I think I mentioned on Tristans page he seemed to be quite the momma's boy. But while reviewing their photo shoot I had to reconsider that assessment. I think he was acting a bit like a rebellious teenage boy. The photos of the two of them just kept going on and on... and on. It seemed they'd come to a resolution and then there they'd go... back to the head squeeze! Skye wasn't rough with him though. Just persistent. I included a few photos toward the end of the slide show of Tristan and Green Zeus with Skye. Even in those you can readily see, with both pups just standing there, Skye has her sights set on Tristan basically leaving Zeus to go on about his business. I had to laugh at the last photo of the series. With Skye behind them and the pups coming forward, Zeus has a happy go lucky look that seems to say "Ha! I got away with it"! And Tristan walks on with a sneer! Gotta love these little guys! And Skye. She's been a really great mom. And a fun one. It's interesting to see their personalities and especially interesting to watch them interact with mom. I think I gained a lot of insight into their personalities by reviewing the photos after the fact. Rocky didn't get off quite so easy! She was a bit rough with him for some reason. The reason however wasn't apparent to me... guess I just missed it. She doesn't have a history of being rough with him. Maybe he bit her a little too hard. Who knows? There were a couple times I got on Skye though, which is actually not recommended, for her roughness. I think her interaction with Rocky was one of those times. Their interaction was somewhat short lived in the whole scheme of things so there are unfortunately few photos of him. I wish I had a little more time and good weather to give them additional one on one time. Maybe I'll let them have just that this afternoon in the mudroom -their current play station. Definitely not an outside day today but fortunately the mudroom is equip to handle puppy antics, keep them safe and in general is easy to clean. They are currently having a ball with and sharing some of the most sturdy and or washable Christmas presents they received. Green Zeus is probably the most playful and inquisitive. Loves his toys and bravely ventures off on his own at times. Not far but also doesn't seem to have a strong need to have a buddy in tow at all times. He's a smart one too. Quickly learned to weave in and out of the branches of the large limb that fell during Irma. Zeke is a character in general... a fun loving pup that seems to love and be loved by his momma. They spent a lot of time together as can be seen in the attached slide show. Drita may be a bit of an instigator, maybe somewhat of a ringleader, but is all over the place. She's in and out of the feed trough and in general doesn't stay on task long. She changes course quickly. My "firecracker" of the litter! There's always one! She'll eat, jump out for some play, go back to eating and once done is 99% of the time the first to hit the sling bed. She doesn't necessarily stay there but goes there, looks around assessing the situation and goes from there. Who knows where.... Possibly easily bored? I still think she may be the smartest pup of the bunch but that could mean trouble for Suzy and Jeff unless they're quick to direct that brain. They have recent fairly recent pup practice so should be ok. Hopefully. Rocky is still all about the food, the first in and the last out. I think that ferocious appetite may have been the reason he received a pretty severe tossing in the dirt by mom. Otherwise, he seems to be fairly low key and remains the largest of the pack. Echo is playful but seems very people oriented and would likely rather be cuddled than anything else. Maybe because, on a chilly day, she received quite a bit of extra cuddling during her first encounter with her family... but I think she's always basically been that way. She was a little standoffish at first but has come out of her shell so to speak. Scrambles is sensible and just kind of middle of the road. Kind of dog like already in a way.... old beyond her weeks. She got along well with mom during their individual outing. Didn't get too severe a reprimanding for anything. Just kind of traveled along with Skye. None of the girls received much reprimanding actually. I'm surprised Drita didn't. Maybe she did initially while they were out alone and I didn't see it. When I discovered them together when she escaped her enclosure -that last time- they were all love and kisses. Their interaction the one that gave me the idea to photograph "mom and pups". Zoe is a fun loving girl but probably the quietest. Never draws too much attention to herself but she's a very sweet pup. It seemed mom for the most part was gentle with her and in a couple of her photo entries it appears Skye seems to be giving her some type of hug. Blue Zeus is sensible. Quickly learned he could hide out from mom to avoid the education she was trying to give him. For that reason he's another that has few photos to show. You'll see him under the kayak in the slide show. Kept peaking out but knew she couldn't get to him.
Bottom line... these pups are what they are at this point but can be anything you want them to be. The quiet ones don't necessarily stay quiet, rarely in fact, and the more rambunctious can become more subdued depending on the stimulation they receive. They need avenues to work both mind and body in a productive fashion. Minds like sponges... ready to soak up whatever you want to teach them. It's amazing how much and how quickly they learn and at such a young age... both good and bad. Always have to stay a step ahead of them which can be difficult actually. But in the end well worth it. I'm sure each of you can teach your pups their first basic command, sit on command, the day you get them home. I always say, with pups as with life, the end result is directly correlated to the amount of time and energy one invests along the way. Invest wisely! You'll be glad you did!
Love and licks,