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The First Thing to Check off Our Work List: 

A Vet checkup.

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The puppies were loaded up in the van.   I didn’t want to put them in a wire crate because they’re just small enough to get stuck between the wires.  I decided to simply use a dog bed.  It’s a Bowser bed with sides and I expected that the puppies wouldnt be able to crawl out… My Bad…LOL.   After loading up the puppies, the entire gang jumped in. 2 weeks old 004  I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mica was extremely careful around them and made a point of staying out of Nickel’s way.  He definitely remembers what puppies are (from the first litter) and carefully stepped through the nest, he literally tip-toed.

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First stop was the vet’s office where they got a clean bill of health.  I don’t  ‘worm’ of any of my dogs so I always do a fecal sample before breeding , after delivery and before going to their new homes.  If you read the 2011 blog you’ll know that I’m a minimalist and follow Dr Dodd’s vaccination protocol, raw feed and use natural means to control parasites and fleas.

I think it’s interesting to know that I’ve never had a positive parasite result in 15 years of owning my dogs and I’ve never treated them with chemicals.  One thing I do is treat them with diatomaceous earth a couple of times a year.  This is great for eliminating parasites and it’s great as a  natural flea control.  I know that most breeders do regular puppy de-worming but I don’t believe in treating prophylactically.  I also feel that the natural flora in our dogs intestines, if kept in balance, will keep most dogs healthy.  There are a few recent human studies questioning the value of a small load of intestinal parasites might actually be beneficial in warding off other more serious diseases.  I shouldn’t be rambling on about this without some scientific evidence so I’ll try to post this in a few days.   In any case,  the  fecal was negative. “^)

Second Thing…. Shopping

After the vet’s visit it was off to my favorite thrift store.  I’ll confess that I left the car running to keep the air conditioning going.     Found a few new puppy goodies.

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Next on the List:  Workout

After the Thrift store I decided to stop and let the dogs have a swim since the temperature was 85 in the sun.  My favorite in-the-city watering hole is under the I-90 bridge.  It was nice and cool with a gentle breeze.  I take my thermometer everywhere I go with the puppies and the car temp was 69 degrees.  The puppies were all crashed out, so the big guys and I headed down to the lake.   Lake Washington was still pretty chilly since the heat wave hasn’t given the water time to warm up. None the less, the poos enjoyed some retrieving and play.

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Back to the car, the puppies were still sleeping.. granted some had meandered out of the bed and had found cool spots on the plastic car liner. 46 029         

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And  home we went…  to end our day with Family Time:

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At this phase in development, changes occur literally over night.  Sometimes the puppies can noticeably mature between morning and night.  This was one of those days.  This morning the puppies were moving around very well and I saw one puppy bat another with it’s paw.  By the afternoon they were fully engaging with each other; mouthing, pushing, barking and following each other.  I watch puppy play evolve before my eyes!   These videos capture the very Moment these puppies discovered how to play.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Mr Mica caught on the wrong side of the fence.

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Today’s Puppy Art

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**AND Like Any Good End To a Hard Day

 A Beer**

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