Monday, September 17, 2012

9 Weeks

Puppy rearing is labor intensive and time consuming.  I am having a hard time finding the time to blog, but I want to document all the cute and fun things she does before she grows up and all is forgotten.
I take tons of pictures and videos and need to get organized.  This week was all about socializing, adjusting to the routine, and having fun. We did not do much training.
Everyone says that Maddie looks smaller in person than in the photos.  She came home weighing 13.5 pounds.
We arrived home with Maddie on her 9 week birthday. Recall that it was 4AM in the morning, I had played with her for 2 hours and then napped for 2 hours. My head was so foggy.
My agility trainer had asked me to call when I was awake. After a short discussion, I decided to bring the hounds over to her place as it would be an easy way to tire out the puppy, Seven, and Riley without a lot of brain waves. It was a no brainer and Maddie had traveled so well that I was not worried about whisking her off again.
As I was getting ready to leave, Maddie ran into the living room and within 30 seconds was screaming her head off. Seven had dinged her. Nothing major, but it was a nip that left a mark on her ear and neck. I was so mad at myself for not protecting them both. Maddie deserved it.  She already had proved to have no manners around the adults and would mug them, but I did not want her scolded in the first day.  Well, off we went...
We arrived and introduced Maddie to my trainer's border collie pup, Fire. The wind had been knocked out of Maddie's sails from the incident with Seven so she was leary of the exuberant pup. We brought out an adult border collie who was less excited and Maddie was more interested in interacting and liked her fluffy tail.
We hiked the 20 plus acres with Riley, Seven, and the two border collies on leash. Being off leash, Maddie became very sassy and started to play with Fire. They wrestled and played as long as Fire was on leash (like having one arm tied behind her back).  Mission accomplished for Day 1.
My fog continued for most of the week since I was getting up in the middle of the night to take Maddie out and then I would continue to wake up over and over until it was time to get up. Eventually, I think she started to play me for the fool and wanted to just go outside to play. Honestly, I cannot remember now.
The entire week was devoted to socializing with people and dogs and introducing Maddie to new sights, sounds,and places. A few friends came over to meet and play with the puppy.
We went to my agility field and met my parents and their three dogs.
I took Maddie to Seven's agility class on Wednesday night where she met more people and dogs.
And then the Mack Daddy of all tests was taking her to an agility trial on Saturday and Sunday.
 And she did awesome! Honestly, Maddie's reaction, behavior, etc. could not have been better.
 We arrived at the trial early for a good parking spot.  I crated Riley and Maddie in the van and pulled a crate out for Seven so she was nearby, but unable to demonstrate her naughtiness to the pup.  Riley is to be the mentor for good crate behavior.
 On the sidelines, Maddie was very curious about everything, but not afraid.  She was always eager to see new things and check out strange noises.
Of course, everyone was anamored with Maddie having never seen a greyhound puppy before.  The big joke of the weekend was that she was a unicorn.... mystical and elusive.  No one thought they existed until she showed up at the trial.
Maddie also got to play with her border collie pup friend, Fire.  They got down and dirty.
One concern I had at the trial was that Maddie would be crated alone in the van for a short time while Riley competed.  However, Maddie was by then tired and in need of a nap.  In fact, she never complained about being crated and rested very well during her down time which is awesome.
So then after a long day at the trial on Saturday, we went to my trainer's place to hang out on her deck.  Maddie got to see a little girl swim and meet more people.
She then ran two border collie pups ragged.  I could not believe how much energy she had after such a long day already.  Even after the other pups had started to have enough, Maddie was still looking for things to chew or playing with the little girl.
All in all, a very successful and busy week for us.
Here is a video of Maddie being Maddie at 9 weeks.


Heather said...

She is so cute I could eat her. Sigh. Do you think Seven's nibble will scar?

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh I want a puppeeee! That video was such a crack up, what a funny little girl Maddie is. Boy, I was tired after reading about everything she did in her first week. So awesome that she took everything in her stride. Looks like you've got a real winner:)

What Remains Now said...

So many wonderful things in this post. You really show us all of Maddie's wonderfulness. I was smiling and laughing all through this post. A funny. Someone just asked me about greyhound puppies this week. They are like unicorns. The picture of Maddie all sweet. Maddie running around and "hiding" in the grass patches...I was laughing my head off. I know you are living in pure joy right now with this little bundle of dynamite under your roof. How nice too that she has adult greyhounds to mentor her. Well, Seven isn't so much mentoring as being "the hammer." I can just see Seven saying to herself, "I'm going to fix this." Can't wait to see more and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

houndstooth said...

Oh, that little girl will keep you on your toes! lol Kuster will be a year old next month and I can't believe it. The time went so fast! Maddie is adorable and looks like a very quick study!

Anonymous said...

the "ding on the neck" sounds all to familiar...everyone i know who has an older grey and a puppy seems to go thru the same guilt(and bite)! those older gals know how to tell those peep-squeeks off. yes, the babies have no manners what so ever!

have fun watching those knuckles and joints swell/grow overnight!

gyeong said...

Too cute! She will be a hoot to follow on the blog.

IHeartDogs said...

I vaguely remember the zombie life of rearing a puppy and feel for you! And those poor adult greyhounds having to put up with a rambunctious pup(good for Maddie, so so bad for them), oy!
Thank you for taking the time to share Maddie with us even though you're beyond busy. Maddie puts a huge smile on my face and I'm sure she lights up your life even though you want to strangle her sometimes (:
I would love to smooch that smooth tummy of hers <3

Those Brindle Kids said...

It was great to see her Saturday. She is beautiful! Love what you wrote about Maddie "playing with Fire." Something tells me there'll be a lot more of that . . .

Claire Krigbaum said...

She sleeps like Indi, on the side of the dog bed rather than on top!
So much fun to see her run like crazy around your field and wow, what a fun baby! No couch potato there either!

Kim, Rambling Family Manager said...

OMG the cuteness!! My Cina has the same markings so I'm looking at all the pictures and video thinking that's how she must have been at that age. More videos, more videos!!! :)

jet said...

she is so adorable, I am so glad you have taken time out to document her puppyhood - she is what I imagine Barbie would have been like if I had been able to liberate her as a pup!

jcp said...

Love the videos. Are you beginning recalls and off leash work from day one?