Good girl, bad girl

Steve and I were shocked a few weeks ago to notice that all of Beverly’s puppy teeth appear to be gone. She HAD a mouth full of puppy teeth when we got her back in June, but now here’s what we see in her mouth:

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What happened to the lethal little daggers? Did they  fall out one by one and get vacuumed up, without our noticing any of it? Did she swallow them? She’s not talking.

What we did notice is that Beverly, more than any other puppy, never gashed our hands or chomped on our other body parts while she was going through the teething process.

That’s one sign of what a good girl she has been.  Here’s another: one day recently, we found her curled up on one of our soft chairs, looking extremely comfortable.

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This is NOT a good things; CCI puppies are supposed to stay off the furniture. Steve is much sterner a disciplinarian than I am, and he immediately ordered her Off! It happened a couple more times in short order, and I shrugged my shoulders. (We never succeeded in breaking Kyndall or Dionne of the habit, once they figured out how cozy they are.) But Steve persisted in making Beverly get down. And she now seems to have completely stopped doing it! Can she have learned that climbing onto the furniture is unacceptable… and be obeying us? The mind reels…

Still, it’s too early to reach any conclusions about just how good a girl she will continue to be. This morning, I unwittingly dropped a $20 bill on the floor of my office. A moment later, Beverly began leaping and rolling around ecstatically, flinging something in the air and then pouncing on it. My twenty. I leapt up to save it, but found a piece missing. Pried open her jaws. Found a big chunk of the missing piece. Searched around in her mouth again and found the last bit.

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I’ve taped them together and am hoping the bank will trade me it for an unmolested one.

Litter Mates

This new experience of being able to check in with most of Kyndall’s littermates (via the private Facebook group started by the woman who raised their mother and is now raising one of the other females) has been great. After Kyndall woke us up three times in the early morning hours of December 30, I posted a question about how everyone else was sleeping. Within short order, I learned that almost everyone in the crew was still having to get up at least on some occasions. That comforted me — and made us feel even happier with the fact that, since then, Kyndall has been quiet in her kennel for at least 8 hours every night. The end of that particular form of Puppy Hell seems nigh.

Then I learned that the sole boy in the litter, Kentucky was having “a big problem with biting,” according to his puppy raiser. “If you try to stop him, he will crinkle up his nose and try to snap at you. It’s best to distract him with toys or ice cubes.” Kihei and Kimono’s caretakers chimed in that their girls were all teeth too, and “Their mother was a spitfire as a pup… but settled down as she got older.”

This too made us feel better. Kyndall has recently taken to impersonating a Great White Shark. It’s annoying (and can be downright painful). So it’s nice to be reminded that this too is a phase.

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On a more positive note, I was dazzled by a video showing off how many commands Kyndall’s sister Kihei has already learned. It has inspired us to ramp up our own training activities. I’ll post a progress video tomorrow.