Today the boys of the Avenger Litter turned eight weeks old… kinda hard to imagine there are people who send their babies home at this point. I can’t even imagine sending them off so early. For us, eight weeks marks the time for puppy evaluations and well baby check-ups with Dr. Wickstrom. So that’s what we did with our afternoon.
The boys all had a blast playing on the floor of the exam room – as did a few members of the Acadia Vet Clinic staff. Our boys aren’t shy, and are happy to have a chance to zoom around and explore a new environment with new people. Altina was very impressed with each of the boys, and complimented “mom” on doing such a great job with them. LOL
I figure this is also a good a time as any to put up a page for them on my Sidhe Dogs website. After all, with evaluations as great as theirs, I wanted to brag a little – and really, that’s what my Chihuahua website is for: a chance to brag on all my wonderful babies. So I’d like to invite you to stop on over there to have a peek at some photos of the boys on our kitchen table – doing their best job at self stacking – and to have a good look at the results of our puppy puzzle evaluations.
Sidhe Dogs – http://sidhe.tobi-dawne.com/The_Avenger_Litter.html
Seems I start blog posts like that more and more often. It’s true though. Halloween is exhausting normally, with all the parties, sewing, crafting, pumpkins, treats, etc. But add in caring for puppies and trying to get ready for the big move? Yeah. I’m exhausted – and being sick all weekend didn’t help. And yes, I just plowed on through… too much stuff to do, too many events to take it. It’s Halloween, remember? 😉
Yesterday we gave the pups a new bed. Their first “big dog” bed. It’s still in the nursery, but we took out the Nature’s Miracle litter box that serves as a newborn bed (and containment), and brought in the doughnut bed. It’s all cute, and pink, and silky soft. And the boys love having free reign of the entire nursery now. Mom likes having a nice comfy spot too. So it’s a win all around.
Today I spent the afternoon working on the girl’s Halloween costume. Yes, yes, yes… I know she was Merida… but that was her Halloween PARTY costume. On Halloween itself she’ll be dressing up as Fairy Berry – her My Little Pony persona. For those who don’t live in Saskatchewan, YES. One costume for indoor parties, and a different one for trick or treating is necessary. It’s darn cold out there at night with the snow. Soooo…. LOL I found these cute little iron on strawberry patches, which ended up saving me some time. Instead of having to create both the Fairy Berry plant AND the strawberries that grow on it, I only had to create the plant and just iron on the berries. MUCH easier. Then it was just a matter of creating wings, sewing them on, upcycling a wig into a tail, and BOOM. Fairy Berry costume. Well… I bought her some pony ears too. Can’t very well be a MLP without the ears. So tomorrow it’s pumpkin carving in the morning, ballet in the evening, one more sleep, and it’s the big day. YAY!
Oh! And tonight was the Avenue Community Center’s first Family Mixer… the Creepy Queer Halloween Family Fun Night. We had a great time. Got to see lots of familiar faces as well as many new ones too. And the kid had a blast playing with the many children all close to her own age. It really was wonderful. I’m looking forward to many get togethers in the future.
I’m down and out with a bad cold, so this post will be brief. I just ranted to give a quick puppy update. 🙂
Tony is now walking. Bruce is definitely a long coat. Rogers has is a sable (just like his two half sisters). Thor? Well, he’s just his same old squishy adorable self.
They were two weeks old yesterday, but I took their pictures for their two week update today. It’s just the way things worked out. And I’ll admit, I got a little carried away. They are just SOOO adorable. And they are getting cuter by the minute. Less like little guinea pigs, more like puppies… 🙂 It’s so nice seeing them grow and change, they are doing so in leaps and bounds. And while yes, they are just camera phone pictures, they’re better than my very first digital camera could take WAY back when. 😛
Being up late last night whelping puppies didn’t help, but it was a pleasant surprise. Even having monitored Roo’s temperature for the 40 hours leading up to the birth didn’t give us the “heads up” it should have. But then, Roo has never been one to do ANYTHING by the books.
Even after everyone settled in for the night, I didn’t actually do much sleeping. Between the neon red glow of the heat lamp and the occasional pip from a puppy, it just wasn’t a restful night for me. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not complaining. The babies are worth a little exhaustion.
This morning we had to be at the airport to drop off Deedee at 8:30. Which meant an early wake-up. The girl and I don’t usually rise until 9, and she wanted time to visit a park with Deedee for some photos before saying goodbye. So it really was an early one.
Since we were out already we decided to grab some breakfast. The girl had pancakes. Damon had an english muffin breakfast sandwich (yes, thankfully he had Tuesday off this week). And I had a croissant – boy it’s nice to be on solid foods again… but I do find my jaw gets tired quick and easily.
We did some running around. Picked up some puppy supplies, got our house insurance information ready for the move, paid a bill… Then it was home to weigh puppies and make sure everyone was getting a chance to nurse before taking the girl to school – WITH a photo of each puppy and a family portrait to show off to her class.
While the girl was at school we did some more running around so we’d be ready to go as soon as she was off.
We snagged her at 3:25, headed home briefly to let her change into her ballet clothes and to let the dogs out for a potty break. We also had a 1/2 hour breather (while the dogs were out) during which I just about fell asleep – way too tired. Damon and Lily-Ann dropped me off at my Breaking the Silence board meeting (which was super exciting, I sooo hope we’re able to get my first choice of speaker for the Friday night kick off, he’d be AMAZING), and the two of them went out for an early supper. I had to bow out a little early as they picked me back up at 5:30 so we could head to ballet.
After class, we came home weighed puppies again and made sure Roo laid still for a nice long nursing session. She’s generally a really great momma dog, but she has never been one to stay still for long. Which was fine for her last litter of two… but she needs to stretch right out and lay good and still to nurse five… so she needs us to be rather hands on at this point.
Lily-Ann played on the iPad while we took care of Roo and the pups, then it was time to start the bedtime routine. And I’ll admit, I dozed off a little while Damon was reading Medusa the Mean. I really miss doing the night time reading, but until we get things cleared up for me health wise, it’s been passed on to Damon… tonight though? tonight I was actually rather thankful for that.
Now the girl is asleep, Damon is upstairs on the computer, and I’m laying in bed with the kid typing this blog post. LONG day.
Here’s a puppy video I snagged last night during the birth:
Baby three was one of the only puppies born head first. Most came out backwards. I have videos of those as well… but I haven’t uploaded them yet. It all went so fast, I didn’t have a chance to upload as things went along. When I’m more awake, I promise to share more. It’s pretty cool.