As stated in my previous post, pupdates will be a lot less, as there will be fewer “Firsts” so I will only pupdate when anything interesting happens.
Pupdate 19th July 2017
Well things were going quite well until last night. Archie had been sleeping quite happily in his crate down in the kitchen for weeks but it all changed tonight. He begrudgingly went in to the crate, we closed the door started to walk up the stairs and he became very vocal. We thought he would calm down after a while, but no he went on and barking and crying for ages. He was really distressed, a bit like his first night with us. After about half an hour Steve went down to see if he wanted to go to the toilet, (although he had already been) but anything to try and placate him. He did go out for a little wee, but probably only to get a treat. He was put back in the crate but he started again, so again after another half an hour, went downstairs and saw that he was very wet around his mouth where he had been biting the bars and he was also scratching the bars with his paw.
We decided to swap his crate for his nice plush bed to see if that would do the trick. It didn’t, because as soon as we left the kitchen he had got out and was scrabbling at the door. We had no option but to bring him upstairs, but there was no way that he was going to stay in the crate even in the bedroom, so he was let out and he promptly fell asleep on the floor in our bedroom. It was now about 12.45 a.m. but we all needed some sleep.
I can hear many readers shouting “oh no, he has won you should have left him” but he was very distressed, so it was cruel to leave him in this state.
We were having a bad thunderstorm with lightening and heavy rain, so am not sure if this unsettled him, although we were out walking earlier in the day in a thunderstorm and he didn’t take any notice of it. I will do a pupdate tomorrow to see how he sleeps tonight.
Pupdate 20th July 2017
After speaking to a few people, they too had a problem with their 4 legged friends overnight because of the storm, and I was hoping that explained Archie’s behaviour the night before.
Archie went to his 3rd puppy class and I have to say he was very good and a lot calmer, well after the initial meet and greet, so definitely making progress.
He is always quite tired when he comes home, so was hoping that when it was bed time there would not be a repeat of last night, especially as there was no thunder.
He again reluctantly got into his crate and we went upstairs and it appeared all was quiet, but then he started to bark and bark and bark. We left him for about 15 minutes but he did not stop, so his problem definitely was and is not thunderstorm related. Steve decided to take his Kindle downstairs and sit in the kitchen with a cup of tea to see if Archie settled. He did not let Archie out and hardly took any notice of him and after about 1/2 hour Archie fell asleep. Steve crept upstairs and we were always thinking that once Archie woke up he would start again, but no, he slept right through until just before 7.00 p.m. Will Steve have to go and read him a bed time story tonight before he can be left alone!!!!
Pupdate 21st July 2017
Pleased to say that thankfully back to normal, and he is back sleeping downstairs in his crate with no problem.
Pupdate 22nd July 2017
We went and visited another National Trust property today, this time Buckland Abbey at Yelverton. We checked the weather in the morning and it was forecast sunny with the odd shower, so we thought a nice walk first, then a look around the Abbey and then a light lunch. However it did not quite work out like that. We arrived, it was dry so we started our walk and it was very pleasant. We decided to do the “red” walk and the first part of the walk we had to walk through an area where there were sheep, so dogs have to be kept on leads, but Archie is quite partial to sheep poo, so it was almost impossible to stop him with so much around.
Once we were through the sheep it was then through a lovely wooded area. Well this would have been lovely but it started to rain, which got heavier and heavier and was certainly not a shower as it was persistent for about 3/4 hour. We didn’t take any wet weather gear with us, apart from anoraks so we got soaked through. Poor little Archie also got soaked and looked really bedraggled, his lovely fluffy long coat now sodden and flat and as previously said he does not like the wet, so he looked very sorry for himself.
“I told them I didn’t like the rain”
We decided on the way back to the car that we would abandon looking around the Abbey, abandon lunch and head for home for all of us to dry out. The hairdryer worked hard and although it took quite a while Archie’s fluffy coat was back to normal.
Later during the afternoon, the sun came out and Archie played in the garden. We have a plastic boat that we use as his paddling pool, which he is not very keen on, and he much prefers it when it is upside down and empty!!!
Pupdate 1st August 2017
Well Archie is certainly growing, I did buy 2 crates in readiness for his arrival a small 24″ and a larger 30″. When we collected him he was 91/2 weeks old so he was quite a bit larger than when we first saw him and the small crate only lasted for about 3 weeks before he outgrew it. I also bought a small bed (a make called Archie’s bed) so naturally I had to buy that, but he has now outgrown that one and he can only just fit it into it, but sometimes just cannot get all of his body in it, so a new larger Archie’s bed is on its way.
