Bean puppies personality profiles

The Bean puppies are continuing to thrive.  They are happy, playful pups.  Favorite things include wrestling with each other, playing with toys, cuddles with people, food, and playing with the children.  As they grow, their little personality differences are becoming more apparent.  Zulu Love Bean: Zulu (often referred to affectionately at Zu Zu or LuContinue reading “Bean puppies personality profiles”

Goodbye is the hardest part

We said goodbye to Beans yesterday.  She had given us the signs that she was ready to wean the pups (entering the puppy pen only a few times each day for a couple minutes – refusing to go in even when there was food available in there – and giving the pups a corrective growlContinue reading “Goodbye is the hardest part”

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”

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”

The first week

Thursday, November 21st – Wednesday, November 27th Beans is such a good mama!  She is happy to get up to go outside and then eat and drink, but then she hurriedly climbs back into the whelping box.  Beans rearranges her puppies into a neat pile and then curls around them to offer them her nipples. Continue reading “The first week”