Cricket 21- months old

Cricket is our 21-month-old Cane Corso she is a Brindle that is very tall has huge feet and weighs in around 150#’s.

She is eating 4 to 4 1/2 cups a day of a high protein food. The one we buy is 26% protein and 20% fat. I had to cut back on her food because she was getting fat right now she actually looks really good.

Cricket is the biggest female to be born at Shady Acres so far. I believe the biggest male is around 170#s.

There are people on the waiting list for a puppy out of her and she should be going into heat within the next month. This will be her first breeding and hopefully it will not be a huge litter.

She loves to run in the backyard and drink out of the birdbaths because they are just her height. Going on a walk and investigating the area outside of our yard is one of her favorite things to do.

When it is bedtime she gets 1 hour in the house and she drinks about 1 gallon of water gets her treats and in the kennel she goes for the night.

She loves attention and is great with the grandkids but when she starts running full speed towards you that is when you think you are going to be run over by a freight train. She will run straight at you and miss you by 1 – 2 inches this is part of her silly personality. There is nothing funnier than a 150# silly dog.

Never let the size of a dog intimidate you just because a dog is big does not mean they are mean.

Puppy update

The puppies are now 6 weeks old these pictures were taken at 5 week. They all have great personalities.

I make up pet names for all of them the first one is Curly Girl, the second Lucy, the third Stumpy, the fourth Chip. Stumpy is very short to the ground its just funny to see him run.

Lucy and Stumpy are both sold. She is keeping curly girl and Chip is being DNA tested to see what color pups he would throw he is the only male of the bunch. You can get a dogs DNA tested for $150.00.

The puppies mom Little Lady went home with our daughter and kids a few days ago we had started weening prior to this and they were only with mom at nighttime. I am feeding them food 3 x a day and they are drinking water really good. They love the grass and trying to run in it. They like to bite and chew on each other just to hear each other cry. The wrestle, play and love to be petted on. Curly girl rolls over for a tummy rub.

Taking care of this batch of pups has been fun but I would not want to do it all the time it is a lot of work cleaning up after puppies and keeping their area sterilized.

Zoee has taken on the job of the surrogate mom babysitting them on the back porch while they are in their handmade play pen area.

These pups are using the puppy pads in both locations as well as potting in the grass when outdoors.

These pups have been a good change of pace from the everyday routine of staying home and out of the general public.

Life is good and puppies make me smile.

3 week old pups

The pups are now 3 weeks old.

When I turn the light on in the morning they all stand up in the box and look at me with wagging tails.

Then I say ” Good morning Puppies” and they all start whining lol.

This batch of puppies is so cute but so different than litter #1.

Little Ladies pups

Little lady and the Tramp had their 2nd litter of miniature long hair Dachshunds pups a few weeks ago.

I have been babysitting her and the pups since our daughter and her family moved. They have no place for pups at the moment.

Just like last time she had quite the varieties of colors. She ended up with a few piebalds and a dapple this time as well as black and tan. The dapple is the brown one and his spots make him look like a chocolate chip. She is considering keeping the gray/ black piebald on the end we call this one Fatty.

Sweet little puppies all colors and sizes are just to cute for words.

Mr. Bird

Mr. Bird was posing while sunning on the side deck so I had to grab a picture.

It is pretty easy to get a good picture of him because he likes to relax, stretch out and sun. Sometimes he rolls over like a dog when you call his name so I got lucky this time he did not do that.

Mr. Bird still looks young even though he is 12 years old.

Animals bring such joy to your life its a very special thing.

Zoee turned three

Miss. Zoee turned three years old on Monday.

She finally hit 53#s and is looking really good I think last year she was around 37#s.

Still a snuggle bug wanting under your covers and maybe laying in your lap.

She loves the outdoors and would rather spend her time outside than inside even in the heat.

Zoee is a very happy boxer dog loves to meet and jump on everyone she sees that hyper butt has not gotten any better.

Daisy is 8 years old

Miss. Daisy turned 8 years old last Thursday April 22.

She is still very active but has slowed down over the last year she does not demand fetch as often as she use to and she does not jump on our bed as much. This girl loves laying outside in the sun and when she gets hot she moves to the shade.

Daisy has developed nasal Hyperkeratosis on her nose its like a dry crusty area. Every time I try to put aquaphor or baby oil or something on it she wipes it off. It is quite common in boxers and nothing to worry about.

I think she is a bit pudgy right she does not have a waist but she is getting older. I have cut back on her food again we will see what happens. About a year ago I started feeding her and Zoee separate so she would not eat Zoee’s left overs.

The pictures of her looking away Zoee was in the den window in the house and Daisy was keeping her eye on her lol. It is easier for me to do pics when they are outside alone.

Daisy is a very sweet boxer dog whos favorite game is playing fetch with a Chunk It ball. We now buy the large size ones because the mediums in Crickets mouth disappeared and I was so scared she would swallow it.

Daisy is aging quite well and really does not look her age. I love my Daisy Girl even though she is spoiled rotten.

Cricket in the clover

Miss. Cricket is the first one to get to do Clover pics this year.

With our 3 dogs its much easier for me to do pics of them one at a time.

Cricket is 13 months old and probably still about the same weight of 150#s she seems like she has gotten taller.

She loves to eat sticks, wood and play fetch for about 10 throws at the most believe it or not she runs fast.

When she’s running toward you it will scare you to death because you think she is going to broadside you and knock you down but she always avoids doing it.

She loves to put her feet in her water bowl not sure what that is all about. Sometimes I catch her splashing in the water bowl and she has a trough that she can actually get it but rarely does.

Her food intake is 2 x a day 3 cups each feeding.

Sometimes this year Cricket will be bred for the first time. It has to be after August because registered dogs have to be 18 months old to breed the first time. Cricket is dual registered so she is super special lol.

We tried several things with these pictures full sun head-on or shaded by Jack who was standing in front of her on the laying down picture. Her actual coloring shows better in the full sun picture. Look at the size of her head! When she puts an XL Chunk It ball in her mouth it disappears. You do not even know she has the ball in her mouth.

Dogs have a way of stealing your heart and melting your soul but most of all changing your life forever.

Elvis the Cane Corso Pup

This is 8 week old Elvis he is one of the survivors of Ravens last litter.

We are babysitting the grandkids this weekend and this puppy. He went to his new home yesterday in San Antonio. The grandkids go back home today lol.

He just had his ears cut on Thursday and has white stiches so if you notice a thread coming out his ear its just the stich thread.

He has a cleft lip but it’s just the lip, not the roof of his mouth that is why he is called Elvis see his little gap in the middle of his mouth. I can just see how cute this will be when he gets his big teeth in showing off a new tooth.

This pup has a cute personality and followed me around all day long yesterday and slept in Jacks lap.

Puppy breath and puppy kisses will make anyone’s days brighter.

Crickets Birthday

We took Miss Cricket to Petsmart they moved the scale off the floor and up on a platform that is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.

She did not want to weigh her butt was off the scale then her foot finally she was all on the scale and she weighed 145#s. She is quite the whopper.

For some reason on my post about Cricket I got off on her age today she is 1 – year old just a pup at 145#s.

Cricket is a slobber dog and this pic shows what happens after a few rounds of fetch.

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