The pups are almost at the halfway point where they will be going home, so I have started to compile a checklist of everything we need. We have also made it our mission to come up with a name for our pup that will be a traditional Italian name. We have downloaded countless lists of Italian boy names. We have busted out with the pens, highlighters and process of elimination tactics. Picking a name will be no small chore. This is not a task for the faint-hearted. Meanwhile, Diane has sent us more photos – both group and individual shots! The big guy with the dark blue ribbon keeps catching my eye, same with one in this batch of photos that seems to have lost his ribbon…
Sorry I have not sent any pictures or updates lately, but things got a little bit hectic last week. Alondra and the pups are doing really well. They have outgrown the whelping box and were actually climbing out, so I have moved them to a double ex-pen in the middle of the house. Here they have quite a bit more room to move around, are playing with each other and their toys, are exposed to the other dogs, hear lots of noises, and have been started on some paper training (no guarantees on that!).
It seems that their “big” sister (my 15 week old puppy “Fin”, daughter of Saggio and Dolly) is very curious and loves to just sit and watch them. She talks to them and gives them kisses thru the fencing—-really, really cute!
I started out with newspapers, but Alondra seems to have developed a knack for making little balls out of the sheets of paper so now I am putting down brown paper and it’s working out much better. They are actually doing pretty well with using the paper instead of the blankets. Big news is that they are eating out of puppy dishes and have wonderful appetites!
Since I had been helping Alondra with bottle feeding, with them eating on their own frees up about 6 hours a day for me. BUT, now the clean-up gets to be more of a challenge!
Attached are some random pictures taken this week. Hopefully life will stay in order and I will be able to send more pics very soon!
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