IN MY OPINION
Books Read in 2007
"Meet the Puppies"
My Favorite Video Blogs
(for others, see Links page)
Steve & Jim's Dinner with
Charles Nelson Reilly
John Lennon's Piano
The History of Late Night TV
7 Minute Sopranos
Family Stories Vlog
That's My Answer
Have you answered
ANSWERING THE CALL
4 June 2007
If I'm bleary-eyed, it's the puppies' fault.
These little guys have been so good. They very quickly got on a feeding schedule which had me feeding them formula at 11 p.m. and their sleeping through the night until 6 or 7 a.m. Those are the kinds of puppies I like. I've been fortunate that most of our groups behave this way.
As these little girls have moved to solid food, I've dropped one feeding. They now get 3 meals — one at around 6:30 a.m., another one around 1 p.m., and one at night, with luck, around 9 p.m., but sometimes as early as 6. They have continued to sleep all night.
BUT, now that they are getting more mature, they are starting to quasi-housebreak themselves. They don't know they are being housebroken; they just know that they aren't meant to sleep in feces and that if they bark, I will take them outside to relieve themselves.
Friday night the first poopy call came around 1 a.m. "Mommy! I have to go potty!" It was Tipper.
Now, if this were a hunger call, I would just feed them all, put them all back to bed and we'd all sleep the rest of the night, but nature calls everybody on a different cycle, and the other two puppies were sound asleep. I took Tipper outside, she relieved herself and went back to sleep as soon as I put her back into the playpen.
At 3 a.m., it was Crystal. "Mommy! I have to go potty!"
At 4 it was Ruby.
At 6 they were all hungry, so they all went outside for a poop-a-thon before breakfast. Then they filled their tummies and all went back to sleep, leaving only me awake and yawning.
Not sure how I'm going to handle this latest turn of things. I suppose I could wake them all up when the first one wakes up and hope that they'll all be...uh...as "moved" as the first one is.
Or I could just continue to sleep in 1-2 hour segments and count on a nap during the day.
Saturday night, the first one to feel the call actually woke up her sisters, and they did, in fact, have a big poop-a-thon at 2 a.m., after which we all went back to sleep. But they wanted to repeat it at 5, which I was less happy about. And by 5, the skies are getting light, so they were having nothing less than breakfast, thankyewverymuch. So as I wrote this, I have been up since 5 a.m.
But how can you not love them? They're so cute.
Tipper has discovered Sheila's food bowl. She likes to crawl around in it and usually ends up pushing it outside.
Usually she ends up tipping it over.
She tries to eat the kibble, but it's really too big, so after she plays with it in her mouth, she just leaves wet food all over the place.
Today the are practicing how to run. It was so funny to watch, as each one of them would back up a few steps and then take off, galumph-galumph-galumph down the hall, those little paws pitter pattering on the Pergo.
Ruby has started pulling the blanket that I leave on the floor as a kind of "rug" (mostly to keep them from peeing on the Pergo). She pulled one edge of it half way across the room today.
She also has made friends with Lizzie.
I do love this period of puppyhood, before they discover chewing on cords or teething on furniture, while they still sleep most of the day and while they can be easily corralled in the playpen. But they grow up so fast that I know this is but a fleeting moment, and I'm trying to soak it all up before they get much bigger.
Though I'd rather soak up a little less at 2 a.m., please.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
(I know the feeling!)
This is entry #2623