Friday, December 31, 2010

Bonding with Puppies

I promised I wouldn't turn this into a puppy blog, but I wanted to post a quick update on how the girls were doing.  In a nutshell, they are doing great.  They are growing and putting on weight, although we are wresting with some aggression issues with Gretchen.  I don't know what the first three months of her life were like, but she is having a very difficult time getting along with the rest of the pack.  But we're working on it.

I'm working with a wonderful dog trainer and one of the things she recommends is at the end of every day, I do a  bonding exercise with the pups.  What she wants me to do is to have the pups settle down and have quiet contact with me and Harry.  We've been doing that pretty much every night for the last two weeks and to be honest, it's become my favorite time of the day.  And this is what it looks like:


 Sweet Laci

Beautiful Gretchen



Raising these pups is like having babies kidding!  Up at 6:00 am (which is OK since I'm a morning person anyway) and it's constant attention, stuff-to-do throughout the day...walking them (3-5 times a day) feeding them (3 times a day), breaking up too rough play (5-8 times a day), training them on feeding habits, working on getting along within the pack, free play outside, picking up dog poo...ya da ya da ya da...(you get the picture :)  But honestly and truly, it's all good.  I'm lovin it and the pups are happy, healthy, safe and warm.

With the New Year upon us, I'm excited to see what it will bring with these puppies and how I integrate them into my spring and summer gardens.  I don't have a crystal ball, but I'm excited and optimistic about this coming year.

 Happy New Year to all of you!


  1. I can not get enough of your pups. They are so adorable and I am glad they are adjusting well. Such lucky girls, that includes you too!

  2. I love the look of your bonding time! We should all do that with our pets and family members - there would probably be a whole lot less strife! Happy New Year Diane! p.s. tried the cabbage recipe the other night and everyone loved it! thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Donna...yes, the puppies are so cute and are growing into wonderful dogs! What a blessing they have been in my life. I can't imagine a day without them now. I am a very lucky girl indeed :)

    Yes Cat, I do L.O.V.E my bonding time with the puppies. It's a wonderful, peaceful, reflective way to end each day. I'm so glad you liked the cabbage! It is a great (and easy) dish.