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2003:  Taking the Pedge



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II don't understand why they keep cuddling these critters--aren't I cute?

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7 February 2005

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The puppies were scheduled to leave on Monday (this is being written on Saturday and posted on Sunday), but then I realized that I was committed for the whole day on Monday.  I had agreed to pick Steve up at the San Francisco airport and drive him to Stanford, where he will be the guest speaker for a class, and then spend the night with him at the professor's house, drive him to the airport in the morning and then come home Tuesday.

Walt has a dentist appointment in Berkeley on Monday too, and could come home by train, but asked if I could drive him to Berkeley in the morning.  Knowing that I would be gone the entire day, I contacted Ashley and asked if she could pick up the puppies on Sunday.

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It was so hard writing those words.  "Pick up the puppies."  Saying goodbye to them.  Not seeing them again. It's hard to think of looking in the kitchen and not seeing them asleep--especially Jed, who consistently sleeps on his back, and who looks so cute lying there.  I wonder if he will continue to sleep on his back as he grows to adulthood.  I won't know.
Accepting the reality of the puppies going had been helped by watching their progress and realizing that they are now old enough that they need more than I can give them.  They need more room to run (unless I want to totally turn my house over to them, and it's not set up for puppies!).   They need to start getting ready to go to their new homes.

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They started going longer between feedings.  They didn't immediately start crying after waking up any more.  They'd wake up, stretch, yawn, and begin to play for awhile before they finally realized that they were hungry.  But they also started to wake up instantly when I went to the kitchen door and called them.  These chubby little bodies would come bounding out of the cage, yapping and wagging tails.  I will miss seeing that.

I have been giving them a mid-afternoon formula snack, but they finally decided they didn't want that any more.  They'd prefer the solid stuff.   They also seem to have lost their suck reflex.  They take my finger and put it in their mouth, but seem to have forgotten what to do with it.  One of them--I thought it was Leo, but I may have been mistaken, had diarrhea yesterday, which I attributed to the formula now too rich for them, now that they've gone on to solid food.

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They had become pooping machines.  My lord  those guys could produce waste faster than I could pick it up.  Multiply by three and you have what I seemed to be doing all day long.   I would just get three piles picked up and turn around and there were three more.   I guess it shows that the food processing system is working quite efficiently.  Except for Jed, about whom I worried.  He eats a lot, but yesterday was complaining a lot when when I picked him up he lost everything he had eaten.   But then he seemed comfortable, so I hope it was just a fluke.

They had started grabbing the edges of the sheet or the towel I put down to sop up puppy pee and pick it up. They learned to move their soft toy to the back of the cage, where they all huddled around it to sleep.  They also grab the hem of my pants when I go into the kitchen and they start to pull on it.  Then I found that they had pulled some towels and washcloths off of the shelves where I keep them and dragged them across the kitchen floor.  Yes, they are learning how to "use tools!"

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Leo started chewing on the cabinet doors and the handle to the warming drawer under the oven on the stove.  His little teeth aren't strong enough yet to do any damage to it, so I didn't worry about it--but given the way they are growing, it was only a matter of weeks--or days--before they'd be strong enough to leave teeth marks.  A day after Leo started chewing on the stove, all the puppies seemed to be chewing on everything,  Jed worked hard at pulling the metal door of the cage all the way shut...I don't know if he intended to do that.

We've had them outside a few times this weekend.   They started being very tentative, but by Sunday morning they were romping through the dried grass.  They always come back to my feet or Walt's feet.  I was thinking that if they had a mother, she would be introducing them to the outdoors, so it makes sense that they keep checking back with us.  Sheila's enthusiasm is very high, but she's been very good about being gentle--most of the time.

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As I was writing this, I could hear Jed moaning.   He seems to sleep more deeply than the rest and when they step on him, or otherwise disturb him, he just moans in his sleep.  I like it that I can tell from here that it's Jed that's moaning...or that when the shrill barking starts in a bit, it will be Leo, the loudest of the three.

Yeah...it's time for them to move on before I'm hopelessly bonded to them.   It's time for them to  make the next step toward a permanent home.  It's time for me to give Sheila some undivided attention again.  But I will miss the licks on the nose, the little puppy snorts in my neck, burying my face in the soft puppy fur and watching them all waddling across the kitchen floor learning how to play with each other.

Goodbye, babies...I sure had fun with you...


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