pups and they fight back – they have sharp little teeth. They are practising biting each other and learning when they have gone too far…
They all need a good bath, I hope we will get some nicer days so I can get them dry easily if not it will be the hair drier again – they aren’t so keen on that.
See todays video clips: