Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jack Russells, Border Collies, and Wine, Oh my!

Now that the puppies are 6 weeks old and have their first set of shots they can go visiting select friends of ours and their dogs. Naturally they went to meet their BC teammates Jake and Ben first off. Cali came with us to chaparone and get some more socialization herself and she and Ben spent almost 3 hours playing together. They have not seen eachother since our trip to Souris MB so they had a lot of catching up to do. Kiwi, in typical JRT fashion, strutted out of the crate took one look at Jake, barked, and went strait to playing. Jake is fascinated by the puppies, wanting to spend every second he could with them. He and Kiwi played very well together and Mika joined in after a little while loving all the fur on Jake's neck and tail. Tryst was more interested in meeting and snuggling with Megan than playing with the other dogs but once she got her people time in she was more than happy to meet and play with Jake and Ben. Suprisingly enough amidst all this chaos Megan and I had a good chance to catch up. It has been a while since our schedules have allowed us down time and I have missed her.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Great Outdoors

The weather in Saskatoon has finally warmed up a little so I decided to take advantage of it and take the almost 6 weeks old puppies for their first outdoor adventure. In typical JRT style they rushed out the open door, scrambled down the stairs, and started tearing around the back yard. They have discovered coordination in the last week and no longer toddle about, their movements are deliberate and fairly precise for such small puppies and they have discovered they can jump and leap at things they want above their heads (i.e. Riley's face). They explored every inch of the back yard, climbing into my lap when they needed to warm themselves and then off again once feet were thawed. We all spent a good 20 minutes in the yard and I am sure they would have stayed out longer if I was not so worried about them getting chilled.

You learn to be the voice of reason early on when keeping JRTs as they will often dive head first into all their endeavours and rarely consider what outcome their actions might lead to.