Oh right. Haha!
Oh right. Haha!
Education not Legislation
I am a tad in two minds here.
Hubby found a place where Pretty has now twice pee'd on the carpet. In all honesty it was probably during the night and I failed to wake.
The weather is mild again. It was actually rather cool down her end of the house yesterday, compared with me sweating like a pig down there the day before. Both days the wubbles were behaving the same, still happy to spread out and sleep and not coming to her for warmth. I am thinking of transferring them to the box and Pen. I am though in two minds. To wait a day or so or to do it now. She is very accepting of any movement with them. They have been in a basket each time I change her bedding. She seems to be the type of dog who is just happy seeing they are ok. They were in the basket mewling away for 15mts when hubby was finishing the box. Whilst she went to them anxiously and kept looking at me she also went and laid on her bed nearby and waited patiently till she had them back (up and down to check on them)
Hubby would also like his bed back. he is not pushing this and it is my decision what I will do.
Hmmmm, input? I can always bring them back in in any extreme weather but I can't see a snowstorm on the horizon.
I really think its better for you not too hassle them too much. I don't think they shoul be moved until their eyes open at about 1-2 weeks old.
They only go by smell and touch before this, so a sudden change of environment can stress them out.
Education not Legislation
I have to move them to change the bedding as she is still discharging.
Journal entry. I am also concerned re the massive problem with flies and later on mozzies.
There is fly screen being tacked to the top of the long sided opening, it will be weighted down in a few areas on the overhang so I can lift it when I need to to get to the pups and bedding. Lid can still be lowered if needs be. Hubby is giving up a few of his heavy fishing sinkers for a while. The front entrance will be screened too from the top. Pretty will have to push her way in and out (like a doggy door) It will not swing back into place so hubby and I will adjust it. He is happy to check it when he parks the ute nearby and I will be in and out of the house too. There are millions under there when we were just there. A fly trap will be hung in the corner of the carport and hopefully they will be attracted there more. The one in a tree has nearly 2 inches of dead flies trapped.
I realise the fly screen front entrance will not last once the pups get destructive.
Chicken wire is now going on the gates too as we speak. One of the Futon front bits will be lowered a few inches in the dirt so it is a bit easier for Pretty to jump when she wants time away.
I think I have all bases covered.
I owe hubby big time for all his effort and interest in the well being of them.
We have moved.
It is a lovely day here today.
As Pretty was still outside after River woke me, the others all content I decided that it was the time to move them to the pen with the least amount of stress. I did not have a wonderful night's sleep due to separation anxiety....MINE.
The now fly screened box.
I bundled up the pups,(would have had to do this anyway to change the bedding.) Her discharge has now more or less stopped so I might go a couple of days between changes now. I showed her the pups and off we trotted to the pen. I put them in.
We have lowered one of the gates so it is easy for her to jump over
I then showed her how to get to the fly screened entrance. She went in, checked them, (they were still settled) then out again. We did this a few times. I then settled on my chair while she roamed around, chewed a bone, went for a walk, checking in now and then.
She had started on a hole to lie in yesterday, tried it out
so she decided to widen it a bit.
Meanwhile I am covered in flies, the pups have none in with them and I am starving, need a coffee and wished I had brought my book out while waiting for the pups to stir to see how she went in with them. I went inside the house, she followed.
She went down to her bed and did a bit of cleaning up (I think she wants her rental bond back)
We came inside and out a few times to reinforce they are not there anymore.
Back out again she checked them through the side panel and decided if they could have a sleep, so could she, away from them but so close she just needed to cock open an ear.
All this has taken about two and a half hours. No hassles, no problems. Wubbles seem happy, she seems rapt to be outside and can get in and out of the pen when she wants to, is in her beloved carport. Before when she was taking a break outside she would be wanting in at the slightest puppy noise heard through the window. Now she lies nearby, judges if she is needed or not.
Ahhhh, the natives are getting restless so in she goes.
I wait, talking to her as she looks at me through the gauze. She settles in to feed them and when they are settled and feeding I tell her I am now going inside, come visit when you are able.
I am STILL starving. Do you realise how long this takes to do on dialup???
Off now to get some food. Hopefully my tech will be here at 3.
Woohoo, tech arrived as soon as I posted this, replaced modem and something in the dish and I am back on broadband!
Last edited by Di_dee1; 11-05-2009 at 12:25 PM.
Sounds like she's got the hang of things
She is such a sweetie
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