Wednesday, September 9, 2009

HEALTHY PUPPIES

The puppies were in to see their doctor today. They were weighed, checked, given injections to keep them healthy, and sent home with a bone-shaped dog biscuit each. In about 10 days they should have a fairly high level of immunity to most diseases (except rabies -- they get their rabies shots next month). So we'll keep them on a fairly short lead for the time being. (More about that, later.)

For the record, Sadie weighs 9.35 kg. (20.6 pounds) while Nuala weighs 9.15 kilograms (20.1 pounds). That's about twice what they weighed when they came home roughly a month ago.

Vet is very happy with their condition at 3 months.


We attribute their overall health to their lifestyle.

They play in the yard . . .



. . . or snooze in the sun . . .


. . . unless there is a work project to supervise.



After that, it's inside for a healthy meal, . . .


. . . and a long sleep in the sunroom at the back of the house (or wherever they decide).


I wouldn't want you to get the idea that they're pampered, or living in the lap of luxury. (Even if they are.)

Tomorrow, they start walking outside. We had time to practice that with them inside the mall where their doctor's office is located; I think they'll do fairly well outside.


P.S.: From the size of their paws, Vet. thinks they will be BIG DOGS when they grow up.

30 comments:

The Blog Fodder said...

Good pictures of leading a dog's life (Rob-Bear style). They should do pretty good on leashes. Those long retractable ones work so well. Except when they decide to stop and fight. Then you have to unbraid the leashes.

French Fancy said...

How were they on the lead for the first time?

I envy you your puppy love - even though bichon frises retain their playful ways all their lives, nothing beats the look of a puppy

Wipso said...

What gorgeous puppies. Makes you just want to hug them. A x

Arosebyanyothername said...
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Arosebyanyothername said...

That is going to be interesting as the longest journey he has had in the car so far is 1 hour. The journey to Fournoules, in the Avergne will be two days - about 16 hours driving, and two overnight stops. We shall be going through the channel tunnel as I daren't risk the ferry until he is used to being left in the car overnight.
Have fun with your pups - it looks like they are bundles of fun.

CAMILLA said...

So pleased to hear the darling Pups are doing well Rob-bear, I am sure too that is because they have a wonderful caring Bear looking after them. Love the pictures of Sadie and Nuala, and yes from those big paws they are going to be gorgeous big bundles of fur.

I have bestowed to you an award Rob-bear and have left you the picture on my post in the common room.

Camilla

lampworkbeader said...

Are you sure they are puppies, they look just like little lambs to me?

Rob-bear said...

Things are going really well, folks.

® BF: They're working well on leads. We had a muzzle sort of collar adaptation, which they didn't like. When we took them off those, they caught on to the idea of "loose leash" walking very quickly. Fun to walk -- almost run.

® FF: Yes, there is something special about puppies. These will get to be big girls, and easier to work with, I trust.

® Wipso: You can hug them, long distance, any time you want.

® Rose: Happy travels with your Charlie Wippet. Our girls ride around in the car for errands. We haven't taken any long trips -- we don't travel much.

® Camilla: Yes, puppies are good! And they are going to be big puppies.

And thanks for the award. That is extremely kind.

® lampworkbeader: Not lambs. Actually they're baby Bears disguised as puppies.

Withy Brook said...

Lovely lucky puppies Bear. I am envious.

Wendy said...

My dog was reading that post over my shoulder and wants me to ask you if you can adopt her, too!

Snowbrush said...

"Pampered"? Hardly. The poor things look downright abused, what with having to sleep on the floor instead of in YOUR bed, and, when they wake up, being forced to play on a lawn that could stand some touching up with a rake. And what are your plans when winter comes--will you have their indoor gym completed by then?

Renee said...

How lucky they are to live in a wonderful home full of love.

xoxox

Rob-bear said...

® Withy: You can virtually adopt one if you'd like.

® Wendy: Sorry, one more dog and we're outnumbered. That would be the end of us! But tell her we love her; that might help.

Snow: Actually the pictures don't tell the whole story. They do sleep on our beds, when THEY want to. (Perhaps you missed the "or wherever they decide.") The lawn looks like it does because they have re-organized it to suit their fancies. The indoor gym is ready now, complete with treadmill and various other objects.
"Pampered" is the correct word. (I wish I lived as well as they do!)

® Renee: And they want to share the love -- to you, and Jacquie, and Sheldon, and others facing the adversities of life. They even give out the little "rose" gift posted on this blog to anyone who needs it.

Irish Eyes said...

Cute! and then they grow up!

Rob-bear said...

® IE: thanks for visiting. Puppies are already half grown. Can it get any worse than this? ;)

studio lolo said...

Thanks for your visit and for the nice comment regarding the lab painting. I was a vet tech for 36 years~animals are in my blood.
Are the girls Labradoodles? They're awfully cute. Pups have a way of making us forget our troubles for a while. It looks like they have a wonderful life!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

They are gorgeous dogs!!!! AND, they should be pampered!!!! Love dogs, and I can tell you do too! Cheers! Janine

Rob-bear said...

® No, sl: these are Standard Poodles. We had two others before. We trained them to work with my wife (Momma bear) in a long term care facility where many residents had congitive dysfunctions (like Alzheimer). People in those conditions relate to a dog much better than to a person.

Rob-bear said...

® S&S: Thanks for dropping by. We love dogs, all right. We've had seven over the years. These are our third and fourth Standard Poodles. (Sadie is sleeping at my feet as I write this.)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I wouldn't have missed stopping by to see you, my friend, for all the world!!! And btw, Standard Poodles are wonderful and very smart!!! Great choice!!!! We may have to get another dog soon...I miss my foot warmer ;-) All the best to you, my friend! ~Janine

Rob-bear said...

® S&S: "Standard Poodles are wonderful and very smart!!" Which is why we have chosen them as our family/working dogs. Hope you get a wonderful dog, soon! Hope you're having a great time, especially in blogland.

GutsyWriter said...

Wow! They sure have grown big since I last visited you. Has it been that long? They are adorable. What do you think they will weigh as adults?

Rob-bear said...

® Sonia: Their dad was about 80 pounds; their mom about 50 pounds. Female Standard Poodles often range 35 to 50 pounds (though a range of 45 to 60 pounds is considered normal). I expect these two females will be in the upper end of that range, because they have big feet already. (Our previous SPs were about 35 pounds.) I'll let you know as they develop.

bodran... said...

My perms never turned out like theres !! your dogs look as hard done by as mine .

Bella said...

They look like two big blobs of black! They're so curly too! Reminds me a little of an airedale we used to have. Did you say they were Labradoodles?

Rob-bear said...

® Bodran: They haven't had their hair done yet. After they have, they'll look like dogs, not fru-frus. And, yes, life is pretty easy. Eat, sleep, and play during the day; sleep at the master's feet while he's reading in the evening. Tough, eh?

® Bella: Standard Poodles - full size. Noses will be table height when they grow up. Originally bred as hunting dogs (with webbed paws), they are used for such diverse purposes as herding and police work.

Twiglet said...

He he - I am not a great dog lover but I have to agree with little sister Wipso - they look so o o cuddly!!

Rob-bear said...

® Twiglet: even if you're not a major dog lover, you can still have a virtual cuddle any time. They'll love it. So will you. Virtually.

Calico Kate said...

What gorgeous girls with wonderful ruffly coats.
CKx

Rob-bear said...

® CK: Beautiful coats; perfect "leaf magnets" in the autumn. ;))