CH Bydand In The Mood At Concordia x CH Elfin No Limit Lollypalooza are pleased to announce the arrival of Lolly's Lasting Legacy, born 1/28/2012.
Lolly, at 8 lbs, is a smaller Silk Dog. We scheduled a C-section with my good friend and wonderful veterinarian, Steve Escobar DVM, who has a practice specializing in reproduction. We consulted on the radiographs and agreed that it was best to schedule a section as the best way to ensure both Lolly and the pups' health. I am very fortunate to have a colleague with Steve's skill to rely on when deliveries are non-routine. When her little black beauties were passed out to us to work on while Steve worked on Lolly, we were so pleased to see them looking healthy and beautiful. As is usual with sections, the puppies were very sleepy from anesthesia and took some time, and lots of stimulation, to wake up but, when they did, they were robust! We'd decided to use names beginning with Cl for the babies to honor Curtis and Lolly so have been tossing around scads of Cl names. We finally agreed on Clever, for the girl, as we are sure she will grow to be a very intelligent, and clever, Silk beauty. Clever weighed 7oz. Our little boy is already SO handsome that we simply had to name him after the sexiest man on the planet, hence Clooney. Clooney weighed 8oz.
Lolly came through the surgery beautifully...once she got home and into her whelping box, she was very happy to wolf down chicken and roast beef (Cathy was trying to eat lunch but Lolly insisted that she SHARE!), and sardines...along with her kibble. Dr Steve uses multi-modal pain management so she was feeling pretty good. The pups are nursing well and Lolly, who at first was a bit skeptical about the joys of motherhood, has decided that pups are pretty cool. And, again, I am ever so grateful to Cathy and Les for allowing me to breed their baby, Lolly! One of the many wonderful things about being involved with Silk Dogs is that there are the nicest people dedicated to these dogs!
Clooney & Clever
Lolly and her Daring Duo!
Lasting through Week One...
Cathy will be providing the narrative for the Phase One while the babies start their lives at the Foldesi's home:
I love just sitting and watching the pups grow and observing Lolly’s interaction with her babies. I know I do not need to stay in the nursery room but I do not want to miss anything. I may never have this baby puppy opportunity again in my life so I want to enjoy it as much as I can. Les is such a great guy he said he understands. When I sign off from emails now I write to folks by saying "I got to go now to watch my puppies grow." I have my phone, books on tape, TV/DVD player a puzzle, exercise equipment and cards to entertain me while I hang out with Lolly and pups. Lucky me! This is a joyful time. I am still managing to keep up with my household chores and not neglect my other pet’s kids. Am not cooking very good meals for us but Lolly is offered the best food. Have lost out on sleep this week but I don’t mind being a little tired. I can always sleep later.
Even after having surgery Lolly was doing great by Sat evening. After just a few hours she seemed strong and healthy again. We seem to have a new kind of bond and communication between us. I seem to know when she needs help like for example when she needs to go outside. She only gets out of the box to do her business. On Sun night she jumped up on me while I slept and walked on me to say “I need to go out now”. Of course I helped her get out. She always hurries back inside and watches for me to come down the hall too. She wags her tail all they way back to her babies. Lolly and I seem to have an understanding of our jobs. Mine is to take care of her and she takes care of the babies.
TUESDAY Doc removed their dew claws. They were troopers. Doc said they might be a bit fussy during the day but they were fine. They are quiet and comfortable babies. They are perfect babies. Doc has been monitoring Lolly carefully too and was going to give her a laser treatment but when she saw her she said her incision was healing great. Her stitches will be removed on Mon. Lolly was glad to get back home to take care of her babies.
Lolly has shown me a side of her I never knew existed. She has been taking charge and seems to be a mature adult that is a leader rather then a pampered fairy princess. When I try to massage the pups she is a bit pushy and does not really want me to handle them much. She has really let me know what she needs. For the first time in her life she has been telling me when she needs to go outside. We have had no accidents. The room the whelping box is in is a room my dogs hardly ever went in to. In the past she has always followed the other dog’s lead. Thinking about it I guess she has never had to make decisions on her own, because at least one of our other dogs has always been with her.
Ahhhhhhhh I love just holding Clever and Clooney each in one hand while they sleep in the palm of my hand for a few minutes. They curl up and seem so sweet and innocent. It makes me feel like I am doing yoga. It is very calming, soothing and relaxing. Maybe some folks would say it is a Zen like experience. Call me crazy but I even think the babies know their Grandma Cathy because when I give them their baby massages I put them near my face so they can smell me. When they are in the box I pet them and they seem to like it and do not squirm or flinch.
Clooney -check out that grin!
Clooney - Noble profile
Clever - already a handful!
Clever - I swear it was THIS BIG!
Lolly, on the job.
