There are literally thousands and thousands of dog toys on the market. Even places like Bed Bath and Beyond have dog toys. With all of those toys, you would think that one of them would be a puppy's favorite toy... But apparently none of those toys can compare to the coolest toy ever. The cardboard box.
The one thing that might possibly be as cool as cardboard boxes is... the water hose. It is very illusive. No matter how many times they catch it, it just keeps going. On hot days, Bonnie goes to the nozzle and tries to make the water come out by barking and chewing on the metal tip. Then she looks back and forth between the spiggot on the wall and us as if to show us where we need to go to turn the water on. Clyde was a little hesitant about going too close to the hose until he saw Bonnie having so much fun. He decided that he couldn't let his little sister be braver than he was and that he needed to show that water who was boss. Anytime they hear the hose start, they drop whatever they are playing with, smelling or looking at and come running. It's like the puppy version of the ice cream truck.
Over the weekend, Bonnie and Clyde experienced their first family gathering with Mom and Dad. The day started out like any other, but they soon knew something was different when they were allowed into Mom and Dad's room while they were getting ready to go. Bonnie got very serious and wouldn't let us out of her sight. I don't think she wanted to get left behind. They were a little concerned that they were allowed to go out of the front door (on a leash of course). Normally they don't get to use that door. Clyde was very hesitant about stepping off of the front porch. Much to their delight though, they were picked up and put in the car on a soft blanket and given treats to chew on. The little girl from across the street came too, and the puppies were very interested in smelling her hair bow from over the top of her car seat. She wasn't too interested in them at first.
After driving for a little while, the fun really started. At Grandma and Grandpa's house, there were lots of people to visit. Bonnie put on her best cute puppy face, and Clyde did his best to lick everyone. Relatives who were surprised that Mom and Dad had chosen to keep pitbulls were instantly won over by their friendliness and their puppy Jedi mind tricks.
They even got to play with a really big dog. Because the larger dog is older, the puppies were introduced to the big dog in stages and not let off of their leashes until all three were relaxed, wagging their tails and playing. Then, a small, hyper, bouncy dog arrived. Bonnie and Clyde had lots of fun running around the living room playing with him, and he was totally excited to be able to play with them. By the time we left to go back home, the little girl had started warming up to the puppies. We were shocked when she asked to hold Bonnie's leash when we took the dogs outside. She announced that when she is bigger, she will tell the puppies to sit. On the way back home, she decided that she was a big girl so she could tell them to sit now. She then proceeded to tell them to sit all the way home.
It was a very good visit, and the puppies were completely exhausted when we got home. They were more mellow than we've ever seen them and there were no objections at all when we sent them to bed. The entire family and the neighbors were all completely impressed by how cute and sweet the puppies were. I think that overall, Bonnie and Clyde represented the pitbull breed very well on their first big outing. We were very very proud of them.
Bonnie with her ears flopped back, looking very grown up (For the record, Mom decided that Bonnie and Clyde are perfect just like they are and don't need their ears cropped- plus she thinks it sounds cruel and painful. Dad disagrees, but knows that Mom likes their cute floppy ears. Dad is a very smart man and knows that it is always a good idea to keep Mom happy.)
First time pitbull owners who found two pitbull puppies abandoned on the side of the road and decided to adopt them...And then loved them so much, they decided to get two wonderful mastiffs.