Babysitting

Well, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, I’ve had my hands full babysitting.  She is very cute, almost five pounds, with beautiful black curls and gorgeous eyes.  But I’m not used to getting up in the middle of the night and getting up at the crack of dawn.  To be honest, she was running me a little ragged.  But you tell me if you think she was worth all the work:

Little Roxie

Little Roxie

She was intrigued by this hose and loved to walk through it.

She was intrigued by this hose and loved to walk through it.

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I'm thinking she wants to stay out and play some more.

Miss Perky returned to the Guide Dog Foundation for training last week and I knew I would be sad after dropping her off. Due to my personal schedule I have to wait until Aug.-Sept. before I can get another pup to raise, but Roxie needed a home for a week and I had an empty dog bed. So she was mine for the week! Roxie, a Standard Poodle, was four OUNCES when she was born – about the size of a stick of butter! Tiny Roxie was not expected to live, but she was given lots of TLC by the family that whelped her and she was up to 4 lbs. 12 ozs. by the time I got her at seven weeks old. She had quite a growth spurt over the past week and went back to the foundation today, a very respectable 6 lbs. 15 ozs. She is still half the size of her litter mates, but I am sure she will catch up.

Having Roxie for the week did take my mind off losing Perky. We miss her so much – she was an absolute pleasure to raise! But she was bred to be a working dog and I think she will enjoy the new challenges ahead of her.  I will update you as I receive her progress reports.  Perky is adjusting well to being in training and here she is being walked by a volunteer on campus. She looks pretty happy to me!

The Gorgeous Miss Perky!

The Gorgeous Miss Perky!

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4 Responses to Babysitting

  1. dee June 27, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Such a great thing your doing Maria. I don’t think I could handle it! Roxie is such a cutie, can’t imagine her getting into too much trouble (smile).

  2. Maria June 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    It’s the cute ones you have to watch out for! 😉

  3. Doris July 1, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    That puppy is adorable! I admire you for doing this Maria. I don’t know how you let them go! Hugs!!

  4. Maria July 6, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    Hi Doris! Welcome! Sorry, am on vacation and don’t have the best access to internet. As for those puppies – well – I’m just a foster mom. I really enjoy working with the pups and watching them grow up.

    I try to give them a good start in life and then send them off to their “higher education” and work. Miss Perky recently passed her temperament test with flying colors – we are so proud of her! It’s worth a few tears 🙂