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At A Glance
12/6/05: Two wonderful little puppies came to stay with me this weekend. They are Ted (Teddy) and Murray and they were "left over" from a litter in Rochester by a full-bred Golden Retriever Mom and the neighbor Chocolate Lab Dad - oops! They are 6 1/2 weeks old and just the sweetest little boys. They have been well socialized with other dogs so far because they had two moms down in Rochester; their 1 year old birth mom and the old lady of the roost, a 12 year old Golden girl. They took to my resident Golden, Daisy, right away and have even had fun playing with our friend's Border Collie, Feeney, who came over to visit last night.
Ted is named after Ted Baxter (Mary Tyler Moore Show) because he seemed a little clumsy and gullible on his first night in his new foster home. However, he has since proven to be the smarter one when it comes to paper training. He is a love and is the more dependent of the two. He's a bit of a cry-baby when he doesn't get what he wants right away, and will cry and look at me like "Why can't I come in my pen while you are changing the paper, can't you see how cute I am?". But he stops crying immediately once I give him a little pat on the head. Since the weather is so cold, we are working on paper training this week before we attempt outdoor potty training. They are both still making mistakes, but they have made great progress in just the few days they've been here.
Murray is named after Murray Slaughter because he seemed smarter and more independent right off the bat. He is just fine playing by himself and sometimes seems to get impatient with Teddy when he bumbles around while Murray has a special toy or when Teddy pounces on him in the middle of a nap. They are both all about chewing right now - which is totally normal for puppies - and we are working on being gentle when chewing on humans. Sometimes they get so excited while they're playing that they forget and chomp down too hard on foster mommy's fingers. Just a loud "Ouch!" stops their jaws mid-bite and they immediately change to puppy kisses and look at me like "I'm so sorry, Mommy! I didn't mean to hurt you."
They are still sleeping quite a bit during the day because they are so young. And the nights are going very smoothly. They have slept through all three nights that they've been here without a peep. Yesterday morning, they decided that wake-up time was 6:15 AM after having a little trouble falling asleep the night before, but the other nights were quiet from lights-out (leaving a night-light on, of course) until I came down to let them out of their pen around 7:30. The other two mornings they just woke up and started playing by themselves instead of crying to be let out. They are such good boys!
Here are some pictures of them napping on Daisy's dog bed in the living room (at least Ted is napping, Murray caught me sneaking up with the camera) and one of Murray playing with Daisy on his first night here.
These sweet boys will be available for adoption as of December 14th when they will be 8 weeks old. We'll continue to work on potty training, gentle chewing, and socializing so they are all ready to go to their new forever homes and make wonderful additions to their new families.
If you would like more information about Ted or Murray, please email [email protected].