That’s it! Week 8. The pups have moved on to their new homes, with the exception of Rhiannon, who will stay here for a week and then spend a week at Bashaba Chinooks before heading to her new home at Fox Meadow Croft. We will miss their funny antics and cute little faces, but we know they are with families that will love them and provide the kind of care and attention they need to be successful out in the world. We have gained new friends and hopefully made some families very, very happy. So – Goodbye, Puppies! Be good. We love you, and remember, you are always welcome here.
Well, it’s the beginning of the end. Our last week together. As much as they will be missed, it is definitely time for them to head to their new homes. They are good puppies and have learned quite a few dog manners from our pack. They have to live in the human world, too, and it is only through concentrated, individual attention from humans that they will learn the skills necessary to thrive in “polite” society. So, next weekend they will head home with their new, very excited and loving owners. We have been blessed to find some really wonderful homes, and we are excited to welcome new members to our Chinook family.
With new homes come new names. We are pleased to introduce:
Callicoon Adjo (Ull) who will live with the Garabieta family in MA
Callicoon Rhiannon O’Fox Meadow, who will live with the Secondino family, including sheep, bees and Icelandic Shepherds, in MD.
Callicoon Arya (Aske), who will live with the Sparks-Bramlett family in TX
Callicoon Kosmo (Aquilo), who will live with the Catalini family in NC.
Enjoy some pics for our last weekend together, and check back for more pictures later!
The pups went to the vet to get their shots and a final once-over. All are healthy and well put together.
Adjo (Ull) 12 lbs, 7.4 oz
Rhiannon 10 lbs, 12. 6 oz
Arya (Aske) 9 lbs 10.2 oz
Kosmo (Aquilo) 12 lbs, 1.2 oz
Welcome to Week 6! Now they look like real dogs. It is so fun to watch them play and interact with one another and with the rest of the pack. This week grandma Calli taught them to be good dogs – she made ugly faces and growled at them, then oh so gently showed them how to submit. At first, they thought she was trying to initiate play. When they growled or barked back at her, she would growl again, then nudge them down with her nose and paw, until they were belly-up and laying still. Some took longer to get it than others, but by the end of two nights of this game, she could scowl from across the room and everyone would freeze in their tracks. At first, both Madeline and I were concerned that she was seriously upset with the pups, but with wags and licks, Calli assured us she meant no harm, she just had a job to do. In addition to learning dog manners, the pups can go up and down stairs, are eating whole kibble, though still soaked in liquid to soften it, and are making strides toward some good house training. They also bite and chew EVERYTHING they can get their razor-sharp little teeth on. It’s a good thing they are so darn cute! Karen Hinchy made the trek up today to visit, help with some paperwork and take pictures. The pups are so exhausted from their adventures, they hardly complained at bedtime.
Ull – 10 lbs, 8 oz
Rhiannon – 9 lbs, 4 oz
Aske – 8 lbs, 6 oz
Aquilo – 10 lbs, 6 oz
5 weeks? Impossible! The pups are as cute as could be -running, playing, wrestling and doing all the other crazy things that puppies do. They are LOUD when they are hungry and so sweet when they cuddle up and fall asleep. They have been introduced to all kinds of weather this week – snow, ice, rain, freezing rain, wind, and finally, today, sunny and seasonally warm. They eat outside, and then get some time to explore the front yard. Until the last couple of days, they were easy to keep track of. Now that they’ve gotten the lay of the land, it’s hard to keep up with them.
They have the run of the house most of the time while we are home, so they have worked out their relationships with all of the big dogs, as well. Ande has a love/hate relationship with puppies, but he has been remarkably brave/tolerant of these guys. Calli is the slightly grumpy grandma, who loves them but has rules. Willow is their constant snuggle companion, keeping them clean and making sure everyone is accounted for. Sky is less obsessed with them than she has been, but she’s first choice as far as they are concerned for a good wrestle. They LOVE to play in the dogs’ crates, jumping in and out, digging in the bedding and eventually falling asleep. Madeline is not nursing a lot these days, but as often as not when she does, it’s in her crate in the back room.
Ull – 8lbs, 7 oz
Rhiannon – 7 lbs, 6 oz
Aske – 7 lbs, 0 oz
Aquilo – 8 lbs, 7 oz
It is unbelievable that we are already halfway through our time with the puppies. They are moving pretty fast these days – it’s impossible to get pictures of them being their cutest. They have started eating kibble soaked in goat’s milk, but they still nurse when Madeline lets them. Every night when we come home is playtime with the big dogs – it gets pretty crowded in our small living room. All of the big dogs love them. Calli is teaching them manners, Willow protects them, Sky lets them bite her and climb on her, and Ande is desperately trying to figure out what to do with them. He is afraid of them, but intrigued as well.
We have snow, and the pups have had a couple of short adventures outside. They will start eating all of their meals outside, regardless of the weather. They don’t like it at first, but it’s a great learning experience for them. As soon as dinner is served, they forget all about anything else.
Ull – 6 lbs, 7.1 oz
Rhiannon – 6 lbs, 1 oz
Aske – 5 lbs, 8.9 oz
Aquilo – 6 lbs, 8.6 oz