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Say hello to our newest fosters! These five Shepherd mix puppies came to us yesterday for two weeks of rehabilitation before they are adopted out at our annual adoption event. Their back story is quite sad, they were an accidental litter and when picked up by the dog warden were found in a tiny pen with nothing but mud and feces. They were covered in mud and poop and were afraid of people at first. While not emaciated, they are still much too thin and need to put on some weight, I can feel their ribs when running my hands over them.

It was so sad to watch them hide in the back of their cage at the pound when we came to pick them up, you could tell they wanted to be friendly, they just didn't know if they could trust us. Another sad fact is they really don't know how to play with each other, they've spent their whole life fighting for everything, so all they know how to do is try to steal toys instead of play together. Poor pups also at first had an issue with fighting, it went beyond just simple play fighting, they got down right aggressive! One, the biggest pup, even drew blood from his little brother when he knew there was food nearby! So sad to see puppies this way.

The pups are about 10 weeks old and since these guys will only be here for two weeks, I'm giving them numbers, (so I don't have to keep calling all of them puppy). I already know whoever adopts them will just change any name I gave them, and they won't have enough time with us to learn a name anyway.

They have shown much improvement today. Much more friendly with us and are beginning to play with each other, even though they are still trying to steal everything for the most part.

The fighting seems to have stopped completely, they still play fight, but it's no longer anything more than that, thank goodness! The beginning of resource guarding has also been cut short, I acted fast and I think he figured it out.

So, onto the photos and videos! (Better photos are coming soon, these pups just don't hold still!)

So, here we have Eight; He's the smallest pup. Very sweet, but also more independent.

Three and Five; Three is the female tri in the back, Five is the male black in front. Three is sweet, and quite calm compared to her other siblings. Five is the sweetest, just an all around love bug!

Seven and One; Seven is the female tri to the left, and One is the black male to the right. Seven is the prettiest pup in the litter, (to me at least) She is independent, but very goofy and playful, loves to romp and play with her siblings. One is the alpha, and the biggest pup. He has a very dominating personality toward his siblings and is somewhat aloof with people. He's friendly, just not as friendly as his siblings.

And one more photo of sweet Five.


And two videos taken yesterday.
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Oh my gosh, what a terrible situation. Poor pups. Puppies are supposed to be little chunky monkeys! I'm glad they found their way to you, you always do such an amazing job with the pups!

Five and One are SUPER cute.
 
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Oh poor guys. At least they are getting a few weeks with you to put on some weight and be in a more normal setting before being separated.
 
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Oh, wow. They're adorable! Thank you for doing what you do.
 
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Tired puppies are good puppies.

They're doing so much better today. Much more lively and happy. I think it took a good night's rest for the newness and shock to wear off. They are now sound asleep after having a romp in the kitchen. They are such darling things! Must feel like heaven to them, going from a tiny little pen and getting no attention at all to a large, safe, warm place to sleep and a large outdoor kennel with grass where they can romp and be puppies.

They are much more friendly toward us as well, hardly any fear there now, just an occasional timid moment or one shying away from our hands.
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More photos for your enjoyment! :D The lighting stinks right now as it's raining and cloudy. Hopefully better, non blurry photos tomorrow since it's going to be sunny, yay!

Five is the most adorable thing! He's such a sweetheart. I mean, who can resist that face!?





One going to sleep

The two girls in the litter.

Two photos of Three.

 
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Seven is very handsome, yes?



Eight, the little guy who has been nicknamed, Goober is lying on the bed and his sister Three is on the floor.
 
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I give up! Trying to call them numbers just isn't working, can't remember any of them to save my life and keep trying to think of a name to call them, so just because I will give them names. I went with names that have a meaning that relates to their personality. One, the big black boy is now called, Art which means, Strong as a bear, rock, and noble. Five, the smaller black boy I am now calling, Dilyn which means loyal. Eight, the smallest pup I am now calling, Goober because he's just that, a goober, lol. The two girls, Three, (lighter tri color with less white) and Seven, (Darker Tri with more white) I am calling, Alice, (originally Three) which means truth and noble, and Jolee, (originally Seven) which means cheerful and pretty.

Art is doing so much better, I have started leaving him in the kennel with the rest of his siblings while they get taken out to eat one at a time and he hasn't tried to attack anyone, yay! At first I had him tied up outside the kennel near where his sibling was eating. At first he got very fussy and kept trying to go after the pup that was eating but since his sibling was just out of reach, he quickly learned that his siblings were going to eat when he wasn't whether he likes it or not and just lay down, since then he's been doing just fine!

I am seeing much improvement with them learning to play together. They get better everyday and are beginning to learn that they don't need to guard or steal from each other. It's such a joy to watch them play tug of war, or romp and play fight out in the yard.

They begin leash training today along with learning that being away from their siblings won't kill them. I didn't realize just how badly dependent they are on having their siblings near until I took each pup out by themselves. I have never seen puppies go from afraid of nothing to scared of even things they know so fast! They did come around, but it took a lot longer than it should for pups that have been raised right.

Evaluation on their behavior while out alone:

Art: Very little hesitation when brought into new area, do not fight the leash at all. Begin exploring the area new right away and quickly become comfortable in the new environment. Very confident and generally further away from me exploring on his own. Very good attention to me when I asked for it, liked to watch the world around him.
Dilyn: Moderate hesitation when brought into new area, didn't want to go at first and took some coaxing, but quickly begin to explore. Did fight the leash several times in the beginning, but after a few minutes begin to calm and no longer fight the leash. Stayed close at first, but begin to explore away from me as he got used to each new place. Very little attention to me when asked for, always getting distracted by something.
Goober: Very little hesitation as long as I stayed close. Warmed up quickly to each new place and didn't fight the leash. Stayed close to me throughout but did show interest in exploring. Really seemed to enjoy being somewhere new, got quite hyper and bouncy. Decent attention when asked for, but often too hyper to focus for long.
Alice: Moderate hesitation, stayed close at all times but not out of fear. Did fight the leash very briefly at first, but was soon walking along next to me without problems. Excellent attention when and when not asked, always looking for ways she can please. Very eager to learn. Quickly became comfortable and even got playful.
Jolee: Extreme hesitation, didn't want to go anywhere and kept trying to get back to the kennel and her siblings. Did come around, but took quite a bit a time. Did not like being stopped from getting back to her siblings by the leash and did fight with it, but came around after a few minutes. Was always close to me and didn't show much interest in exploring. Never become truly comfortable with being in a new area.

And now, into the photos. Finally, nice clear ones with good lighting too, yay for sunny weather! I'm just going to post photos, if you want to know which pup is which, just ask. :)








 
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Five days since we brought them home, three days into their training and I finally saw the beginning of confidence last evening. For the first time they are beginning to want to explore outside their comfort zone, (namely the kennel, kitchen, and outside run) We had to upgrade our gate on the kitchen doorway because a few of the pups decided the kitchen wasn't good enough and they wanted to explore the rest of the house some more, (yes, I did have to give chase when they got out if you were wondering, lol). It's a small step, but considering the fact that just the day before yesterday the pups were too scared to set foot out of the kitchen, in my mind this calls for a celebration!

They begin crate training today so hopefully everything will go smoothly. These pups continue to amaze me everyday with their ability to pick up on everything so quickly, though considering how many puppies I've raised, I guess I really shouldn't be surprised. Puppies are amazingly intelligent and eager to please!

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