Tuesday, September 28, 2021

How much is that doggie in the window?

I’m singing the same song and second verse this week. Not much gets accomplished craft wise because of a certain little four pounder that has taken over our house! How could I not have remembered how much work puppies are? Would we give her back? Absolutely not. She has wormed her way into our hearts. She is a biter. I know her teeth are hurting her and that’s why she’s chewing on anything she can including our hands and toes.  Every morning Dennis puts her in the bed with me after he takes her outside and I wake up to her smothering me with kisses. I love it!

I had to go to the dentist this afternoon and while I was gone Dennis put her bed up onto his desk so she could take a nap in the sunshine. Guess who has her daddy wrapped around her little paw? Her brown spots are getting darker by the day.

Piper got her school pictures back already. Her grandpa doesn’t like it because he says it makes her look about 16. I think she has a beautiful smile and I love her hair.

Three days in a row these two were able to play together. Friday I brought Lizzie to our house while Mandy worked at the schools fundraiser all day. Saturday was our obedience lesson so they were together all afternoon.

On Sunday Mandy had a memorial service so after church we went out to their house and stayed with Piper and Lizzie. These two were exhausted at the end of all three days.

I finally started working on some Christmas things this week. In the move, four a pairs of hand knit socks were lost. I kept hoping they would show up somewhere, but we have never found them and we’ve been through every unpacked box at least twice, most four or five times!

I have started the ornaments for the grandkids. Mandy, you can’t let Piper see this.😍 Obviously this one is for Piper and all I have completed is the cross stitch portion. I still have to finish it.

This one is for Kyleigh and I just started it last night. It is the same design.

I did finish Lizzy‘s doggy sweater and gave that to Mandy and I also made two baby hats that I have put away to take to the hospital.

Honestly it’s all I can do to keep the house halfway presentable with this puppy. I don’t remember housebreaking taking quite this long before. She’s doing very well, but only if we remember to take her out. She’s not really letting us know. If any of you have tips or tricks for housebreaking puppies feel free to let me know. I’ve had a few comments from past posts and we’ve tried everything that’s been suggested.

Dennis and I got our first shingles Shingrix shots last Wednesday. (I have no idea if I spelled that right.) Thankfully it didn’t bother him at all, but I ran a low-grade temperature for two nights and my arm was swollen, red and hot until today. Since I have had shingles in the past, the doctor wanted to make sure that I had the shot. Since our insurance covered it we figured we better get the shots now while we had the coverage. I have had more vaccinations this year than I have since grade school. We have to get the second shot sometime after November 22. Then, unless we get the Covid booster, I think we’ll be done with shots for a while.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m enjoying reading about fall in all of the various areas you live in. And of course it’s spring down south. I’m praying that you all have a great week.

Blessings and love,
Betsy

20 comments:

  1. Aren't puppies the cutest ever! But they are as much work as babies, I think. My neighbor has a new puppy, too, so I am enjoying all the puppy stories.

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  2. Look at those little snuggle bunnies! Those puppies are so darling. I remember Pup taking her sweet time being housebroken. Little dogs are harder to train I think because they have so much more ground to cover with those little legs getting them to the place they need to be when they have to go. They also do wrap men around their little finger. Pup could care less about me. She's The Mister's dog even though I do all the work and worry.

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  3. Investment time is what you are doing--it will pay off with a healthy, happy dog!
    The cross stitch is so cute! Your grand is beautiful!

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  4. Betsy, you are surrounded by beauty. There is your new house and its surroundings, the puppies, Dennis and your kids but especially Piper. Isn't it amazing how fast they grow up. I see your granddaughter and I think how our two granddaughters are growing up in similar fashion.
    I love hearing you share about your family and your puppies.
    You take care, my friend.
    Blessings and HUGS
    Kim

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  5. Awwwwwwww....looks like Zoe likes her spot in the sunshine!

    Oh my ..... Piper is really growing up. What a beautiful photo.

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  6. Cute puppy photos! I haven’t done any knitting this summer. I’m hoping cooler weather will prompt me to get out the needles.

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  7. i JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG AND I love the photos of the puppies. Your granddaughter is lovely. You are blessed!

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  8. Piper is growing up and looks lovelier every year!!
    The Christmas cross stitch ornaments are going to be so nice. I'm surprised that you have time to work on them. Hopefully puppy care time will ease up as the months pass. Take care, GM

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  9. I would like to have a warm, sunny spot like that myself in the winter... but I think Jerry would give me a funny look if I climbed on my desk to do that. 😆 // I've thought all along that Piper looks older than her real age. // I find it hard to believe I have a grandson and his fiance who will be having their first child at the end of December -- I feel like I was just holding him as a baby! // I barely have time right now to work on this year's ornaments for our kids/grandkids... hoping things settle down around here so I can! Be blessed, my friend!

