Road Trip!

Today was the Bean puppies’ first time leaving the house.  This morning at 9am, they had their vet appointment for a general checkup, deworming, and first round of vaccinations with Dr. Julie at the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s vet clinic. Mae helped load up the puppies and comfort them in the car and AnneContinue reading “Road Trip!”

Amina / Mama Bean / Beans

Amina (affectionately referred to as Mama Bean, Beans, and a myriad of other nicknames around here!) has, like many mama dogs proceeding her, stolen a piece of my heart.  As she begins the weaning process with her puppies, nursing them a little less day by day, I realize that our time together is dwindling.  TheContinue reading “Amina / Mama Bean / Beans”

Bean puppies – Week 4

The Bean puppies are 4 weeks old today! The puppies have grown from newborns to toddlers this week.  They are exuberant about life, wagging at every bit of attention they get.  Their tails wag so hard sometimes that it sweeps them off their newly functional legs.  You guys, I take way too many puppy picturesContinue reading “Bean puppies – Week 4”

Meal Time

As Beans nurses the puppies less and less frequently, they are growing an interest in food (and they are growing teeth, which may be why Beans is less interested in nursing them!).  They are almost 4 weeks old; it is time to see what they think about eating. I scoop some wet puppy food (furtherContinue reading “Meal Time”

Snuggle Puppies

And suddenly, just like that, the puppies are wagging and snuggling into laps!  Their tails are little clock pendulums, measuring out the happiness found between puppies and children.  Tiny white teeth have emerged, much to Beans’ annoyance.  I trimmed and filed their little razors of claws yesterday, but there is nothing I can do toContinue reading “Snuggle Puppies”

Bean Puppies – Week 3

Beans’ sweet puppers are 3 weeks old today. New this week: They are all up walking.  Teeth are emerging.  Rather than squealing each time I pick them up to weigh them or change the bedding, they approach me and wag.  The cutest little barks and snarls are emerging from the whelping box. They are learningContinue reading “Bean Puppies – Week 3”

Beans meets Teddy and Livie

On Wednesday, Anne and I met to walk Beans alongside Teddy and Livie to determine if they could be potential playmates (or at least, spend some tension-free time together).  In the past, mama dogs that we have fostered have enjoyed being able to go on longer walks with Teddy and Livie and then spend aContinue reading “Beans meets Teddy and Livie”

Bean puppies – Week 2

The Bean puppies (String, Sprout, Pinto, Vanilla, Fava, and Zulu Love) are 2 weeks old today.  Their favorite activities (okay, their only activities) are sleeping and nursing.  But all that sleeping and nursing have translated into a lot of growing.  Zulu and Pinto are the largest and have exceeded four pounds today.  The others areContinue reading “Bean puppies – Week 2”

Mama Beans taking a break

Beans is with her six 1 week old puppies 22 hours a day. She enjoys spending the remaining two hours sniffing around the block like her life depends on it, cuddling and squirming around on the couch, getting pets, devouring immense amounts of food, and checking out all the best hide and seek places onContinue reading “Mama Beans taking a break”

Introducing…

The children decide to give them names with “Bean”. Mae names the almost all white female Vanilla Bean. Dane names the dark gray one with the skinniest facial stripe String Bean. Nora wants a name with “heart” or “love” in it for the white female with the heart shapes on her side and rump.  AContinue reading “Introducing…”