We live in a small market town in Warwickshire along with three dogs a malinois called Rubin, a border collier called Arnold and a schipperke called George. Our happy band is soon to be joined by another malinois, a puppy bred at Foxbriar. This site is going to follow this puppy's progress.
Two relaxed boys each chewing a on a hide stick and ignoring the whizz bangs outside....
We took Zeke to be micro-chipped this evening. The vet, Andy, gave him another thorough examination and we are pleased to announce he could feel two testicles now, small but there! After his exam we held him and distracted him whilst the vet got ready to inject him with the chip. We were prepared for a big yelp from Zeke, as he had made a fuss when Andy gave him his 2nd vaccination. Zeke surprised us all though... he never made a sound. He got a treat from Andy for that, some dog biscuits.
Went to puppy training again tonight ( now week three) and was given the the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment pack which includes an assessment diary. Pleased to say that Zeke has already achieved 3 of the 12 exercises needed and is well on the way to gaining his KCGCPFA award. He achieved
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Zeke will be 4 months old this week, and will be starting to loose his puppy teeth, thank goodness, as they are very sharp and they hurt if he catches you, especially when playing with his favourite ball on a rope toy. Mum looked at his mouth today and says his mouth area is a bit warmer than normal, and he took ages eating his tripe, his bottom teeth were a bit wobbly too. So it wont be long until his new teeth start erupting.
BONFIRE NIGHT There has been a bit of firework activity over the last few days, not as much as last year due to the 'credit crunch' no doubt. Last year they started at the end of October and continued at least 3 times a week until the new year. Zeke is not too bothered about the noises, although he does wonder why Arnold needs to try and get inside mum's skin when he hears them. Rubin is not too bothered about anything, but does like to sit in front of mum to 'protect her' from the noise - well he wouldn't like it if we thought he neede protecting now would he? George the schipperke on the other hand has to let everyone know that a firewortk is going off, by barking at them and standing in front of the window all night just to make sure he doesn't miss one.
Hopefully it will all be over in the next few days, and we will be able to relax until the new year. NOT like last year when we came home to find that Arnold had eaten the living room door in as bid to get away from the noise. This year he will be encaged safely in a darkened room with the radio on the loudest hootenanny celebrations ( without sound effects) Zeke will also be in his cage too. Mum says she will not be going far this year.... more later
Hi Zeke here, I went to enrole at the local dog training club today, I met a young lady of 7 months who said she was a Belgian Shepherd like me but she had a long coat on! She said she was Tervueren and I will be the third Belgian Shepherd at the club just now. I had lots of cuddles from all the people there and had a good look around. Alex says we are going back in a couple of days to meet lots of other puppies and learn how to be a good citizen. There were lots of balloons with 50 on them I didn't know they knew it was Alex's mum's birthday! Alex said it was their birthday too, fancy that the club being the same age as Alex's mum! Alex says her mum was a member of the club in 1968 over 40 years ago, and di you know what we met some people who knew her mum too. That's not all, we even saw a man that was there when Alex's mum was a girl like Alex!!!!!! He must be really old!!!!!
Zeke had his second innoculation on Friday so only a few more days until he can be released on the world.... He had a thorough health check from the vet and was very good on the table. I was glad that we decided not to have him mocrochipped at the same time because he did yelp a bit when the vaccination went into the skin this time.
He is progressing nicely with his clicker training adding a sit to his repertoire although still a bit random. He enjoys a pulling game and will play with anyone and has started his retrieve training.