Living through week two... Update courtesy of Cathy who has been enjoying being the penultimate puppy starter! Sunday We had our annual Super Bowl party today. Our friends enjoyed seeing the pups. Lolly was so cute when the door bell rang she wanted to see who was at the door and then she would run back to her babies after saying a quick hello to our guest. Monday We took Lolly and pups to Doc’s office. Lolly got her stitches out and the babies got their nails trimmed. They were a big hit at the office. Clooney’s weight was close to 1 pound. Lolly is still very attentive but will take short breaks now out of the whelping box. The babies never cry so I am sure all is fine. I have slept in the nursery more then enough. Tonight I am going back to my bed to sleep. I sure hope Lolly doesn’t mind. I can hear her if she needs me. I am sure. She will woof when she needs something. She does that now if I am not in the room so hopefully all will go fine tonight. Tuesday I gave Clooney a nickname last night. Because of his white chest and white feet I now sometimes call him Tux. I have not officially nicknamed Clever yet but I often call her Sweetheart. Lolly started taking some short breaks outside with our other dogs. She watches them play and just hangs out a bit getting a little fresh air. Within just a few minutes she is ready to get back to work. She is doing her job well. This morning both pups looked like they were ready to bust. Their tummies are round and fat. Did I say FAT! They look like big ticks. They are as always contented, quiet and calm. WednesdayDrum Roll! News Flash! Clooney opened both his eyes a little this morning-especially his right one. And he has the real puppy breath smell now. While Lolly took a long break they both slept in my arms for a bit-one at a time. AHHHHHHHHHHH. They are always contented, calm, comfortable, and quiet. Good Lolly and good babies. The babies have had a lot of visitors this week. Our dogs and cats have enjoyed entertaining the folks that have come to see the puppies. ThursdayI am doing the happy dance today because Lolly ate both meals without me coaxing or hand feeding her. YEA! Clever’s eyes are starting to open today. Call me prejudiced but they both have the prettiest shiny eyes I have ever seen. CUTE Yesterday I told Doc about Clooney’s eyes opening and I also said Clever is already a major licker. Doc in her cute fun way wrote back saying Clever cannot hold her licker. So I then wrote back and said she is already an AA member. She is Absolutely Adorable. We both got smiles from these emails. I marvel everyday at their growth and changes. Clooney head is looking more like a bear now. His muzzle is developing and he is getting his stop at his nose. Clever’s coat is thickening up and she is still more laid back then he is but both are of course sleeping and eating most of the time. They do not crawl around much yet. But I can see them getting stronger when they move. Friday Clooney met me this morning with both eyes shining away. His head is looking bear like and his stop is developing. Clever’s is too but she is a day or so behind him in changes. She has longer ear hair tipping then he has. Both of them have much longer and thicker coats now. VERY COOL to see the daily changes.
Clooney--fat & sassy!
Such a handsome boy!
Lolly checks out Clever
Clever has lovely almond eyes
Hi, I am Clever!
Laughing through Week Three...
Now that the pups are growing aware of their surroundings, reacting to the outside world, their personalities develop and they start to make you laugh and grin. This week Cathy tells us about Clever and Clooney's development.
Tom and family came this afternoon to visit and of course all four girls and especially Jan enjoyed the puppies. Before they arrived I took a long nap with the pups. We had a wonderful time snuggling together. Sometimes I cannot believe how much I enjoy just looking at them in the whelping box.
The babies both seem to recognize me today when I entered the room. I can tell they are hearing things now for sure. Yesterday, I was holding Clooney when Jan coughed and he briefly startled at the sound. I started playing the sound effect CD’s Les made for them. They slept through this new adventure. Lolly looked at me and seemed to be saying “What are you doing now?” The other dogs were curious about the noises and were moving around the house in a happy and excited way. Not bothered just more curious about the sounds tracks they were hearing.
Today my babies gave me birthday/Valentine kisses. Oh yeah, sometimes they fuss at me if I interrupt their nursing. They make cute growl like sounds. Very funny. I tell them they are not allowed to talk to Grandma like that. I do not like sassy talk.
The pups are really starting to get mobile now. They are almost fully walking except for their fat bellies make lifting up a bit of a challenge. Their hair is growing fast too. But the biggest event of the week is now they wake up when I come in the room. They seem to recognized my presence and even greet me now. Good puppies YIPPY!
Lots of children visiting this week...gentle one so the puppies' first experiences with children are positive.
From Doc...I missed my weekly visit/photo shoot this week as I was in FL showing Lolly's sister, Dancer (who took BOB Companion both days!) and cousin Karma. Will get 4 week pictures this weekend and will share Cathy's 3 week pictures below.
FYI: April Dog World issue is spotlighting the Havana Silk Dog...great article and photos of beautiful dogs!
Clooney...handsome, by George!
Can you say "laid back"!!
Clever is focused!
Loving week four...Cathy continues her diary:
SUNDAY We had an exciting day. I took away the whelping box. The babies really seemed to be able to move and stretch better now. I guess I had so many towels in there it was hard for them to get traction on the soft surface. I had noticed when I put them on the floor while I changed to bedding they seemed to be able to stand better so I decided to take the box away. They now have a fleece dog bed and several piddle pads in the play pen Doc loaned us. Lolly and the babies like having more room. I took a bunch of photos of them the past couple of days. Today I finally got some good shots. Maybe it was because they could move better and have more room and freedom. I even got a cute photo of the two pups kissing each other. The only thing that would have made this day better is we had no company. Tomorrow a few of my friends are coming over for a visit so they will enjoy seeing how much the babies have changed lately. From here on out each day will be full of puppy adventures and loads of fun. But I have enjoyed each and everyday with them. I do not want the days to go by too fast. BTW as I write this the pups are listening to one of the noise sound track CD’s.