So here is Archie in his bed when there was plenty of room
And now there is not enough room for his whole body
Archie’s new bed has now arrived and now there is room to spare
Pupdate 12th August 2017
Agricultural & Horticultural Show at Cornwood
I saw that a local Agricultural & Horticultural Show at Cornwood (well Cadleigh to be precise) was advertised to take place today and as it was only a very short distance from us, thought it would be a good socialisation time for Archie.
There would be horses, sheep, various stands, dog displays etc but my main reason for wanting to go, was that also included was a family fun dog show. I thought it would be a bit of fun to enter Archie in the puppy class with a real hope of perhaps winning a rosette to display in his room. I am a great believer that it is the winning not just the taking part that is important.
So the brushes came out and Archie had a good groom before we went, although this is really a complete and utter waste of time to make him look beautiful as soon as the brush and comb leaves his very fluffy puppy coat he is back to looking a complete scruff bag within seconds, and you would never think that a brush and comb went near him!!!
The show opened at 11.00 a.m and the puppy class was the first class on at 11.30 a.m. I was hoping that there would be no real competition, but how wrong I was.
Twenty one puppies entered and when I saw the competition decided Archie would have no chance. Well Archie got extremely bored just sitting around waiting for his turn to be the centre of attention and decided he would rather play with the little whippet pup that was next to us (which was definitely not the correct dog show etiquette but it passed the time (and boy was it a long time) before it was his turn to meet the judge and impress in the ring. He also went through quite a lot of treats (and cut up sausages) whilst I tried to keep him occupied.
He went through the motions but that was about it and was clearly not cut out for being a show dog. Well it was supposed to be a family fun dog show, but there were some serious contenders who parading like pros, with the handlers making them stand in the “showing position” and they performed as if they were at Crufts.
We waited with baited breath for the rosettes to be given out, but in my heart of hearts knew that one would not be coming our way, and how right I was. First, second and third went to three “professional pedigrees” a white golden retriever (who was gorgeous) a bearded collie who was equally gorgeous and a Staffie (not my cup of tea) but at this moment in time was not really taking much notice as I know Archie had come nowhere.
Naturally I thought he was the best, but clearly the “natural scruffy look” was not a winner. Was I disappointed, yes I was, am I a bad loser, yes I am, as clearly the pups that won will probably go on to be “show” dogs.
There was another class we could have entered being the “cross breed” dogs, but to be honest after the puppy class of 21 lasting 45 minutes, I am sure this category would have taken place late in the evening!!!!
So no rosette, but there was plenty for Archie to see and loads of people and dogs to content with, but I was still peeved that we came away with no rosette, and more peeved that the 3 winners were not in it for “fun”!!!!
Archie is going to have a “free” puppy pamper at Pets @ Home in their “Groom Room” on Thursday 17th August. No clipping involved apart from just around the face and rear end, but a wash, blow dray and nails clipped. This is just a little taste of what going to the groomers will be like in the future, as he will need clipping regularly, or will he actually be the only one from the litter that will be different and will not go curly!!! It will be very interesting to see what he will look like after an hour of pampering and if indeed it will make a difference. I will take a photo before he goes in and what he looks like afterwards. Will I actually like him looking clean and tidy? – probably not as I like the “au natural look” but we will see. I know he is a male but this pamper is free, so why not!!!! Please come back to read all about it.
Pupdate 14th August 2017
I have said it before in previous posts that Archie doesn’t like the rain or the wet grass but I thought as he got a bit older he might grow out of this problem but oh no.This morning re-iterated this fact. I went downstairs to let him out to do his morning wee but it was raining, the grass was wet, so Archie just sat inside looking at me standing outside in the rain under the umbrella and I just knew what he was thinking “what is that silly woman doing outside in the rain when it is dry inside”!!. I called him, but no, he was staying put. I knew after a long night’s sleep that Archie needed to go to the toilet and I had to persist in trying to get him to venture outside.
Now I shouldn’t admit to this, but each morning after he has been out to relieve himself which is when I actually go downstairs to wake him up around 7.45 a.m. (I told you he is a new breed called a “Slumberdoodle”) he then comes up to our bedroom for a cuddle and to actually go back to sleep on our bed before we eventually get up (well we are now semi retired, so we too like our sleep!!).
I digress, so anyway I will not let him come upstairs until he has “performed” (for obvious reasons) so I knew (for his benefit) that he had to pluck up the courage and just go out. I tried and tried but he was having none of it, so it finally resorted to me rolling him over until his feet reached the doorway to the garden and he fell out. I promptly shut the door behind him and he finally relieved himself on a little area of chippings just outside the back door without his feet actually having to touch the wet grass (but actually under the umbrella).This took a nano second as as soon as he had done this he was at the closed door waiting to be let back in. We seem to have the only part spaniel that does not like water, although having said that he does like getting his feet wet in rivers, streams and muddy puddles it seems that it is just wet grass he has the aversion to – why me????
