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.
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.
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.
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.