Friday saw us putting collars on the pups at 26 days old. This helps for identification and it also gets the pups used to wearing something around their necks and putting collars on at this age seems to cause little stress other than a bit of scratching. Pups having a collar on for the first time after 8 weeks old can sometimes display a high level of stress, so we find the earlier they get used to having something around the neck the easier they except it, causing only a mild stress to them.
The video shows them on Friday just five minutes after putting the collars on and as you can see other than a bit of scratching, they are really unperturbed by their collars.
The little boy in the video who plays with my hand I must confess to calling, Little Brian, he is a bit of a character and this weekend saw the first pup named and that is the one we have been calling Big Bertha, she is now called Kayla. As they get named I will then start to try and name them in the photos.
In the video I slightly get the collar collars wrong. The girls are one in a pink stripey collar, one in a red collar and one in a green stripey collar. The boys are all in blue collars with different patterning.
As I said on the previous blog that its been a busy weekend with children's birthdays and families visiting to see Smudge's pups. I try not to blog at the weekend, but as tomorrow we have another busy day with a family visiting to see their pup from Smudge's litter I thought I would get puppy footage up to date tonight. I'm finishing on Birthday photo's because we have noticed how Henry seems to get into a lot of photo's intentionally and as you will notice with Tilly unintentionally. I must admit I'm very taken with Henry. His sense of fun and making a fool of himself is a joy to watch. I love playing with him, his trust in me as I throw him about is humbling and he will keep coming back for more. That's one of the joys of dogs, you can be as daft as a brush with them and they will try to be even dafter back. The only thing you have to be able to do, to see this side of your dog, is the ability to be daft.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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