Friday, February 06, 2009
Girl Power Pups 8-9 weeks
So things slowly are getting back to normal. Well as normal as things can be with 2 puppies.
I have to be creative in ways to get the pups out and socialized. Whenever I go out; I bring a puppy with me. I also make trips into town just to walk them around. Not much else gets done besides let the pups out, let the pups in, let the pups out, let the pups in, feed the pups, let them out, try and catch them to let them in and then, occasionally, "YES THEY ARE SLEEPING"!
Each pup needs different things right now in their trips out. Zaz has to learn that people can touch her! She hates to be pet by strangers; she will look at them like they are crazy "How dare you touch me?" is the look she gives them. She has better things to do! Itzy is more outgoing with strangers but is not so keen on walking any distance. A few short sessions on lead and then she puts her bottom down and doesn't want to go on. Oh, except if there is a child running by and then she wants to chase chase chase! Lots of work needed on that!
Dennis cannot go anywhere without me handing him a puppy to take. Zaz took a trip to the shooting range and Itzy spent an afternoon at the office. Dennis has gone back to New York this week....I wonder why?
We did not get the snow that the rest of England had. On Monday morning we got just a dusting as shown here. By Monday afternoon it had melted. Yet just 10 miles away they had 6-12 inches. Strange weather here that's for sure. Not that I am complaining; I had enough snow in my life in New York and the novelty is gone.
This is Pork Chop in her new home. Her new call name is "Zavvi". As usual, I will have trouble remembering the names! Everyone has been so good in choosing unusual names. We have Itzy, Zaz, Yaz and Zavvi! Try and say that three times fast.
The pups got their first puppy injections yesterday. I watch them closely afterwards for any reaction as I have had puppies who reacted to the vaccinations. At the same time; Zen was due for her rabies jab to keep her Pets Passport valid. I wasn't watching Zen as closely because she has had multiple rabies injections before and had no problem. Well......look what happened 2 hours later. Yes AFTER vet hours. Why don't I listen to myself and do the injections in the mornings?
I did speak to the "on call" vet who,when I told her what was happening, responded with a high pitched "REEEEAAALLY?" Uhhh, no not really, I just called you to pass the time! Arghhh! Luckily I immediately popped two antihistamine (Benadryl) down Zen's throat and about 1 hour later the swelling had slowed down and started to slightly improve. She was almost normal by 1 am and boy am I tired today!
Her muzzle and one eye swelled quite alot. You cannot see it on the photo but her lips were very thick. Not Zen's most attractive photo but I wanted people to see what a reaction sometimes looks like.
How could I resist this photo? Zen and her mini-me Itzy.