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The puppy Bagheera, week one

On Labor Day we picked up our 1/2 Golden, 1/2 Labrador Retriever puppy. Today is his 8 week birthday.

Wow. It's been almost 11 years since I've had a puppy. What a joy he is! He's about the sweetest thing imaginable. Loves to lick faces and nibble ears, and is obsessed with necklaces. I took the whole week off to welcome him home, so here are my initial thoughts and observations.
  1. He seems very smart. In his 7th week of life he's already learned sit, speak, and shake. He's working on "down", and "come" is also coming along.
  2. He'd never had a collar before, and spent his first three-four days trying to scratch it off. He kept walking funny because he was constantly wanting to sit and scratch the collar.
  3. He disapproves of leashes. Walking him is interesting.
  4. He has not been stepped on yet. See #3 above. There've been several close calls averted only by my nimble catlike reflexes.
  5. Coccidia and diarrhea are his only medical problems. He's on Primol for that.
  6. Potty training is going well, but see #5 above. As far as we know, he has yet to pee in the house. I am knocking on wood.
  7. He's learning to be a bit more independent. That's good and bad as we don't have a fenced yard. I fear losing him at night in the darkness.
  8. HAWKS! Several times now, a hawk has circled or gotten close to check him out as a potential meal.
  9. He's not big on water yet, but we've not really exposed him to too much.
  10. Today is his first day at puppy day care. I hope he does well. It's kinda expensive, so we look forward to the day he can be left at home and not locked in his cage.
  11. He sleeps a lot. Bursts of activity and long naps seem to be his forte.

Here's one of his first pictures at home.
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Congrats on your new furbaby!!! he is a real cutie!! I have a big place in my heart for black dogs.

They are all smart, capable and willing! Enjoy your pup! Time flies by so quickly, take the time to 'roll in the grass', and enjoy the journey, they grow up so fast!

All the best to you and Bagheera!
Hope you will share your adventures!


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Welcome home Bagheera! Congratulations on your new addition. Bagheera, you keep those humans on their toes and train them right. Adorable pup. Love the picture.


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He is cute :-) congratulations!


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Congratulations, Bagheera is a doll and sounds like a smart little guy.
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The puppy Bagheera, week two

We made it to week 2! Bagheera turns 9 weeks old today. What a simply wonderful joy he is. Has NOT figured out potty training but is making progress towards that goal. He's on new medication for the diarrhea. Methnazone or somesuch. Slight improvement thus far. Other highlights from week 2:

He's learned "no bite" and has limited mastery of it. We need to watch him better around cords.

He's almost too plump to fit through the gate they have at daycare. Almost.

Still hates the leash. He wants to go at a slower pace and examine the world. Haven't been able to do much off leash stuff yet but we're working on it.

His nickname is Squirt. His nickname is Beard-biter. His nickname is Yappy.

Stay. This word does not mean to him what I think it means.

He's a very low-energy dog. He can zoom around but he gets tired and snoozes a lot. Loves to play with his purple guy toy and even fetches toys on occasion.

I can't walk him anyplace there are people unless I plan extra time. He's a magnet to dog-lovers and gets pets and snugs from everyone he meets.

My life is blessed with him in it.

Here he is shaking dry after a bath.
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Congratulations! Charming puppy!
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Bagheera

Bagheera is just ADORABLE. I would never let him out alone, that hawk worries me!

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Bagheera week 3

Today my puppy is 10! Three weeks have flown by. He's more than I had hoped for. While he did not replace Fenris, my thoughts of Fenris are fewer now, even though his collar hangs just outside our back door. Every time I carry Bagheera out we bump into Fenris' collar and he playfully bats at it. I still miss him, just as much, but he doesn't occupy my every waking moment. Most of my every waking moment nowadays is spent watching the puppy, training the puppy, walking the puppy, playing with the puppy.

Highlights from week 3:

Potty training is going well, as long as we watch him. He apparently ran off 3 times while I wasn't watching him yesterday and pooped in our bedroom. He's almost done with his pills and his diarrhea is gone, so at least there's that positive.

He's not the most confident guy. Still scared of lots of things. A dog in a fenced yard charged at him barking, and puppy was like "Oh no! I'm outta here!" and he hi-tailed it to the end of the leash.

He's discovering he doesn't mind being wet. He visited me in the shower this morning. He's VERY curious about creeks and such, but with floodwaters threatening my home town of Cedar Rapids we haven't gone swimming yet. Maybe soon. He's curious!

He and my son are great play partners. Raucous, loud, silly, with tail awag. I love it.

So smart. Some things are hard, like come, and stay, but he's trying.

He was initially scared of a stuffed money that leered at him over the edge of a table, but that didn't last long.

Pretty much slept like a rock last night after my son wore him out playing yesterday. His ability to hold his potty is quite good, he slept for 6+ hours without asking to go out once.

So, Bagheera is 10 weeks old today. Tomorrow, my son turns 10 years old. Appropriately I made a portrait of the two of them yesterday. They grow up so fast!
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