Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chronicles of Shanti, part 2 - living the best puppy life


Shanti is almost 12 weeks old now and weighs around 20 pounds (he was 8-9 pounds when I got him). Every morning when I look at him it seems he grew some more over night!!
The day starts out with emptying the basket full of toys and spreading them all over the house! I love listening to the squeaky sounds and soft grunts.
Then we spend several hours in a large vegetable garden - Shanti has become an expert in digging carrots, potatoes and chewing on lettuce leaves, corn stalks etc.
He loves picking flowers and small branches/leaves - he carries them around and settles down somewhere to chew on his "treasure".
He can get so dirty from all his daily adventures that I often think I have to give him a bath in the evening. Amazingly he always looks clean after a few hours!

He keeps meeting people to everyone's delight! He has to greet everyone he sees - we went to the Farmer's Market in Ladysmith, Wisconsin and I think he wagged his tail at half the people walking around there (it was a busy Saturday). 
He spent an evening with friends at a bonfire, we went to an art gallery in Spooner, got more puppy food at the Pet Store in Rice Lake. 
At the park in Bruce he said Hello to all the kids who were there for a trek training session. The son of one of the coaches couldn't get enough of him.
And he finally got to meet the UPS delivery guy who gave him a treat. When I came home two days ago I had a package delivered and on top was laying a treat for Shanti - how sweet is that! 

Oh and the 3 cats - they are so intriguing and confusing to him! He wants to play but ends up barking as they don't respond to his attempts. He likes to follow them and chase them into the woods, until one turns around and hisses or bats him in the face. 

So life is good for the young puppy! He is house trained and learned that within 2 weeks. Now if we can get the nipping and chewing under control this doggy mom will be very happy!

I am obviously a bit obsessed with taking photos - as fast as Shanti is growing up I don't want to miss a moment. Almost all photos were taken with my cell phone as I carry it with me more often than my camera.

Enjoy the puppy love - Susanne

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good morning Shanti!

a trail of toys

play time

oh my, more toys!!

digging carrots

getting lots of love

this is hard work

what a great helper

digging potatoes

shopping at the Pet store

At the Bruce park - the coaches son loved Shanti

meeting some doggy friends

this dog is a bit big and intimidating!

The UPS driver left a treat for Shanti

The UPS driver left a treat for Shanti

chewing on a little branch

Shanti picked up a treasure

the flower boy

Shanti and Indigo

going for a walk like an old couple

should I follow this black cat??

Buddha is the least tolerant of the puppy

watching the cats

Sunset at Audie Lake

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Chronicles of Shanti, part 1 - the first 3 weeks

I met Shanti, an English Golden Retriever, the first time when he was just 4 weeks old (see first photo). I had been looking for a puppy on and off for over a year but nothing worked out. But as so often in life, when the time is right everything just falls in place.
I visited Debbie (from Earth Angels Golden) in Bruce to see her litter of 11 puppies. 
I noticed a tiny puppy and asked about him and she said, oh he is special, he is the runt. He had a rough start in life and she had to bottle feed him and take him to work. I said spontaneously, I want the runt! And 3 weeks later I was able to bring him home!! Wow, I was amazed how this all unfolded!

The first week our household (I have 3 cats!) was turned upside down!! The cats were not happy and moved outside underneath the car port! They wouldn't even accept treats that I would bring them!! But slowly they got used to this strange, white fuzzy thing - they still hiss and keep their distance but are back to their routine with a few adjustments. I had to put up a gate so the puppy can't get into the bedroom where the cats like to be during the day and snuggle with me at night.

Shanti - which means Peace - is doing very well and growing sooooo fast!! I can't believe how quick he is changing!
He loves people and has met several of my friends and neighbors. 
Like all puppies, he brings a big smile on peoples faces. How can you resist such an adorable puppy and face? 
And he likes to dig and chew - oh these puppy teeth are like needles!!

Naturally I have taken a lot of photos, many with my cell phone, and some with my camera.
Below I am sharing some puppy love in form of the photos I took.

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4 week old Shanti

Last drink from Mama

coming home at 7 weeks old

coming home at 7 weeks old

Buddha, my ginger boy - not happy

making new friends

My 3 cats moved out into the car port, for a few days only

Helping with harvesting corn

First time I heard him barking when he saw his reflection

First trip and little swim in Lake Superior

First trip and little swim in Lake Superior

Trying to get closer to that cat!!

More new friends - having fun

Learning to fetch ball

Learning to fetch ball

Chew, chew, chew - on a rose flower

I put him in a basket with red cloth - he jumped out very quickly

I put him in a basket with red cloth - he jumped out very quickly

I put him in a basket with red cloth - he jumped out very quickly

Oh those white eye lashes

Sunset at the Chippewa Flowage - my friend Bill took this photo of me and little Shanti leaning against my right leg

Bill taking care of Shanti

Bill taking care of Shanti

Trip into the vegetable garden

Not so sure what to do with that ball??

Meeting another dog friend

Meeting another dog friend