(That goes for fresh potty pads too, they LOVE to help me spread those)
(You can see a video of their first reaction to it on Instagram at Cottage Doodles.)
The pups played so hard that they simply fell over and went right to sleep where they were, didn’t even try to go to their beds.
They have a variety of toys, most can go in the washing machine. I rotate them a couple times a day, because novelty is so important to them. They are always ready to pounce on the latest addition to the pen.
And for me.
But when my son died, I knew I needed armloads of puppies to soothe my soul.
Not to mention those furry, waggly butts.
I am loving my time with them. No matter how much extra work it is. And we are making the best of the pretty days when they come along.
I keep telling myself not to fret over the set up indoors being less than perfect, because these babies think it is just fine. They are happy and loved, they don’t care where they are as long as they are getting lots of attention.
A few tears might have been dropped onto their fur. They just wriggle around and lick the tears off of my cheeks.
There will always be a Ryan shaped hole in my heart. But filling up the area around it with puppies does help.
The only crier, was this little guy. And he is my sensitive boy. From the day he was born, he was very vocal about any problems he had.
He is the one who gets his ears pulled too hard by his brothers, or gets cold easily, or just wants to be held. I am walking a fine line between babying and comforting him.
I want him to be independent and sure of himself, and not a yapper. So, I try to reassure him without indulging him too much. He probably does get more than his fair share of the attention, but I think a healthy dose of extra love now, is what he needs to become a more secure dog later.
But I know, he will always be sensitive and will have to go to just the right family who has the time and patience to train him right. And to spend extra time with him, he will require extra cuddles.
All of the babies are getting to an age where they are showing their personalities more and more.
And getting cuter each and every day!
Here is another version- Find the puppies in the rocks.
Honey is starting to wean her Butterballs, so feeds them less often. I need to be sure that the itty bitty ones get plenty of milk before Sugar is drained by the big guys.
Also the older ones play a little rougher and since they weigh more, the teensie ones get overwhelmed. Although, they are becoming wrestlers too and pretty much hold their own.
So far, it has been a lovely fall, and the pups have been outside a bit. Not as much as I’d like. Summer puppies sure are easier to care for.
But we have a system for cleaning them up, and they are getting used to being in crates and watching me as I spray out their areas. I have even had a chance, although not much of a one, to do some crafting. I gathered the vines and dried flowers to make this wreath.
But 16 babies in chilly weather takes up most of my time. I won’t know what to do with myself when they are gone!
(Videos of the litters can be found on Instagram at Cottage Doodles)
The Sugar Babies have learned to waddle away from their pillow to pee on the newspaper. They still potty elsewhere, and don’t always make it to the right place, but it gets a little better each day.
This is what Bailey’s mom said: “ Bailey’s ears are golden and he looks like a sugar cookie with golden brown edges. He is sweet and goofy with my 2 year old grandson and is very gentle with Brandon my adult son with disabilities. “
The Sugar Babies are now eating formula too.
Eventually, they will all need to live together in the garage as they get too big for the house and the weather is too cold for them to be in the breezeway.