To my eternal delight, the dogs love the new crate. I had two crates.
This is one, the regular old carrier. They really didn't much like this one. I finally decided it was because they couldn't see out as well, because no matter who I put in this one, he whined. Except for China. She kinda like to escape into it, I think. But it is the boys, the new kids who need these, and they didn't like it.
This is the old crate that they all liked. The good thing is that it is big enough for two of them. And they all like to cuddle, so two in this are fine. No one complains when I put them in here.
Joey demonstrates that this crate is OK. He just goes in an rests often. So does Ali. During the day, I often find him in this crate, if he is not on my bed.
And this is the new crate. Like the one above, they all love it. I know they love it because I put two boys in one of them and one in the other last night, and this morning they allowed me to sleep in. What is funny is that I woke at the time they have been waking me, about 6:00. I guess they have reset my internal alarm, so I'm hoping I can run it back to 7:00. They didn't peep this morning until just before 7:00, so maybe...... ???
I had to take Sammy to the vet today. I discovered he had worms, and although they have all been wormed, this was different, blasted tapeworms, and required a different medication by injection. I left everyone else at home, but almost wavered when little China gave me the sad eyes as we went out the door. :( Sam enjoyed the quiet ride with me. He curled up beside me with his head on my thigh and just slept most of the time. In fact he snored about half way there! He did better at the vet's office than he has done in the past. He was not exactly a happy boy about being in public and around other people, but he did not loose it at all! Another step of socialization is accomplished!
On another good note, Joey has let me know several times over the past few days that he wants to go out. Unfortunately, he doesn't make noise, but he puts his paw on the door and looks at me. Occasionally his claws make a little noise, and once he actually scratched a couple times. If I'm not looking, or if he makes no noise, then we have a problem, but he hasn't had an indoor accident that I know of in at least 5 days! The other boys aren't as good at telling me, but on the other hand, they go out and do their business without much trouble, so regular outdoor trips are resolving their accidents. I may have missed some pee accidents, but I think we have been accident free with Sam and Max for over a week!! Yay!! Of course, it is still at the stage of me being the trained one, not them, but that is OK. It won't be too much longer until they'll be doing it on their own. Then.... then I will have Joey's little lady here and will probably spend the next month training her, but it should help to have just one at a time to be constantly vigilant over!!
It seems as if it has taken a long time, but Sam has been here six weeks, Max five weeks, and Joey just four. If you consider that with puppies, the can be slightly trained at six weeks and usually fairly well trained by wight weeks, then these guys aren't doing bad.
Speaking of the boys, they all three just ran to the end of the deck and were barking. I wondered what they were doing. I walked down and here is what they saw some 30 or 40 feet down the drive......
I told them it was just a little bunny foo-foo, and they all three cocked their heads at me like a chorus of "HUH??"
He seems to understand that they are contained on the deck and he is safe.
I love being on my deck. And here is my new "command central."
The new hammock chair with my laptop and the phone nearby. I'm loving it even more with this new chair! OMG, is it comfortable!! The guy at the store told me that both the hammock and chair would be more comfortable that most because they are made of cotton, not synthetics and wouldn't pinch like the others. He is right! Even in shorts it is a comfortable seat.
And here is the hammock. Not where it will stay, but simply where I had two holes already and could put it up quickly to check size. I'll drill new holes soon and have it ready for use.
I couldn't resist, however, and I crawled in it after taking the pictures, and ohhhh, is it comfortable!! That will encourage me to get it ready!
Isn't it beautiful? I just love how fancy it is. The dogs got hold of it while I had it draped and was putting up the hardware, however, and broke a couple wooden beads! Little rats! It will be too complex to replace them, so I'm not going to fret about it. Not a big deal.
OK, gotta go take the guys for a walk. everyone take care!