I was just thinking about posting something and realized how different the puppies all are than they were this time last year. This time last year, we didn't even have Miss M yet. Mr. M and Miss S were really small- like 25 pounds small. Mr. C and Miss B seemed really big to us at the time, but they weren't that big either. It's funny how big they have always seemed. I think it was because the others were just so small that Miss B and Mr. C looked big by comparison.
Then, not quite a year ago, Mom got the best Christmas present ever.
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.
It should come as no surprise that we go through a lot of dog food. I got tired of running to the store constantly for more dog food and discovered www.chewy.com a while back. I love Chewy. They give free shipping on orders over $50, which is kind of a big deal when you buy big bags of dog food all the time. Their prices are really good, and their shipping is always really fast too. We get most of our dog food there, along with treats, crates, puppy shampoo, etc. Today when I (Mom) came home from work there was the usual dog food package on the front porch, but there was also a smaller package with it. I was a little confused. I didn't remember ordering anything extra and didn't think I had ordered anything from anywhere else. When I opened the package to see what it was, I was totally shocked. We had sent a picture of the puppies to the customer service people at Chewy's when I had talked to them about returning something I had ordered in the wrong size. They emailed back saying that they had the puppies' picture hanging up on their wall of fame in their office. I didn't think much of it after that. When I opened the package, I was surprised to find that they had commissioned little hand painted portraits of each of our puppies. We both loved the pictures and were quick to hang all of them up in our dining room. I'm not sure who their artist is, but I think they did a really good job! Check out Mr. M and his portrait.
Doesn't it look just like him? They even got the little bit of pink on his nose. We were completely surprised that Chewy did that for us. Talk about good customer service! Look at these cuties!
Today our puppies had their graduation from the intermediate level of puppy school. We were very proud of them. They showed off in the aisle doing obstacle course work off leash (or really on leash but dragging the leash behind them) and got lots and lots of treats. After they demonstrated their skills and got their diplomas, they had graduation pictures taken. Mr. C played hard to get with the instructor. Every time she would get him looking at the camera, he would look and then turn away just as she took the picture.
While the puppies were hanging out after class getting their pictures taken, Ms. A gave them some plastic bottles to chew on so they wouldn't get bored. There were also plenty of treats on hand.
Miss M was quick to volunteer for pictures , pointing out that Mr. C was just being a drama queen.
Mr. M got tired of waiting for his close-up and decided that he needed some attention.
Miss S got fed up with all of the others' picture avoiding antics and decided to show them how picture posing was done.
It was a full day. The puppies tried to tell the cats about their graduation, but the cats really didn't seem to care very much.
From what I have gathered after trying for a while to take pretty pictures of our puppies, putting a puppy into a pose and getting it to stay there is an art in itself. Luckily, puppies sometimes just pose on their own. Take Miss S for example. In the title picture at the top of the page, it looks like I had her sit by Miss M and then look at the camera. What actually happened is that I put a blanket on the couch that I wanted to use to take a picture of Miss M while she was sleeping. Normally our puppies aren't allowed on the couch, so as soon as Miss S saw me putting Miss M on the couch, she jumped up on the couch too- hoping to be able to stay up there since the baby was there. She snuggled right up to Miss M and tried to take a nap too. It was really cute, so I just let her stay there and took pictures. She heard the camera making noise and opened her eyes to look at me just as I took that picture.
Our puppies all secretly think that they are people. We let them sit on the love seat, and they lean on the arm- like they are people too because that's what we do. So again for the picture of Miss S and her rock in the lat post, I just let her sit there with her rock and took pictures as she happily went about chewing it.
I would totally like to take credit for any of the cute poses, but our puppies are just natural models I guess.
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.