Our Mama dog had a bit of a stomach ache overnight and ended up spitting up on her blanket. This happens from time to time and isn’t a big deal. But, it is difficult to change out bedding when she doesn’t trust us yet! It’s doubly difficult when we have to accomplish the task AND make sure we don’t take any big steps backward in gaining her trust.
I told K2 that I would figure it out(so she didn’t worry). My plan was to lure her into a kennel with peanut butter treats and, once she was secured, change out the bedding, sex all the puppies, and get some good pictures.
Well, after a ton of coaxing, a conversation about my intentions with her puppies, and more treats than I care to admit, she finally got into a kennel after about 45 minutes! (I know, I know, I have the patience of a saint :P)
Once she was in there, I started talking her through what I was going to do. “Mama, listen…I’m going to move your babies so I can get this nasty blanket out of here, Ok?”, “I’m not going to hurt a hair on their heads, I’m only going to move them for a second”
Obviously, she looked at me like I had horns growing out of my head. But I continued. Once all the puppies were moved, blanket was out, and a new blanket was in, I informed her of the next few steps I was going to take.
“Mama, I’m going to pick one baby up at a time, take a quick picture, and then put them back down”, “Still not going to hurt them, ok?”.
Well, to me, it looked like she was on board with the plan. But, as soon as she saw one of her babies in my hand, she was howling for me to “put him down right now, you strange human man”, which I, of course, did.
That scenario repeated six more times for the rest of her kids, each time she was saying something to the effect of “get your grimy, five-fingered, paws off my puppies or I will bite your face off”. Which is understandable, she has only known me for a day so far.
But I managed to get the sexes of all the puppers:
I got done as quick as I could, so that Mom’s stress levels didn’t get too bad, so I think we have 4 boys and 3 girls. After I got done and let her out of the kennel, the light was just too perfect to not get one more picture of her before I left.
We are also still looking for names for the family. We are holding a poll here, but if you have an idea for a better theme, we would love to hear it!