Day 47

One sibling has been missing lately and you have probably wondered, "What about Bob?" Well, never fear -- you are about to see pictures of five (terrifying) minutes in Bob's life this morning...

Bob was hiding in a corner during play time, trying hard to be invisible but Z saw him and grabbed poor Bob and off they went to the carpet so that Z could have better grip when he shook Bob...

Although all that shaking caused Z to tip over, he did not release his death grip on poor Bob...

Bob's squeaking drew a crowd and while we might prefer to pretend they raced over to save Bob, I think it was actually blood lust -- or Bob envy. Anyway, Austin grabbed Bob and off he went, leaving Z in the dust but with Heidi in hot pursuit....

There was a big fight over Bob, who really preferred not to be so wanted...

And then there was this...

Moral of that story: Don't mess with Heidi -- any of them! Bob is now in therapy...

This is London, the up and coming Chief of the Fun Police -- two plumpies had been practicing for Fight Club and she raced over and settled it -- by jumping in the middle of it...

Barcelona was a busy girl this morning. She practiced on the blue ball -- interestingly, the plumpies have learned to stand on it and keep it still as they do -- that is new! They must be using their core!

This is also Barcelona -- she was trying to get the blue ball thing to play with her...

That didn't work so well so she wandered over to see what Pippi was doing, and of course whatever Pippi had been doing (chewing on an article) was exactly what Barcelona needed to do at that exact moment...

London is moving up from outlets -- this morning she was fixated on the light switch -- jumping up on the wall and staring at it -- plumpies are SO interesting!!!

Squeaker decided to have a mellow morning and just chewed on toys and the occasional sibling...

As you might imagine, mornings can be a little wild around here -- and this morning it was even more so. Syd now nurses the plumpies before I feed her and the rest of the big dogs, and so I put her in with them and went to handle the endless laundry. Suddenly Syd was there with me and plumpies were everywhere!!! This is very cute but not what is needed during an already chaotic morning! Plus, after they eat they all need to pee -- yikes.

But here is the good part -- although loose and running excitedly after their mother (or any of the taller dogs who resembled a mother), five of the seven made the effort to go to the designated potty zone and pee!! Only two peed on the carpet during their Great Escape!! I consider that quite a success under the circumstances and given that they are not even seven weeks old :)

We rarely have carpet accidents during play time and I know this because I am always with them during that time. I watch for indications of needing to potty, and gently suggest that they consider the Potty Zone -- but most of them go on their own now. We have about six play sessions per day and they last at least 30 minutes -- we usually have maybe one "accident" per play session so they are doing very well.

Jennifer Z. made a very good point about trying something not fabric for the Potty Zone but I couldn't find easy access to other material, and they eat newspaper -- so I decided to use towels with no fleece for the potty area. I figure that most of us do not have towels on our floors, and if we do -- well, maybe we deserve to have them peed on!!wink

So they seek out the towels to potty on, and in their pen they do the same, typically ignoring the fleece and the bare vinyl floor to pee on the towels I have in there for them. Since one of the plumpies is staying here, I am very happy that house training is going so well!

Oh, and the big dogs' reactions to plumpies running everywhere and trying to nurse on them? They just moved.

Thank you for your comments and New People -- welcome to PlumpieVille!!! And Jennifer Z. -- that was Heidi moving out in that picture!

More later -- including video -- but in the meantime, have a great morning...

1:00 p.m.

Nothing fancy -- just some cute glimpses of life with the plumpies this morning...

6:00 p.m.

We have another milestone to report -- Cindy -- don't let Vic see this!!!! The pictures are not great due to glare but you can get the idea...

Have you even seen such talented and smart plumpies?!!!

This afternoon I spent quite a while training plumpies, one by one. My goal was to reinforce attention/engagement, and get some trotting practice in for the video on Tuesday -- I also wanted to assess natural connection/engagement as well as confidence (this was their first solo venture outside) .

I took the puppy out, put her (or him) down and walked away slowly. When the puppy caught up I gave her a piece of cheese, and then walked a few more steps. I did a big loop like this and ended by the van, where I had their food ready. I then fed the puppy, removed the plate when she was done, and walked away again -- I wanted to see if the puppy could disconnect from the location of the food and re-connect easily and quickly with me.

I did this with each puppy, and then when they were all done, we had play time outside as a group. They are so funny to watch -- so much is happening you do not even know where to look!

Then we went in and had more play time -- here is Pippi...

Heidi is very fond of the bookcase -- that is Z outside the bookcase...

And here are very special pictures!!! Mrs. Maize -- age 11+ years -- and her great-grandchildren...

How incredible to be able to take - and share - those pictures!!!!!!

The plumpies are sacked out from all the activities and fun of the day -- hope your day was also productive and fun!



by cindy Heintzberger on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:15

We REALLY appreciate your potty training all of the puppies - makes our lives so simple:) I think there should be an extra charge for "already trained" puppies!!!!
I could complicate your life even more and suggest you bring in a piece of lawn turf for the potty area...:):)

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:18

I actually did think about a piece of sod but they fertilize the crap out of that stuff and the plumpies would be walking on it and eating it -- decided it wasn't worth the risk -- owners just have to pick up their towels ;)

by Marti Simons on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 12:06

At work they have pieces of fake grass up on the sod platforms. When a piece is soiled we take it out, wash and disinfect it and replace it with another clean piece. Easy. I think they sell the fake grass at the big hardware chains. Puppy owners could buy a piece and put it out on the lawn. . . .

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 12:41

Excellent idea!! We will find some -- and see about a fake flamingo to go with it!

by Lisa K on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 13:24

Love the words of advice at the end of the video! We can learn a lot by watching puppies, can't we?! Z is SO good on that balance ball! Hmmm!!!!! Thanks, M-A! I just love the vids!

by cindy Heintzberger on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 14:23

that Z is amazing - he stands and sits and jumps off of the balance ball with poise and no fear!! So fun to watch them, and they are not fazed by the snow either:)

by Toby E. on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 18:00

Looks like Z is ready for some agility foundation training!!! The "fight club" now looks like the " sit on them until they scream club!"

Thanks for another fun video!

by Susan Williams on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 19:00

Z is amazing on that blue toy -- his balancing act is better than none! He is actually using his weight to steady the toy and not tip over. Isn't it interesting that he has figured this out for himself? He must be proud. (For goodness sake, I'm proud just watching.) I also like seeing the plumpies run and sometimes hop along - this is so cute. Each puppy seems to adopt various styles of running. The plumpies seem to enjoy being around the big dogs too. It is hard to believe that the big dogs were once the size of the plumpies.

As for the little boxing/fighting matches they look playful until I hear the cry then I feel bad for the plumpie that feels the teeth. Ouch. I know you, M-A, intervene when a plumpie is not letting go. Puppy teeth are definitely like sharp little needles I remember when my Sophie had those sharp little teeth.

The pics are great and the video is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Susan

by Jennifer G. on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 19:42

I LOVED the pictures of Maize and the babies! She even looked like she was tolerating all of the fun they were having:)

Those babies just get more adorable and smarter every day!!

by Lori Simidian on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 20:08

Oh Mary-Ann the pictures of Mrs. Maize with the plumpies is beyond priceless. What a blessing to be able to have the Mrs. around for her GGplumpies. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a very special place in my heart for the senior citizen Berners.

by Kim T. on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 20:55

I loved the video! I love those happy wagging tails. I loved seeing the pictures of Maize with the puppies! I love how the puppies get to experience the bosu ball and the metal scent articles and individual training time. What lucky and loved puppies! Smart puppies too - to figure out how to climb on the bucket to get on the couch. These are some very special puppies :)

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