Just one week shy of her five-month birthday, Darby appears to have just one puppy tooth left — the upper canine on her right side. All the other sharp little nippers have been replaced by beautiful white Big Dog teeth.
|On her right side, the emerging adult canine has pushed out the baby tooth.
This makes Mr. Tucker very happy, as Miss Darby is fond of biting the thick folds of skin and fur around his neck. That’s never pleasant, but baby teeth hurt most!
We were probably remiss in waiting so long, but we only gave Darby her first bath today.
Although she looks a little nervous in the photo, she was actually very calm and didn’t seem to mind it much at all. (Another clue that she may be a water dog?)
We got Brando’s second “professional training report” Friday, and we felt encouraged. His trainer, Sarah, reported, “Brando has been making significant progress in his confidence level and overall demeanor during training. He has become more willing to work and has been staying engaged with his handler when learning a new command. While out in public, Brando is alert and somewhat cautious for unfamiliar noises or stimuli that may startle him. However, when he does become startled, he is able to maintain position and recover quickly. Overall, Brando continues to learn at a slower rate but is progressing quite nicely with his skill work. His confidence level is something we will continue to build upon throughout training.”
Will he remain in training long enough for us to get a third report (one month from now?) No previous pup of ours has ever made it that far.
Today Darby is four months old, and to celebrate, she’s moved into a big-girl collar — hot pink because that was the color of the yarn placed around her neck shortly after she was born. I recently learned from the March CCI Southwest Regional newsletter that the colors always correspond to the pups’ birth order. In Darby’s case, she was the fifth born (and the #5 pups are always hot pink). In our hearts, though, she’s #1 (or at at least our #1 household pup. Mr. Tucker is #1 resident dog!)
Although we don’t have any exciting activities planned to celebrate this little milestone, Darby enjoyed an exciting weekend as the guest of Susan Miller and Frank Novick. (Steve and I were up in Los Angeles attending the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It’s not a very doggy event!) With Susan and Frank, Darby even ventured to a movie matinee. Reportedly, she behaved like a little angel. Not bad for a 4-month-old pup!
|Darby with friends Susan and Frank.