Mamacita was an owner surrender to my local animal shelter. What is she, you ask? Good question. My best guess is Rat Terrier and Corgi but it is only a guess. Her pups are all tri colored with ears that look like they will eventually stand up. They are 3 1/2 weeks old today.
When all is said and done (at 8 weeks of age) my hope is that I will have helped these pups develop into stable, friendly, potential pets ready to be adopted. After that it will be up to their new families to continue socializing them and training them.
But I do all this knowing that there is a big, unknown, black cloud up above that might darken their sunny future. That cloud is their genetic make up. The father of this litter is unknown. Mamacita is shy and wary of strangers at first , but wiggly, silly and affectionate once she gets to know you. I don't know if her shyness is genetic or whether she was not properly socialized herself as a puppy. A dog's behavior is always determined by a combination of both those things. Socialization and good nutrition can only take these puppies so far. They need to have a stable genetic make up as well. There will be no shortage of folks wanting to adopt them - they are cute as buttons, but finding good matches for challenging puppies is a different story. Let's hope these pups have solid temperaments.
Only time will tell!
Right now the pups are getting adventurous and Mamacita is trying to teach them some social manners. They are demanding little beasties. They are very vocal, attempting to bark and growling when they are frustrated. Cookie is already picking up dry kibble in her mouth and all 3 have experimented with lapping water, so we'll start feeding gruel today. I hate to start it because my sweet, fluffy puppies will soon be food encrusted messes! But Mama will appreciate the help I'm sure.
More blogs to come - I promise!