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Puppy Bliss: The joys of having puppies

Cutie pie Hutch looks like he's sticking out his tongue.

Cutie pie Hutch looks like he’s sticking out his tongue.

The funny moments puppies bring into our lives: Here rescue puppy Hutch looks like he’s sticking out his tongue. ♥

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Foster Puppy Hutch is double toothed: His adult tooth is growing next to his puppy tooth.

Foster Puppy Hutch is double toothed: His adult tooth is growing next to his puppy tooth.

 

Especially with rescue dogs it’s a good idea to note when they lose their puppy teeth, as it gives an indication of their age:

 

Puppies start losing their teeth at about 4 months.

 

To record the first tooth falling out with a time stamp, simply take a photo of your puppy’s state of teeth.

 

Watch out for the lost puppy teeth, they make a nice memory.

 

It’s important to catch the first tooth falling out, as the process of replacing puppy teeth with adult teeth can take several months.

Usually it should be completed around 6 months, but especially if the adult teeth are growing side by side with the puppy teeth, it can take a while until the puppy teeth finally fall out.

 

In the meantime you end up with a double toothed puppy:

 

Even though Hutch's adult fang is growing, his puppy tooth is still not falling out.

Even though Hutch’s adult fang is growing, his puppy tooth is still not falling out.

 

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All our dogs get an egg a day, it’s a complete dog meal and lots of fun to eat.

 

To turn it into a challenge, I sometimes give them the hardboiled egg as is: no cracks, no help.

 

It’s amazing how quickly they figure it out and crack the egg.
But more impressive even is how skilled dogs are at peeling eggs:
They use their front paws to scratch off the shell and then hold it down to munch up the egg inside.

 

Here you can see how much Hutch loves his egg, tenderly holding it in place with his left paw:

Foster puppy Hutch loves his egg! He's very skilled at peeling it with his front paws.

Foster puppy Hutch loves his egg! He’s very skilled at peeling it with his front paws.

His enjoyment can’t last long however, as Gigi is always ready to steal his treat:

 

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DIY Dog Digging Defence: Our dogs are allowed do dig anywhere in the garden, except here.

DIY Dog Digging Defence: Our dogs are allowed do dig anywhere in the garden, except here.

 

We have clay soil in our garden and it’s super difficult to work:

When it’s dry it’s rock hard and requires a pick axe to be loosened up.

When it’s wet, it’s so dense, it’s waterproof and we have puddles in our garden.

 

In addition, we have a whole house buried in our backyard and any gardening work is interrupted by digging up rubble and rubbish and excavating the odd curious piece easily dating back several decades if not 100 years.

 

So I don’t mind our dogs digging. They’re doing us a great favour with this unmanageable soil and are inspiring in their determination to keep on digging.

However, out of all the places in our garden, the dogs choose the one corner they’re not allowed to dig: Where our paving meets the clay ground. – In order for the pavers to stay in place, we need the clay ground to stay put.

 

How to explain to dogs they’re allowed to dig over there, but not over here?

 

So I put up a DIY Dog Digging Defence:

Every time the dogs started digging too close to the pavers, I’d plonk down a concrete brick.

Needless to say: Our dogs would just start digging right beside it next time they got a chance.

So I’d plonk down another concrete brick.

Now we have a row of concrete bricks forming a small divider wall between pavers and clay ground.

 

Turns out this has additional benefits:

With the ground becoming loose in times of drought and Cape Town wind, we have dust everywhere. This small barrier helps keep the sand at bay.

It also works as a little jump in the obstacle course that our garden turns into when our dogs get the zoomies. They love any reason to jump, which seems to more than make up for the lost digging opportunity. 😉

 

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Puppy Bliss: Lola is the cutest

Puppy Bliss: Lola is the cutest

 

I don’t really like giving pets human names. It only asks for confusion.

 

Our first puppy came to us through a friend’s post on social media. I offered to foster, I didn’t want to overcommit, although we were planning on getting a dog.

 

However, first that little munchkin went to PETS to go through the general check-up. In this one day, that she was at an animal shelter, they gave her a name: Lola.

 

My cousin’s daughter’s name is Lola. – Back to my statement on top: That’s why I don’t like giving pets human names.

 

This was odd: Lola is one of my favourite names, and I don’t have many. Not that I would necessarily give it to anyone or any animal. But since “Run Lola Run” I, like many Germans, am somewhat fond of that name.

 

So I asked my cousin if it was ok to name my dog after her child. She was. That gave the name Lola extra meaning: I can’t wait for the two to meet. 🙂

 

And the name is indeed befitting: Because one thing Lola is very good at is running really fast, and I love it every single time she gives me the opportunity to cheer her on: “Run Lola, Run!” 😉

 

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Dogs are great to cuddle with, they even cuddle with each other: This is how Gigi and Hutch chill together.

Dogs are great to cuddle with, they even cuddle with each other: This is how Gigi and Hutch chill together.

Puppy Bliss! How smitten I am with our pooches. I could hug them all day long.

Dogs are really good for us. They make us happy and healthy.

Since my childhood I missed having a dog. I wanted to have a house so I can have a dog.

But I only ever had family dogs, which actually meant they were my mom’s dogs and tolerated me.

I didn’t know how special the bond is to your own dog. And even more so with a rescue dog.

I feel blessed for every happy moment these lovely creatures share with us.

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When Lola is happily relaxing, she lies on her back with her belly exposed and no worry in the world.

Often she stretches and yawns just like a human and raises her front paw into the air as if she’s ready to fly off like Buzz Lightyear going to infinity and beyond.

Lola loves to lie on her back. When she stretches, she raises one front leg into the air.

Lola loves to lie on her back. When she stretches, she raises one front leg into the air.

It’s the cutest thing. 🙂

Buzz Lightyear doing the To infinity and beyond!

Buzz Lightyear doing the “To infinity and beyond!”

 

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