Monday, October 15, 2012

13 Weeks - Maddie vs. Ivy

On Sunday, Tracy and I planned a puppy play date for our sweet little angels.  We thought they would want to play with dolls and play dress up, but these girls are rough and tumble.
I should not be surprised.  I was a Tom Boy and played with He-Man and had Castle Grayskull instead of a Barbie mansion.  I did have a Barbie, but only because someone had to take care of all of her horses and pets.
Maddie is two weeks older and a few pounds heavier than Ivy, but so far they are well matched and we hope they will be good friends as they continue to grow.  We are going to make a valiant effort to get them together as often as possible.
Tracy and I did figure out that Maddie and Ivy play best when they are fresh.  They seem to be more conscientious and are good about not hurting each other.  When we brought them back for a second play session, I think they were both getting a little tired.  I think Ivy was being too rough and Maddie was being too sensitive so we decided that we would probably avoid round two in the future.

12 comments:

What Remains Now said...

Ninja Barbies!

dognponygirl said...

Love these pics...they are having such a great time.

Ania said...

Nice puppies! I realized that I haven't seen a doberman with short cut tail and ears, in Poland it's now forbidden :)

Hiking Hounds said...

They are so cute together. It's great that they have each other to play rowdy with and learn all of those important skills from puppy play. I bet they will be friends for life.

Andreja said...

I'm wondering why you think that having a puppy playmate is so important. Having made a mistake of letting my first whippet play too much with his playmate (an hour per day) and seeing that backfire in a BIG way I am not in any hurry to introduce my current pup to playmates. Instead I would like her to meet many adult dogs with different temperaments - some that will play with her and others that will ignore her. I'm thinking that what she really needs to learn is about how ADULT dogs behave since that is the world she will have to navigate when she grows up. I am really interested in your reasons.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I don't have any profound reasons. I would agree with you, Andreja. Playing with Ivy would at most be only a 1-3 times a MONTH for 30 minutes so I am not worried about that interaction. She is meeting lots of adult dogs also. I do worry about her being in daycare though. I don't want her to build a lot of value for other dogs and she is very into other dogs. Mine have always preferred me to other dogs, so this is new to me, but I've never started with a puppy before. I think my strategy right now is to just to get her to a few months older so she is a little more mature, probably too big to be in the little dog daycare anymore, and is a little more ready for more stuff. She is one that might need a little bit of the Ruff Love... but she needs to be a few months older.

Angus and Milo said...

HI Maddie

That looks like a pawesome play date with your friend Ivy. There is nothing like having a good play with someone your own age

From Milo & Jet

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Andreja said...

I see. I thought perhaps the way greyhounds are reared on the farm influenced how you raise Maddie. I don't know much about that, but I thought clearly not all dogs who had a lot of opportunity to play as puppies end up dog-centric when they grow up. But then I remembered that if a particular greyhound was clearly loving dogs more than people you probably wouldn't adopt him/her. Having a pup is different... here we want to sway the odds in our favor.
Thanks for posting about Maddie. This is really interesting :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Andreja,

I didn't even think about trying to duplicate how they are raised on the farm. I think fearful racers are likely to stay dog-centric. They are comfortable with their kind. Others become more people-centric because they have had more than enough dog interaction for a lifetime and are so happy when a human wants to interact with just them. And you are right about how I would pick them. I would not pick one that was very dog-centric. I look for food-centric. :-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

But all in all, Maddie getting to play with a puppy or a dog = tired puppy = a few hours for me to get stuff done! :-)

Hazel said...

My greyhounds have always loved playing with other dogs, and the dogs were always willing. The dog's owners however were not usually so willing. They were afraid my babies might hurt their babies. The favorite friend for play is a Basset Hound named Dumbledore. Play is such
a good activity when supervised.
Thanks for the pictures!