Wow, has this past week been crazy! Not only are my allergies awful (can you say weird weather swings?), but the fuel pump went out on my car on my way home from school on Tuesday, our AC unit isn't working in this heat, and very wild little puppies are making a mess of my condo! ;)
The puppies are so busy and active right now - within the past week, they discovered that they can squirt through the baby gate separating our kitchen from our living room area, and consequently, they run around as they please! It is really quite funny to see them squeezing through the gate - the more food they eat, the more they struggle to get their big bellies through. I tried attaching cardboard to the gate to block the puppies from going through, as I'm always afraid they will get themselves stuck while I'm not around, but they managed to shred their way to freedom in one day flat. While I started trying to brainstorm other ways I could block the gate, I finally gave up, since puppies really only have one more day indoors before we move them out to the kennels. And while I'll miss having little ones around to snuggle with all the time, I'll appreciate not mopping my floors 3-4 times a day!
With the puppies moving out to the property, we look forward to having all of you out to visit on the weekends when your schedules permit. Not only will you guys have the opportunity to love on your potential future puppies, but you'll be helping us out with socializing everyone. The puppies are already used to being around other dogs and cats, but their experience with people has largely been limited to me and Dave to-date (although one family came to visit at the condo last weekend).
In addition to the pictures I posted on Picassa from the past week, I wanted to provide you all with individual pictures so you can track the progress of the puppies you might be interested in. At this point, Dave and I are most interested in considering Purple girl & Turquoise girl for ourselves due to their looks, noses (with where their noses lead them, there's no doubting they are beagles), and additionally, their adventurous personalities. However, we won't decide for certain until we've evaluated the puppies at 6½ weeks of age.
Green boy is my cry-baby of the group. He loves to explore, but if he gets in over his head or gets frustrated about something, he'll cry for me to help him out. Green boy is the puppy who gets stuck most frequently trying to go through the gate - he just doesn't ever miss a meal and his belly is the proof! Green boy squirms a little bit when I first pick him up, but once I give him kisses and scratches, he usually relaxes and falls asleep against my chest.