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Sally and Leia's first day at home

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G'day all,

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
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^^ Its easy to tell when theyve had a drink by the tide mark on their ears /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif So cute, although the novelty of wiping their ears and face after every meal is gonna wear off quickly :p

^^ Some of the tag team just werent quite ready to wake up yet, although the other half was already destroying play toys at a great rate of knots

^^ Playtime is always much more fun with two!

^^ Sally introduces herself to the cat (Nelix, a russian blue). Dont worry, the cat never actually clawed the pup! Nelix has been very good with the pups, but I think the sniffing steam train of a puppy was too much on this occasion.

^^ How can anyone resist a face like that?

^^ Trying to remove the collars with a rear foot. It seems to bother them, though not to the point of stopping playtime - just brief pauses to retry pulling it off.
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^^ A 'sorry' face, after attempted escape number 82,365

^^ A happy beagle is a beagle with a piece of chewy rope toy!....

^^ .... or was it a happy beagle is a tired beagle? Either way, we've got one of each!

^^ Aforementioned happy beagle, reluctant to give back the chewy rope toy

^^ An incredibly human expression as one half of the terrible duo completely ignores requests to come back from playtime for naptime :p

^^ You just cant help but take more than one photo of a face this cute /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
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Oh MG How absolutely priceless, what a beautiful pair of puppies such angelic faces (can see why some people can buy them just for the "cuteness factor"

They are dolls, I love the expressions they tell a thousand stories.

I want one!! (hang on a min I collect our eight week giirl Gwenni in a few weeks)

Your photography skills are very sharpe and clear, they are very atmospheric.

Congrats on a lovely pair of babies I am sure you will have lots of fun!! Double trouble!!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
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All I can say is just what Hellen Louise said ... OMG!!! I will come back often to look at these adorable faces. They are just beautiful. One of the poses (sleeping -- not sure which pup) is exactly like a pose on one of the American Humane Association Christmas photo cards. Hate to tell you but, after 11 years, I am still wiping off wet ears and messy faces. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
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My goodness, these two are gorgeous looking pups. You are so lucky to have them. Might I add that these photos are quite good and professional looking. You really captured the personality of these two darlings. Aww, I want one now...
OMG!!!!! They are adorable. I could look at Beagle puppys all day. Thanks for showing us the pictures!
What precious puppies! I've said many times, and I repeat, there's absolutely nothing cuter than a beagle puppy! :heart:
I agree, those are definitely some cute pups that you have on your hands. Awesome photos, too :thumbup:
They are absolutely adorable. And what wonderful pictures of them! I want one (or a few)!
Oooohhhh, just so precious! I just want to cuddle them. :heart: When I see those kinds of pictures I miss having a puppy! You are very good with a camera. Don't forget, Joe puts together a Beagle World Calendar every year! Save some of those good ones. Once they've been posted here they cannot be submitted for the calendar.
I didn't know there was a Beagle calender, but I don't know if I could keep photos aside for it... I'm just a complete amateur who likes having a fiddle every so often and I then stick them up on my webpage to show to people - saves having to put them up seperately on various forums and on emails and stuff /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

The kiddies are asleep again at the moment. Countless chew toys have been discarded in favour of some dead palm fronds they found in the garden... Curse you puppies! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
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On your own site is fine, just not here. Don't worry, you've got until the Fall. There will be plenty more photo opportunities. I don't know what you're like, but I've already taken over 700 pictures (a good majority of Jersey) with my new camera that got just before Thanksgiving. :rolleye11:
OMG! that remind me of my Bailey. They are so awesome puppies. Thanks so much for sharing the photo's with us and keep the photo's coming....
Oh, oh, oh!!! What darlings they are!!! I could stare at those gorgeous faces all day long.

I wish I could cuddle one up in my arms and just kiss his soft little ear over and over again. Nothing like a sleeping puppy lying on your chest breathing on you. And that puppy smell -- delicious!! And those soft, puffy bellies!!

Yikes, somebody stop me before I make a complete fool of myself /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/shocked.gif

So happy for you and a little envious of all the wonderful days ahead with your sweet babies :heart:

Monica and Daisy /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
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Well after another day of playing and running around the back yard and chewing palm fronds.. The girls are inside in the aircon having a wonderful time. It's very hot in Brisbane, Queensland today!

We are a bit concerned though because they aren't eating their meals. Our vet advised us to take them off the wet food and give them dry food, which we have. But now they aren't eating their dry food or wet food. We are hoping this is just part of their settling in period where it's more exciting to play and sleep, than eat.

(... Erin)
Magnificent photos of two wonderful beagles. We wish you years of pleasure with your new family members.
I can't help but say like everyone else, Oh My Gosh!! They are abosolutley beautiful!! You do have some great skills at photography.

Enjoy your 2 babies. We also got 2 Beagle pups at the same time. We got Sadie and Pooh Bear when they were around 10 weeks old. They are now 7 years old and are best friends. Ours are a boy and girl not related. We have had our trials and tribulations with them and also a lot of joy.
Ditto all the other posts. Wonderful photos of beautiful pups. Looking forward to seeing more. :heart:
Yes I too have sat here and "awwed" and whimpered looking at how beautiful your girls are.. soo lucky you are!

to answer some of the questions you had. Yes, they will hate the collars. For about 24 hours or so. then they won't even know they are there. Best to just put them on-they will scratch at them a bit, but just leave them alone. Mine stay on all the time here 24 hours a day.

As far as the food. Of course they are going to prefer the wet food to the dry food. And, at their young age it is a bit tougher-although they are teething and do love to chomp on things-hard doggie food isnt there favorite, unless "they" want to. I still-to this day-buy some cans of meaty gravy food, and once per day at supper time I mix that with the hard food and my 2 scarf that down, its their favorite. The rest of the time there is hard food out in the bowl for them to snack on, etc. But yes-I know some ppl would prefer to have certain feeding times, so I do understand that.
I also-for my little Maggie-was taking some of the hard food and putting it in a smaller food bowl and putting some water on it. let it soak for about 5 minutes, then its easier for them to eat, still a bit crunchy-but then it kind of makes it's own gravy and they eat that right down!!

PS-I am mad that its so warm where you are-we just got 4 inches of snow last night and its snowing again here in Iowa!!!! My baby is just finding out about snow outside right now-her little bottom got a bit cold when she squatted to do her business! I will need to take some pics of this, hehe

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