First off, here is the tough guy dog boss, our miniature poodle Cash. Seven years old and his brother from the same litter owned by a friend of ours is just as bad. He will go after and fight with an intact male of any breed or size. Feels the need to constantly "scold" the puppy. The oldest in our household, he is the current Alpha. He is a scent work and barn hunt champion that will give any police K-9 a run for his money. In barn hunt, they don't get to make the "kill," but he has plenty of kills in the yard in the form of any small animal that isn't fast enough to get away. He has gotten one of my hens that was foolish enough to fly over the fence, as well as a grey squirrel, and multiple snakes, frogs, mice, and chipmunks.
|17 pounds of "I'll rip your face off." I will let him play "rough" with me, and he does know when to quit.|
Next up is the princess, Lucy Petunia, a 3 year old female black and white "party poodle." United Kennel Club (UKC) registered because the AKC only recognizes poodles that are one solid color. She may look like a couch potato in this photo; but make no mistake, she runs like the wind, leaps like a gazelle, and is a future agility champion. She absolutely loves the puppy, and they play together almost non-stop.
|The sweetest dog in the world.|
Here he is, more than doubled in weight since we got him. He was 11 pounds when we took him home. I weighed him yesterday at 24.2 pounds. He eats three meals a day to keep up with his growth because he is so active. He fears nothing, but instead is inquisitive and not afraid to try new things. He was climbing stairs one week after getting him home, and now runs up and down with the big dogs. Loud noises, the vacuum, a closet he had never been in.... meh. Mildly interesting, but certainly not scary. Has good recall, runs around out in the yard off leash, and is doing well with retrieval.
|12 week old "Eli", the name he came with. Named in honor of the "racist" Elihu Yale.... Suck it! Check out that ridge!|
|Sound asleep after a hard session of playing with Lucy. The living room is strewn with dog toys.|
He does have the ability to amuse himself as well. A mild case of the puppy "zoomies" in the video below. Toys are everywhere. The exercise pen is where the older dogs sleep, Eli is still in a crate, but will join the others in a couple of months.