So I said I might be a little quiet, and here’s why we have been so busy: there’s a puppy in the house!
I’ve been wanting to tell you all for weeks, but as it’s my dad’s birthday early September I thought I could keep the puppy a secret, and surprise them when they came up to visit.
Unfortunately they went on holiday at the same time we brought the puppy home, when they get back it’s my cousin’s birthday so they won’t come up then, and then the day after my dad’s birthday it’s *his* dad’s birthday, so they probably won’t be able to get up for a visit for weeks anyway…I mean it was a month after Father’s Day before they could get up for gifts last time 😛
So I’m just posting about the puppy, and hopefully as they’re abroad they won’t see this until they have come back off holiday and I can phone up and tell them in person!
Without further ado, please welcome Raiden (aka Rey) into the family ❤
I know I said we were thinking about getting a puppy next spring at the earliest, but we found a local breeder in our search for the ‘perfect’ puppy. This was her last litter, and she had two little boys still available. We went and met the mum, the breeder and (of course) the 5 week old fuzzbutts…and we fell in love.
Raiden is a Border Terrier. He is 9 weeks old today, and we picked him up exactly a week ago. The breeder is a 30 minute drive away, and the little guy did so well on the journey home. He whined for five minutes in total and slept the rest of the way, curled up in the cat carrier 🙂
In the week we have had him he has had one accident in the house (a wee) and he has done everything else outside.
He seems like such an easy puppy. I know Zoey had a terrible start when she was a puppy, but omb when we compare her and Raiden it’s like night and day! Even with close supervision puppy Zoey had dozens of accidents inside!
Rey sleeps well at night, and for the past three nights he hasn’t whined at all!
Zoey is absolutely thrilled to have a new baby brother…as in she is utterly in love with him. Kasper is less impressed, but calmer than his sister. He has initiated play with Raiden, but grumps if the puppy gets too close or nippy…he will be a good teacher of bite inhibition for Rey 🙂
In fact when the puppy’s harness arrived, a week before we picked Raiden up, this was Kasper’s reaction:
So far the dogs have mainly been playing through the bars of the pen, one-on-one. They each have free time too; with Kasper I sit on the couch with both him and Raiden and they play, interact and generally get used to each other
And today Zoey and Rey had their first free-range play together, on our living room floor. They both had so much fun and Raiden slept like a log afterwards!
Honestly, Zoey is so sweet with him, it’s adorable. She lets him paw her nose and stand on her face, and she doesn’t mind when he bites her legs. We have to supervise them closely and separate if Raiden gets a bit ‘bitey’ as she won’t tell him off!
I’ll post a video of the dogs interacting soon, it’s just hard to manage a puppy, our other pups AND a camera >__<
In the week Raiden has been here he has learnt to come when called, be calm in his pram, sleep alone, toilet outside and he knows sit. He is learning to lie down on cue. He will respond to a verbal cue or a hand signal to sit, and will do so no matter how I am positioned. He will even follow the cue if he’s excited and leaping about = AMAZING!
And, um, yeah, we might have bought him a second-hand pram. But it’s only so that once he’s bigger (and heavier!) we can go on long adventures with him and not worry about him getting tired! He’s really good at being calm in the pram too, although we haven’t had him in it whilst it moves yet 😉
Finally (last thing!) we had the longest thunderstorm I’ve ever seen today. It was pouring it down for over an hour, and you could still hear thunder for an hour after that!
Of course it started just as we needed to take Raiden to the toilet, and we didn’t want him out in it in case it made him scared of rain or loud noises *sigh*
We held him in our arms for 30 minutes so he wouldn’t have an accident (he was actually pretty calm, he’s normally a wriggler!) and took him out as soon as the rain had stopped being torrential…but yeah, check out this weather!
I will try post more pics and videos soon, including some of the big pups! 🙂