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  10. Puppies especially little one have small bladders! It takes on the average about 4 months to train them. She needs a kennel with a door. Why you say? Until she is trained she needs a place, when you cannot keep an eye on her she should be in the kennel. You can tie a bit of clothes line to you and to her so you know what she is doing all the time. She needs supervision and a routine...use an egg timer and set it for every hour...then take her out to the same spot and say Potty...or pee or whatever word you want to use and when she does it give her lots of praise!!! LOTS!! If she potties in the house...scold her and take her outside right away...even if she has mostly done. Sooner or later she should give you a sign...Chance would put his head on my knee...and then look at the door or sit in front of the door and then look at me. She is a little dog...so it takes longer...and more patience. I would not let her run free until she is house trained or under supervision. End of lecture on potty training a dog! :) Piper does look like a teenager!! She is so cute!

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    1. What Far Side said! ☝🏻 This is basically what we did long ago with our two doggos and the cat 👍🏻 ... worked to perfection! It's also what I was told to tell customers about training dogs/cats many years ago (I worked at a greenhouse that had a small pet department). Good luck!

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    2. What a beautiful photograph of Piper and she certainly has the most gorgeous smile! How time does fly! Fabulous photo of those two little ones snuggled up together. keep well Amanda x

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  11. The dogbabies are going to be great friends. I've started a new cross stitch also, not for anyone, just me. No doubt about it, Piper is a cutie!!

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  12. The puppies are cute and obviously love each other! Piper is so adorable! I am sure she will enjoy her gift you have made for her. I finally was able to get my Alaska photos on my laptop last night. Downloading changed a bit but I finally go it figured out. So good to see Alaska again via photos. Have a good weekend!

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  13. Cute puppy! I got pretty sick from the Shingles vaccine; both ones, but still worth it.

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  14. ESOS PERRITOS SON ADORABLES BETSY, SEGURO QUE LE DAN MUCHO TRABAJO JAJAJAJA. ¿ASI QUE HA TENIDO CULEBRILLA EN EL PASADO? NO SABIA QUE EXISTIA VACUNA PARA ESO, AQUI CUANDO UNA PERSONA SEA NIÑO O GRANDE LA PADECE, LA ENVIAN CON UNA CURANDERA O MUJER QUE CURA CON PALABRAS, YO NO LO RECOMIENDO, ES PREFERIBLE CONCURRIR AL MEDICO, PERO ELLOS A VECES DICEN QUE NO PUEDEN CURARLA. ESPERO QUE PUEDA ENCONTRAR SUS MEDIAS TEJIDAS, TODAVIA NO PUDE RECUPERAR SU ENVIO, ESPERO QUE ALGUN DIA, ATERRICE EN MI HOGAR. AQUI ES PRIMAVERA, HAY DIAS FRIOS TODAVIA, PERO SE SIENTE EL CLIMA PRIMAVERAL PORQUE COMIENZAN A FLORECER LAS PLANTAS, LAS FLORES Y LAS ALERGIAS, ESTUVE MUY RESFRIADA LA SEMANA PASADA, FUE DE TERROR, TODAVIA LO ESTOY, PERO YA SE ESTA ALEJANDO, GRACIAS A DIOS. LE ENVIO MI CARIÑO A LA DISTANCIA. QUE DIOS LA SIGA BENDICIENDO.

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  15. Puppies are so much fun and work at the same time. I don't think that I have had clean floors for more than a day at the most since getting Beulah. That dog loves the mud and if there is a sprinkler on anywhere in the yard she's in it or digging around where a faucet drips. Her sweet feet are always tracking in something or other, but like you said, they quickly find a place in our hearts and having them around becomes more important than clean floors. Doggy kisses are one of the highlights of my day :)

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  16. Oh, my goodness! Those puppies are just adorable. I love the photo of your puppy looking out the window. I think she was looking for you and waiting for you to come home! I agree that Piper looks so much older! My, how quickly they do grow up! And these days, it seems like they look so much older than they are. God bless you and all your family, sweet friend.

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  17. Those two puppies are just the cutest! YOu seem to be getting some stitching done despite the puppy taking up time. Love the ornament for Piper - she will love it too.

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