I figured it was time to move on from the Introduction thread, theres only so long you can be "new" :hi:
After picking out our pups at 3 weeks old, and waiting the extra 5 weeks to pick them up, we finally have 8 week old Sally and Leia at home around 9pm last night - hooray!
Our first stop on the hour long trip home was a brief stop at Erins sisters place to let the pups do their business and have a drink etc. Her sister has two Staffordshire terriers, one a couple of months old and one about 5 years old. We were a little concerned about them mixing because the beagles are so much smaller, but they all played together really well - in fact it was the beagles that started it all! No worries about them hiding and being scared, they were straight out there and chasing balls etc around with "the big kids". We ended up staying there for dinner to let the puppies play and get nicely worn out, though they still seemed full of energy after dinner time!
After all the advice and caution from people, we were expecting a night of whimpering and a floor coated in little packages. I guess they were half right... :sleepy: But they slept right through from around 10pm until 7:30am without a peep. Our door is open to their area to make sure we can keep an ear out, but not a single whimper all night! I guess having a matched pair has its benefits in that regard.
After a nice big dinner (200g of "Optimum" canned puppy food), we took them outside and within a matter of a minute or two they had both left presents in the grass. We tried wooping and carrying on like clowns to show them how great they were, but I think they're a little young to truly grasp that outside poo is good /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
A nice quiet night of sleep, and it was up early for a breakfast of moistened weetbix and canned food (which I might add, we wont be doing again as they really didnt like it) and then off to the vets for a quick checkup. We asked about the lazy eyes, and he did some tests and said theres nothing wrong there. Something to do with puppies "third eyelid" being more noticable or something, so it makes the eye look lazy? I did notice that in some photos we took this afternoon, the lazy eye seems to be totally random on both dogs so he may just be onto something there.
We also asked about canned ("wet") versus biscuits ("dry") foods, and the vet was of the opinion that dry food is better. That suits us really well, as in the instruction sheet we were given it said to buy Optimum brand puppy food, but we bought the biscuits instead of the canned stuff - so now we get a chance to use the 10kg of the stuff we paid for /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
This afternoon after a bit of a nap and lunch (another 200g feed), it was more outside time. I dont know how much outside time they got at the breeders, as they seem absolutely fascinated by grass. I had intended to mow the lawn before they arrived to stop the long grass tickling their bottoms when they did their business, but the poor mower finally gave up the ghost and split a fuel line so its still long. Leia especially seems to love rolling around in it / biting it / leaping through it.
Since they were so content, I grabbed the camera and snapped a few piccies which I'll stick on the bottom of this post.
The only other query is about collars. We have tiny collars we bought for Puppy Preschool (starts next week) so we thought we'd try putting them on to allow them to get used to it. But they keep scratching at it. We assume its just because its new and they dont like it, but it wouldnt really be itchy would it? Its webbing material (like mountain climbing harnesses) and put on to the right looseness.
Anyway. Thats their first day home, and theyre back having a nap atm so I stole a few moments to play computer nerd. Hope ya'll enjoy the pictures /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif