So not only does time fly by but so too do small puppies. This last week has seen Stella make some milestones. She gained a 1 lb 4 ounces in two weeks, that's a quarter of her body weight. She conquered stairs.
She outgrew her puppy collar and now has a second puppy collar. This one is vastly more adjustable so she got her own name and number tag on it too!
She learned that Jack does NOT like to be bothered in the morning after he eats. She has started taking herself out the back door to potty. I swear my older dogs do a better job of house training than I ever could. She also has joined the paw watching tribe for meals. Stella gets two little "mini meals" along with her two regular sized meals. The last one is at about 5:30 p.m. I was late yesterday, only a few minutes mind you and I had a Stella puppy sitting in front of me staring. When I got up she ran for her eating crate and then came back. The meaning was quite clear, even for this not so swift caretaker. Stella is going to be a punctual girl! I also looked up her birth date. Stella was born on a Blue Moon, March 30th of this year. She also likes my hummed rendition of Stella by Starlight, a jazz classic from one of my favorite old movies, The Uninvited. I had been saving her name for a long time and it was so worth the wait.
In other news, Greensprings Fire & Rescue had the annual wildfire training at our house yesterday. ODF (Oregon Department of Forestry) conducts this wild land fire training every year but it's an unusual year when they actually get to set a fire to train with.
We had a big old pile of slash on our property from clearing the arena area a few years ago and it has been a wet long late spring to say the very least. A perfect opportunity for a burn and learn event. We had flames and trucks ( including my favorite tender, I just love this truck)
and sirens and smoke,
guys working on trenches and setting up water lines and all sorts of fun stuff going on. The horses raced to the rear east corner of their paddock and watched as smoke billowed and the crew worked. It entertained them for about an hour, which was 45 minutes longer than I watched. ;)
In fiber news, the scarf is almost done, there is a new prayer flag warp waiting to be put on the Julia loom, the pillowcases thread on as does the spinning and knitting. A little progress has made on all fronts.
Finally, don't forget to give that special Father you know a hug, or a call today! I think both Mom's and Dad's should get a whole week. ;-)