At the end of a wet fist, puppy hood has hit us. There are many things I had forgotten about very young puppies; how persistent they are, how hard they play and how equally hard they sleep.
Yesterday was spent getting to know Stella, a free for all kind of day while I work on a good flexible schedule for the little bundle of joy and pee. She went outside for the first time, and Smoochie has emerged as her long lost Uncle. He is my right hand man when it comes to tiring out Stella.
Dennett would prefer to have nothing to do with her. I thought when she grabbed his tail she would be a goner, but no, he growled but never snapped. Bea snapped (complete with a noise heard only in hell) but never contacted when Stella stepped on her while sleeping in one of the floor beds. Lesson learned for at least yesterday.
Charlotte doesn't know what to think so avoidance is best, Jack growls then wants to sniff, Pogo wants to play but is unsure of something much smaller than him and Peter while tolerant of her when he has to be would just assume ignore her much like the D man.
It's all fine. I knew the older dogs would not appreciate a pup and this is just about as good as I could hope for. As she gets older, and more user friendly, the older dogs will warm up. They only require a little dignity.
Yesterday marked her first time outside.
The day was warm and sunny and she was a champion follower. We did a long circuit around the driveway. I am using that homing instinct to very good advantage right now. She stuck to me like a burr.
I would stop and let her begin to explore and then get moving again getting her attention on me while I used her name. She's a smart little thing, feisty but not terribly dominant. She loves to be cuddled too and lap time is a treat for both of us.
I did have a wee bit of help while trying to redo the ruby scarf warp.
Today will mark the first day of a formal schedule. We all need for Stella to have some enforced crate time. She has one set up in the living room and a smaller one up in the bedroom. Last night she only whined when first being put in and again when she heard everyone getting restless in the morning. A vast improvement on the crying every two hours or so the night before.
Gene thinks Stella is wonderful, of course he has been gone at his big paragliding weekend event, so contact in all respects has been limited.
Tuesday I take my oldest to the vet ( scheduled blood work follow-up) and my youngest for a complete physical.