Sunday, December 28, 2008

First Night

We arrived back at Coreena's around 8:30 p.m. We of course immediately gave the pups an opportunity to relieve themselves, even though it was, once again, raining. I can't remember if Eva relieved or not but Eclipse took quite awhile to empty his bladder. *grin* We took the pups upstairs and let the adult dogs out of their crates and they greeted the pups just a bit until everyone was comfortable. It was nice though, no one got overly excited and it was a nice, clean, calm introduction. I then placed Eclipse in the largest wire crate so he could sit and observe like he seems to enjoy doing and Coreena entertained Eva. I took Teddy and Kira downstairs to relieve and brought up most of the puppy stuff we took and/or recieved from Joy.
We then blocked the doorway and hallway leading out of the living room and worked with the pups on name recognition and "sit". They both seem to be very quick learners. We spent a good deal of time trucking up and down the stairs for potty breaks, about every half hour or so. Eclipse had one little accident when I was looking through their toys and Coreena was otherwise occupied (we can't remember what she was doing, we're running on little sleep) but I scooped him up and we had a party when he "hurried" outside.

Last night we mostly just spent time with the pups, getting them used to us and us used to them. Eclipse is a very cuddly boy who prefers a good chin rubbing and a hug over a piece of kibble but is still picking up things quickly. He's also very calm and laid-back. Content to play with a ball for five minutes or less, or chew on a bone or stuffy for a short time and then curl up and go to sleep or just sit and watch what's going on around him. He's also catching onto his name very quickly and is offering "sit"s willingly, many times without a lure (we have to lure instead of push on their hips as a hand on the hip and shoulders is used to brace, not cue a sit). Both pups also successfully conquered going up Coreena's fourteen open-backed outdoor stairs last night with zero issues! Yay!Our last relieving was around 11 p.m. and I went to sleep around oh... probably 11:45 or 12. The pups then woke us up at 2:23 (I know, I'm a nerd) and I took Eclipse out as soon as he was quiet and he went immediately! Puppy potty parties are so very fun at 2:30 in the morning in the rain! lol. We got them back in bed after Coreena unsuccessfully attempted to get Eva to sleep and they settled down after 5-10 minutes and slept until 4:30 when we just got up with them and tried feeding them breakfast, which they refused to touch. So we gave them some water, relieved them and let them play until it was time to go "hurry" again.
Licking the water off each other's tongues after drinking. Make sense? (My FAVORITE pic BTW)
They both successfully peed so we headed back in, but little Eclipse sat down and refused to move so I took him back to the relieving area and told him to "hurry" and he quickly defecated and was then very happy to go back inside out of the rain. We definitely had a puppy potty party for that one! This morning the pups also conquered going DOWN all the stairs on their own, despite the fact that the last three were wet and slippery!

After that last relieving the pups crashed, apparently it was naptime. So at 7:30 I decided it sounded like a good idea so curled up with Eclipse and slept until 9:15! Those almost 2 hours of extra sleep were sorely needed and it was good bonding time, even if we were both sleeping! *grin*

The next post will cover the rest of the day today.

Ally & Alex w/ Eclipse, Teddy & Kira

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