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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuloon/Bazil Puppies - 5 weeks

So very patient....

Am I really in that much trouble?

Killing the toy.

This week has been filled with so many things; puppies, logistical preparation for our winter adventures, training runs with the dogs, puppies, preparation and on and on. Time seems to fly by and now the pups are 5 weeks old. Exhaustion is the word of the week.

You risk your life (and your shoelaces) when you enter the puppy pen these days. Little alligators attack from all sides. Watching ever so carefully that you don't step on a fast moving ball of fur and stumble, you make your way through the maze of moving puppies to find a safe spot on the ground. Then you can safely enjoy the puppy kisses and nibbles.

The pups have had visitor after visitor this week and the pups that had been more reserved are coming out of their shells and are now the first to greet a new face.

Tuloon has been free fed for several weeks now to make sure she receives as many calories as she desires as the dear pups are literally sucking the life out of her. This also means that the pups have been free feeding on the always available kibble as well. Most of them seem to be able to handle this and are responsibly eating only their share. Two of these pups, however, have become quite the plumpkins as you will see when I post the weights in the next few posts. The vet assures me that free feeding the pups the proper food is not a problem and I shouldn't concern myself with it at this point, however I will be keeping a close eye on the two plumpkins in the bunch.

This weekend will be the first time I leave the pups over night. I will be traveling to the Gunflint Lodge to discuss program ideas for this winter with their program director and to drive the trails on which the adventures will take place. Thankfully, I have a couple of great dog handlers that will be coming out twice a day to feed all of the dogs, let them out to play and play with the puppies. And I am also thankful to have wonderful neighbors who will be checking on the pups between feeding times.

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