Does that taste good?One thing these two have in common. Everything goes in the mouth. Shelby's cleaning her leg, and Vin seems like he wants to give that a try. Please don't give that a try.
B-O-N-EMom bought Shelby a B-O-N-E. Shelby can't spell, but once the blanket comes out, there's no fooling her. She bounces around the house with excitement.
Did you two conspire to make this mess?
Yes, pug and boy are in cahoots. I gave Vin the paper, and after bashing it around like little boys do, he dropped it on the ground and Shelby destroyed it. And who cleans up the mess? Yes, mommy does.
Hey all you photographersAngie over at PamperedPuppy just sent me an email about her Outstanding Dog Photo Contest 08 contest. She's really excited that there's over $4000 in prizes. so if you're sitting on a super charming photo of your dog, send it in before November 15. Since I'm such a big Merrylog fan, I thought I'd help her spread the word. I haven't decided if I'm going to enter yet. I suppose if miss Shelby does something really silly between now and November I'll send something in.
Peek-a-boo interruptedThe pug's "lap radar" remains flawless. She takes full advantage and beaches herself on Steven.
Pugs and Babies, the Third Trimester
Thanks for all your compliments on Shelby's behavior with her new baby brother Vin. Some of you have asked for more about how they get along, and what can be done to help with the adjustment.
Thinking back, the adjustment for Shelby really started around the third trimester when:
1. I started to get too immobile to play with Shelby
2. My lap started to disappear due to my huge belly.
For Shelby, there is no replacement for mommy playtime. Steven is alpha dog, and for some reason she's just not really into playing with alpha dog. My mom is a nice provider, especially of beef bones, but isn't quite the playmate that I am. Shelby would drop toys at their feet, but would lose interest quickly.
It just wasn't the same. and it would remain that way until I felt fully recovered from the pregnancy, and for the first 2 months of Vin's life. And to be honest, playtime doesn't happen as often as it used to, but Shelby has adjusted well, especially since she has more people in her life to keep her occupied. After all, there are 4 people (including my mom) to follow around instead of 2.
As for my lap disappearing, that was gradual. I had to teach Shelby not to hop on my lap unless invited. We had a couple of missteps there. Once, she was feeling acrobatic and decided to hop from Steven's lap into mine, about 3 feet away. All 20lbs of her landed on the bottom of my tummy (right around where Vin's face was.) A lot of screaming ensued. The pug did get "acrobatic" but not really in the way she intended. She definitely biffed the landing. It must've seared in her memory, because she never tried that again.
This was more of a reflex than a training technique. (Oww! I've just been punched in the gut by my pug!) but it was a handy lesson since she's needs to share the lap with her baby brother.