Our Cozy Harnesses came today. The puppies were not at all certain that was a good thing! Puppies don't like restrictions.
Outside today for the first time, loving the sunshine and new smells. The pictures tell it all.
The puppies sabotage my attempts to take formal photographs.
Routine playtime outside of their normal "room" in our house. The puppies come out to the living room every evening to play and socialize with visitors.
Typically, Coton de Tulear puppies are given unique and meaningful names. Some of our families have asked about the puppies names...here's a bit of the history on each...
Cabot (Ca-bot) |ˈkabət|
Our very favorite sharp cheddar cheese. If you are from New England, you know about Cabot cheese. I'm a New England farm girl!
Carmel (Car-mel) |kärˈmel|
Two places in our lives have towns named Carmel, although they are pronounced slightly differently - Carmel Indiana and Carmel California.
Cortez (Cor-tez) |kôrˈtez|
A small fishing village in our local Florida area.
Capri (Ca-pri) |kəˈprē|
The island off the coast of Italy; our daughter and her husband honeymooned in Italy last year.
Calliope (Ca-li-o-pe) |kəˈlīəpē|
A musical pipe instrument powered by steam that fascinates me. Plus I just like the way it sounds!
It is amazing how much easier the puppies are to photograph when they are sleeping!
The fun never ends here at Rose Cottage Cotons with the 5Cs!
First, we went for a tour around the neighborhood in our red wagon. Well that was fabulous! Momma Ivy was nervous and trotted alongside to be sure we didn't fall out. Daddy Macintosh went too and barked at the neighbor dogs to let them know to stay away.
Next, we had baths. Well, that wasn't quite as much fun - but we loved the dryer and the massage wasn't bad either. Maybe next time we can do it without the water!
This week we are beginning to learn how to settle down in crates. Emphasis on beginning! Our first several attempts were not as successful as one might hope. Despite that the two crates have been open options for them in their room, the puppies preferred to doze on the cuddler beds. We removed those to encourage the puppies to go into the crates for nap time but they then preferred to go under the furniture - a desk, bookcase and cabinet - where there were no towels or blankets even.
Today we got serious. We fenced off the furniture so they couldn't get under it - but now they just napped on the towels in the middle of the room. The crate time this AM was filled with screeching and squawking as they continued to protest the restriction.
We noticed that they were attracted to Momma's snuggle puppy - a large flat black Labrador that Ivy's breeder sent home with her when she was a puppy. Ivy hadn't paid much attention to it and Macintosh sort of adopted it as one of his favorite drag around friends. The 5Cs slept in the middle of the open floor, each with his or her head on some part of that Labrador. Genius solution - put the Labrador in the crate and the puppies followed it in like the Pied Piper.
The pictures this week are from a few minutes of playtime this afternoon. At the end of the slideshow, you will see the puppies lined up on a foam wedge. Well - sort of lined up. The foam wedge, covered with a large dog bed cover from Target, was added to their room yesterday. Such fun they had learning how to ascend and descend the mountain, and taking turns assuming a dominant position above the others or playing hide and seek around its corners.
The puppies are so amazing to watch. We wonder what goes through their little brains as they learn about the world around them. The housework will keep. These are precious moments and we don't want to miss any of it.
Momma Ivy and Daddy Macintosh went out for some alone time in the beautiful sunshine while the puppies were napping.
Milestones this week...
The puppies are eating both puppy mush and dry kibble. More teeth are coming in and their personalities are becoming more evident. We moved the whelping box out in exchange for crates. The first crate session was noisy but they settled down quickly - until Momma checked on them about an hour later - and then the chorus of discontent resumed.
We tried on harnesses for the first time. Not so happy about that. Lots of scratching and wiggling to reposition the harness in a less restrictive manner. Some of them even wriggled out of the harness altogether. Perhaps it needs to be refit.
For the six week photo shoot, some were compliant, others not so much. Out of 200+ photos there were a few keepers.
Cabot - the nonchalant
Carmel - the adventurer
Cortez - the questioner
Capri - the instigator
Calliope - the cuddler
I was finally able to capture some good shots of playtime - well, some are better than others. They say puppies and children are the most difficult to photograph. No argument here...
The C's are enjoying their expanded area. The whelping box has become a memory in favor of the plush cuddler beds, afghans, and sherpa throws. They continue to enjoy investigating the new objects we provide for interest and challenge. Particularly fun today was the pool noodle we gave them as an obstacle to overcome, which - by the way - was not a problem. So fun to watch them on opposing sides of the barrier scrambling to get across.
Stay tuned for more puppy experiences...
Today we moved the puppies out of our bedroom and into the den. This will afford them more space to roam and discover the world. Carmel immediately adjusted to the change as you can see the the photo below.
This is Momma's favorite snuggle bed - and she liked it just fine. After trying a number of different positions - head buried in the corner, laying over the edge, rolled in a ball against the side - she finally settled on this one, channeling her Daddy, upside-down without much regard for her surroundings.
Here are a few more shots of the puppies enjoying their new territory. They all mastered climbing out of the whelping box, and back in again, with the door side down. They are drinking water out of a drip bottle and they piddle on the wee-wee pads most of the time - if they aren't distracted before they get there. Ooops!
Surprisingly, they each found a spot to nap that was unique and separate from their siblings at some point in the day. They romped and played, running with abandon from one side of the space to the other. Really difficult to capture photos as they ran about. Well, that lasted about twenty minutes and then they collapsed for a long nap and thus the napping photos in tonight's post.