I just went in to see if the CD was playing okay. (For some reason they get stuck on my old player) The pups woke up and Clooney stood up and I sensed he was getting ready to pee so I whisked his little butt over to the piddle pad just in time. Good old Mom Lolly got up to clean the paper and his belly. Lolly is very attentive and likes their den neat. That’s my girl. We don’t like clutter and mess around us. I am happy to report the piddle pads have obviously been used several time this afternoon. They are starting to get the right notion so as not to eliminate where they sleep. Good puppies! Next week Doc will loan me some fake grass for them.
MONDAY Late last night the pups were a hoot. I laughed and laughed at them. They were so cute trying to play together. As they pawed or pushed each other they would fall over. Their balance is still not great. They were sooooooo Cute. This morning Clever wagged her tail when Jana came up to the play pen.
I am amazed at their daily progress. I have a few toys in the pen and they are being moved from side to side. I guess Lolly is doing it but the pups do seem to lay and crawl on them. This evening I was watching Clooney do both a number 1 and 2 on the piddle pads. He definitely had a mission to accomplish. He searched for the right spot to do each thing. He moved as far away as he could to poop. “Good boy Clooney” Lolly was on the spot to clean up but I took the pads away so she did not have to. I am definitely acting like a grandmother but I am so amazed at all the natural events Mother Nature provides her animals.
TUESDAY The pups are growing, playing some, and using their piddle pads too. They are still very quiet and contented. They are growing fast. (Both their bodies and their coats). I can see daily changes in them. Really! When they play they box and bite at each other. Clever seems to instigate these games. They are still a bit wobbly so it is funny to watch them fall over as they try to wrestle. I like watching them use their tails to help them with their balance or lack there of. Too cute!
WEDNESDAY Today we had a big day of “FIRST!” I heard a couple of real puppy barks. And they both were licking themselves. The other thing that was new today was Alicia gave the pups an all latex pig toy. At first Clooney did not seem to like the smell. He backed away several times to avoid it. Soon he came back to it. Later I saw him chewing on it. It was fun watching him investigate it.
THURSDAY Today several new adventures happened. First today the pups both came to edge of the pen on their own to greet me when I came in to the room. Second Clooney ran (hum maybe scampered is a better word) up to check out Kahlua when she stuck her head in the pen. Third Clooney laid on his back and was playing with my hand. And last but not least both seem to be much more stable on their feet now and they are using their tails for balance. I really enjoy watching them play. For the first time while I was snuggling with them they really seem to be interacting with me almost as much I am with them. They are maturing fast. Call me a crazy Grandma but I even enjoy watching them use their piddle pads. They are good puppies. Lolly is still doing a fantastic job with them. I am so very proud of her.
FRIDAY We had a lot of visitors today. And the pups showed off as perfect pups as they truly are. By the time Sally came they were sound asleep and were worn out. We had another nice little girl her who treated them like they were made of glass. She was gentle and kind and I asked her to come back next week to see them again. I told Rebecca how extra important it is for the puppies to have good experiences with children.
I started setting up the sunroom pen area. Lolly checked it out and seemed to approve of it. I showed her how to jump in and out of it. She will catch on fast I am sure. She checked out the crate and the bedding inside. She seemed to approve of her new family dwelling. I put two heaters in there but so far this winter has been extremely mild. I am looking forward to taking the pups outside and introducing them to many new things and surfaces. I hope all I am doing will really please Doc and Nancy.
From Doc...Sat, I went to see the babies today and found that Cathy had moved them into their new digs in the sunroom. Great set up with an expen that Lolly can jump in and out of but will contain the puppies. For the next few days they'll go back to the playpen at night to sleep so that Lolly will ease into this transition. Their development has been tremendous since my last visit as I missed last week as I was in Orlando showing Lolly's sister and cousin. They've changed from wee black sausages into miniature dogs! I got kisses today and Clever thought my nose an excellent chew toy (fortunately she has only gums at this stage.) Their coats are soft and silky...Clever has more wave than Clooney but they are both plush and lush and completely adorable! Today they had nails trimmed, hair trimmed from the corners of their eyes around around the anus. Next week they get their pad hair trimmed off. The PottyPark grass has now covered the piddle pads and next week they will start going outside to experience real grass. The pups have been getting great socialization at Cathy & Les' house...they are going to be super social babies!
Clever and SO CUTE!
The new digs...
Lolly and the babies...
Leaping through week Five...
What a difference a week makes. Clever and Clooney are growing and developing both skills and personality differences. They have expanded their world to include the great outdoors, have discovered toys and are learning to play with them and each other. Cloony has a luxurious, plush, straight coat. Clever looks like an unmade bed...coat is a wild cluster of whorls and detours...but soft and silky and she has such an expressive face. She is just too adorable. Cathy fills us in on their week...
