|Roku (left) and Jitsu (right), |
at 12 weeks.
Roku's Mom, Kathy, wants to begin agility training and Mike, her husband, belongs to a dog club and already competes with his big dogs in agility, so that's a good start. She saw Roku (now named Winston) last weekend at the USDAA trial and was instantly smitten with his adorableness, quickness of mind, and beautiful markings. She came and got him on Tuesday, and sends me news of his progress and photos every few days.
|Madalyn and Jitsu saying goodbye|
at my door. Turra in background.
And now suddenly it's over. I have to adjust and let go, again.
|Winston's new carrying case.|
|Winston captures his Mommy's|
heart with every pose.
Did I make a mistake letting these puppies go? How can 2 lbs of fluff get so deep under your skin in 5 weeks and you not even realize it until they are gone? OMG I can't imagine if something would happen to any of my dogs. I never want to find out how deep under my skin they are!!!!!!!!!!
I hadn't realized what a responsibility breeders have in placing their litters, how they have to maintain some distance from the puppies, or cry often. I would never make it as a breeder, much less a foster parent. Okay, another factoid learned about myself. But before I move on, I am taking in how much I enjoyed conducting my first "puppy finishing school". There is not much that compares with the scampering enthusiasm, reckless abandon, and total openness of a puppy, not to mention soft fur, warm puppy breath and a tiny heart beating in your hands. My house seems empty now, with 4 contented adult dogs lying around my feet, waiting for me to say what's next.
So now that I've got that bit blogged about, what's next is mopping and sterilizing the kitchen floor, shampooing the den carpet, picking up toys, bits of paper and a few dead lizards the puppies managed to find, fixing lawn mower and replacing an oven element, getting my room reserved for our upcoming Mobile trial, and streamlining the trial entry process.
Upwards and onward!