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”

Bean puppies – Week 6

2020! Happy New Year!  The bean puppies are 6 weeks old today! Only Pinto and String made it to midnight to party in the arrival of the New Year.  Amazing to look back over the growth chart and see how much has changed in a mere 6 weeks.  Zulu Love Bean has grown from 1.02Continue reading “Bean puppies – Week 6”

Bean puppies – Week 5

Merry Christmas!  The Bean puppies are 5 weeks old today! We have been enjoying beautiful weather here in Michigan and Mama Bean has been soaking up the sunshine.  This past week has been one of serious growth and development for the Bean pups.  One by one, they started scaling the sides of the whelping box. Continue reading “Bean puppies – Week 5”

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”