Last night Lolly was happy to have her kids back in the play pen in the art room. I moved the family again in to the sunroom this morning. All is going well today. I took the pups outside for just a few minutes. The air was cool but the sun was warm. They each walked a few steps in the grass but were not particularly impressed with the being in the great outdoors. Tomorrow, it will be even warmer so I will take them out again. I offered them some more puppy food and they both licked at it a bit. They also played with me in the sunroom outside of the pen. They explored the new floor surfaces and walked around a bit on the rug. They had a little wrestling session with each other and with my hand.
I took the pups out again for a few minutes today. This time they both crawled up on my legs and seems to be saying “let’s go back inside Grandma” I put them about a foot from me several times and they just kept coming back. Clooney did take the time to do a good pee outside. Marci and Elliott came over for dinner. They loved the pups. The pups played and showed off more then ever before. We all had fun including the rest of our pack/family. Marci snuggled with the pups and Elliott took lots of photos of them. We all had a good evening. The new stuff today was….Awww Clever tried to tear up a piddle pad. She seems sort of young for that. And today we noticed Clooney has a tooth in the back left now.
This morning they greeted me with Crozier tails curling up. They are starting to look like little Havana Silk Dogs. Imagine that! They are eating a little kibble and canned puppy food each time I offer it to them. They still have fat little bellies so I know they are still well fed. Sometimes they bark a couple of times especially when I open the door to the art room in the mornings. What I find real funny is sometimes they growl at me especially if they are nursing. I just gently roll them over and they are fine. Today Clooney was wrestling with my hand and play growling. It was cute. The babies are most active in the early evening. They still sleep a lot but each day they seem to stay awake a little more.
By now I guess my readers are wondering how I keep finding stuff to write. Remember I am known as Chatty Cathy so I can always come up with words. But really believe it or not these pups like all babies do new things each and everyday. Life is an adventure. Today Clooney played with a toy all by himself. He was just chewing it and flipping it around. Clever got on top of an upside dish pan. At first she could not figure out how to get off but she succeeded to master it. They are recognizing me more everyday. They both play with my hand and wrestle with me a bit. Today Seth (one of our cats) has started coming near the pen to watch the pups. They are going up to the pen edges to get close to him too. It is a hoot just watching them move around the pen. But my favorite time with them still is just holding them while they nap in my arms or lap. Clooney is getting more teeth. I felt a couple in his mouth today. So far their bites look good Doc says. Doc came over today to do their swab DNA satin coat test. Clooney wasn’t too fond of that. Lolly is still a good Mom. During the day she likes laying on top of the crate in the pen to watch over her little ones. At night she still likes to be in the art room with Doc’s play pen. Today it was a rainy day and Lolly does not really like the noise (I guess) of the rain on the sunroom roof so she asked me several times to put the pups in the other room. How does she ask you might wonder? She runs down the hall and looks at the door. I like using both rooms because it helps make it easier to clean up each area when they are not in the different room.
Today the pups played more then ever. It is March 1 and it was a beautiful day. Spring was in the air. I took the pups outside three different times today. They had a blast. They did not cry at all. Earlier in the week they did not like it outside. All our dogs interacted with them. Lolly even gave them a picnic lunch outside.
Hard to believe tomorrow my cute babies will be 5 weeks old. I only have them for two more weeks and then they will go to Doc. Like Scarlet O’Hara said in Gone With the Wind “I won’t think about that today” This has been a fast five weeks. WOW! As you all know I have enjoyed every minute of it and I think Lolly has too. Today they have had a few more play sessions then usual. I guess they are starting to sleep a little less each day now. I could not sleep so at 2 AM I peeked in on them and they were with Lolly. They were all awake and looked very happy and contented. While I was there they played with me and also each other. Clever was climbing all over Lolly’s head and neck. Lolly was very tolerant and patient. Clooney played what I call The Paw Paw Game with me. When I left them I took Lolly back to bed with me. She enjoyed snuggling and seemed very contented to be on our bed again. This afternoon Clever grabbed a toy and took it through the tunnel tub in the pen. She looked adorable. I did not know a five week old pup would do that. Is she a genius Silk Dog or what? When they play she is now more the aggressive one. Weeks ago Clooney was more dominant. Interesting how the dynamics has change. Now, Clooney is a lover. No worries, Clever gets her snuggles in too.
I am Clooney the proud and handsome!
Who let the TIGER in??
I am Clever & this is my CUTE look!
And this is my I am SO not amused look!
Lolly's surveys her domain and Clooney has a Clever pillow.
Lolling through Week Six...
This is the babies' last week at Les and Cathy's house...this weekend they come to Elfinland to begin the next phase of their upbringing. Cathy and Les have done a fabulous job with early puppyhood development and socialization...next, Nancy & Doc will continue training and socializing the puppies. They are going to be such well developed puppers!
SUNDAY Wow! This morning the babies both ran to the edge of the pen when I opened the door to the art room. They greeted me with gusto. They gave me super kisses too. Aw! Such a great greeting. This was the best way to start off my morning. Also, they both looked like they had grown during the night. They seemed much taller this morning. It amazes me how fast they can change. And I only saw one piddle spot. Honestly, I figured I just missed seeing them so I cleaned up the pen good as usual. Wow, such a perfect way to start off my day.
