Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pup Pictures Starring Stinker Belle

We don’t have any photos with Greg and I and the pups, today that was remedied.  What I envisioned as a lovely photo in reality was well…real, really, really real.   It turns out that it wasn’t Bouncy Bess that was the challenge but Belle the Stinker otherwise known from this day forward as Stinker Belle.

Many thanks to Jon and Hanson for their patience with us and our pups as they worked to take the best picture possible.

From left to right Bess, Bonnie, Belle

From left to right Bess, Bonnie, Belle

If I close my eyes can I pretend I'm not there?

If I close my eyes can I pretend I’m not there?

Wait I want the treat now!

Wait I want the treat now!

Left to Right Bess, Belle, Bonnie

Left to Right Bess, Belle, Bonnie

Bess, I'm going, you with me?

Bess, I’m going, you with me?

I'm Done!

I’m Done!

It's good of the pups...*sigh*

It’s good of the pups…*sigh*

Bess, Belle, Bonnie

Bess,  Bonnie, Belle

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Lucy and Bess Update

After several days of not much happening u’m I mean transitioning I decided to cuddle Lucy and stand at the doorway between the front room where Lucy likes to hang out (when she isn’t upstairs) and the living room.  There is a child gate in the doorway which the pups could just about step over but they don’t seem to realize that and frankly I hope they never do.

Anyway, Lucy and I hung out in the doorway while Bess barked and barked and barked and barked and ….  Lucy cuddled into me, wasn’t frightened and actually was purring.   I wish I had an extra hand so I could have taken photos of Bess while she play bowed, barked to the left, barked to the right, cocked her head ect.  it was quite the show.  She occasionally would turn to look at her sisters for backup  while they pretended they weren’t there, in fact Belle went to the kitchen to ring the “gotta go chime” so she could go outside.  Needless to say that summons went unanswered. so we now had the twinkling of a wind chime mixed in with the barking.

After several minutes of this Lucy and I stepped over the child gate and into the living room.  Lucy became agitated at that point so I quickly stepped back into the front room where she jumped down and ran to the back of the room.    I took Bess out to the pup pen and went back to get Lucy to bring her back into the living room but Bonnie and Belle who know much better decided that they wanted to play and Lucy clearly didn’t.   Back to the front room she went.   After letting Bonnie and Belle out to the pup pen I went back got Lucy and brought her into the dining room.   After some cuddling and soft talking she said “thank you very much but I want to go back to my space” so that’s what we did

All in all I think it went great. Lucy gave Bess the “I am the head of the 4 footed family members and you will respect me.” look and Bess is starting to understand what her sisters learned a long time ago.    We will give it another try later this weekend but we are making headway!

One Year Ago Today…

We met our Bess Pup

We met and brought home our Bess Pup

Once she came home she found the toy box.

She quickly found the toy box

Met her sisters Bonnie and Belle, who clearly didn't know what to think about this new bundle of energy.

Met her sisters Bonnie and Belle, who clearly didn’t know what to think about this new bundle of energy.

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Bess was introduced to Linus under Belle's careful eye.

Bess was introduced to Linus under Belle’s careful eye.

They soon became friends.

They soon became friends.

From the beginning Bess was determined to keep up with her big sisters.

From the beginning Bess was determined to keep up with her big sisters.

Belle, Bess and Bonnie

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Just like her sisters, Bess went to school to learn manners and how to be a good pup.

Just like her sisters, Bess went to school to learn manners and how to be a good pup.

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Bess is a bouncy loving pup and it’s been a blast watching her personality develop this past year.

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Bouncy Bess and her Greg at the park.

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Over this past year Bess has changed from a bouncy, barky alligator jawed puppy to obeying “leave it” and “give” commands even when she really, really doesn’t want to.  She is learning the joy of sleeping in on the weekends. (Thank you pup!)  She is starting to realize how much fun it is to cuddle.  She is learning compassion and will quietly lay beside someone in an effort to bring them comfort.  She is starting to learn that when she wants me to get up out of bed that means she has to stop standing on me so I can get up.

Bess will show us what she wants, by following the “show me what you want” command. Sometimes it’s to go outside, other times she wants a tummy rub.  She still loves her stuffie toys and usually has at least one and most likely two or more in her mouth at one time.  She is always up for an adventure and continues to be our bouncy Bess.  I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.