is a great mom. She's very protective of her pups. No growling, but she
circles them under her like a mother hen and lays her head flat over
them and shoots daggers from her eyes at anything threatening. The
puppies are in the house under my loft bed, next to their doggie door.
Harry is kicked out by Osa. When he comes in the doggie door he knows
to swing clear of Osa's nest. She is mellowing the last few days and
lets Harry get a peek. Harry seems to be taking parenting very
seriously...but is still 'in the doghouse' with Osa.
Harry was raised in the same welping box in the same place as Osa is
now back in 2001. This is in the living room directly under my loft
bed! I believe that it is important to raise the puppies from birth in
contact with the home and people. I have neighbor kids already coming
by to pet them, and encourage both men and women to handle them. You've
heard of dogs that 'Only like men' or whatever. I believe this is a
remnant of poor socialization. I do not believe this makes a dog into a
sissy house dog either. Harry has a huge love and loyalty to me and the
home. He has free reign thru his doggy door day and night. Yet, he
chooses to stay outside, awake, guarding ALL night in inclement
weather, only coming in at daybreak for a nap. I believe that this
voluntary sense of duty not only comes from their genetics, but from
the care, socialization and love they are given from birth.
the 14th...the 12 day old pups started walking. I first noticed one
standing..he was pooping..and then he walked away. Within a few hours
they were all walking! One walked over and smelled the poop spot (after
Osa cleaned up)..so their noses are engaged too! Still a little toddly
on their feet..but real cute!
This eveing some neighbor kids came
over to hold them. Osa loves kids so she was happy to have them
visit. But this gave Harry a chance to slip in and see the pups!!
Photos just uploaded...
OK..enough for now..the pups are only 12 days old. Keep checking back on
this page and I'll keep you posted on their developments.
In the meantime..check out The Puppy Photo Galery