Jake and Maggie turn 6 months old today! We picked them up August 5th and can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Why? Because they are the cutest, sweetest, and most loving little things we have ever experienced and we are having so much fun with them. That's a fact :-). Hope you enjoy this recap and “fun facts’ of the last couple of months.
When you hear puppies sleep all of the time, don’t take it and set it in stone. It’s true that puppies do sleep alot but it didn’t apply to Jake and Maggie when we brought them home. They learned that 6:00 am was potty and breakfast time and became our alarm clocks. Once they ate, they would run for 3 hours solid, take a 20 minute nap and be back at it again. It could be crazy at times and for the first two months, our living room was covered with blankets and toys but I loved every minute of it. Some blankets have been put away, baby gates have been taken down and all the cute fluffy toys have been demolished! Now we just have chew toys laying about because teething puppies need toys that can handle the abuse.
Fun Fact: "We all know dogs dream. In fact, they experience similar stages of dreaming to humans - including rapid eye movement (REM), (the stage of dreaming we tend to remember). Twitches and paw movements are just some of the ways you can spot a dreaming dog. But did you know Harvard experts suggest that your dog is quite likely to be dreaming about… you!"
Animals adapt to their environments and I wanted Jake and Maggie to have consistency in their daily routine from day one. I make sure their sleeping and feeding schedules are at the same time each day and night. I keep an eye on how many times they need to go outside because too often could mean something might be wrong or in Jake's case, he just wants another treat!
I was told that getting two puppies at the same time would be easier because the weaker one follows the dominant one but I’m not sure if this applies to Jake and Maggie. They both have very similar personalities but I have noticed that as Jake gets older, he is becoming more of a watch dog than Maggie. Maggie picks up on commands faster but both are incredibly smart and have learned many words in a short period of time. It’s at the point now that Thomas and I have to spell the words out if we don’t want the pups to know what we are talking about.
Fun Fact: "Dogs can be as smart as two year-old children with the ability to learn a similar average number of words. Border Collies with some clever collies understanding up to 200 words and Poodles, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Dobermans followed as the smartest dogs".
One of the first toys that we bought Jake and Maggie was a red ball that held treats and we would throw it to them in the yard. We called it “ball”. Boy are we creative! LOL! We couldn’t figure out why they would start to run towards it and then stop. I started searching for answers. Don't forget to check out some of the toys from Amazon that I've added especially for teething puppies.
Fun Fact: "It’s an old myth that dogs see in black and white. They do see differently than humans but they are able to see in shades of yellow and blue and are only red and green color blind".
When the red ball hit the green grass, they couldn’t see it! If we would have had some treats in the ball, they probably would have found it by smell.
Fun Fact: "A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 better than ours. They can even use this super sense to detect diseases such as cancers and diabetes".
I was once asked to name a time in my life when I felt the most joy. This was hard for me because I have made many happy memories but I have to say that being at home with my husband and my dogs is when I feel the most relaxed and happy. Besides the fact that we are both home bodies, I love knowing that we are giving an animal a loving home and it makes me happy to see our animals wagging their tails and to see happiness in their eyes.
Fun Fact: "Dogs sometimes share our emotions and get stressed or upset when their owners do. They can feel a range of emotions, from optimism and pessimism to depression and jealousy. They can feel love and joy".
I truly believe emotions show through their eyes as well as their facial expressions and body language.
We enjoy calling the pups by their nicknames and laugh when they wag their tails back at us. Jake is sometimes referred to as Jakester or Jakie Man, and Maggie is Magster or Magatunes. Thomas will come home from work and sit in his big leather chair, scoop both puppies up in his arms and sing to them lovingly calling them by their nicknames. It makes me smile and they love all the attention! I can hear the happiness in Thomas’ voice and that makes me smile to.
Jake and Maggie are always with us and have become the best travel buddies. They have made many trips to Lowe’s and they love Susan at the Starbuck’s drive-thru in Missouri :-). We will continue to teach them and to love them. I promise I will take new pictures as they grow to share with everyone. I’m not the best at taking videos but hope to improve with practice. I’m excited to watch them grow and see their personalities develop. They made it through a successful spay and neuter surgery on Friday and came home on Saturday morning as if nothing had happened. While under, they were microchipped and toe nails were trimmed. If you are interested in Microchipping, please see my blog post “To Microchip or Not to Microchip”. Our vet performed the procedure for us and then we had to register their chip numbers on our own. The cost of registration and tags were included in the price of the procedure. Per the instructions, we used www.petlink.net. The instructions were easy to follow and the process was quick and painless.
Soon it will be Christmas Eve and the four of us will be opening up gifts. Jakester and Magatunes will be very happy opening up all of their presents. I hope to get lots of pictures and some videos. Our house is decorated and the tree is up. Surprisingly not one ornament was harmed in the decorating of the tree but sadly, Mr. Snowman’s foot was badly damaged and severed from his body by Jake during the final stages of decorating the house.
Some of the information under “Fun Fact" in my blog was found from a post Posted on November 28, 2016 by George White in the Animals In The Wild blog of World Animal Protection https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk