Saturday, I loaded up all the kids that were home and went to look at puppies. I am going to apologize for the pictures right from the start. I think we were all so excited that we didn’t pay close enough attention to the camera.
Kelli found this litter of pups through a friend of a friend.
The family who is raising them lives about a half hour from our house. Let me tell you…I was worse than a five year old on the entire trip.
The family who had the puppies are beagle lovers. The guy explained that he grew up with beagles and even hunts with the mom, Jewel. The dad is his brother’s dog, who also is a beagle lover. The families little five year old son was taking his role as keeper of the puppies very seriously and was doing a great job loving and caring for them.
As you can see from the photo, there were lime colored beagle and tri colored beagle pups in the litter. The mom and dad were both lighter colored than Gracie was. We were looking for a female tricolor. That left us with two choices…or so I thought….
The puppies had grown LOTS! They are four weeks old here. The one in the center is a female and other tricolor is a male. The kids campaigned and campaigned to pick that male.
Here’s Kayla trying to convince me to pick him….Karl too. He was the chubbiest and quickest. He was even trying to chew on one of the kids’ shoes. They thought that was cute…me I knew I didn’t want the highest energy pup thanks to reading Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan.
Kelli spent lots of her time holding the light colored female.
She had quite a bit of white on her head. She was mellow and was one of the smallest puppies. She was real gentle and real calm. I was tempted to pick her but I liked the coloring on the other female better and the kids were still hounding me to pick the chubby male.
That chubby little boy was everywhere…maybe he would be okay….oh but that calm girl would be nice. Gosh, I wished that calm girl had darker coloring but wait…I didn’t need to wish that because there was this little tricolor girl…
I felt very comfortable with the family that was raising her. She was living in clean comfortable living conditions. The parents both looked very happy and healthy. It was the mom’s first litter and she looked to be caring for all seven pups wonderfully. The family was socializing them with humans perfectly.
The only problem, we have to wait until November to pick her up. At least we know she is being well taken care of.
We have started thinking of names…right now Ruby, Penny and Dixie are on the list. I am leaning toward Ruby but am open to other suggestions and I want to really have her here before we completely finalize a name. My little nephew suggested, PuppyCow (Like Kelli’s Puppycat) or Pupsicle. This is the same little nephew who wanted to know if it was okay if I was still his “Auntie Jo-Gracie”. He has two aunt Jo’s and has identified me by my dog Gracie….he’s the cutest kid!!
I am busy reading puppy books. Right now it’s How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond. Next I’ll be reading My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD). Hopefully between those I’ll glean a little information. I’ve never raised a house dog…it will be a new challenge! Feel free to pass along some advice for raising a puppy or some puppy names.
I got a sweet note from Connie at Country Threads…she said, “I always say life is too short to be dog less.” You know, I think she’s right.