Later I put a plastic mat on the table to simulate a grooming table. Clever did a perfect natural stack position right away. Hopefully, she will be a natural stacker and an enthusiastic show dog later this year. Time will tell. Fingers and toes are crossed for both pups to have successful show dog careers.
The next big task for these lovely babies is to get them used to the sound and feel of a hair dryer. They have heard one on the CD’s I have been playing but soon I will start with the real thing. After all every Silk Dog need lots of bath to always look their best.
It was sort of amusing and yet sad to see how hard the pups worked to try to get to Lolly a bit ago. They nursed for maybe 30 seconds and she left. They were funny climbing on and off of the upside down pan inside the crate trying to figure out how to get to Lolly. She was on top looking down on them Clooney stretched as tall has he could reach on the crate itself trying to get to her. I guess now as each day ticks by they will decide to eat more of the kibble/canned food mixture I keep offering them. Life is hard when the milk bar is closing down. Their free meal service is going out of business. Another example of the economic frustrations and how it even affects puppies. The milk delivery service is on its last legs. It’s going out of business soon.
MONDAY It was snowy and cold today here. The breaker kept tripping in the sunroom but the pups were fine. It did get cold in there fast when the heat was not on. We had a relatively quiet day. Only one visitor came to see them. We decided Clever’s shivering is a phase not from cold. She stops it once she gets put down. I introduced them some more to the grooming table and I started running the hair dryer around them. They have only felt the air a little from far away. Mostly I am just letting it run so they can hear it.
I had noticed the pups liked eating the dry kibble more then the wet food. At first I thought it was my imagination but today I really took note and I noticed my former observations were correct. The babies like to eat hard kibble more then soggy puppy mush. They must have powerful jaws because they do not have a lot of teeth. I even heard Clever breaking them in her mouth. I can’t say I blame them. If I had to eat it I would rather eat the kibble over the wet stuff too.
While Lolly has been nursing I have had food always available for her. Sometimes it has been a mystery if she has eaten it or if the cats and puppies have eaten it. Honestly, I think our cats have done a good job cleaning up the spilled and messy food. I have not caught them in the ex-pen but I think they go in there when Lolly is in another room. Cats can be very smart and sneaky. Thinking about it perhaps one reason Lolly prefers to have the babies in the other room at night is because she knows the cats are often roaming the house and are busy doing kitty stuff at night. Maybe their activities concern Lolly sometimes.
TUESDAY Grammy exposed the kids to lots of under footings today. First we went outside with all the dogs for a few minutes. I put them on the cold slate patio and then they darted around a bit in the grass. They watched the big dogs run around too.
Then I took them so they had to walk on all sorts of different door mats. After that we went in to the utility room. This room has a slightly bumpy vinyl floor. They just explored some in there. I did not take any other dogs in with us while we went inside the house. I put them on the real grooming table in there instead of just the rubber matting they have in the sunroom. I brushed them each a little too.
Next I had them follow me in to the kitchen. They had to pass the closet that has the loud furnace in it. The hard tile floor in the kitchen is cold too. They stuck fairly close to me most of the time but they did explore some on their own as well. Clever went back in the utility room alone for a few seconds and Clooney was a little more adventuresome in the utility room on his own. All and all it was an exciting and big puppy adventure for their first real experience out of the pens. I figure it was pretty mind stimulating and they had some good first experiences for two baby pups. After all of that they were ready for a nice nap.
WEDNESDAY Today we continued our stacking and hair dryer introductions and I played one of the sound track CD’s. Then I put them on some rugs to run around on. They enjoyed using their noses to smell and explore the smells of our world. After that I took them back in to the utility room where we went yesterday. They ran around much more confident and explored. They heard the scary loud and cranky sounds of our old washing machine. I just sat and watched. Lolly watched from on top of the grooming table. She first let them have a snack before I helped her retreat up high from their sharp teeth. While playing they discovered my shoe laces. Puppies and shoe laces go together like bread and butter. Like human children I notice these two get a little cranky and fussy when they are tired. Normally, they rarely cry. As soon as I put them back in the pen they were fast asleep. After there nap they were ready for more great adventures.
This afternoon we continued to expand upon the adventures of yesterday. Several visitors came and we had our rugs cleaned so they heard the loud vacuum cleaning noises. After their nap we spent more time outside and just explored the ground and environment. Part of the time I had Lolly and all our other dogs with them and some of the time they were just with me and other people. They seemed curious watching Jana our GSD chase her ball. Sterling our Keeshond and Kahlua our Lab are the most interested in them. Pippin our other Silk Dog shows no interest in them at all. Lolly fed them a snack and kept coming to supervise but finally I put her in a chair to save her from their sharp teeth. She is ever watchful of her babies. She is still a great Mom.
They are both pretty out going. Clooney seems a little more interested in people then Clever. She is a little more independent. But they both seem brave and over come their hesitations quickly. He is all boy. Full of spunk and energy but she is no slouch either. She is more laid back but she has her wild and crazy side too.
