It’s Halloween. I haz candy for you.

After much (delirious, feverish) deliberation on puppy names (whilst laying in a semi-coma of flu on my sofa), I have decided to go with the candy theme in honour of Halloween.  Christmas reindeer – had that litter already.  Snow White and the 7 Dwarves?  Had that litter too.  Dance names – ditto.  But candy – we’ve never done candy names.  And oh my goodness, are these little chubbos ever sweet!  It seems fitting.

So let me re-introduce the family to you.

(Babe) Ruth (keeping a watchful eye on Drooly TWoo)
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and her kidlets

Mars (merle male)
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Snickers (merle male)
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Smartie (merle male)
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Aero (black and brown male)
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(Oh) Henry (black and brown male)
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Twix (sable female)
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Tootsie (black and white female)
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and Pixie (black and white female)
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The “black” puppies are actually not all black, they have brown (not red) running through their coats.  I hope this makes them more palatable to applicants, as the all black or mostly black puppies are always the last to go.  Remember how not a single applicant chose Dexter?

Fools.
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I came |thisclose| to naming them after flu- related things, like Nyquil, Juice, Soup, Fever, Tears, Whiny etc.

I am still trying to get a bead on how old the pups are.  Their eyes just started opening the day before I picked them up, which made them anywhere from 10-14 days old, but they are very active for 2 week old puppies – they already follow me around a little bit in the pen, they wrestle a little, and they are trying to eat from Ruthie’s bowl at meal times.  Ruthie does not like that one bit.  She needs all the nutrition she can get, since the pups are sucking her dry!  She still looks like a commercial sow though.
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Poor thing.  She is not a young dog – I would guess 3 or 4 years old, and I doubt this is her first litter.  That’s criminal.  She is a very nice dog though, super eager to please, and she gets on just fine with my dogs, provided they don’t go near her puppies.  Before we worked out a good enter/exit plan for exercise and potty breaks, she kicked ten kinds of holy hell out of Tweed for looking at the XPen – he just curled into a ball and cried.  Now everyone goes out, then she joins me on a leash, and we do it in reverse when we come back home – she goes inside first to her puppies, I go back outside, yell at TWooie for slinking alongside the chicken coop, and get everyone else back inside.

The hens are mostly over their TWooie Terror and one of them even laid me an egg!  Unfortunately, she also stomped it into smithereens before I could get to it, but at least it’s a start.  I am now bribing them with the leftovers from my garden that are now going to seed, and a friend is going to give me a couple more actively laying hens to see if I can’t kick start the others into a competitive egg laying contest :)

Anyway, Ruth’s only real vice is her propensity to simply … leave when the mood strikes her.  If we are out for a walk and she decides to go, she’s gone.  The fact that until today she had no name has not helped me at all either, as she doesn’t seem to think “HEY YOU!  GET BACK HERE!” is a command worth listening to.  However, she DOES think that liver brownies are a paycheque worth coming for, so with every walk her recall gets better and better.  And she seems to be really enjoying getting the opportunity to get out there and run some
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Even if she looks a little awkward with her boobs flopping around like dying dolphins.
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I’ve been thinking on her possible breed mixes and I think I’ve come up with what is as likely as anything else.

I was at the trial this morning very briefly, just to say hi to some friends and also to pick up a generous amount of raw food that Mark (you know, the gay Australian cowboy?) brought for me.  Ruth is sucking back about 3-4 lbs of raw a day, plus a couple cups of Evo, so this was greatly appreciated.  Thanks Mark!  And while I am thanking people, thanks to Joe who comes in while I am at work and potties mum, and cuddles puppies for me!

Anyway, a gal there had a dog that was a border collie X cattle dog, and her head shape and tail, and body shape, really reminded me of Ruth.  I have heard that first generation cattle dog crosses are always spotty, but I also know that merle is dominant, so I think it’s plausible that she is an Aussie X Cattle dog.

Whatever she is, she is lovely.
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I have no idea what the daddy was, of course, but he sure made some beautiful puppies.

Here’s the best shot I could get of all 8 little sleepyheads in a sort of row.
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When you’re as sick as I am, puppy therapy is the only way to go.  I sometimes just crawl into the pen with them all, lay down, and nap amongst the tiny furry bodies. It doesn’t last long, because they are loud, but it’s heaven while it does.

