Saturday, January 27, 2007

It Runs in the Family

The more I observe Ben, the less there is any doubt in my mind whatsoever that Chuck was part Dane. He is sweet, snuggly, and a certifiable Couch Potato waiting to happen. Notice the forelorn, "Look-how-bad-I-have-it," banished to the floor at only 7 weeks, woe is me look on his face. I was actually sitting on this pillow playing with the little tyke, and got up to make coffee. I might have been gone 5 minutes.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Big Ben

I never would have guessed that a puppy could be so easy to train. We are so thrilled with this little snuggle rat. It's just like having a new baby in the house. He wakes up, goes out to potty, comes in and eats, goes back outside, plays for half an hour or so, then heads for his crate and crashes out for an hour or two. Then we do it all over again. The crate training has been perfect, I have never had a puppy that did not "go" in the house. This is just a dream.

Jesse has been letting him sleep on his lap on the sofa for short periods. Today, after play time, I noticed he headed right for the sofa and tried to jump up (he didn't make it, he's too small.) The thing is, that won't be true for much longer, and a 200 lb. dog (scroll down) takes up a whole sofa. I want to train him to stay off the furniture from the very beginning, so I guess he's not the only one who needs some training!

I have a feeling we are going to be Dane owners for life. I've never been around a puppy who was so low-key, gentle, and easy to train. We are hooked.

Friday, January 19, 2007

We have a new baby!

Announcing the arrival of......

........BIG BEN!!!

Ben is a Great Dane pup. His dad, Homer, is 200 lbs, and his mom, Jasmine, is 165. He is 6 weeks old today, and he is 16lbs. He was the only male fawn in the litter. We are falling fast for our new addition. He spent the drive home (about 2.5 hours) perched on Jesse's shoulders! He crawled up his arm, and nestled between Jesse's head and the headrest, and crashed right out. It was adorable, and we were kicking ourselves for not having the camera. We will keep lots of pictures up as he grows, everyone tells us he will be about the size of a Doberman at 5 months, then he'll hit his first real "growth spurt" about 10 months.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Why do we buy them toys?

Natalie loves to watch TV from here, perched on the edge of the coffee table in this laundry basket. She throws in a pillow and a blanket, and VIOLA! It's the perfect little papasan chair.