Leidy has rejoined General Population and the very badpuppies are alone to make their messes and try to foil the mystery lady’s plans for their “puppy area”.
First about Leidy. She seems to be delighted for the company of adults. She was getting weary of baby talk — especially during the past two weeks when the baybeez (with their sharp little teeth) grabbed at her whenever she went in to check on them. Honestly, I don’t think she cared a whit for their welfare. She just wanted to see if there was any puppy food that she could boost. Unfortunately, Holmes is a 14-1/2 month old boy. He thinks Leidy smells yummy and is picking up where he left off which is jumping her bones every time she walks by. She’s not in season, though could come in the middle of the month. In any case, he is indiscriminately forcing his affection upon her. He knows nothing about the fine art of dog breeding so fumbles about. When Leidy has had enough of his clumsy advances, she gives him a growl and a nip. He then goes into a crate, plays with toys for a few minutes, totally forgets what he was doing, comes out and tries again. Jenn (Leidy’s person) will be arriving Friday evening for the puppy party. On Sunday Leidy-Lou will fly with her to Salt Lake City and then take the drive to Elko. I don’t think I’ll mind being down to just two adult dogs and the puppies.
Now — about those puppies — they are just too cute! They all want turns being held and played with, and I am happy to oblige. They had their first shots on Wednesday evening (six weeks old) and were wormed again. We have graduated from the turkey/goat milk/olive oil/yoghurt/pumpkin gruel to having snacks of chicken wings. I break two wings in half and each puppy can attack a piece of wing, growling ferociously as he/she subdues it. We have the usual trading off of pieces, and all wanting the same piece. They’re little barbarians (of the cutest sort).
Our biggest issue is water. They need access to water. To me that means there is a water jug that empties into a bowl so they can get a drink whenever they need it. I’ve not been able to thwart their special genius for pulling the jug over, spilling water everywhere and then playing in the resulting puddle of wet shavings. Finally, I put a flat (1-1/2″ deep) quiche dish in the corner of the pen. It doesn’t hold a lot of water, they can walk in it if they choose, but they don’t seem to have figured out how to dump it (yet). They are about ready to learn to use the dog door and go out into their own yard. One of my weekend chores is to fill in the cavern that Leidy dug out there. I don’t want to lose puppies down what appears to be a mine shaft.
Fire wood will be delivered today so we can enjoy the fire pit next weekend. I found fatwood on ebay and it should be here Thursday. My mission this weekend is to put together a utility cabinet (my sole Black Friday purchase), empty the rest of the boxes, take stuff I don’t need to the storage unit. I’m not going to vacuum until Thursday because if I dust and vacuum this weekend, I will have to vacuum Thursday anyway.
I can’t wait for all the party guests to meet the little heathens (and vice versa). There is still room at the inn if anyone else cares to join us next Saturday at 2:00.