I look sort of like this when I do it.
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Mother Nature has been very kind to me today – it’s been mostly sunny out all day so I got a chance to clean out the chicken coop, and take the dogs for a nice run on the property
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But all that exertion has exhausted me, so I am going back to bed for a little while.

You’re boring, and that makes me sad.
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Happy Halloween everyone!  Stay safe and watch out for those pesty firecrackers.  Halloween is a busy time for shelters because frightened dogs are always running off to escape the scary noises, so don’t leave your dog unattended in the yard – better yet, safely crate them until the hullabaloo is over.  This has been a public service message from your friendly shelter worker :)

Flu you, pal

Ugh.  I woke up this morning, my first post-movie free day off, with knives buried in my throat and some kind of flashing heater in my sinuses and brainpan.  I feel like ten kinds of poop, and this thing is kicking my ass all around the house.  I can’t remember the last time I was this sick!  In fact, I think the last time I felt this lousy with a cold or a flu was probably when I had Mona and her puppies sharing my very tiny living space.  Remember spotty mama Mona and her spotty puppies, from Chilliwack Animal Control?

So it really will not surprise you, then, that I have decided to recreate past periods of my life, and being the authentic sort that I am, I am even replicating the flu.

Meet spotty mama dog.  And her spotty puppies.  From Chilliwack Animal Control.  Sharing my tiny living space.
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The only difference is that this spotty mama dog has 8 puppies rather than 7.

Black and white male
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Almost all black female
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Sable female
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Light merle male (now with extra attitude!)
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Another, mellower, light merle male
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Darker, split face merle male
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And one more mostly black female who was busy eating and didn’t want to pose for photos.

I have no idea what mama dog is.  She is obviously an Aussie mix – she has Aussie face, and Aussie pants/butt (with a tail) but her coat is short and very bushy.  Maybe mixed with shepherd?  She is stocky and weighs about 50lbs or a little less – 35lbs of that are her boobs, I think.  She’s a little larger than Tweed.
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Make that Tweed AKA “Pervy Uncle.”  He is, as I type, ensconced firmly by the XPen keeping a watchful eye on the puppies he desperately wants to hump.  Mama dog keeps snarling him away, and he keeps coming back and leering at her offspring.
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Mama is very unhappy with the other dogs, but she’s only been her for, like, an hour.  She is pretty stressed out, and who can blame her?  She came from a crowded shelter to my house full of strange dogs with her very young puppies.  Their eyes have just started opening in the last 24 hours, so they are maybe 10 days old or so?

And speaking of unhappy, I present you with photographic proof that most dogs with dog-aggro issues are just stressed out and afraid.
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This is what TWooie has been doing ever since I brought these 9 strangers into his home and sanctuary.  I nearly went ass over teakettle slipping in the *puddles* of drool he is leaving all over the floor.

Poor TWooie!
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Thankfully, TWooie will not be stressed out for too long.  Auntie Hilary, TDBCR puppy raiser extraordinaire (she raised Dexter and his siblings!), is taking these cuties off my hands as soon as she returns from vacation in 10 days.  I just didn’t want to leave them in the shelter any longer than I had to, because a shelter is no place for a mama to raise her puppies.  That’s not a comment on CAC – they do their best, and remember I too work in an Animal Shelter. But my shelter is to the rural shelters what the Shangri-la is to a shady roadside motel run by a guy named Chuck.  All the kennels were full at CAC, and there was ANOTHER litter of maybe shepherd mix type puppies there as well, just a little older than this litter.  It’s just sad.  So I brought these guys home with me and will suffer through my flu-fog and no-doors, open-plan, tiny home with 14 dogs in it for the next 10 days just to make sure they get the best start possible.

And you’ll just have to suffer through 10 days of photos like this that make you all melty.  Aww gee, poor you.
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Now I am going to lie down on the sofa with poor, drooly TWoo and wait for my fever to break.  Blargh.

PS – if you can think of a good theme for names, don’t hesitate to suggest them!  5 males, 3 females, and a mama dog.  Any ideas?

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