Not for long

Every few years I need a new pooper scooper. This shiny, new and clean one was delivered yesterday by my favorite FedEx man. It’s the last time I’ll see it like this.

Because it has a very important job around here!

There! It has now been christened the official “Pooper Scooper of Pinewood”. 😜

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Early Christmas

We got some of our Christmas presents early this year!

Joy delivered five, precious packages late on the night of December 8th. In fact, that last little gift arrived in the wee hours of the next morning. Each one was cloaked in beautiful reddish/apricot wrapping. There were three boy gifts and two girl gifts.

The girl gifts

The boy gifts

The proud papa is Clancy.  Joy and her little ones have settled in together quickly and all the little packages are doing well. ❤️

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We like to play!

Puppies sure like to play! They also like to sleep, eat, and poop!

I grabbed a few snapshots of some playtime today! Sorry, I only got Lucy and Hazel’s pups, but I did get video of all the litters which I’ll post on YouTube tonight!

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A Variety of Sizes

All the puppies got weighed today so I thought I’d share the weights from each litter just for fun. It’s amazing to see the size differences within some litters. 😲

Mercy pups (One day shy of 8 weeks)

  • Jack~2 lbs, 15 oz
  • Lee~4 lbs, 8 oz
  • Rosemary~5 lbs, 3 oz
  • Abigail~4 lbs, 10 oz
  • Bill~4 lbs, 8 oz
  • Elizabeth~3 lbs, 9 oz

Rosie pups (7 weeks + 2 days)

  • Chandler~3 lbs, 14 oz
  • Joey~4 lbs, 6 oz
  • Phoebe~4 lbs
  • Rachel~3 lbs, 10 oz
  • Monica~3 lbs, 9 oz
  • Ross~3 lbs, 6 oz

Lucy pups (2 days shy of 7 weeks)

  • Verona~2 lbs, 5 oz
  • Pisa~4 lbs, 8 oz
  • Florence~3 lbs, 4 oz
  • Venice~3 lbs

Hazel pups (5 weeks + 2 days)

  • Gucci~3 lbs
  • Prada~2 lbs, 8 oz
  • Hermes~3 lbs, 3 oz
  • Burberry~2 lbs, 6 oz

*Please note; the weights might be a little off from what my vet will get on her scale when pups go in for check-ups. The older (and more wiggly) the puppies get, the harder it is to get them to hold still on a little scale to get a really accurate weight.

(*Phoebe modeling)

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A Grand Adventure

This week has been busy (but what week isn’t lately?!) I had to make a trip to Spokane one day and then back to town another day because the dog food I ordered came in a day late. So, unfortunately, I didn’t get Rosie puppy pictures done yesterday. So those will be up tomorrow. But even with the busi-ness, we’re still having fun around here.

Today, we had a grand adventure!

The two older litters got to go out into the big, wide backyard to run, explore and play!

Rosie’s went out first and were a little skeptical about my idea, but they eventually ventured out of the crate and went to check out the backyard. It’s a big place for a little puppy. They got warmed up and started playing and journeying farther from me.

Next, I brought Mercy’s pups out in a little crate. It’s amazing to see the difference in the adventurous spirit of puppies that are just a little older. I opened the crate and they came bursting out for their grand adventure!

They ran, played and explored to their heart’s content! ❤

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Puppy Matching continues!

This morning has been exciting as we’ve matched two more puppies with their forever families. I’m waiting to get on confirmation from one other person and that will most likely have all three of Hazel’s tricolor girls matched.

Then we only have three special puppies left to match; Bill (our black and tan boy from Mercy), Florence (our dark sable girl from Lucy), and Hermes (our tricolor boy from Hazel).

We’re getting down to the wire here as Bill is due to go home in just over a week! Nothing like a nail-biting ending to our puppy matching as we race for the finish line and finding the perfect forever home for each one! ❤

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A race

I feel like I just ran a race! My heart is pounding (okay, I admit, I’m out of shape), I had to peel off a layer of clothes because I’m sweating (sorry, TMI) and I’m sure I’m close to my allotted steps for the day and it’s not quite noon yet. 😝

What did I just do you ask?

I had Mercy’s rambunctious crew playing nicely in the kitchen and was setting up my photo “booth” to start taking pictures of them. That’s always a process at this age because seven-week-old puppies DO NOT HOLD STILL!

So I set up a nice little scene, picked up Jack and started taking pictures. He was very sweet and cooperative.

In the meantime, the “convicts” are escaping from jail (the kitchen) behind my back. All of a sudden there’s a puppy behind me while I’m taking pictures. Then another and another! Somehow they had slid the Iris pen panel away from the kitchen cupboard and stealthily made their escapes, one by one.

I thought I’d just let them have free rein in the house while I continuing taking pictures. Bad idea.

I had to change my photo scene when the next puppy wouldn’t sit still on the cute little rug. (I won’t name names but his did start with an “L” 😉) You can’t put a wiggly puppy on a flat surface and expect them to hold still any longer than about a millisecond. So I grabbed my cute bucket. (If you put said wiggly puppy in something, at least it takes them longer to get away). But now the bucket made the puppy too high in my chair (where I take pictures), so I had to remove the chair cushion so the bucket would sit lower and I’d have more “background”. I grabbed my cute, red blanket and spread it over the chair (remember now its lower on the chair since the cushion was removed) when “BAM!” a rascally puppy ran by and grabbed the blanket and started dragging it away!

Okay, so much for letting them run loose while I take pictures…..

So I rounded up all the escapees and placed them back in jail, pushed the Iris pen up flush with the cupboard and turned to go back to picture taking with the current puppy.

I had barely made it back to the photo corner and knelt down when the living room was engulfed with a pack of fast-moving puppies again!

Calgon take me away! (Okay, I just dated myself 😜)

I rounded up the herd of wild horses again and corraled them in the kitchen, this time placing a kitchen chair against the Iris panel so it was immovable. Take that, you little rascals!

The photo shoot continued one by one as I placed each puppy in the bucket. I made weird sounds and flapped my hand to get their attention and try to distract them from diving out of the container for a split second, and hopefully get one good picture.

Then there were several trips made up the stairs to get them all settled back in their puppy pen for some quiet time.

Whew!

Is it nap time (for me) yet?

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