Hi everyone and hope you are well!
Just following up with some words and pics on the two pups that remain from Chloe’s litter–Riley and Fletcher. They’re doing great and have now joined me on the simpler chores of the farm–typically filling water for poultry and sheep. They still nurse a bit but have shown dramatically less interest in it over the past week. Chloe still allows them to–which I think is great–but they seem a bit less interested in it each day.
They will be eleven weeks old tomorrow and each weight about 11-12 pounds. They’re now fully eating adult food (and have been) and get a healthy amendment of eggs, yogurt and pork meat juice with each meal. They eat well and both are near perfect at running off after eating to a remote corner of their eating area to poop (see above right!).
Riley, who started out as a bit of a shy boy, who later and still to a degree acts like a little mama’s boy–as he takes many cues from Chloe–is starting to come out of that shell and pay a lot of attention to me, always makes sure “I am accounted for” when we come in from the chores or meadow walks and is comfortable roaming out a bit to check things out in open areas and along perimeters. Plus, he’s coming well to his call.
Fletcher is very similar in his current state. He’s always been more gregarious than Riley–out of the gate–but listens well, likes to stay with the pack and also takes good cues from Chloe.
The joy I have at this stage is that dogs not standing out and quickly sought from prospective buyers now get tons of individualized attention. It’s the other end of “pick of the litter.” 🙂 We are working on very simple commands and calls and again they are joining me on almost all simple tasks around the farm.
If you have an interest in meeting them or applying for ownership please shoot me an email (best) at email@example.com or call the farm at 231-879-3814.
Fletcher will do best on a farm or homestead setting where he gets lots of consistent direction and engagement and should do well with more people, families, other animals. He’s quick and upbeat.
Riley will do better in a home that’s less busy and with fewer changes to the environment–including personnel. He’ll benefit from more individualized attention and may not require as much stimulation and engagement as Fletcher. Even as social as Fletcher is (and he IS), Riley may be more of a companion than a fellow worker–compared to Fletcher. He is often led by his quiet curiosity.
Thanks and we’ll talk soon!