What a horrific start to the day!!! We came down to a messy crate and a VERY messy puppy. Saffi was covered in her own poo and even had it on her forehead and ears. Luckily she has started to enjoy her baths in the kitchen sink, probably helped by the floating ball I keep in the water next to her. Once clean I set her back on the kitchen floor in preparation for breakfast and what did she do? She put her head in the cats’ litter tray for… well; you can use your imagination!!!
In general, it has been another busy week – Saffi had her second inoculation on Monday. Saffi’s first inoculation was done by our breeder’s vet using the brand ‘Nobivac’ and we were advised by our own vet that even though they don’t use or stock Nobivac her second inoculation should also be Nobivac. Apparently different brands cover different strains of Parvo and other doggie-related illnesses and therefore using a different brand for the first and second vaccination provides lower levels of cover. I called surrounding vets and learnt that Companion Vets at Pets at Home in New Maldon use Nobivac. My Aunt Ruth and Mum kindly took Saffi to Companion Care whilst I was at work, forewarning the vet that she likes a bit of drama and as predicted there was a bit of squealing! Some puppies can be poorly and/or tired for the remainder of the day following their vaccines but Saffi was as bouncy as normal. In a way I’m relieved that she didn’t receive her second vaccination at our usual vet – dogs can understandably become fearful of the vet (have you seen the size of the needles they use?!) and hopefully this is now less likely to happen. Companion Care vets also weighed her – at ten weeks she now weighs 3kg so she has gained 1 kg (approximately 2.2 lb.) in two weeks. I wonder if this rapid weight gain is, in part, due to ‘yummy’ litter tray truffles (gag)!?
Training continues to go well – she has been 99% ‘clean’ in the house for 3-4 days now. I’m swiftly realising that she’s a very clever girlie – she will sit by the back door to go out and when we oblige we discover she only wanted to go out to play! She has also learned that all her toys are kept on one of our bookshelves, out of reach. She sits beneath it and looks up mournfully until one of us relents and plays with her. And if we take a book from another of the shelves she jumps up, ready for action!
She still sleeps throughout the night without a peep and in fact, having read that some people’s puppies only sleep for six hours I think we’re incredibly lucky. Saffi will sleep from 10.30pm to 6.45am. When we go down in the morning she’s normally awake and waiting patiently. She does love her crate and frequently goes to it during the day for a little ‘time out’.
She loves our one-on-one training sessions and will now sit, jump up, do an anticlockwise and clockwise turn and come on command. We are working on ‘paw’ – I’ll try and video it, it’s too cute for words! We keep her training sessions short – the time it would take for the kettle to boil – and fun. I end our sessions with a command I know she has mastered so that each session ends on a positive note and always play or cuddle her afterwards.
Minor struggles we are having… her obsession with the bark and sticks in our garden and cigarette butts she picks up in my parents’ garden (they recently had building work done) and then there’s her love of chasing the poor cats.
This weekend she will have her first walk – we are so excited and in preparation have been attaching her lead and letting her trail it around the house (supervised) so that she gets used to it. We thought she’d get used to the lead and the novelty would wear off but she still is determined to carry it around the house. We’re not sure where we’ll take her for her first walk – watch this space!!!
Sadly, this weekend my Aunt Ruth is returning home. She kindly agreed to look after Saffi for the two weeks between Marcus and I returning to work and Saffi starting doggie day care – we really couldn’t have done this without her. She has been brilliant with Saffi – very patient and loving. Auntie Ruth caring for Saffi for these two weeks has also demonstrated how quickly a bond can be made between a person and a dog and it’s heart-warming to see them together.
Auntie Ruth with Saffi