|At 3 months old!|
Before saying anything else though and in keeping with tradition I will do a weight update....in grams compared to their first few weeks, although I will have to skip Teddy and Jess. I'm going to leave them in the table though as it gives me a chance to say that they are doing really well in their new homes 😀😀😀
So, how have they been getting on during the last 3 months?
When we arrived in France back in early May the pups were a little over 3 months old and were just starting to lose their puppy coats. Slowly but surely the fluffy, downlike fur they arrived in France with started to vanish to reveal the much shorter, slightly more wiry but still soft fur beneath. For Bella, George and Pati this meant that a fortnight later they were sporting a slightly wispy, ginger look with tousled coats and bushy tails while Rose, the more short coated girl, developed a much blonder colour almost like a Labrador.
|Are you angry with us?|
Sometimes it's hard to know who is training who.
Another big change (for us anyway) over the last few months has been wake-up times. When we arrived in France we were only just moving away from needing several nocturnal wee-visits as part of toilet training. That has now changed completely, with the pups sleeping through for up to 9 hours at times, basically until we get up, and then holding it until we take them out. The only time they cry to get out sooner, we've found, is when they really do need the loo and can't wait much longer. Essentially, we're trusting them to tell us and so far they're being very honest! For a couple of months the number of 'accidents' is in single figures, which is pretty good for six months, especially as we've been told toilet training takes longer with a group.
Oh, I should probably also add that for the most part all the pups now have their adult teeth as well. Unfortunately George has 5 or 6 baby teeth still in his mouth alongside his adult teeth but we're hoping they will come out soon, otherwise he will need surgery to remove them.
Not that our (or their) lives have been entirely based in the countryside during our time in France. Lots of trips into nearby towns and villages to see people, cars, buses.....etc. was fun for all of us. Fortunately the place we were staying was surrounded by several beautiful villages which attracted visitors by the coachload so there were always plenty of people to say hello to. If there was a downside it was that life in the country was a little too similar day to day and we did notice the pups became more prone to barking at anything unexpected or at strange dogs. Largely we put this down to the 'pack effect' when we were walking them as a group.
Needless to say the pups get a LOT of attention. All dogs are beautiful, but when they are all together this lot certainly make for a cute picture and I reckon there must now be snaps of them on memory cards in every continent. If we charged a euro for every picture taken of the pups we'd be millionaires! But then we just like seeing people happy. Some people are a little stand-offish when they see 5 wagging tails bounding (often barking) towards them, but most people love it and the pups certainly do as well.