Puppy Progress Weeks 11 & 12 - Vet's, Beaches & Dad Home Alone

Another fortnight passed already and another action packed one it was for the 4 strong puppy pack and Leela. We continue to receive happy and positive updates from the departed Jess and Teddy (I suppose to be accurate I should say the updates come from their humans, their paws are rubbish on keyboards) which is great news, although we still miss them very much. Seeing how much bigger and dog-like the remaining 4 are becoming is a stark reminder of how different Jess and Teddy will be when we next get to see them. Come to think of it, it's also a stark reminder of just how fast the other 4 are growing as well!

So what's been happening in puppy land? Well the big event was Esther's 5 day absence from puppy HQ to attend her grandma's 100th birthday party!!!! It was a busy 5 days (for both of us) to say the least. Here at HQ I tried to stick as closely as possible to the puppies usual routine. Typically that meant they woke me up at 6.30 for a short outside play, followed by an hour or so upstairs until they'd let off a little steam. Then they went back in their pen for breakfast while Leela got a walk for an hour so, followed by her breakfast. By now they were waking up again and it was time for our wonderful next door neighbour Marijke to come and dog sit while I worked through their individual training time.

Recall continued to be the big focus while Esther was away. 'Sit' they've been doing for weeks, but having a good recall is something we are putting a lot of energy into except it can only be done alone at the moment. Brothers and sisters, it seems, are far too distracting.

What this means in practice is 4 trips back and forth to a street far enough away that they're not tempted to dash home, which in the San Jose Easter heat was a good workout for me as well. Thank goodness for Marijke is all I can say as I couldn't have done any of this without her. We're so lucky with our friends here in San Jose.

By now it would be late morning and, if I could face it, I tried a short run for myself, or alternatively some time sitting in a beach cafe with Marijke and Frank down in San Jose. It was lovely of them to help take all the pups into town giving me some enjoyable time out and keep the pups getting used to the hustle and bustle of San Jose, especially over the Easter time rush.

Back at base it would then be time for lunch all round, another short play session if required and then if my luck held we all got a bit of a siesta before a cycle of evening playtimes, Marijke puppy sitting yet again (thank you so much!) while Leela got her second big walk and then waiting for the final steam to run out by about 9.30 when I could clear up and get to bed.

Phew....we were all very happy when Esther came home! She was also very complementary about how much better their recall was getting so that was nice and I was relieved that the van was back for some extended road trips to tire the pups out in the great outdoors again. It certainly made a big difference to the volume levels in the mornings at home, but more importantly they just love the beaches.

A few days later the pups got to 'enjoy' another vet visit for their third puppy vaccination, which means that by now they are pretty much covered for the usual suspects, another weight off of our mind as they are so strong and inquisitive when out and about now.




To be frank I am starting to find myself using the words 'the dogs' to describe the pack now rather than 'the puppies'. I know that in age they are still definitely pups, but size wise some aren't too far off their mum any more. Rose, for example, weighed in at 4.9kg at her vaccination and Leela was only 7.3kg. I've even confused the pair of them once when I saw them trotting outside.


Even putting this post together just now I'm staggered at how much they've changed in the past 2 weeks from the photos, and also reflecting on how much their personalities are developing too. Bella is incredibly loving, Rose is incredibly inquisitive, George is playful and mischievous and Pati is wonderfully docile and gentle. They've been like this for a while of course, but the differences between them seem more apparent, which of course could be my interpretation as well I suppose.

Not that they can't all be devils if the mood takes them. I've had to say goodbye to several good pairs of socks already. Turns out you can buy as many toys as you like but you can't beat a used sock! Can't be angry at them though. For a start there's no point in terms of teaching them anything, but I actually find it very hard to feel angry at them anyway.....it's the eyes, and besides a pile on is guaranteed to cheer me up.

In the weeks ahead we're looking forward to an exciting time as we gear up for our departure from San Jose, leaving is in the mood to make the absolute most of our remaining days here on the golden beaches with the pack.

Enjoy the pictures.



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Adventures In Life, Love, Health & Travel: Puppy Progress Weeks 11 & 12 - Vet's, Beaches & Dad Home Alone
Puppy Progress Weeks 11 & 12 - Vet's, Beaches & Dad Home Alone
Adventures In Life, Love, Health & Travel
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