It seems not going by this photo of the three boys!
They managed to steal the washing up brush, and a tug o' war ensued, that looked like great fun and lasted ages! But trust the girl put them in their place and take the brush off them.
The best toys are often the ones you have at home without realising. But do make sure it's not your best shoes they want to play with!
Nelly and one of her little girls went with myself and my daughter, for a little stroll near the Tower of London, and over to St Katherine Dock this evening. Puppy took everything in her stride, then slept whilst we sat and chatted. Nelly had the most beautiful little child stop to say hello, she waved her paw and we got the most amazing smiles back. So another new experience for this puppy, busy London traffic, street noise, car headlights, and her first day of wearing a collar and lead, even though she was in arms for two hours.
A few of the puppies came out for a drive this morning, they are all travelling really well, none seem too bothered at all by it, which is good, as when the time comes next weekend for their vet trip, they shouldn't associate the car with the nasty vet who is going to chip them. They went to our local (well about 12 miles away) abattoir, as I needed to stock up on some of the meats I can't buy at the butcher. This abattoir is strangely enough, quite nice for a visit, they have sheep in the paddocks and goats too today, so the pups got to see them.
We bought tripe as usual, but also sheep feet, which the older dogs like instead of a bone every now and again, we also get hearts and lungs from here. I did wonder why the feet are sold in threes and not fours! Are there many three legged sheep around?
I'm happy that one of the new puppy homes has already stocked up their freezer with tripe from an abattoir, in preparation for their new bundle of fluff. I'm getting some home made treats ready for the puppies to take with them, so the kitchen is not a pleasant place to be sitting today, as some of the offal gives off a pungent smell whilst it is drying in a low oven. So while I'm slicing and cooking, the other puppies have gone into London along with Odo and Nelly, to Cabbages and Frocks in Marylebone, who are having another dog event today. It will be very busy, and a few celebrities there too, so they can do a bit of 'people spotting'. Early evening sees us having visitors, to help with some tests we will be doing, I'm looking forward to seeing if my observations match up to the test results. So, seven weeks old today, the time has flown by. I know many puppies leave their breeder at seven weeks, but I think that is too early, so I've got them all for me for at least another week ;-)
Remember a post last week? Puppy playing in amongst some flowers?
Huh. Since then, I erected a small green plastic mesh barrier to try and give some protection. I dug out a sunken garden last year after our last litter left. It was beautiful. But filled mainly with beans, courgettes and nastursiums and a few clematis, as it was quite late Spring by the time I was ready for planting. But...this year I wanted flowers, especially scented ones, as on the odd hot summers evening, it is really lovely to sit and eat in here.
Hmmmm, what is the saying? 'No names no drill pack'! Well, I know exactly who broke through, and how few seconds it took before the damage was done!
Planted identically on both sides of the entrance, but not anymore. Fifteen quid for a Jasmine, eight for a Senetti, a few pounds for a Marguerite, at this rate, I'll be the best customer at the plant nursery, and poor Buddha not reclining, but having his faced rubbed in the ground! But.....Don't despair all you new puppy people.. I found this morning a great website, about keeping your garden pretty intact and safe when you have to share it with puppies and dogs. Add it as one of your favourites..you're gonna need it :-)
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Not very well when you have puppies and dogs and a dreadfully long winter!!!
I've seen all the ideas for protecting your plants and borders from puppies and dogs, some of them I just wouldn't use, like chilli powder! The orange peel and coffee grounds scattered around your best plants only seems to give a nice aroma, but doesn't stop your prized specimens from being trampled underfoot. Prunings from your rose bushes strewn on your borders are another often advocated top tip, but the thorns on roses are quite lethal, and I wouldn't do that either.....I tried the bamboo method, lots of small bamboo canes planted in amongst the plants you are trying to protect.....hah...the dogs are like cats....they can weave a way through and the puppies are like a bull in a china shop! So.....the latest search came up with.....A motion detector sprinkler system! Well.....that for my dogs and I imagine any other Water dog, would be like receiving the most prized toy you could possibly imagine from Hamleys or FAO Schwarz.
Each puppy now has a little daily adventure away from the rest of the litter, just to let them start feeling comfortable and confident at being on their own. Little Purple boy was doing a spot of gardening this morning.
Trampling the delphiniums that are just coming through!
Ultra laid back whilst enjoying the Jasmine
Contemplating tasting the Marguerite
Looking very sheepish .. "Moi? Non! I didn't trample your flowers''