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Today’s Happenings

It’s busy around here! This morning, Barbara went over to the vet’s office to retrieve the Fab Four who arrived on Sunday. By the time she got all four of them loaded into the car, somebody had peed in the driver’s seat (so Cottonwood lent her a towel on which she could sit while driving) and the passenger seat. (The back seat’s probably also been peed on, but we didn’t have the energy to check.)

All four of them are pretty skittish, but Barbara told me that she got a call from their relinquisher who said that Cooper is used to sleeping in bed and snuggling. He’s also, she said, housebroken. Unfortunately, evidence is against that so far. More on that later…

The three puppies still shake like leaves, with hearts about to pound out of their little chests, when we pick them up and take them outside. On the other hand, once we get them out, they’re beginning to learn to go potty out there. “Beginning” is the operative word here, because they are quite comfortable peeing inside, too.

Mid-afternoon, Barbara and I went to meet with the doctor who’s doing her surgery on Monday; we were gone about 2½ hours. We’d left the three puppies in a single (large) crate in the dog’s food room (formerly a formal dining room) and left Cooper loose in the room. The last thing we did before we left on this errand was to take everybody outside and keep them out for 15 minutes or so to be sure they had a chance to do whatever they needed. When we got home, the first thing we did was start letting dogs out into the back yard.  When I went to the food room, I found that Cooper had left us a not-so-little yellow lake. (Good thing Barbara’s got the floor completely covered with plastic shower curtains!!)

Cooper walks on a leash, somewhat hesitantly, but it’s clear that he knows how to do it. He’ll be fine as soon as we work with him a little bit to help him settle in. But the puppies know exactly nothing. Not even their names (the relinquishers didn’t use their names, just called all of them “puppy”). Sigh…

On the other hand, Barbara commented that “It’s clear that Sheltie puppies will cure anything [Jim's] got.” When I’ve got a Sheltie puppy in my arms, I’m grinning ear to ear, kissing his or her little head, rubbing my face against his or hers, and all that. Good for what ails ya!

Barbara tells me that she’s got a really good adoption prospect for Cooper, so fingers crossed! The puppies aren’t ready to leave, though. A bit of training and settling down will help a lot, though.

On this day..

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6 comments to Today’s Happenings

  • Oh my! It sounds like you’re having quite a day, or maybe I should say week. Puppies are soo much work! But you’re right, there’s also nothing like loving and kissing on a puppy to help you forget all the work. LOL

    As for Shadow, Meggie and Tessa, it makes me so sad and frustrated when I see puppies this young come into rescue that lack confidence and joy. People seem to overlook the fact that those first few months are so critical in shaping the dog’s outlook on life…sigh!

  • When our two were little we covered the dog food room & crate (= our dining room, haha) entirely with thick blue plastic sheets that we found at a garden center. Josh learned pretty fast that potty was to be done outside but it took Jessie a lot longer to get the hang of it and sometimes I fear she’d still do it if I didn’t keep an eye on her every move :)

    We never had a problem with leash walking or wearing a collar though. They just accepted it, in fact Josh gets quite upset when I take his collar with its little tags off to give it a clean!!

  • He he yup a puppy kiss is a sure thing to cheer me up too! I like the shower curtain idea….

  • Playing with puppies is a joyful work but taking care of them is really a tough job. I think you should change the title of the post as ” Today’s Busy Happening”

  • Wow, you sure have your hands full with those puppies. It’s a lot of work to train all of them, but it will pay off in the end when they grow up to be well-behaved adult dogs.

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