Take two days of rain, add in one old dog and three young ones, mix in some outdoor play time and what do you get? If you answered mud puppies, you are correct. Other answers that would be considered acceptable would include: dirty floors, happy dogs and an owner wishing for a maid and/or personal assistant.
The red pup with no name (yet…I’m working on it) is still here with all the other pooches. I have to stop and remind myself that he has only been here for nine days and that it can take considerable time for a foster to find a new home. It’s not that I don’t like the boy (because I do), it’s just that I feel like he is growing up too fast and he is bonding fiercely to me and my critters. If he finds a permanent home, I think I will feel a bit guilty taking him away from his buddies.
He has become Grimm’s little minion. They will wrestle and play for a good bit but eventually Grimm gets exhausted. At this point, I usually find the pup imitating a land shark by hanging off of Grimm’s rear legs by his puppy teeth. Grimm, who is now too tired to care, just drags him around and eventually just sits on him. The pup never gives up trying to get his big, black foster brother to re-engage in puppy battle. I never thought I’d see the day, folks, but Grimm seems a bit worn out by crazy puppy antics.
Zella has set fairly strict boundaries with the new arrival. When he starts acting the fool around her, she quickly lets him know he is not being amusing. The pup calmly accepts his rebuttal and goes to find Grimm. Usually by this point Grimm is already worn out and looks at me for help. This is when the red pup gets to practice crate training and gets to munch on a tasty kong toy filled with peanut butter and other fun edibles.
Charley pretty much just does the same thing he always does: sleep, eat, referee when he feels it’s needed, and sleep some more. The pup definitely respects his much older elder. He only tried to jump on Charley once and all Charley did was look at him, as if saying, “Really? I am too old and tired to mess with the likes of you, boy.” The pup seemed to understand and hasn’t tried it since. He is always on his best puppy behavior when old Charley is awake and around. Charley is like the godfather in the woofers world. No one messes with him.
Each of my dogs has a slightly different relationship with the new arrival and he is learning much from all of them. Grimm instructs him on the joys of friendship, Zella teaches him the importance of boundaries and self-control and Charley shows him how to show proper respect. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I guess it takes a pack to raise a pup.