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My name is Lesli Hyland. In my forty seven years on this earth, my home and my heart have been graced with the company of twenty dogs. Many came to me as seniors. All of them taught me something and helped determine the course of my life. I am a dog trainer because of them. I met my friends because of them. My husband and I are are forever bonded by our mutual connection to them. As a dog trainer I have access to other people's dogs and I am allowed to share in their unique relationships. The dogs make me a better person by forcing me to closely examine my motivation, my actions and my choices. Everything I do affects their behavior, safety and happiness. It is an awesome responsibility. The dogs keep me honest.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Puppy Saga Day 28


The pups are officially 4 weeks old today.  They weighed in at 3lbs (Popcorn), 3 1/2lbs (Biscuit) and slightly over 3lbs (Cookie).  They are getting more coordinated,  though I will miss watching them topple over and wave their feet around like turtles on their backs!  It is SO interesting to watch Mamacita deal with their fiesty, demanding behavior.  She simply ignores it and calmly continues what she's doing until they settle.  I do the same when they get squirmy or growly when picked up or restrained when they'd rather be doing something else!  The pups are starting to wag at us and give kisses.  They like to tug and shake toys. Mamacita likes to play with them which is very different from our last foster Mom who was an older dog and wasn't all that interested in playing. Both good Moms, but very different. It is a riot watching Mamacita wrestle and mouth fence with the wee ones!
                                                                                        
Are these not the cutest faces ever?!
                                                      (Popcorn, Cookie, Biscuit)
On another front...Mamacita and Belle have been introduced and played a bit.  Now that the mommy hormones are kicking down a bit Mama can start spending some time with my dogs.  Hooray!  Belle will also be the first dog I intro the pups to.  She's so good!




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