Wednesday, September 19, 2012

River is Growing

River's eyes are still blue at 11 weeks.
 It been three weeks now since we brought River home and she's settling in as a member of the family really well. Shadow was a little miffed for about a day but as soon as she figured out that this little fur ball was not leaving she seemed resigned to the inevitable and accepted that River was here to stay. Shadow has been patience itself which I know a lot of dogs would not be. River is constantly pestering her to play and Shadow will wrestle with her and play tug and chase and wrestle again until they're both tired out. Sometimes I can tell that Shadow is getting aggravated and I have to give River a little time out in her crate just to give Shadow a break!
Sharing a bone!
 River got sick the second week she was here and scared us half to death. It turned out she had giardia,  heaven knows where she picked that up. Probably from all the wild animals big and small that traipse across our property. She needed a round of medication and a special diet and didn't feel well for several days but she bounced back and now is right as rain.

Sharing a nap.
Crate training is going well and she now spends the night in her crate without complaint and nap time too. If you haven't crate trained a dog I can highly recommend it. It only takes a couple of days and makes potty training and night time so much easier. All my dogs love their crate and hang out there, it's their safe place. In an emergency I can tell them to go to jail and they hop in where they are safe and secure.

There are a few drawbacks to having a puppy in the house. She is exuberant and loves to play even when I may be asleep. This is what happens when puppy paws make contact with a sleeping person. Ouch!

We started River's puppy classes last night and WE did pretty well. I say we because they're really people classes disguised as puppy training classes. Training us to be good dog parents. Whenever we go anywhere with her people are just amazed at how beautiful she is, she is a looker all right!


Until next time,

8 comments:

  1. Oh, the days of being a puppy mom......

    She's really cute. :)

    Judy

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    1. I confess that I forgot how much work is involved with having a new puppy! Things are falling into place though, good thing she's so cute.

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  2. Both River and Shadow are both beautiful dogs. I agree with you on crate training.

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    1. Shadow has been such a sweetheart about the new dog in her home. She's happy to have someone to play with again.

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  3. Awwwww, look at that face. They are a lot of work and time in the beginning, but you've got to love them

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    1. We hope that by putting in the time now we'll be able to enjoy her for years to come. She seems like she'll be a real good dog and so loveable already.

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  4. Aww!! They are both gorgeous, I didnt know you also had a black lab..no wonder I like you so much! I am a black lab lover...I have two..they are my sweet girls. River is adorable..

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    1. Shadow is a labXborder collie so she's the size of a border collie but looks like a miniature lab. She's a lot more energetic than a 5 year old lab usually is!

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