30 July 2016 2.00 PM 70 F Overcast
Readers with better memories than me will doubtless recall the pleasure with which we related the arrival of Queen’s small litter of just 2 puppies. We noted how easy it was to take care of those little girls which left more time for the loving and playing with, rather than tidying, cleaning and generally being their servant. We also imagined that Queen had to be finding the raising of her 2 little angels somewhat less of a task than the 6 she had in her first litter, three years ago.
Fast forward 5 months, and now we’re not so sure……………. and Queen definitely isn’t convinced. Of course, usually by now, the pups have been moved into their own space and have learnt to co-operate, be sociable and just generally get on with each other. Their mothers have been returned to “gen pop” and the youngsters are safely ensconced in a secure pen until they too get to join the adult dogs.
With the house rebuild going on, and the subsequent disruption of our outside spaces and routines, Queen, Kenzi and Bella have stayed together. And those two little darlings have become rather over-confident and a bit disrespectful in their dealings with their mother. We’re fairly sure Queen didn’t put up with half the nonsense she does from these 2, when she had the 6, but perhaps that’s understandable. If she had, I’m not sure she would have made it out in one piece!
I don’t mind a bit of rough play – and the pups do know about bite control, because they are exceedingly gentle with us (if a little boisterous sometimes), but my goodness, they don’t half terrorise their mum. When we take them out for their walks, poor Queen runs for her life, as the 2 girls hunt her, knock her down and then proceed to drag her about until she squeals.
It’s not done with meanness, just an inappropriate amount of over-exuberance. The pups do know how to behave and are much more respectful of the other adult females they have met.
These two are both much more “bouncy” than our other Seppala pups – they both seem to spend as much time on just their back legs, as they do on all fours.
They are pretty confident around people, having interacted with all of the different guys working on our house over the months, but there is still a healthy degree of wariness around people they consider strangers.
I have a feeling Queen is going to be very happy to move back in with the adults and her two little darlings will doubtless discover that not all dogs are quite as forgiving as their mother.