Pictorial - Been busy puppy sitting

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Hi my sparkfriends, I hope you are all doing well and I've missed you all and I apologize for not being here for you....but as you will see, I've been very busy.

First meet, mom and Missy at the airport; Missy is a miniature Bichon Frise (2 months old & weighed 2 #).

As you know, my mom got a new puppy, Missy, in October. What you may not know is that my mom is ill and a week ago she was just so overwelmed by life that she asked me to take Missy (she is now 6 months old & weighs just over 5#).

Missy is like ankle velcro to my mom, so this separation would not be easy on either of them. Nor me for that matter, as Missy is not potty broke and I have carpet (mom has tile floors).

So in addition to potty training camp, Missy has been in crate camp. And anyone who knows puppies knows this means lots of yipping and howling. Great mystery: how can a pup that never even barks, bark continuously for over 8 hours and not get a sore throat?

So how does a five pound dog survive on a horse ranch? I put her in the wheelbarrow and hope she is smart enough to stay there (she was).

Missy positioned on top of the morning feed and just noticing all the horses calling me from the fenceline.

Hawk checking out the new on top of the food; Missy ducking that huge nose.

Missy getting worried because she is totally surrounded, even though Echo, Hawk, & Spot are all focused on the hay in front of them. For those looking for Big, he is my ankle velcro and he is directly behind me and the camera.

Potty training and exercise outside (thank goodness the weather was cooperative) has been hard on me. Cannot let this active little trouble maker out of your site! We had just finished business outside when she ran into the house grabbed something and went running back out the door before I could stop her - or see what she had grabbed.

I chased after her, never even getting close in this 'catch-me if you can, keep away' game.

Missy kept her distance as I called, coaxed, screamed, yelled, and still trompped after her.

We went around the house about 50 times, the car about 200. Just as I would get close (note she is posed to run again), she would take off again.

Finally, she got tired and out came the cats little rabbit fur catnip mouse. Slimmey, yuk!
It took almost two hours for this game to end, and no, I did not put it on my exercise tracker.

I learned my lesson. Missy was banned to a leash, no more unplanned games chasing her around the farm.

This is Bigs second ever rider. And I freaked out more about her walking around on his rump than he did (so no pics of that).

Mom called me almost every hour on the hour to see how her dog was. I don't know if this has been harder on her or me (no sleep, cleaning puppy mistakes, etc.) But Mom decided that she isn't too sick to take care of Missy and she has come and picked her up.

Me, I'm still sleeping, shear exhaustion!

Smiles - Debie
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    Adorable photos! She's really cute.
    3730 days ago
    Great pics and blog! Puppies are so cute AND so much work!
    3733 days ago
    Wow, what a trooper! I love all the pics, hopefully Missy will calm with age. I understand Bichons are very smart, I think I also saw they are often used as circus performers. Get some rest.
    3740 days ago
    Sorry, I missed this blog. It's a cute puppy, but what a bad little girl she was! That must have been so frustrating for you trying to catch the little bugger.

    3740 days ago
    Ah Yes..the old catch me, catch me game. Finally I learned I just had to ignore the puppy and sit in my chair outside. She then got bored and came up to me. LOVE the pic of the puppy horseback riding. What fun!!
    3743 days ago
    Rest up... you deserve a medal!
    3743 days ago
    Adorable pup and gorgeous horses. I love your blog!!!!! Glad your Mom is able to take the pup back and you can get back to your routine. It was a great workout though huh?

    3744 days ago
  • C11ELF16
    cute pics. Pups can be a full time job that is for sure. I have a 3 month old pup and she has to be watched every second. We bought a puppy play pen. It has been our savior. The pup can have a little play room with toys,a bed and wee wee pad....and not feel so couped up in a crate - While I can breathe a sigh of relief and not watch her while she is in there. Good luck pup sitting. Hope mom is better soon.
    3744 days ago
    Oh Lordy mercy! I got worn out just reading your blog, ha ha! I hope you recover from your adventure soon! emoticon
    3744 days ago
    What a GREAT blog!!
    Cute pictures!
    3744 days ago
    Missed you too deb and I loved this blog! (Yes I was one of the ones, going "wheres BIG in this picture!" but then I got my fix further down. It is exhausting having a puppy isnt it?? she sounds like a rascal! Bet she had a great time at her "sissy's ranch" lol....glad to hear from you my friend and thanks for the blog comments!!
    3744 days ago
    Missy is adorable.
    3744 days ago
  • SHEILAG1963
    I missed you too! I don't miss having a puppy around, but she is cute. Big is sooo patient. I could put a puppy on Charlotte or Rocky and have a rodeo!!

    I'm glad Mom came and got her and she is home, so you can catch up on your sleep!
    3744 days ago
    Sounds like hard work! Lovely photos of such a cute puppy and lovely horses. Thank you for sharing!
    3745 days ago
  • MOM4407BECKY
    Puppy sitting is harder that babysitting it seems. I loved the pictures.
    3745 days ago
    glad your mom is feeling well enough to take back the pup - actually I'm sure they are both feeling better being back together. hope you get some rest and thanks for sharing - love the pics! take care of you
    3745 days ago
  • CATLADY_56
    Very cute pup. Hope the whole training of the dog mom goes well for you. emoticon
    3745 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    Awwwwww-she is so adorable. One of our fave breeds of dogs! I would love to have one, but allergies prevent that, plus like you said-too much work! So loved the pics of her and the horses. Too cute with her on Big! Missed you here lately, but glad you are still hanging in there. Sorry about all the problems and your Mom. Thanks for making me smile today with the great blog! emoticon
    3745 days ago
    That was a beautiful story! Wow that name suits her. She is just beautiful! I have a Bichon x Poodle and he also can be naughty and run away from home if he gets out the gate! He does eventually come home! We live in a cul de sac and there is a huge park at the end of it and he goes there to visit his friends. emoticon
    3745 days ago
    Debie, I absolutely LOVED this blog! Missy is ADORABLE, and I love the ones of her on Big the most! Our puppy chewed my Wii cord and I don't know WHAT I'm going to do now! Surely there will be a way to fix it! Puppies are precious, but they can sure be destructive! I hope you enjoy Missy and that she will learn all the important things to learn, like potty training! We're still working on that with Jazzie, too! emoticon Oh, and YES, I missed you!
    3745 days ago
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