Day 41

Good Morning!

We reached another milestone last night -- the plumpies slept through the night!!!! When I woke up at 4:00 a.m. I had the instant realization that I had not been awake between 1 - 2 a.m. as usual, and I thought -- as all parents will understand -- that the plumpies must have all died during the night. Thankfully, they hadn't!

Last night they had to sleep in an x-pen given their propensities to make a break from captivity, and I guess not having Syd jump in to wake them -- plus their sheer exhaustion from all their adventures -- helped them just sleep and sleep. Now, I know 4:00 a.m. may feel like the middle of the night for most people but for us it was good enough to call an all nighter :)

I will post more pictures later but wanted to share an interesting realization this picture helped me to see...

Dear Daughter set up what we call a potty corral, and it works great. And it has allowed me to see that there is something about a barrier that causes the plumpies to start trash talking each other. These are baby dogs -- and already they have that instinct to do this. It suggest to me that fence fighting in adult dogs is likely just something inherent in them, and not indicative of any significant issues.

And it occurs to me that we humans are similar -- the "Barrier" of the internet allows us to trash talk each other in ways that we would never do in person -- hmmmm... Interesting....

So just go around the barrier and let the person have it -- here is what I look like when people are mean to someone I love - like Dear Husband, for example (not that anyone would be stupid enough to be mean to Dear Husband...)

Austin was trying to figure out this whole cup thing...

And then he decided to see what Squeaker was doing...

And in the process he ran by the giraffe, hit it just right and suddenly it was standing up -- here is Pippi trying to decide what exactly she thinks about that interesting development...

The plumpies are still thinking they must live in Hollywood given the constant flashing in their faces and the fact that their every move is reported, and although they only drink milk and don't do drugs, they do seem to have tendencies towards fighting, public urination, and stealing so Barcelona figures that she needs to practice for her future mug shots...

I hope your day is off to a good start!! More later...

10: 00 a.m.

The Graffunders just left, but not before posing for a family picture...

...and we made another video! I will have that later today. Ralph took down the whelping box for me, and now the plumpies have a "big dog" pen...

They are still in the dining room, of course -- where else would anyone raise puppies besides under foot?!

1:00 p.m.

SERIOUS CUTENESS ALERT!!!! Don't say you weren't warned...

7:00 p.m.

If you watched the video, you know that Alex is getting an H Litter puppy. Most of the placements have been made, although not all as we are waiting to see how the puppies "stack up", so to speak.

You may wonder at giving a puppy to a child, and especially a puppy that is in demand. Who hands over a very expensive, well-bred puppy to a boy? Dear Husband and I do.

I was the child who loved animals and dreamed big dreams about them. I tried to train every pet we ever owned, much to their dismay. I know what it is like to want a dog of your very own. And I believe each of us has an obligation to reach back and to give, and so Alex gets his puppy -- because we can.

Alex is the son of two great parents, and they own Sydney's littermate, Cooper. Therefore, it isn't like some random child off the street is getting a puppy -- Alex is already part of a solid, successful, responsible berner family; Jennifer and Ralph -- and Alex -- will make sure that the puppy is just fine.

Alex has attended our Camps here in Montana the past two summers, and worked with both Maize and Cadi; in fact, he showed Cadi to two Grand Championship majors this past summer. I am grateful for the chance to help make a child's dream come true, and look forward to all the great things Alex and his puppy will do together.

Heidi Sr. is seriously annoyed that she does not get to have a puppy, and when she came to visit tonight -- and they were even cuter than last time -- I was compelled to promise that we could share one...

In fact, Heidi Sr. would like to just move in with the puppies -- see for yourself!

I will let Heidi Sr. tell you about her visit but herding cats seems like it might be easier right now than tending plumpies!!! They are busy and adventurous and fast. They crawl in small places, bite your toes, pull hair, torture each other, and basically just run amuck until they get tired -- and then it is like the batteries ran out and they practically just tip over on the spot and go to sleep!

Here is Pippi...


London chewing a paw - but not her own!

A little plumpie tussle...

Squeaker -- every day I think how grateful I am that he lived :)

And the official Day 41 Puppy Pile (without Auntie Heidi in it :)...

And speaking of official, I am officially and thoroughly exhausted!!! It will be early to bed for us tonight -- see you tomorrow for the big six week celebration!


by Aunt Heidi on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 08:23

That actaully looks more like a smug shot!!! I like her attitude!!!!

by cindy Heintzberger on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 09:35

Thank you for yesterday's video - I probably watched it 20 times and showed it to anyone who would watch!!!! :) They are just sooo adorable and getting so big, loved watching them run in the snow.
Glad to hear that they slept all night! Good thing that you are an early riser.
When do they get their first solid meal?? then the mess really begins! :)

by Lisa K on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:09

Not sure why, but I got all teary eyed over that family pic! So sweet! I LOVE a family that loves the berners. The WHOLE family. So cool! The puppies SHOULD be in the dining room! Afterall, they eat a lot! ;-) Looking forward to the next video! Hope you are taking a little bit of time for *you*, M-A!

by Anonymous on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:19

Everyday I get excited to see the new photos and videos! Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous and challenging moments in puppy-raising, M-A! Much holiday love from Aunt Tara, Kiko the snuggly pug, Liz & Sam

by Patty on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 10:43

Mary Ann: thanksf or the video yesterday! It is my favorite so far. The popping around int he snow is so wonderful and the stacked shots are great. I have watched it several times and was trying to look for things and make obervations. I do have to do you get them to stand so still on the table for those shots??? I would like ot know so that I can also accomplish this with our next litter.
Thank you for sharing this litter with us!!
I think I have a favorite puppy, but LOVE them all.
Patty Gartmann

by Lisa K on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 13:14

The cuteness alert was no match for the video! So adorable!!!!!!!

by Carmen K. on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:22

The video today was awesome! The puppies look so much larger when Alex is holding them, and I think all their fringe and fluff are much better displayed too! They are truly plumpies and oh so CUTE! Congrats to Alex for acing the test! Instead of an "A" I guess he gets a plumpie :) I'd choose that too over any "A!"

by Nikki Roberts on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:26

is that video?!?!?! Seriously, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time! How cute is Alex with those pups!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Kris Bazzano on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 20:45

Awesome video, my favorite so far! What a wonderful gift to give a young man. I'm sure it will be life changing :) I look forward to the new adventures every day. Thank you!

by Aunt Heidi on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 21:00

She is exhausted!! At one point I had to pull 4 puppies out of a cramped area between the couch and wall because they were making me nervous and I thought maybe that they were suffocating....when I say pull I literally had to reach my hand way back and gently pull their legs to get them out. At another point I looked over to one of the barriers and Barcelona was suspended in the air like a magic trick. The gate is an accordion like gate and she had wedge herself into one of the triangles two levels up off the ground....kinda funny kinda scary. They latch onto each other ears and lips and do not let go.......oh the squealing!!! I was at the house for about 45 minutes and that was just a handful of things that happened. BUT...they are just SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute and I love them ALL so much!!!!

by Lisa K on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 07:20

why that type of stuff only happens when you are there? Just askin! ;-)

by cindy Heintzberger on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 22:31

OMG that was the cutest video ever!!!!! I think I am as excited for Alex as I am for me!!!! :)

by Toby on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 05:53

What a great kid! Reminds me so much of myself at that age.....if there had been agility back in the 70's, it would have kept me off the streets :). My parents did the same for me, got me my own Keeshound which I showed for a short time as a Junior, and it surely shaped my future love of dogs and career choice! I look forward to hearing about all of Alex's accomplishments! Oh, and ROCK!

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