Thursday, June 20, 2013
Yesterday, I picked up my new puppy, who for the moment I'm still calling Willie. I also picked up a second puppy for transport. I was amazed at how well both puppies traveled. They had already been on the road for 11 hours before I picked them up near East St. Louis, and we were on the road for another 5.5 hours. I decided to stop as the sun was going down to let the puppies out for one last potty break. Sure glad I did it while it was still light. They hadn't been on a leash before and it was like trying to walk a couple of garter snakes! They didn't have a clue and they were in no mood to learn this particular skill at this particular moment in time.
I pulled in about 12:15 a.m. and decided to sleep in the sun room with the pups so we'd be close to the back door if they had to go out at some outrageously early hour. Both Willie and his sister were quite good and slept until about 5 a.m. Since they hadn't eaten since the morning before and they had been cooped up in crates for more than 20 hours, I got up and feed them and then walked with them out in the field, hoping they would wear themselves out and I could grab another couple hours of sleep. I also used the early breakfast to introduce Willie to a clicker. His sister discovered the agility tunnel and ran through it a couple of times before Willie joined her. I think he's going to be a lot of fun to work with.
It took a while, but they were finally willing to zonk out again. Reese's family picked her up about an hour ago and now it is just Willie and the pack.