A mid-Autumn Picture Post
We have been experimenting with Mom's phone camera. Even though these pictures aren't totally clear, I decided to include them in this picture post. Notice Miss M cleaning the cat's ear while Mr. C lunges on the bed. Just a normal evening at our house.
Getting Ready for the Holidays
With the cold front we are having now, Mom has been in a holiday mood. She was cleaning up on Saturday and moved some things around while folding clothes. She noticed that one of her teddy bears had fallen on the floor, but she didn't think about it too much because Miss M and Miss B were out helping her. Neither one of them seems to mess with stuffed animals too much. When it was Mr. M's turn to help with the cleanup effort, Mom forgot that the teddy bear was within puppy reach. Mr. M is not quite as friendly with teddy bears as Miss M or Miss B. Mom noticed that Mr. M and Miss S were being a little quiet- not usually a good sign. When she went to check on them, she noticed a trail of stuffing. It didn't take long to remember the teddy bear that Miss B had been using as a pillow. Unfortunately for the teddy bear, it was just too late for the bear to be rescued.
Miss S and Mr. M have an understood agreement when it comes to toys and treasures. When one has a toy or something fun, they will sit and wait patiently for a while to give the first one a chance to chew on whatever it is. Then they eventually take it, at which point the first puppy lets them chew on it for a while before eventually taking it back. They take turns. Notice Miss S waiting patiently for her turn to tear up the teddy bear.
Finally, Miss S took the opportunity to take the teddy bear (or what was left) and decided to relocate to a safer spot so that she could have more time alone with the teddy bear.
As with most games, the destruction of the teddy bear soon turned into a group effort.
Miss S tried to convince Mom that they weren't actually making a mess. Miss S argued that she and Mr. M were trying to make fake snow to use as holiday decorations. Mom didn't quite buy it.
In between folding clothes and picking up pieces of teddy bear, Mom managed to at least get the table looking a a little more festive.
And so it begins...
Summer seemed like it would never go, but all of a sudden, colorful leaves started trickling onto the ground. The puppies have been enjoying the cooler temperatures. This weekend, they had a good time playing in the yard and napping on fleece blankets.
Dad was cleaning up some of the marital arts equipment in the back yard, when one of the puppies found the rag he was using. It quickly turned into a group game of keep-away.
Mr. C was in a particularly bouncy mood and was up to his usual antics. He still gets quite a bit of air for such a big puppy.
The puppies had a good time running around the yard taking the towel away... until Miss S got the towel. Taking anything away from Miss S is easier said than done.
With all the cool weather coming on, Mom decided that the puppies needed something in the bottom of their crates to keep them comfortable. Last winter we tried pillows and blankets, but the puppies tore the pillows up and ended up peeing on the blankets. (They were a lot smaller then). Mom found some nice fleece blankets on sale and sewed them in half and then in half again. She then sewed a piece of cotton material (actually part of a sheet) to the back so that on cold days they can use the fleece side, and on cool days they can use the cooler side. I will have to take some pictures of the finished crate blankets and post them. Mr. M discovered his while I was sewing one of the others and claimed it immediately by smelling it, pawing it to adjust and then cuddling up on it.
Beefing up for Winter
We think we might be in for a chilly winter. The cats have been putting on quite a bit of weight lately. We are glad. They were so skinny when we got them that they looked funky- especially Kitty P with her crooked tail.. They are finally starting to look like normal cats. They have been pretty cuddly lately too. They jump on the bed with us every chance they get- much to the delight of Miss M.
Miss B and Mr. C have been trying to nap on the bed every chance they get as well. Most of the time I just let them. They don't sleep on the bed at night. They have their own pillows in our room. So being allowed on the bed is a special treat.
This just in: Apparently Chewy.com boxes really are chewy. (According to Mr. M)
Also just in: Kitty P is getting fat. Kitty S is also putting on some pounds, but she is longer so she doesn't look as pudgy as Kitty S.
The rain has stopped, but the ground is still moist, so the puppies haven't been able to play in the yard much. We have been having to play more in the house, which is a little tricky. It gets crowded really quickly when all five puppies are playing and rowdy. So we end up having to play with them one or two at a time, which is good individual time. They really enjoy their one on one time.
In other news, the puppies are really growing up. Their Aunt P informed us jokingly that they really aren't puppies anymore. They are big dogs now. They may still grow some, or at least bulk up, but they will always still be our puppies. It is really hard to believe that little Miss M is already a year old. Looking at them now, it's hard to imagine how small they all were when we first brought them home.
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.