Now, that they are really doing more and are playful Les has started showing more interest in them. He plays some with them now too. Tonight we had them in the kitchen and he let them have his handkerchief to play with. (It was not used) I have found him using his IPhone and taking little videos and photos of them too. While we had them in the kitchen it was fun watching them learn how to get over all of the x shaped leg supports our kitchen chair have. At the end of this evenings play session Clooney jumped over one set of chair braces. Maybe he will be a good agility dog. I am amazed how much more agile they have become in just the last few days.
Not only has Les started playing with them but so has Lolly. She started playing with them too. She just gently rolls them around and bats at them a bit. She is cute with them. She is a gentle, patient, and calm Mom. I am sure she is a good influence on their personalities. Although she takes breaks from being with them and hangs out with me or the other dogs she still sleeps part of the night in the pen with her pups and she still cleans up after them. Most of the time while they are in their pen she is in sight of them lying on a chair or on top of the crate in the pen. She looks like a shepherd watching over its flock. She is still ready to help them if they need her. For the last week she has started joining us in our bed sometime in the wee hours of the morning and remains with us till I fix all the dogs their breakfast. She is still nursing several times a day. I know she does not have much milk but I also know they are not eating a lot of dog food either but they do not seem hungry so I guess they are okay. Clooney remains a little chubby so all is well. I asked Lolly yesterday who will miss the babies more when they leave her or me. I think having these puppies has helped our bond together become even stronger. I wrote early on in this journal that it seemed to me that Lolly said I will take care of the pups and you take care of me. We have been a team. I know from what some folks say that their broods sometimes become a bit distant and aloof while taking care of their litter. Not Lolly she has still been my side kick and sweet as ever. She has still enjoyed all of the company and likes showing off her babies. I will say it again. I am very proud of Lolly.
THURSDAY The babies ate a pretty good dog food breakfast. I noticed Lolly had very little milk this morning. I know she fed them around 4AM because that is when I peeked in and found her with them. I let her on our bed then.
Yesterday, Barbara loaned me several fun kids’ toys that make noises. She said I could barrow them for the puppies and for our GEB classes. One of them is motion sensitive and the cats keep going near it and setting it off and the pups have noticed the strange noises it makes but have not been bothered by them. I must admit it has startled me some.
We had company several times today including Doc and Nancy. Each time guest arrived we took the pups outside. It was around 70 degrees and very pleasant. The babies have had more fun each time they have gone out.
Clooney has a mouthful of teeth now and Clever has a few teeth and more will pop through soon. Their bites are still looking fine. YAY!
FRIDAY This morning we had another fun adventure in the kitchen. Kim was here for a visit. Seth our cat decided to play with their tails. He often chases Kahlua’s tail too. Clooney discovered our huge dog water bowl dish. It took him a few attempts but finally he decided to drink out of it. It is way bigger then he is. He could swim in it if he wanted to. Kim’s shoes were a big hit and they played with several toys too. Both pups ran around and had a ball till finally they climbed up in Kim’s lap for a nap.
An hour after Kim left some neighbors popped in to see the pups. They woke up and showed off how wonderful they are and played with them. After they left we had another first happen. Up until now they just sleep most of the time in their pen and only play a little if I was around watching. Well, for the first time I heard them playing in there by themselves. I guess they are now starting to need a little less sleep at any one time. I went in to peek and they were playing with their toys and Clever was running in and out of the little tunnel tube.
Clever in the grass
Clever in full alert...high head carriage!
Clooney Free Stack Right Side
Clooney, front and center!
Clooney stacks left side
Clever gets a piece of tail!
Leaving at Week Seven...
From Cathy: The pups are moving faster and sleeping less each day. We had several play sessions in the kitchen and one outside. It was another warm day in the 60’s. This has been the warmest winter on record. Each day this week will get warmer and by Fri it will be in the 80’s. So, the pups will be able to go outside everyday for sure this week. YIPPY! Lolly is still nursing them and is playing with them more each day. This afternoon she tried to get them to chase her around the yard. They trotted a little and just sat and looked at her run around and around. Lolly was having one of those spurt moments as I call them. A neighbor dropped by with his young son who enjoyed seeing the pups. He gently patted them. Yay! They had another good kid experience.
MONDAY We will be taking these two outside a lot this week because we will have warm weather all week. Today outside the babies discovered the fun of tennis balls. Jana would not share her blue ball so they found some other balls to play with. Janis and Ann came over and Janis did not realize Clooney was peeing on the fake grass so when she picked him up she ended up getting sprayed on her sweatshirt. Clooney looked a little shocked too. It was pretty funny. She gave me permission to put this misadventure in the journal. After a week of gently blowing the hair dryer near them from a distance today we took the big plunge and as I held them one at a time I blew it on them. Clever handled it better then Clooney but he was not bad.
