Still waiting

Well, I’m still waiting on Mercy. Apparently, she has not read the dog book on the proper sequence of the dog birthing process. She had me going with that lower temperature on Saturday morning. Although that was a bit early on the gestational scale so I’m glad the babies are “baking” a little bit longer.

She’s a bit restless, but nothing major yet. She’s going outside for potty breaks in between napping and restlessly shifting around in her crate (which is parked between the wood stove and “my” couch. Yep, I’m back to sleeping on the couch again). I’m sticking pretty close to the living room (good thing our house is not very big). I head outside for a few minutes at a time to get a few things done and then come back in to check on her again.

I did manage to get the redheads out for some playtime in the garden, helped hubby move some big pallets (which we’re using for the roof trusses on the new dog “potty” pen), and hubby helped me take some adorable puppy pictures. I can’t wait to show them to you!

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Much better

I just wanted to give an update for those wondering how our little Gypsy girl was doing. As you remember she was the recipient of a bite wound last week which turned into an abscess. She has been faithfully taking her antibiotics every day, has rejoined her pack for playtime and is much better.

Look, only a small scab and the redness and swelling is gone!

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Today

Today is busy. But actually, most every day is busy. 🙂

At this point, all three of Jules’ puppies are matched with their forever homes! Yay! I’m still in the process of finding that special someone for Genesis. And I have to say that it’s a bit frustrating (sorry, I’m human 😛 ) when people don’t respond even after an email and phone. Nothing. No response. I know life happens, but a quick call or email saying “it’s not working for us right now” would be nice. And because this process can be so time-consuming we’ll be trying something different after this litter is matched. (More on that later).

Jules’ pups are super fun right now. They love playing, exploring and wagging those tails! They’re doing great with their litter box training, sleeping in a crate at night, munching on their puppy food and completely weaned off mom now. We’ve had our first two “powering up the clicker” sessions and they’re already turning into cheese monsters. 😉

Genesis is at the stage where we’ll be giving her some little challenges, having time away from mom, exposing her to different sounds and some nice classical music. I should have her new picture up later today.

Mercy had her bath (she’s our next mom-to-be; sister of Hope and Smudgie), is having her temperature monitored twice a day and getting used to her big, new crate in the living room next to the cozy, wood stove.

And we have another “honeymoon” going on! ❤ I’ll give more details later when we’ve confirmed the pregnancy.

Hubby is working on my “project” and he’s going to be able to set the backyard potty “pen” up in just the right spot after all. I just have to get some things organized this morning and then head to town get some supplies for the project, things for the dogs and horses, food for my chickens and upload some fun videos.

Have a great day everyone!

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The Sentinel

We have a lookout in our backyard. She may be the littlest (of the teenagers) but she is the best watchdog out there. It probably doesn’t help that she’s scared of her shadow, poor girl. (It’s strange how you can raise a couple of littermates the same and have one friendly and confident and the other is the complete opposite; timid and submissive.)

The dogs love to run up and down this play structure when they are racing around the yard together. But for Baby Girl (I know, weird name. ) this is “her” spot. She loves to sit up there and survey the property.

She is our sentinel.

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Another project

It’s a good thing my hubby is a talented handyman because I usually think of another project that “needs” done before he’s finished with his current one. 😉 hehe

I haven’t talked about the dog house in a while because he hasn’t done much since he worked on it this spring. He built dividers for inside and we recently ordered custom doors to be added. I still need to also order my big wash tub, although the plumbing and drain system is in. So once we get a little more “finished”, I’ll be sharing pictures.

In the meantime, I mentioned to him how “we” (he loves when I use “we” because it ends up being “he” doing all the work 😛 ) should set up a covered run in the backyard off the laundry room door right behind the garage. With so many dogs in the house over the winter, we really need a dry area to let them out to potty. Otherwise, I have a pack of wet dogs to dry off each time they go out to potty. It would be a mess!

Ideally, it would be a long, narrow run up against the back garage wall which is right off the back door.

But since winter is fast approaching and I “need” this done before winter hits, we’re improvising with a bigger chain-link kennel that we already have. This was a big 12′ x 12′ kennel that hubby rigged up with a roof. It has been used over the years for a German Shepherd we got as an adult (since our property is not completely fence we needed a safe place for her at night and when we weren’t home), our goats (that we no longer have), chickens and rabbits.

Right now he is dismantling the roof and pen, cleaning it and moving it to the backyard. It will be a temporary fix like I said since it’s too big for my ideal spot and the roof is pitched the wrong way.

But it will be so nice to have a covered potty area come this winter. Thanks, honey!

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Common core for puppies

Yep, even puppies have to go to school and learn. Today we worked on common core math word problems with the puppies. I know, it sounds complicated, but these little tykes are smart! 😉

Let me give you some examples:

  1. If a black umbrella opened in the kitchen how many blenders does it take to vacuum the floor?
  2. If your puppy hair is red and wavy and you’re going for a car ride up a hill at twenty miles an hour would you use:
  • a) a pink human hair dryer
  • b) a pair of blue dog clippers
  • c) an orange professional dog dryer
  • d) all of the above

I know it’s hard to believe but the puppies passed all these tests with flying colors!

P.S. If my blog post/math problems are too confusing, let me simplify. We worked with all these appliances/machines, etc today and the puppies did great!

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My kitchen

Our house is not very big, and since the kitchen is easy to block off and there are no lamp/computers cords or anything dangerous, it becomes the puppy “daycare” play area when our litters get big enough to need more room to play and explore.

So today, the “fire” crew took over the kitchen.

I drag a litter box in, deposit Snuggles the Snake in his corner and start adding obstacles and toys.

They had a blast!

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