Steve took him out later during the day (still raining). He physically carried Archie out in to the garden(as again there was no way he was going to go out on his own accord). Plopped down on the grass, where Archie promptly ran off to the chipping area, relived himself and back indoors he went. You couldn’t actually write the script as it is too unbelievable but this is true!!!!
Pupdate 16th August 2017 – Archie delivers long lost twins!!! However if you are of a squeamish disposition then I would advise that you skip this bit, and there is also photo evidence!!!
If you have read previous posts you will know that once Archie has been out in the morning to relieve himself which is about 7.45 a.m. he does then come up on our bed for a cuddle and a further sleep, yes we are all a bit lazy!!!! However this morning he started to urge, so Steve bundled him up and took him into the bathroom, which has a tiled floor (so easy to clean). Whilst Steve was in the bathroom with Archie comforting him, I rushed downstairs for rubber gloves, kitchen towels, newspaper etc etc. When I came back up I was horrified as to what was on the floor and naturally so was Steve who had seen the action happen. There were two black sausage shapes and neither of us could detect what they were at this stage. Steve thought they looked like extremely large prunes and I thought perhaps he had eaten some sort of seed pod. We were both very worried as to what these 2 foreign bodies were.
Steve then put on his glasses and did some detective work (he used to be a professional one!!) and it transpired that they were the 2 headphone speaker pads that Archie had eaten about a week ago. I can hear you asking why!! Well last week Archie was in the lounge on his own whilst I was in the kitchen and Steve was upstairs. Steve had brought his lap top and headphones down earlier and left them on the arm of the sofa. Later on in the evening Steve went to put his headphones on and wondered where the pads had gone. We hunted everywhere as we thought they had fallen off somewhere but found nothing. We then came to the conclusion that Archie was the culprit so then widened our search outside in the garden in case Archie had decided that after removing the pads from the headphones to bury them in his favourite bush, but no. There was only one explanation and that was Archie had consumed them.
We checked his poo over the next couple of days and did find some unexplained soft shredded material in them and naturally assumed that the headphone pads had passed through and thought no more about it. But this morning out they popped one after the other (in stereo!!!) still whole. unbelievable. They had been in Archie’s stomach for a week, but they didn’t seem to have been causing him any problems. However he must have been glad to get rid of them and he now weighs a bit lighter. We are also quite pleased that a) he was not poorly sick!! and b) the pads finally passed through his system even though they came out of the wrong end!!!. So what then were the soft bits that we spied in his poo a few days earlier – we will never know.
I can hear you asking once the pads are cleaned will they be re-attached to the headphones, but they are now a bit soggy, so the answer is NO!!!
WARNING HERE IS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
Pupdate 17th August 2017
Crate Update A couple of things to pupdate today. Archie outgrew his first crate after 3 weeks of use and has just nearly outgrown his 2nd slightly larger crate. I had to purchase the next size up which should now last him for a long time. It is big enough at the moment to actually put one of his beds in (yes he has got 2) with just a bit of room to spare at the other end, but I am sure it won’t be long before he fills it completely.
It is really rather too large to fit in the kitchen where he has been sleeping so it is in situ in the dog/boot room extension. Last night after he had been out to relieve himself before he went to bed, he walked calmly in the crate, and there he stayed all night until about 7.15 am. I do hope that he likes it just as much tonight!!!
Puppy Pamper -Today was the day he went for his free puppy pamper at Pets at home and yes it was absolutely free. It would consist of a wash, dry, brush, nails clipped and a trim around the face (which he needed and now he can actually see) and also a short clip around the rear end.
Here are a couple of photos before he went
It was the first time that Archie had actually been left with anyone else and whilst we were actually looking around the shop (as we had an hour to kill) I could hear him performing!!! He actually loves being groomed by me up on the work top, and particularly loves the hair dryer. However it was obviously a different story with someone else.
We went and looked around another couple of shops in the complex and then went and had a coffee, all the time thinking would I be phoned to say he was too upset and to come and collect him. The hour passed and no phone call and we went to collect him.
We arrived just in time to see him being carried away from the grooming table
Well out he bounded all fluffed off and he looked and smelt lovely, but he did look a bit different as his face had been clipped which although is a complete benefit to him, I am not so sure that I actually liked it, but no doubt I will get used to it, but he did look a bit strange.
The chap who had tackled him, said he was quite noisy, but he did calm down a bit – eventually, but on the whole he said he actually wasn’t too bad, and they just have to get on with it, but we did notice ear defenders hung up on the wall, so no doubt they have to put with noisy dogs all the time. So I needn’t have worried, and it obviously did him the world of good, as he had to “man” up!!!
Here are a few photos what he looked after the pamper.
I don’t suppose he will stay looking like this for very long but he seems pleased with his new look as he is smiling!!!!
Next time it will be a proper groom, so watch this space.