Hey, everybody! I hadn’t talked before now about what applications were still being taken, because I was feeling like I had so many puppies and so many people that I needed to meet everybody on the current list and make sure that their needs were being met, and also get to know the puppies a little better.
I think I have all my ducks in a row now, so I can open up for applications again. At this point I believe I have two boy spaces open and one girl space. I am looking for people who will give lifelong homes, whether show or pet. That usually means they end up in pet homes, which is more than fine by me! If you want a show prospect I may have one, but please keep in mind that I am a grumpy curmudgeon with very bossy ideas and I really do mean it when I say lifelong, and that a failed show prospect that is not happy in your home and therefore would be better off when placed must come back to me, not be passed along.
The Big Fat Welsh Evaluation Party a week from Saturday is when we’ll be doing the final decisions on who goes where. If you’re a new applicant and we’ve been able to meet before then you could be part of that selection process; otherwise after that point I’ll update on who is still around and what their ideal homes would be.
I can tell you right now that I am over the moon about temperaments. Just LOVE these babies. They are so happy, so adaptable and confident. They adore my kids (and all kids), they love dogs, they play with horrid Bramble, they respect Sammy, and they’ve been well-tutored by Friday. None is incredibly dependent; I don’t get frantic licking when I pick them up. I get kisses and then they settle calmly to see what’s next. When we go outside it’s all business, heading with determination off on the chosen path, no crying. They’re just terrific little dogs, and I think any one of them could go into a family home or a fun-performance home. If you want to do serious full-time work or performance I get a little deeper into the screening process but I suspect I’d have something, especially in the boys.
Now back to the fun stuff – I have class today and it’s cold as heck, but it’s going to warm up this weekend and be great weather for photographs and activity. I am thinking of doing the Woods Walk (where puppies are taken on a lovely little light hike and I get to see how they interact with new people, new surfaces, and being away from home) on either Sunday or Monday. Would anyone like to volunteer to help out with that? The more the merrier, because goodness knows I’m going to need help! We’ll be walking and playing and also doing some temperament testing, though the walk itself tends to be the best test of all. It’ll probably be at Maudslay Park in Newburyport, MA, which I know is clean and safe and lovely, unless somebody who reads this happens to own some woods and not mind a horde of puppies :). Looking toward the future, we’re doing first vaccines toward the end of the week, and a Beach Walk in Kittery or York, Maine, on Thursday or Friday. Then the Puppy Party on Saturday.
Hopefully it’ll be so busy that I don’t have time to think about them leaving – oh, puppies, you have been the most fun ever.