TUESDAY As the amazing process goes with Mother Nature Lolly has gradually been spending more and more time away from the pups. She is still attentive as needed and still letting them nurse some too. At night now she is totally back in our bedroom and seems comfortable with this now. The pups too are maturing nicely and are ready for their next phase of life. The last 6 weeks have gone by very fast. I am sure it has been much easier on us because there are only two pups. Four or more are a lot of work for their moms and people too. We have enjoyed every minute of it all. I am sure Lolly has too. She does not even seem to mind their many teeth they have now. Today the pups have been outside several times. It is actually HOT! Ugh! Sort of scares me wondering how hot, buggy and weedy of summer we will have ahead of us. I introduced the pups to more under footings and put them on one step. Our porch steps are much steeper then Doc’s so they did not venture off of it. At Doc’s she has nice easy to maneuver steps designed for puppies. They will run up and down them for sure in short order after they go to her house on Sat. Since the babies are awake more and are not needing as much sleep they are trying to demand more attention. We are trying not to reward their howling. Clooney can make some real funny noises. They like being in the kitchen with us and all of the other dogs. We try to only go to the pen to get them when they are being quiet.
WEDNESDAY We were outside a lot today but it was almost too hot. It got to the mid 80’s and nearly broke a record here in Richmond. I think the pups agreed with me it was too hot for March 14. Tomorrow it is predicted to top the record of 82. After observing how the pups have been eating I realized they like dry kibble best. In the past I thought Lolly or the cats were eating their food. This may have been happening but this week I have managed a new way of keeping Lolly and the cats out of the sunroom while I have their food down so I know what they are eating better. They like Stella & Chewy’s too. Also, a little canned food but they do not like their food soft or mixed up together much. I was amazed the first time I saw Clever eating dry kibble and she still had no teeth. Just for the record their poops have been perfect so far. In the dog world it is all about the poop we GEB raisers say. GRINS! It was cute to watch today while Clooney was trying to take Jana’s hard blue ball. He managed to even pick it up. Jana just gently pushed him with her nose and took her ball away. This happened several time. We had a play date here today so the babies met several GEB Labs. All the dogs were gentle with the pups. When ever I take the pups outside and they see other dogs their tails wag vigorously with much enthusiasm. They seem to get along with everyone they meet. This evening Kahlua was trying to play with Clever. Kahlua had a floppy Frisbee type toss toy and was trying to get Clever to take hold of it. Kahlua was bowing and bending trying hard to entice Clever but she did not know what to do. A few minutes later Kahlua was going in and out of our old tunnel. Lolly went over to be a part of Kahlua’s game and who should follow but Clever. I encouraged Lolly to go through the tunnel after Kahlua and soon Clever walked after Lolly all the way through our big tunnel. Of course I did not have my camera to prove this event. Meanwhile Clooney was still interested in Jana and her blue ball. I tried to show Clooney the big tunnel but he was not interested in it. Perhaps tomorrow he will change his mind about it. Doc sent me an email today saying both pups carry the satin gene. We are glad Clever has it. So far Doc is planning to keep her as part of her family. The final decision for both pups will come in a few weeks.
THURSDAY We had more fun outside. The pups played in our two tunnels. They invented a game on their own where they went through the tunnel but came back around from the outside by the fence. All the dogs especially Lolly had fun playing with them. Kahlua tried again to get them to join her while playing with a toy. They try hard to carry some tennis balls around. I had them on some gravel for a new experience. They are both stacking pretty well and are getting used to the hair dryer. I will give them a bath either tomorrow or Sat. before we go to Doc’s. They have remained clean and do not run through their food and are not sloppy or messy. It has been a breeze taking care of just two pups. I have plucked some of the hair in their ears and have been brushing them too. The other day I mentioned they sometime cry and Clooney even howls but this has not happened since early in the week. They are usually very quiet and only whimper a little when they see Lolly or are lonely. All and all they have been easy to take care of. As far as I am concerned they are wonderful puppies. I think Lolly will agree.
FRIDAY Yesterday, Betc and Kate (a Lab we raised for GEB who became a brood) came to visit us for a few days. We took Betc to ATF today to see a GEB dog graduate. The pups and all the dogs had a brief play time early before we left and more time outside when we got home. But the best time we all shared together was after dinner outside in the dark. Our yard has great lighting so we all had fun out together. The weather has been perfect and extraordinary for March. We must have been out for over an hour. The babies even played more in their pen when I brought them in for the night. Today they played more in the tunnels and even jumped broad jump boards. Yes, I said they jumped the boards. They are not at all concerned about the big dogs running near and around them. Occasionally, one gets bumped a bit but they just keep going looking for more fun things to do.
Huge thanks to Cathy and Les for the marvelous job they did raising Clever and Clooney through the first 7 weeks. The pups arrived yesterday and they have been just fantastic. They settled in as if they were born here...grin. They slept through the night, do their best to ingratiate themselves with my girls (they don't call them bitches for nothng!), love to play outside in their new front yard...which has dead leaves in it...yum! Tomorrow they get to visit my office for BAER testing...a new adventure! Thursday Marsha will be coming over to do their PAT (Puppy Aptitude Test) and next Sunday Clooney's new family is coming to visit. Our adventure, Lasting Legacy, Part 2, begins...
Living Love...Clever & Clooney
Learning about week Eight...
A lot has changed for Clever and Clooney this week. They changed homes, changed life styles, canine companions changed and, finally, their names have changed...Clooney's actually just switching to his first name, Georgie. And, he likes it...he's about perfect at coming when called Georgie! Georgie's registered name is Elfin On The Road Les Traveled. Double meaning, to honor First Dad, Les, and second in reference to preserving the Satin gene, which he carries.
Clever generated a fair amount of discussion with a fairly divided fan base. Ok, so it's an adjective...I could live with that but the fact is that it didn't seem to appeal to Clever. So, after a lot of thought we came up with a name that fits with her registered name...Elfin On The Road From Cathay. This has a double meaning, being meant to honor her First Mom, Cathy, and secondly as a reference to the Silk Road, which originated in the Orient. Cathay is an alternate name for China. Her final call name is Pekoe...a Chinese black tea...which in another spelling, Picot, refers to a ruffled edge in crochet work. Nancy wanted to call her Ruffles so, at least phonetically, this name works for both of us.
The pups have taken seamlessly to their new play yard with puppy-friendly steps, mini agility equipment and multiple surfaces including grass, concrete, brick and gravel. They fly up and down the stairs, through the tunnel, behind the expen, over the teeter totter, under the bed and round and round the under deck bed. They've made two road trips to Cardinal to spend the day at the hospital enchanting clients all day long. On Thurs Marsha came over to do the Puppy Aptitude Test which found them to be typical little middle of the road Silk Dogs. One thing they both agreed on was that the little paper ball Marsha tossed to them for the retrieving exercise was just too good to give back...Nancy has her work cut out if she wants to teach these kids to retrieve!
Today Helen and Frank came to visit and they got their soaped pictures taken and got dried, for the first time, with a big stand dryer...this was not without some mild protestation, especially from Georgie. They have very nice conformation and when we finished they had their portraits done...THIS, they enjoyed! We also introduced some new foods today...after a trip to Petco where a variety of grain free, organic foods were collected. Blue canned Mom's Pot Pie was a hit. Tonight we are having some icky weather so we practiced our tornado drill and the pups had a great time romping in the shelter under the basement stairs. Going to post their portrait then shut this computer down!
Listening to Week Nine...
Can you hear me now??? How often do we wonder if our dogs can hear us...we call them, we get ignored! Well, Georgie and Pekoe have NO excuse anymore because this week they got their BAER test (Brain Audio Evoked Response) and had lovely tracings that prove they can hear very well, indeed! Course we already knew that because they are such GOOD little puppies and always come running when they hear their names called. Georgie and Pekoe have learned a lot in their young lives...this week they are perfecting the art of approaching grumpy adult dogs properly so they don't get scolded. Groveling is a valuable tool for puppies...wiggling, wagging, rolling on their backs...takes practice!
We have company this week. Lolly's brother, Mac, also known as BIG Mac came home to visit. Mac thinks puppies are a pain in the neck and avoids them like germs. Much more amiable is their half brother, Walter, who came to visit for the weekend. Georgie was especially happy to have another little boy to play with (Walter is three weeks older than Georgie) and Walter is really good at runlikehell! And Georgie and Pekoe taught Walter how to race up and down the stairs...he's a quick study!
Tomorrow is the beginning of Georgie's last week here...next Sat he leaves for his new home in WV where he will meet his new roomies...three, yes THREE Papillons! Tomorrow Les and Cathy (1st Mom & Dad) are coming to visit...they are so proud of these precious puppies...soon Pekoe will be 'running with the big dogs!'
Anyone who says you can't buy love, has obviously never met a Silk Dog!
Letting Go in Week Ten...
Well, we all knew the time was coming...when Georgie would leave for his new home. Still, all too soon, there it was...that bittersweet moment when there are hugs and goodbyes and 'travel safely' and 'send pictures' came. As hard as it is to watch the taillights disappear out of the drive, the sadness is balanced by knowing that all the work that was put into making Georgie the wonderful little boy that he is will make a huge difference in a family's life. That they will have years of pleasure and joy raising and loving Georgie, laughing at his antics, being nourished by his goodness and sweet soul...it's a happy/sad moment with a happy ending. Georgie's gone to live in WV with a wonderful couple and their three Papillons...already had the first report that Georgie was having a blast with his little spaniel companions.
So, where does that leave Pekoe...lonely sis? Well, no need to feel sad for her...she's been running with the 'big' dogs and doing great. She got to sleep in bed with everyone (although she was in a crate on the bed) and she slept all night, from 10:30-6AM without a peep, then pottied, then we went back to bed for another hour. Pekoe has learned very well how to get along with the big girls..she's a great groveler! The pen door is now mostly open (the big girls were so happy to get in there to steal toys and chewies!) and she's only confined for periodic naps. She's been great at running back into the pen to use the Potty Park...love it! Right now she and the big girls are out in the yard (the puppy proof front yard), hanging out and soaking up some rays...I have high hopes that Pekoe will grow into a lovely Elfin girl to carry on our mission to provide loving families with typey companions who are sound in mind and body.
It's been such a pleasure raising these two...although my time with them was shorter than usual (and another HUGE thanks to Les & Cathy Foldesi for sharing Lolly with me and giving Georgie and Pekoe such a great start), it was sweet and enjoyable. This final chapter concludes the saga of Lolly's Lasting Legacy...join us again later this year when the nursery once again shines with little Elfin stars!
Georgie has the NICEST family...and they must taste good, too.